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Nikon releases Coolpix P340 pocketable compact with Wi-Fi

By dpreview staff on Feb 7, 2014 at 04:00 GMT
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The Coolpix P340 is Nikon's latest pocket enthusiast camera designed to compete with the likes of the Canon PowerShot S120. It features a 1/1.7", 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with ability to capture Raw files. The P340 has a useful 24-120mm equivalent stabilized zoom range with F1.8-5.6 maximum aperture, a high resolution 3" LCD screen and now includes built-in Wi-Fi. It will be available in March and will sell for $379.95.  

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Press Release:

AMAZING OPTICS AND STELLAR PERFORMANCE ARE AT THE HEART OF NIKON’S NEWEST COOLPIX CAMERAS

From Super Zoom to Super Slim, the New COOLPIX P600, COOLPIX P530, COOLPIX S9700 and COOLPIX P340 Offer New Ways for Users to Express Their Creativity

MELVILLE, NY (February 6, 2014) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest additions to its impressive lineup of COOLPIX cameras that offer incredible optics and great performance. With a myriad of easy-to-use, creative features, the 60x zoom COOLPIX P600 and 42x zoom COOLPIX P530 provide super-long zoom lenses and the versatility needed to capture images and Full HD videos both near and far. Additionally, the ultra-slim, 30x zoom COOLPIX S9700 and the powerful COOLPIX P340 provide exceptional image quality while fitting comfortably in any pocket.

"Incorporating legendary NIKKOR optics, these new COOLPIX cameras provide users with incredible zoom capability and low-light performance that helps produce unrivaled sharpness and detail in their photos and HD videos," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "Users will enjoy capturing amazing photos and Full HD videos from a distance, along with the ability to share unforgettable moments with family and friends instantly."

New High Power Zooms Allow Users to Get Closer Than Ever Before

COOLPIX P600: Pushing NIKKOR optics to great lengths, the new COOLPIX P600 boasts an impressive 60x optical zoom from a wide-angle 24mm to an unbelievable 1440mm (35mm equivalent) range with the capability to reach even further using 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom*. Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also incorporated to help reduce the effects of camera shake, allowing users to capture clear photos from incredible distances. With built-in Wi-FiⓇ connectivity1, users can show off these amazing photos with family and friends immediately by transferring images to a compatible smart device and uploading them to their social networks.

In addition to photographing from a distance, the P600 also lets the user compose the ideal photo or video from any angle with help from a high resolution (921k-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) Vari-angle LCD display. Users can shoot above a crowd at a sold-out concert or get low to capture a baby’s first steps. With a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, the COOLPIX P600 is capable of capturing detailed photos and Full HD 1080/60i video, even in challenging lighting conditions. The P600 also sports advanced features that appeal to serious photographers including full manual controls (P, S, A, M), an electronic viewfinder and an improved battery life that allows up to approximately 330 shots per charge. What’s more, the new Moon and Bird Watching Scene modes make it easier than ever to enjoy the extreme zoom range.

COOLPIX P530: The new COOLPIX P530 also demonstrates the capabilities of NIKKOR optics through an astounding 42x optical zoom with a 24-1000mm range (35mm equivalent) and 84x Dynamic Fine Zoom* that gets the user even closer. This long-zoom offering affords the ability to capture subjects at otherwise unreachable distances in clear detail thanks to Lens Shift VR image stabilization, which helps minimize camera shake. At the core of the P530 is a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that delivers beautiful photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. Whether a user is looking to grow their photography skills or wanting more control over every shot, the P530 includes full manual controls (P, S, A, M). To help frame stunning photos and HD videos, the COOLPIX P530 sports a 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD monitor and a built-in electronic viewfinder, while users can also share their creations with friends and family when connected to the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.

