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Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera

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8.1MP 3.5x 4x SD Jun 2010
Megapixel Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
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

This camera received a "Hot Product" award from Pocket Lint.

Average Expert Reviews

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

Good Product Quality

A number of Nikon Coolpix P3 owners said that it was good quality. Cnet.com scored it 4 stars and wrote on CNET.com ten years ago “Wi-Fi file transfer and printing; excellent image quality; many photo options”. Cnet.com also mentioned “The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a limited Wi-Fi capability and excellent image quality”. In the same month expert website Techgage.com scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review “Out of the three Nikons I have tested, this is by far the best due to the great image/video quality”.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewers agreed that it was able to produce good images. Neocamera.com said in their Nikon Coolpix P3 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” . Neocamera.com also mentioned “Great picture quality at 8MP”. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote “While its easy enough for a beginner to capture great images” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review.

A few Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Cnet.com said “Digital camera, 8,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color, 23 MB Good”. Neocamera.com said “Good resolution” . Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said ten years ago “The COOLPIX P3 features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution” .

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Good Size

Some Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned ten years ago “The P2, as well as its compact contemporary” and rated the Nikon Coolpix P3 4 stars. Cnet.com.au also mentioned “The Coolpix S6, this compact point-and-shoot incorporates an internal transmitter for uploading pictures to a near”. Expertreviews.co.uk said ten years ago “The latest compact camera from Nikon”.

One person who reviewed the product thought it was lightweight. Expert review site Photographyreview.com wrote “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” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review.

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Good Brand

On average Nikon compact cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras manufactured by Nikon.

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Nice Design

One Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewer who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 thought it was a good design. Neocamera.com wrote “Well built, attractive design WiFi image transfer”. One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Neocamera.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review “Easy to use, good design and control layout, stylish, plenty of advanced modes” .

One Nikon Coolpix P3 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was neat.

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Good Technical Features

Some Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had good features. Ten years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review on Expert Reviews “The Coolpix P3, boasts a host of natty features intended to impress the mass market at which its aimed”. Digicamera.com said “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” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Robust

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P3 was well made. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “Wi-Fi technologies rub shoulders with great build and picture quality”. Neocamera.com said “Superb build quality and good handling”.

Good Connectivity

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

Easy to Use

One Nikon Coolpix P3 reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to use. One Nikon Coolpix P3 owner who bought the Nikon Coolpix P3 thought it was easy to handle.

Good Video Capture

One Nikon Coolpix P3 owner mentioned that the product was good for video recording.

Good Battery Life

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P3 had a good battery life. Ten years ago Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great battery life (Approx 150 images at 36242448 resolution” however despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 40 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

One Nikon Coolpix P3 owner concluded that it was good value for money. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 “Better value and quicker performance can be found in the companys nonwireless offerings”.

Good Flash

One customer who purchased it concluded that it had a good flash. Neocamera.com wrote “Excellent flash performance” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review but in spite of that they gave this digital camera a score of 40 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good zoom. Expert website Photographyreview.com mentioned ten years ago “It has a 3.5x optical zoom lens with a foc”.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time 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 camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix P3 supports video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which do not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video capability currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price], or the Nikon 25[plb_1676851_price].

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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 have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

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Has One White Balance

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P3.

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Has One Photo Effects

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Nikon camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P3.

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Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess continuous auto focus are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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16 Reasons Against

Poor Support

Two Nikon Coolpix P3 owners who reviewed it concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Expert website Dcresource.com said “An 2.5" LCD display, limited manual controls” in their review. Neocamera.com said in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review “No optical viewfinder No Manual or Shutter Priority exposure mode Short battery life with WiFi WiFi configuration takes some expertise Limited flash range” .

Unacceptable Noise Level

Several customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 concluded that it was not noisy. Neocamera.com scored it 40 out of 100 and mentioned “Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3. Neocamera.com also said “Noisy at ISO 400”.

Quite Low Megapixel

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel of only 8.1 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the PowerShot G12[pl_1514037_price] (10MP), or the A800[pl_1399055_price] (10MP) both from Canon or the easypix V1016[plb_1721318_price] (10MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P3 have optical zooms of between 0.17x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At only 3.5 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P3.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M2[plb_1610616_price] (3.6x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-LX5[plb_1047477_price] (3.8x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon Coolpix P3 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P3.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix P3, the Nikon Coolpix P3 does not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Casio EX-ZR300[plb_1713952_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P3 the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". At only 2.5 inches, the Coolpix P3 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P3.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix P3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P3 also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Canon N100[plb_2118439_price], or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST200F[plb_1682904_price].

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P3 are not 3D. The Nikon Coolpix P3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Coolpix P3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P3 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years are not waterproof. The Nikon Coolpix P3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Coolpix P3 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P3. The flash modess "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P3 range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. The Coolpix P3 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 150,000 pixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only 3264 X 2448 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a higher image resolution than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P3 the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Coolpix P3 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The worst video resolution of all compact cameras that came out more than two years ago is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix P3 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P3. The image formats supported "-" is also supported by this camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P3

Released Over Six Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over six years.

Average Digital Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a relatively average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x), or the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Coolpix P3 has a pretty standard weight (170 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix P3.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
Optional Connectivity
Connection to PC
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
Date Imprinting
Interface
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
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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