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Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera

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8.1MP 3.5x 4x SD Jun 2010
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Features- integrated Wi - Fi support (IEEE 802.11 b / g) allows the transfer wireless, shooting and printing- 3, 5 x Optical Zoom-Nikkor offering performance 36-126 mm (35 mm equivalent)Large,... More
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One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site concluded that this camera was good. Pocket Lint gave this digital camera a "Hot Product" award.

Average Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 73 out of 100 based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including DP Review, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Neocamera.com mentioned in their review “Even though the Nikon Coolpix P3 shows improved image quality compared to its predecessors, this camera is still lacking in important areas compared to other compact digital cameras” but they scored this digital camera 40 out of 100. Neocamera.com also said “Great picture quality at 8MP”. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review “While its easy enough for a beginner to capture great images”.

A number of people who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com mentioned “Digital camera, 8,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color, 23 MB Good” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review. Neocamera.com said ten years ago “Good resolution” but even so they only scored this digital camera 2 stars. Steves-Digicams.com wrote on expert website Steve's Digicams “The COOLPIX P3 features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution”.

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Good Size

A number of customers reckoned that the product was compact. Ten years ago Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review on expert review site CNET.com.au “The P2, as well as its compact contemporary” and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100. Cnet.com.au also said “The Coolpix S6, this compact point-and-shoot incorporates an internal transmitter for uploading pictures to a near”. Ten years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews “The latest compact camera from Nikon”.

One person reckoned that it was lightweight. Photographyreview.com said ten years ago “Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera Pro Review by Robert BurnsThe Nikon Coolpix P3 is a lightweight, midrange 8-megapixel compact digital camera, measuring 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches” .

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was good quality. Cnet.com rated it 70 out of 100 and wrote on expert website CNET.com ten years ago “Wi-Fi file transfer and printing; excellent image quality; many photo options” in their review of this digital camera. Cnet.com also wrote “The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a limited Wi-Fi capability and excellent image quality”. Techgage.com wrote ten years ago “Out of the three Nikons I have tested, this is by far the best due to the great image/video quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Compact camera digital cameras built by Nikon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Nikon also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Nice Design

One Nikon Coolpix P3 owner wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Ten years ago Neocamera.com mentioned “Well built, attractive design WiFi image transfer” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review but they scored the product 40 out of 100.

One person who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Neocamera.com mentioned “Easy to use, good design and control layout, stylish, plenty of advanced modes” but even so they scored it 40 out of 100. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers considered that it had good features. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews “The Coolpix P3, boasts a host of natty features intended to impress the mass market at which its aimed” and gave the Nikon Coolpix P3 a score of 4 stars. Digicamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A compact 8.1 megapixel digital camera that packs considerable power and some notable features such as an active vibration reduction mode”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote “It boasts a raft of neat features making this a desirable” in their review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Robust

Several Nikon Coolpix P3 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Ten years ago Expertreviews.co.uk gave the Nikon Coolpix P3 a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 “Wi-Fi technologies rub shoulders with great build and picture quality”. Neocamera.com mentioned “Superb build quality and good handling” in their review.

Good Connectivity

Four Nikon Coolpix P3 owners who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 agreed that it was wifi compatible. Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews “Clever image stabilisation and Wi-Fi technologies rub shoulders with great build” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review. Neocamera.com mentioned “WiFi capable if you can use it” in their review. Dpinterface.com wrote “The Nikon Coolpix P3 also adds built-in WiFi” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. One person said in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P3 was easy to handle.

Good Video Capture

One Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewer who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Battery Life

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good battery life. Neocamera.com wrote in their review ten years ago “Great battery life (Approx 150 images at 36242448 resolution” .

Reasonably Priced

One customer thought this digital camera was good value for money. Cnet.com wrote “Better value and quicker performance can be found in the companys nonwireless offerings” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Flash

One customer who bought it thought it had a good flash. Neocamera.com mentioned “Excellent flash performance” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 but even so they only gave it a score of 2 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. One Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Expert review site Photographyreview.com said “It has a 3.5x optical zoom lens with a foc” in their review.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Nikon camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-WX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix P3 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P3.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available including the FinePix X10, or the FinePix X100S both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix P3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30, and the GE E1450W is also worth considering.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Coolpix P3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P3.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and spec. This Nikon camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P3.

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Features One Auto Focus

The Coolpix P3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus continuous auto focus are also featured on this camera.