COOLPIX S9700: With a 30x optical zoom (25-750mm, 35mm equivalent) and 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom* packed into a compact body, the new COOLPIX S9700 is putting the power of NIKKOR optics into the hands of users who demand high quality images from a camera small enough to keep up with their active lifestyle. To help eliminate camera shake when utilizing this impressive zoom range, the S9700 incorporates Lens Shift VR image stabilization for share-worthy portraits or action shots. Sharing can happen immediately with the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi1 capability by transferring images to a compatible smart device and uploading them to social networks. Further enhancing the sharing of memories on an exciting trip, the COOLPIX S9700 also includes built-in GPS technology that lets the user see the exact longitude and latitude of where an image or video was captured.

A 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor contributes to the amazing image quality by producing breathtaking photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. The COOLPIX S9700 also implements Hybrid VR image stabilization for stable video recording, even while handheld. From composing the perfect shot to viewing the photo in crisp detail, the COOLPIX S9700’s high resolution (921K-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) bright OLED monitor helps the user do it all accurately.

Powerful Performance in a Compact Camera

COOLPIX P340: With a versatile 5x (24-120mm, 35mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom*, and a super-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization, the COOLPIX P340 utilizes the strength of NIKKOR optics to capture super-sharp photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos with low noise and amazing color. The wide and bright f/1.8 lens gives users the ability to control depth of field and shoot in a wide variety of lighting conditions. This powerful compact camera also incorporates a large 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for superior image quality, and a host of advanced features including full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and RAW (NRW) image capture.

Composing and capturing photos, when inspiration strikes, is simple with the P340’s high resolution (921K-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD monitor and sleek, portable design that fits comfortably in any handbag or shirt pocket. Sharing that inspirational image can also happen on the fly with the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity1 where users can transfer images to a compatible smart device and upload them to their social networks. Proving that great things can come in small packages, the new COOLPIX P340 is a sophisticated camera option for demanding photo enthusiasts who seek more power and versatility in a compact camera.

Price and Availability 
The COOLPIX P600 will be available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95**, while the COOLPIX P530 will be available in February 2014 in Black for a SRP of $449.95**. Additionally, the COOLPIX S9700 will be available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a SRP of $349.95**. Lastly, the COOLPIX P340 will be available in March 2014 in Black for a SRP of $379.95**.

In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*Dynamic Fine Zoom magnification is calculated from the full-wide end of optical zoom.

1Cameras having Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store.

For use with Android or iOS mobile devices, please refer to mobile device compatibility and available features at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nikon.wu.wmau&hl=en (Android) or https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/wireless-mobile-adapter-utility/id554157010 (iOS).

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**SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

All Nikon trademarks are trademarks of Nikon Corporation.

Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Specifications

Price
MSRP$379.95
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
ISOAuto 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400, Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 12,800 available when using P, S, A, or M mode), Hi 2 (equivalent to ISO 25,600 available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (NRW)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–120 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF1.8 - F5.6
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (Up to 4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range2 cm (0.79)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Scene Mode, Custom User, Auto mode, Special Effects mode, Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Scene auto selector
Scene modes
  • Backlighting, Beach, Black and White Copy, Close-up, Dusk/Dawn, Easy Panorama, Fireworks Show, Food, Landscape, Museum, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Scene Auto Selector, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.50 m
Drive modes
  • Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Best Shot Selector, Multi-shot 16, Continuous 120fps, Continuous 60fps, Pre-shooting cache
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920x1080 (30p, 25p, 60i, 50i), 1280x720 (30p, 25p), 1920x1080 (15p, 12.5p), 640x480 (120p, 100p), 1280x720 (60p, 50p), 320x240 (240p, 200p), iFrame 720 (30p, 25p), 640x480 (30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included56MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
WirelessBuilt-In
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA)220
Weight (inc. batteries)194 g (0.43 lb / 6.84 oz)
Dimensions103 x 58 x 32 mm (4.06 x 2.28 x 1.26)
Other features
GPSNone
2
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13
I want it
6
I had it
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Total comments: 100
harihari
By harihari (1 month ago)

NIKON P.3xx
Is A small pocket with SLR ability, for it class

As we knows, the bigger size camera,
although they have little better IQ,
but
There are always have more trouble to bring it,
And It means we will LOST more Moment too.

