Nikon Coolpix P300 Features F/1.8 Lens

Nikon's new advanced compact takes aim at Canon's S95 and Panasonic's Lumix LX5.

nikon p300

nikon p300

Nikon’s new Coolpix P300 features a super fast f/1.8 4.2x optical zoom (24-100mm 35mm equivalent) lens, effectively giving Canon’s S95 and Panasonic’s LX5 a real run for their money (especially considering it is a full $70 cheaper than both).

This high-end compact sports a 12.2MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 3” 921,00 dot LCD and offers full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps.

It is clear that Nikon drew up the P300 with advanced photographers in mind, as it features full manual controls, optical Vibration Reduction technology, Nikon’s EXPEED C2 processer and ISO sensitivity up to 3200. However, from Nikon’s press release, it appears that the P300 does not allow users to shoot in RAW, which could be a serious detractor for those looking to squeeze every last bit of image quality out of a pocket camera.

User can choose between Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Full Manual controls. If manual modes aren’t your thing, like all of Nikon’s other compacts, the P300 offers the usual list of scene modes.

Available in March, the Nikon Coolpix P300 will run you $329.95. For more info, head to Nikon.com

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