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Nikon Coolpix P3

Pocket Lint Hot Product
An award winning compact camera with poor features
Compact 8.1MP 3.5x No Jun 2010
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Nikon Coolpix P3 Review

With excellent reviews, we have scored the Nikon Coolpix P3 as follows for Summary.
80
128 Reviews + 1 Award
22
Missing Some Features
21
7 Years Old
Overall Score
33
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 33?

It has not bad expert reviews and excellent user reviews with an average overall rating of 80%, based on 128 reviews. This digital camera has received an industry award from Pocket Lint. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Nikon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report superior product quality, good picture quality and excellent design.
The Coolpix P3 is missing some features:
Very low megapixels sensor
Only 3264 x 2448 pixels image resolution
Very small optical zoom
Only 640 x 480 pixels video resolution

Nikon Coolpix P3 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site decided that this camera was very good. Pocket Lint gave this Nikon camera a "Hot Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 13 expert reviews from sites including DP Review, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint the average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 73%.

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Excellent User Reviews

Users have rated this camera as fantastic on average. Over 73% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Users Report Superior Product Quality

Nine owners who purchased it considered that it was good quality.

  • Makes high quality pictures, authentic colours, easy to use…
    Michal Repcik (Amazon) - November 2013
  • Lovely camera! Superb quality and makes brilliant pictures!
    Mart (Amazon) - September 2015
  • Image quality should be very good…
    Hot5pur (Amazon) - December 2011
  • The build quality is great and it is packed with features that really do make taking photographs easy…
    T J Holder (Amazon) - January 2013
  • The picture quality is very good…
    Grobbo (Amazon) - March 2012
  • My favourite added features include the continuous rapid image capture (which is great for motion photography) and also the very high quality video shooting…
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • It does feel very substantial and good quality as a result though…
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • The build quality is as good as it could be…
  • All make statements such as, "image quality is very good considering the small size of the sensor…
    Hot5pur (Amazon) - December 2011

Users Report Good Picture Quality

31 people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images and two people mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light.

Nikon Has Very Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 30,771 expert and owner reviews (including 6,974 verified purchases), Nikon has very good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has very good ratings specifically within its digital cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Five owners who purchased it reckoned that it was neat and five owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

10 customers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P3 was easy to use and five owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

  • It's really easy to use and produces stunning images…
    Drn1970 (Amazon) - June 2012
  • The camera is quite small so if like me you have big hands this camera is a little awkward to use…
    Briaan (Amazon) - August 2012
  • The menu and sub menu system is fine and settings are easy to access…
    Briaan (Amazon) - August 2012
  • This is a beautiful camera, solidly built, with a great 10-30 lens, nicely put together, good software and very easy to use…
    Frank (Amazon) - November 2011
  • It is very intuitive…
  • It is easy to use and takes a great picture…
    The Emperor (Amazon) - February 2012
  • So are the menus offering the photographer various options or settings to adjust the settings…
    Mr Priory (Amazon) - September 2013
  • Makes high quality pictures, authentic colours, easy to use…
    Michal Repcik (Amazon) - November 2013
  • Easy to use, carry…
    Bill (Amazon) - July 2015
  • The pictures are excellent, really fast shutter speed, battery life is very good and for such a model it is light and very easy to use…

Customers Report it is a Good Size

10 owners who bought it considered that it was compact.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Three people who bought it thought it was good for video recording.

  • Amazing video! (to good for my computer.) Very sharp photos very fast focusing Very low shutter lag Very stylish…
    Thomas Pidden (Amazon) - November 2013
  • My favourite added features include the continuous rapid image capture (which is great for motion photography) and also the very high quality video shooting…
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • This has produced some really sharp images and a great little motion video…
    Peaannie (Amazon) - April 2012

Customers Report it is Robust

Six customers said in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P3 was well made.

  • The construction is solid…
    Briaan (Amazon) - August 2012
  • This is a beautiful camera, solidly built, with a great 10-30 lens, nicely put together, good software…
    Frank (Amazon) - November 2011
  • Amazing video! (to good for my computer.) Very sharp photos very fast focusing Very low shutter lag Very stylish and sturdy design Cons Low light photos aren't amazing flash shadows on close up photos battery life is average to say the least Quite bulky for a point…
    Thomas Pidden (Amazon) - November 2013
  • The build quality is great…
    T J Holder (Amazon) - January 2013
  • The build quality is as good as it could be…
  • Solidly built…
  • Satisfyingly solid and sound - a piece of technology to enjoy from every point of view…

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

Five people who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 agreed that it had a good battery life.