Not like a pocket size, that we can bring it to go everywhere,
Just insert to pocket shirt.
Without need special bag or anything trouble
Only about 250.gr,
With little less IQ,
below 10 % !! (for Hi End Compact versus medium Class SLR)

So, add the EVF n Hot Shoe will make Bigger Size and Heavy too.
It will make NIKON P.3xx out of this purpose.
If we want to get EVF or Hot Shoe, we can find in another type like P.7800
with bigger size, and heavier too
Hot shoe , we never need it,
Hi ISO ability never need Extra Flash

So that we wish for NIKON P.3xx serries;
are for better IQ improvement,
better Sensor type for little noise in Hi ISO
Faster focussing, especially for white and black area
In Tele hi focal length, that often missed n error in focussing.

Comment edited 13 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
harihari
By harihari (1 month ago)

Nikon always win over Cannon,
for;
it's image sharpness, dynamic range, contrast.
more eficiency & user friendly for the menus.
better quality for amost of all mechanical parts, dial rings,
zoom lever, shutter button, etc.
The lack of the Nikon Compact Camera are for the Sensor ability;
noise and low light ability.
I have Nikon P.310, it have better image quality than Cannon S.110 even S.120, but not for Noise and Hi ISO.
Now I'm was interrest to buy P.340.
I live in INDONESIA,
so I must wait for 2015.
In Indonesia,
Nikon always launching the new product after 1 year pass.
We never understand for the Nikon policy.
More people dissapointed.
More market losses too.
Wrong management make wrong market too.
Good product in wrong management.

0 upvotes
D R C
By D R C (2 months ago)

I had to return two P330 cameras due to horrendous lens flare, I hope they have improved things with this new one!

0 upvotes
Neodp
By Neodp (2 months ago)

Umm. Film is better than that sensor.

2 upvotes
idnab
By idnab (2 months ago)

Have you had a chance to compare "that sensor" and film?

0 upvotes
Neodp
By Neodp (2 months ago)

I just did. Really.

Is there anything else I can help you with?

P.S. True samples rule but do not tell everything. There are many other ways. Overall this is a worse design than film, even 35mm size film. That is backwards. Not in everything, but overall. Film is not the overall standard. My argument is anyone would be better by a LARGE margin with certain old film cameras, than this. That is a crying shame. Consider this a public (sensor) service announcement.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
1 upvote
idnab
By idnab (2 months ago)

Very good, you must be quite well equipped.
What is "better" for image capture and presentation, anyhow?
I am inclined (with many others) to accept that "each their own".
This is just a common sense comment.

0 upvotes
Cariboo
By Cariboo (2 months ago)

No EVF? No deal. I stop looking at P&S's to purchase, when they don't include an EVF. Nice that Panasonic is finally offering that option. So I bought the LF1 & the EVF works great. As an aside for me, it also looks like the Panasonics have other better features too. So for me, Panasonic 1, Nikon 0.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
1 upvote
beavertown
By beavertown (2 months ago)

I love EVF. But it is expensive as hell when it is sold separately.

0 upvotes
MarkByland
By MarkByland (2 months ago)

Great cameras all around. I recently traded my P310 and I wish now that I had not. The addition of RAW is certainly very welcomed. That was the one request I had for the P310. That, and maybe a 16MP sensor upgrade would have been great but would have required lens re-engineering to match. The P series cameras hold better in-hand than the S120. The lack of a grip bar on the front the S120 makes it difficult to one hand shoot if required. That was some thing the P310 could do all day. Much like the Fuji X20, this thing has an amazing close-focus distance for macro.

0 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

Well, IQ-wise, the P310 was the worst of all past P3xx models (the P330 being the best, followed by the original P300 and, finally, the P310).

