New Gear: Nikon Coolpix P330

With a 1/1.7-inch sensor and a small body, the P330 is gunning for the Canon S-line

nikon p330

nikon p330

In addition to refreshing a classic lens and squeezing an APS-C sensor in a compact body, Nikon has also announced a new high-end compact camera, the Coolpix P330. With a 1/1.17-inch CMOS sensor, raw shooting capabilities, and a pocket-friendly size, Nikon seems to be aiming at the similarly specced Canon S110.

The Coolpix P330 features a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, matching the one that's found in the well regarded Nikon Coolpix P7700. It also packs a f/1.8-5.6 24-120mm lens, lens-based image stabilization, and a 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen. It can record video at 1920x1080p at 30fps, and has an ISO range of 80-3200 (expandable to 12,800 equivalent).

Compared to the immensely successful Canon S110, Nikon has managed to create a camera with the same shooting resolution and identical lens zoom, but marginally faster glass (f/1.8 compared to f/2), and a hair thinner by shaving 0.2 inches off the thickness. However, it lacks the touchscreen and Wi-Fi that Canon includes, but at least packs a GPS unit.

The P330 is due out this month for $379.95.