Nikon COOLPIX P330
Bigger sensor boosts image quality; small size; multiple shooting options
Image processing can be slow at times; wireless use requires an adapter
Nikon’s digital compact COOLPIX P330 will be a hit with many quick-shot photographers, with crisp image capture headlining a number of advanced, easy-to-use features.
Adding a new backlit 1/1.7in CMOS sensor, f/1.8 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens and in-built GPS to the popular COOLPIX P310, Nikon’s 12.2 megapixel P330 is another practical edition to the company’s camera range.
Measuring approximately 103.0 x 58.3 x 32.0mm, weighing 200g and available in black or white, the P330 feels small but durable. The rectangle design fits neatly into pockets and offers a cut-out on both the right- and left-hand sides for the supplied wrist strap or a neck strap available separately.
Boasting vibration control, the compact camera also supports Nikon’s WU-1a wireless adapter, giving users the option of remote shooting, live view and wireless data transfer to smart devices via Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app.
The remote shooting and live view works quite well, through the app users can zoom, capture and set a self-timer. The app is simple to step up but can be unresponsive at times.
Users can also view captured images on their smart device and camera status information such as battery life and model number.
With many competitors integrating wireless technology such as Wi-Fi or NFC into compact cameras, it is a little disappointing Nikon requires an external adapter to be purchased. The P330 also becomes less usable when the adapter is connected.
The rear of the P330 features a 3in LCD display; quick-access buttons to record video, enter the menu, start a self-timer, adjust Flash settings, alter exposure, playback and delete images.
At the top of the camera there is a camera mode dial, on/off button, toggle to zoom in and out and a scroll wheel to alter the shooting settings in a hurry.
The P330’s pop-up flash is safely stored away in the top-right hand corner, accessible via a simple switch, adjacent to the flash.
The camera offers three self-timer options: two of the options are a countdown timer with durations of two or 10 seconds, while the third option is a Smile Timer. The Smile Timer detects smiling faces and automatically releases the compact camera’s shutter.
Located at the base of the P330, a lockable housing provides quick and easy access to the SD card and battery sits beside a tripod mount.
If you do not have the aforementioned wireless adapter, users can connect to a computer via the USB included with the camera or to a television with either a component cable – also included – or a HDMI cable.
The COOLPIX P330 is capable of capturing Full HD video at 60, 50, 30 or 25 frames per second, capturing clear footage in brightly and poorly lit areas. The zoom is slow in movement and focus when shooting a video and can be heard through the camera’s stereo mics – which should be considered for those looking to buy. The ability to take still shots during video is a neat feature.
Nikon has added RAW image capture to the P330, boosting the camera’s image quality. However, RAW images come with a sizeable lag in the P330, especially noticeable when you move from a lower image quality.
Accompanying the P330, Nikon provides a wrist strap, reference manual CD, ViewNX 2 software CD, a wall charger and a one-year warranty.
Nikon’s P330 compact camera offers a range of useful features including in-built GPS in a solid yet small package. The upgraded sensor boosts the camera’s shooting detail at both macro and micro distances and the increased video options make the compact camera more versatile.