Nikon Coolpix W300 Review: Hands-On And Opinion

Nikon Coolpix W300 Review

Hey, this is about the Nikon Coolpix W300 Review. The W300 is a waterproof camera down to 30 meters or 100 ft for 60 minutes. The IPX8 specification. That’s really the biggest feature of this camera.

If you’re looking for a camera you can take directly into the water, this is one of those options. It also has a rated temperature range of -10 C to 40 C. That’s 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. However if you use in the water the rating goes down from 0 to 40 degrees Celsius.

That’s 32 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees. It’s also rated to be shockproof to 2.4 meters, which is around 8 ft. Specification wise, it’s a very standard camera, 16 megapixels. 1/2.3 inch sensor, which is really the smallest ones you can get in most digital cameras.

The standard ISO range goes from 125 to 1600. However, you can boost that to 100 all the way up to 6400. But that depends on which mode you’re in.

The best features of this camera come in the handling Department. Large robust camera.

Very solid feeling in the hands. The grip is decent-sized. It does have a little bit of extra texture to it to improve your handling. The buttons are large and they come away from the body. In the d-pad area the buttons surrounding it have a little notch in them.

So you don’t accidentally press those buttons surrounding the d-pad when you’re using it. That’s a nice feature. The zoom control is a toggle. You press up or down to zoom. It is a little nicer than some I’ve seen where you do left or right, or it’s on the top of the camera.

I think that’s a good position for the zoom, in this case. The camera does have a full sized tripod socket. It is not in line with the lens, but that’s pretty standard in these small cameras like this. The shutter button is nice and large with a gridded texture on it for easy pressing.

One of the more interesting features of this camera are the side buttons. They give you quick access. One is for a light. One is for adjusting the modes of the camera. And also one for seeing GPS data. The camera uses EN-EL12 batteries with a CIPA rating of 280 photos per charge. Or video wise, you’ve got about an hour of recording at 1080p 30 frames a second.

So that’s a little bit low, but usually small digital cameras like this… That’s around the general area. There are a lot of helper modes to this camera. Basically, situations that you’re in. Underwater, nighttime photography, all of the standard things you would expect.

You basically set it to that mode and let the camera handle everything. There is a 5x optical zoom on the camera. That’s 4.2 to 21.5 millimeters, but equivalent in full-frame terms is 24 to a 120 millimeters.

Aperture range from 2.8 to 4.9 through that zoom range. So in that case the lens is pretty nice. It does have optical image stabilization, which is a very helpful feature on a small camera like this.

There is a macro mode on the camera. 0.4 inches or one centimeter away from the subject at the full wide angle, which is 4.3 millimeters. I did try it out. It seems to work pretty well. I also noticed in the specifications that actually the back screen only shows you about 97 percent of the actual picture.

Just keep that in mind when you’re taking photos. You won’t get the full view. This camera has contrast detect autofocus. Definitely not the most advanced technology these days, but I don’t call any autofocus issues when I was trying out the camera.

A few other features of the camera. It does have a built-in flash, which is nice to see on a small camera like this. Has a micro HDMI connector.

Built-in GPS, which is very nice. Does have the Wi-Fi bluetooth connectivity to their Snap Bridge application.

One nice feature with that. Is that you can send photos while shooting. It’s a setting in the camera. So easily push your photos to your phone automatically, which is nice. So you’re gonna have JPEGs. You can have a lot of auto modes, but in situations like underwater.

Video wise it’s mp4 formatted videos. 4K 30 frames a second, which is very nice. And then 1080p 60 frames a second. So you can do some slower motion video with this camera if you would like. This camera is on the pricier side of waterproof cameras. It is a little larger.

More solid, which is nice. So if you want the higher build quality. This is a decent option. But there are a lot of other options out there. Especially ones about half the price. I did look at one of the Fujifilm cameras at the camera store.

And that was a very nice camera for the price. They both have the same size sensors, so really you’re paying for build quality. The lens, and all of that. So it’s really up to you if you want to spend more in this situation. Anyways, that was the Nikon Coolpix W300 Review.

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