Nikon Coolpix P330 review

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MEMORY AND RESPONSIVNESS

Nikon P330 supports standard SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Read and write responsiveness is excellent for JPEG files, but the camera can become somewhat slower when used with RAW format. This is especially apparent upon activation of histogram in playback mode; P330 needs 4-5 second to calculate it and this can be frustrating at times.

Overall, the camera still performs like a compact. There is a second or two of delay when turned on, displays and menus also do not appear instantaneously and some options slow the camera even further; if you select focal length other than 24mm as a startup option you will have to wait up to 4-5 second in order to take the first shot. Need speed and responsive camera? Buy the D3200, its $250 more.

NIKON COOLPIX P330 BATTERY

P330 uses EN-EL12 Li-Ion battery which can deliver up to around 200 shots. The annoying detail is battery charge indicator which doesn’t warn soon enough of depleted battery. The first time I used this camera it simply turned off at some point without previous notice (indicator was half-full). After that, I quickly learned to take note of shots fired as the main indicator of battery charge level.

CONCLUSION 

Nikon Coolpix P330 delivers great results on almost all fields I care of. Image quality is up to my expectations, especially in RAW mode. Colors are excellent and RAW file responded even better to post process than I expected. In daylight conditions images can be tweaked to DSLR standards. Low light use is still a problem since this camera uses only a small 1/1.7″ sensor but it’s better than any classic (non advanced-wannabe) compact camera at this price level. Lens quality is splendid and minor imperfections can be easily corrected in post-process or are already avoided with JPEG files (automatic in-camera correction). The only detail that bothered me is sluggish responsiveness. Almost all operations have a delay on this camera and by this accord this is a true compact camera. Having all that in mind, I can easily recommend this camera both for amateurs looking for high image quality or as a second camera for DSLR users who need a smallest available portable camera that still performs great in image quality department.

NIKON COOLPIX P330 PRO

  • Excellent image quality (RAW especially)
  • Good and sharp lens
  • Wide range of manual settings
  • Twin control dials
  • Customizable “Fn” button

NIKON COOLPIX P330 CONS

  • Slow to use
  • Battery charge indicator

P330 PHOTO EXAMPLES

All converted from RAW in ACR 8.1 (settings to my taste)

ISO 80, 1/1000, F/2.8

ISO 80, 1/250, F/7.1

ISO 80, 1/1250, F/4

ISO 80, 1/1000, F/3.5

ISO 80, 1/160, F/2.8

ISO 80, 1/1250, F/3.2

NIKON P330 VIDEO SAMPLES


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