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Narrow

The widths of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P3 range from 16mm to 470mm, and the average width is 100mm. At only 92 millimeters, the Coolpix P3 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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17 Reasons Against

Poor Support

Several Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Expert review site Dcresource.com said “An 2.5" LCD display, limited manual controls”. Neocamera.com gave this digital camera a rating of 2 stars and mentioned ten years ago “No optical viewfinder No Manual or Shutter Priority exposure mode Short battery life with WiFi WiFi configuration takes some expertise Limited flash range” in their review.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Several people who bought the Nikon Coolpix P3 reckoned that it was not noisy. Neocamera.com gave it a rating of 40 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 “Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder”. Neocamera.com also said “Noisy at ISO 400”.

Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a quite low megapixel count (only 8.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P3. Compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P3 have megapixel counts of between 0.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the easypix V1016 (10MP), or the Canon PowerShot A800 (10MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix P3 have an image stabiliser, however the Coolpix P3 does not have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Cameras of this spec and age have optical zooms of between 2.7x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x. The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a quite small optical zoom (only 3.5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony DSC-RX100 (£269.99) (3.6x and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 (3.8x and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Coolpix P3 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36, or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Coolpix P3 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.5 inches) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The screen sizes of comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P3 range from 1" to 4.8".

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (2.7"), or the easypix V1016 (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon Coolpix P3 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix P520 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon Coolpix P3 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P3 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Nikon Coolpix P7700 (£379.99).

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Coolpix P3 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V (£282.99) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix P3 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P3 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix P3 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix P3. The flash modes "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 150,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P3 the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Only 3264 X 2448 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P3 the worst image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon Coolpix P3 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P3 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The playback mode "single image" is also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The Coolpix P3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of this type and age. The image format "-" is also supported by this Nikon camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P3

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when Nikon released the Coolpix P3.

Average Digital Zoom

The Coolpix P3 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P3.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the WB150 (5x), or the WB200F (5x) both from Samsung or the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 170 grams, the Coolpix P3 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P3.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Connection
PC Connectivity
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
Date Imprinting
Interface
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Digital SLR

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

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31 December 2006

Even though the Nikon Coolpix P3 shows improved image quality compared to its predecessors, this camera is still lacking in important areas compared to other compact digital cameras. The number... Read more…

Well built, attractive design WiFi image transfer and printing, including Shoot Transfer option Vibration Reduction Quality lens Programmed Auto and Aperture Priority modes Excellent Macro mode Scene
Wi-Fi file transfer and printing
Excellent image quality
Many photo options
Easy to use, good design and control layout, stylish, plenty of advanced modes
No optical viewfinder No Manual or Shutter Priority exposure mode Short battery life with WiFi WiFi configuration takes some expertise Limited flash range
No Wi-Fi email or Web posting
No remote camera operation using Wi-Fi
No manual exposure control
Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder
1 November 2006

The Nikon Coolpix P3, a compact 8.1 megapixel digital camera that packs considerable power and some notable features such as an active vibration reduction mode and 802.11b/g wireless... Read more…

17 October 2006

While its easy enough for a beginner to capture great images, the real attraction of the Nikon Coolpix P3 is you can go a bit beyond its automatic control; creating rather than merely capturing...

Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera Pro Review by Robert BurnsThe Nikon Coolpix P3 is a lightweight, midrange 8-megapixel compact digital camera, measuring 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches and weighing less... Read more…

10 July 2006

Like its older siblings, the P1 and P2, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a limited Wi-Fi capability and excellent image quality. Better value and quicker performance can be found in the companys... Read more…

5 July 2006

Pocket Lint

It boasts a raft of neat features making this a desirable and accomplished little camera...

30 June 2006

Like its older siblings, the P1 and P2, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a limited Wi-Fi capability and excellent image quality. Better value and quicker performance can be found in the companys...

20 June 2006

The Coolpix P3 offers a reviewer something of a dilemma; am I to judge it based on its potential to produce superb images in the right hands? Or do I rate it on the fact that not only do the...

1 June 2006

The latest compact camera from Nikon, the Coolpix P3, boasts a host of natty features intended to impress the mass market at which its aimed. Clever image stabilisation and Wi-Fi technologies rub... Read more…

17 May 2006

The Nikon Coolpix P3 ($449) is a midrange digital camera offering an 8 Megapixel CCD, 3.5X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, an 2.5" LCD display, limited manual controls, and Wi-Fi... Read more…

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