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Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Nikon Coolpix P330

By dpreview staff on Mar 5, 2013 at 04:01 GMT
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We've just posted a hands-on preview of Nikon's latest small form-factor compact, the Coolpix P330. Externally almost identical to its predecessor the P310, the P330 features a larger 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensor and raw capture mode - two additions that should make it much more popular with enthusiasts, as well as putting it in direct competition with Canon's popular PowerShot S110. We've spent a little time with the P330, and for more details, images and specifications, click the links below to read our hands-on preview. 

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Total comments: 38
peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 15, 2013)

Is it a dial around the lens?

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Aroart
By Aroart (Mar 11, 2013)

Oops, my bad thought this was the cool pix a.

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Aroart
By Aroart (Mar 11, 2013)

I wonder if Fuji is going to fight back with a law suite for copying that style of sensor. This camera is clearly trying to copy the x series. Maybe Fuji is going to comeback and make a dslr.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 7, 2013)

P3300 "Test" Photos - Full res images

http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/35641/nikon-coolpix-p330/

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 7, 2013)

Has anyone found full-sized sample images from the P330?

I found these, two of them are full res and they look fantastic, similar to the P7700 and nicer to my eyes than the S110.

http://www.cameraegg.org/nikon-coolpix-p330-sample-images/

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 6, 2013)

If it has manual exposure control in video mode like the P7700 it should be an excellent all-around shooter. And if IQ is as good as the class leading P7700, I may just have to pick one up. I only wish they had made the lens faster like the one on the excellent MX-1, but then it could never be this small.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 15, 2013)

"class leading P7700"? ;)

You are true Nikon fan!

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nima6699
By nima6699 (Mar 6, 2013)

They need to make camera compete with rx100.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 6, 2013)

Unfortunately they can't because a 1" sensor Nikon compact would cannibalize their Nikon 1 line-up. It's tough when you have competitive products in a variety of sensor format.

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Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Mar 6, 2013)

Fine looking camera, but with the RX100 at just roughly $80.00 more, it's becoming very hard to be a pocket camera!

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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camcom12
By camcom12 (Mar 6, 2013)

RX100 appears to be selling for ~$650, while the P330 is expected to initially list for $379.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 6, 2013)

"RX100 appears to be selling for ~$650, while the P330 is expected to initially list for $379."

It'll drop in price VERY quickly, as was the case with earlier P3x0 models.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 6, 2013)

And we know that the RX100 will NEVER drop in price. Sony doesn't play that.

Personally, I've owned an RX100 and it's an OK camera, but unless you need such small camera, spending $650 which is MILC, a used X100 or a mid-level DLSR type money on a P&S, is a tough sell.

And after spending hours editing 36 mp D800 files, the last thing I want to do is edit 20 mp RX100 RAW files. If the shooting experience were better, maybe. But when it shoots like a regular P&S, is slippery, and has no VF or tilt LCD, all the IQ in the world can't make up for it.

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chr1st1an
By chr1st1an (Mar 5, 2013)

Will be my next camera if it supports remote release for interval shooting. Sadly I don't think it will support that feature.

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WayneDB
By WayneDB (Mar 5, 2013)

Any chance we can get the P7700 review finished before this one is reviewed? Its only been 6+ months now...

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camcom12
By camcom12 (Mar 5, 2013)

Looks like a great improvement over the previous model. Just got an S100 on deep discount though. A very nice cam also except for operational speed. Maybe the Nikon will be faster.
Aftermarket finger grips are available for these pocket cams and they work wonderfully.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 6, 2013)

"Looks like a great improvement over the previous model. Just got an S100 on deep discount though. A very nice cam also except for operational speed. Maybe the Nikon will be faster."

Nikon's P3x0 series has always been pretty responsive and, in this regard, pleasure to shoot with (unlike with, say, the Canon G1X). Surely the P330 won't be an exception.

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camcom12
By camcom12 (Mar 8, 2013)

Thanks for the comment. I'll probably check one out.

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Retzius
By Retzius (Mar 5, 2013)

The picture you have posted above looks like the most uncomfortable grip I have ever seen...

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 15, 2013)

Of course nobody holds light compact cameras like that...

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Bertino1
By Bertino1 (5 months ago)

...unless you are like me and need to operate the camera with just one hand from pulling it out, shooting, and putting it away. In this regard it works great and was a primary requirement. The movie mode button, however, is awkwardly placed on the back for one hand operation.

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mugupo
By mugupo (Mar 5, 2013)

They need to make camera compete with rx100.

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Cipher
By Cipher (Mar 5, 2013)

About time they brought RAW to this camera. Now it competes directly with the Canon S95, S100, S110 etc.

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Mar 5, 2013)

f/1.8-f/5.6 ? I'm no Olympus fan, but XZ-10 will destroy it in low-light, despite the smaller sensor.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 5, 2013)

Perhaps, but you'll have better DOF control with the Nikon, at least at the wide end. And if it performs like the P7700, you should have better high ISO ability, but of course the faster max aperture at full tele on the Olympus will offset the high ISO advantage for the Nikon.

The XZ-10 does look nice, but it remains to be seen if IQ will be as good as cameras like the P7700 or MX-1. The samples from Olympus's website did not impress but I still have my eye on this camera mainly for it's size, and fast lens.

That said, I'm not the type who needs the smallest of the small. A camera like the MX-1 or X20 feels nicer in my hands than slippery little cameras like the RX100 or S110.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Mar 5, 2013)

But for me, having f/2.7 @ 140mm eq is much more attractive than 50% larger sensor. The number f/5.6 is so unpleasant to read and think of.

Ad "smallest of the small": well, pocketability is the main point of both P330 & XZ-10. If the strict pocketability is not a hard constraint, then there are multiple options (P7700, MX-1, XZ-2, X10, X20, EX2F ...)

And then there is RX100

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iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Mar 5, 2013)

you didn't get it. it's a fade-in effect.

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Mongkul
By Mongkul (Mar 5, 2013)

I waited for this type of camera from Nikon (APS-C). But I'm really disappointed to see the final product. Well, maybe Nikon wants it to look like ordinary point and shoot cameras out there. I love the sensor size but I hate the look of this camera.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 5, 2013)

I think you're thinking of the Coolpix A.

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Spectro
By Spectro (Mar 5, 2013)

lol

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

Finally Larger sensor .

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Mongkul
By Mongkul (Mar 5, 2013)

Yes, finally larger sensor in a toy housing. It will be better if the housing of this camera is something similar to Fujifilm X100. But that's Nikon.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Nightwings
By Nightwings (Mar 5, 2013)

No hotshoe..... no viewfinder=no sale ;)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

I hope you are joking.

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

There's a wink so maybe he's joking.

It's a subcompact camera.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 1 minute after posting
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Mongkul
By Mongkul (Mar 5, 2013)

No view finder. so this camera is target at people who rarely shoot or shoot occasionally at school event or family gathering together. Not for people who are serious about photography.

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robmanueb
By robmanueb (Mar 5, 2013)

For people who care about photography, want to use something better than a cell phone and not have to carry a brick. IE competes with the Canon S range.

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Hex144
By Hex144 (Mar 5, 2013)

"competes with the Canon S range."
Also with Olympus XZ-10. Things are looking good in this segment...

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Total comments: 38