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Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 8.1MP 3.5x 4x Jun 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Release Date
One industry award
No manual exposure control
Unacceptable noise level
23 Reviews + 1 Award
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No Manual Exposure Control

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it did not have good technical guidance. Neocamera.com wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 eleven years ago “No manual exposure control” . Neocamera.com also wrote “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. Dcresource.com mentioned eleven years ago “An 2.5" LCD display, limited manual controls”.


Reviews

One Industry Award

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

Expert Reviews Are Average

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

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 25,424 user and expert reviews (including 514 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Expert website Cnet.com said in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review eleven years ago “Better value and quicker performance can be found in the companys nonwireless offerings” .

One owner who reviewed it thought it was expensive. Expert review site Techgage.com rated it 8 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Its also more expensive than the previous ones though, so this is kind of expected”.

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Smart TV

No Wi-Fi Email or Web Posting

One owner said in their reviews that this digital camera did not have email functionality. Eleven years ago Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No Wi-Fi email or Web posting”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon Coolpix P3 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Six owners who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Expert review site Digicamera.com mentioned “A compact 8.1 megapixel digital camera that packs considerable power” . Dpreview.com mentioned on expert website DP Review “The 8 megapixel Coolpix P3 replaces the P2 at the top of Nikons compact Coolpix range, adding a few features (the headline change being the introduction of optical image stabilization)” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review. Cnet.com.au mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “The Coolpix P1 and the P2, as well as its compact contemporary”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Expert website Photographyreview.com said “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 rated it 5 stars.

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Average Weight

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

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two owners reckoned that the product was noisy. Eleven years ago Neocamera.com wrote “Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Noisy at ISO 400” in their review.

Noisy At ISO 400

Two owners reckoned that the product was noisy. Eleven years ago Neocamera.com wrote “Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Noisy at ISO 400” in their review.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Power

Great Battery Life (Approx 150 Images At 36242448 Resolution

One owner who bought it considered that it had a good battery life. Neocamera.com mentioned “Great battery life (Approx 150 images at 36242448 resolution” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Seven Years Ago

It was June 2010 when this camera was released.


Design

Well Built, Attractive Design WiFi Image Transfer

Two owners thought the product was well designed. Neocamera.com said “Easy to use, good design and control layout, stylish, plenty of advanced modes” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they rated it 16.4 out of 100.

One owner who bought this digital camera considered that it was neat. Eleven years ago expert review site Pocket-Lint.com scored this digital camera 7 stars and said “It boasts a raft of neat features making this a desirable” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3.

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Robust

Three owners said in their reviews that it was well made. Eleven years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “Clever image stabilisation and Wi-Fi technologies rub shoulders with great build and picture quality”.

VGA Video Quality

Ten owners who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Neocamera.com mentioned “Well built, attractive design WiFi image transfer and printing, including Shoot Transfer option Vibration Reduction Quality lens Programmed Auto”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Excellent image quality” in their review. Neocamera.com also wrote “Superb build quality and good handling” in their review.

Easy to Use

One person considered that this digital camera was easy to use. One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix P3 supports video capability, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including because of its better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 8800.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix P3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of its better review score, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm is also worth considering.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Nikon Coolpix P3 features date imprinting, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Poor Exposure Control

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have good exposure controls.

VGA Video Quality

Three people who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 considered that it was good for video recording. Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 eleven years ago “VGA video quality”. Techgage.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Out of the three Nikons I have tested, this is by far the best due to the great image/video quality” and gave the product a score of 6 stars.

Excellent Flash Performance

One customer who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P3 thought it had a good flash. Neocamera.com said eleven years ago “Excellent flash performance” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Eleven years ago Photographyreview.com said “It has a 3.5x optical zoom lens with a foc”.

One person who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P3 mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Many Photo Options

Thirteen customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Neocamera.com mentioned “Many photo options” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 but in spite of that they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Neocamera.com also mentioned “Great picture quality at 8MP” in their review. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “While its easy enough for a beginner to capture great images” .

Two people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Neocamera.com mentioned “Good resolution” yet they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Cnet.com mentioned “Digital camera, 8,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color, 23 MB Good” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.5 inches, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 1" to 3.5".

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Canon EOS 1100D - Rebel T3 (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels. The Coolpix P3 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 150,000 pixels) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the SX220 HS, and the SX130 IS both from Canon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated), or the GE A1250 (5.7x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 3.5 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this Nikon digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-LX5 (3.8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Features

Comprehensive Feature Set

Six customers who bought it reckoned that it had good features. Neocamera.com wrote “Comprehensive feature set” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review although they only rated the product 16.4 out of 100. Neocamera.com also said “Unique features such as D-Lighting” in their review. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The COOLPIX P3 features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution”.


Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Coolpix P3 features connection to PC, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Picture Quality

Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix P3 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this spec and age. This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 2048 x 1536 and 2592 x 1944 and 3264 x 2176. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only 3264 X 2448 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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8.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is an 8.1 megapixels digital camera.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Samsung ZZBPWFR (10MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208255399, 00018208911028

Nikon Coolpix P3 Review Sources

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