  • The inclusion of a wall socket rapid charger for the included battery is extremely useful A multitude of functions…
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • Amazing video! (to good for my computer.) Very sharp photos very fast focusing Very low shutter lag Very stylish and sturdy design Cons Low light photos aren't amazing flash shadows on close up photos battery life is average to say the least Quite bulky for a point…
    Thomas Pidden (Amazon) - November 2013
  • The pictures are excellent, really fast shutter speed, battery life is very good…
  • You can get going pretty soon after the battery is fully charged…
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • Battery life could be better so it's probably advisable to buy a second battery…
    Rob (Amazon) - August 2012

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

Seven customers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P3 was good value for money.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Two people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had good features.

Users Report a Good Flash

Four customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good flash.

  • Amazing video! (to good for my computer.) Very sharp photos very fast focusing Very low shutter lag Very stylish and sturdy design Cons Low light photos aren't amazing flash shadows on close up photos battery life is average to say the least Quite bulky for a point…
    Thomas Pidden (Amazon) - November 2013
  • The flash is mighty powerful…
  • The flash is very neat indeed…
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • Only caveat is the flash, which has a maximum sync speed of 1/60…
    J. Geddes (Amazon) - September 2013
  • Very impressive results (but flash a bit limiting…
    J. Geddes (Amazon) - September 2013

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Five customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens, four customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good autofocus and two owners who reviewed it thought it had a good zoom.

  • The standard 10-30 lens isn't a big zoom…
    Grobbo (Amazon) - March 2012
  • This is a beautiful camera, solidly built, with a great 10-30 lens, nicely put together, good software…
    Frank (Amazon) - November 2011
  • Amazing video! (to good for my computer.) Very sharp photos very fast focusing Very low shutter lag Very stylish…
    Thomas Pidden (Amazon) - November 2013
  • It was a great deal with another lens…
    Michal Repcik (Amazon) - November 2013
  • They are very crisp, in focus and vibrant always getting the light just right…
    T J Holder (Amazon) - January 2013
  • 10 to 30 mm lens seems adequate to carry around though…
    T J Holder (Amazon) - January 2013
  • Of course you could spend a lot less and get a reasonable compact zoom camera.
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • Apart from that, if you want a good variable zoom camera with professional results.
    Ziggy_fan (Amazon) - December 2011
  • In good light the auto focus locks instantaneously, then the camera will fill the buffer at 60 frames per second…
  • If you get one of the big lens you can easily achieve that on this camera…

Features

Very Low Megapixels Sensor

The Coolpix P3's sensor megapixels of only 8.1MP is in the lowest 7% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The average megapixels of all digital cameras is 16MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 80MP.

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Only 3264 X 2448 Pixels Image Resolution

The Coolpix P3 has a maximum image resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. That's 50% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all cameras the best resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the Coolpix P3 of only 3.5x is quite small compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 17% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon Coolpix P3 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. In addition, this Nikon camera has a maximum video resolution of 640 pixels. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from 160 x 120 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best). A video resolution of 640 x 480 is known as VGA.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Nikon Coolpix P3 of 170g is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Coolpix P3 has a built-in flash. 66% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Nikon Coolpix P3 supports video capability, unlike 67% of digital cameras which do not support video capability.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Digital cameras have display resolutions of between 3 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels. The Nikon Coolpix P3's display resolution of only 150,000 pixels is fairly low compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 7% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Coolpix P3 features date imprinting, which is unusual. 93% of digital cameras do not feature date imprinting.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Coolpix P3 of only 2.5" is quite small compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 8% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The display diagonals of digital cameras range from 0.5" to 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Average Digital Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix P3's digital zoom of 4x is fairly typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Age

Released Over Seven Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since June 2010.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208255399, 00018208911028
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Expert reviews are a lot better
Significantly higher display resolution (numeric)
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Hugely heavier
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84% higher display resolution (numeric)
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22MB smaller internal memory
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310 pixels higher display resolution (numeric)
Vastly smaller digital zoom

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