Now that the P330 is $200 only, you can safely purchase a camera that is leaps and bounds better than the P310. Or, wait for the reviews of the P340 to find out whether it's indeed worth the price premium over the P330.

0 upvotes
chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (2 months ago)

Jesus, what is it with these idiots who read about P&S cameras and then bitch on about them having no EVF, or hotshoe etc etc etc! Does my bloody head in!

8 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

Well, myself am happy the P330/P340 doesn't have either. I have very rarely used them on my past compact cameras. Better save some money / volume / weight.

1 upvote
mcshan
By mcshan (2 months ago)

Size! I get it. I have owned the S90 and 95. Great and fun to use cameras. There are times when only a very small camera will do. The G15 is larger (obviously the G16 same thing) but has a much faster lens which comes in handy.

We now use and RX100 and love it but that series is expensive and not in everybody's budget. This Nikon looks like it will be a good camera and would love to see some serious image quality comparisons with the Canon S series.

2 upvotes
Jefftan
By Jefftan (2 months ago)

can someone help me please, should I buy this or Canon s120
pros and con please
thanks

1 upvote
greggyh
By greggyh (2 months ago)

I suggest reading the DPreview roundup that includes the Coolpix P330 and S120: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9935181366/high-end-pocketable-compacts-2013-roundup The P340 is similar to the 330 with the addition of WiFi and removal of GPS. I chose the P330 over the Canon S1xx series because the image quality seemed better to me from sample images. By all accounts the S120 is more responsive. They are both excellent cameras in the pocketable and sub $400 class.

1 upvote
Fotoman53
By Fotoman53 (2 months ago)

Sounds a lot like a Canon S Series including a 1/1.7 sensor. I had a S100 and loved it it but after sending back to factory and then having same problem gave up on it. I have a Sony RX100M2 but really miss the size on these smaller cameras. That canon took great pictures too. I actually preferred the S100 to its successors because it had GPS.

0 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

"Sounds a lot like a Canon S Series including a 1/1.7 sensor. I had a S100 and loved it it but after sending back to factory and then having same problem gave up on it. "

The P3xx series doesn't have major QA issues (e.g., major lens softness in some units), as opposed to the Canon S series.

1 upvote
Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (2 months ago)

How is this differentiated from all the others? Either it should have a really good EVF or a longer lens or a brighter lens or larger sensor or something!!

1 upvote
Cgoor
By Cgoor (2 months ago)

If you read Nikon's Asian and European sites the P340 has improved auto focus performance and shot to shot times. In addition, there is now a functional control ring around the lens which will improve the ergonomics. Sadly Nikon's USA site does not do the new camera any justice. I urge everyone to review Nikon's Asian and European sites to gain a better understanding of the camera and it's improved capabilities and to wait for the reviews before dismissing this camera. I am especially interested in this camera especially after returning a Canon S120 which had a battery problem when recording video.

2 upvotes
sailorboy414
By sailorboy414 (2 months ago)

I looked at UK and Hong Kong sites and can't find the info you mentioned. Are you able to post a link please?

0 upvotes
Cgoor
By Cgoor (2 months ago)

Hi Sailorboy,

http://www.nikon-asia.com/en_Asia/about/home_news.page?ID=templatedata/en_Asia/taggable_content/data/news/products/COOLPIX-SPRING-COOLPIX-2

A new high-speed autofocus algorithm has shortened focusing time to 0.23sec and the release time lag to 0.24sec (at the maximum wide-angle position). Stress-free, smooth focusing is also made possible even for telephoto shooting."

http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/press_room/press_presentation.page?Period=New&Quarter=0&SY=0&ID=templatedata%5Cen_GB%5Cnews_article%5Cdata%5CBV-PR-WWA-P340-07022014

Focus peaking allows you to view focused areas and adjust the intensity levels for finer details, whilst multitask processing lets you take your second shot while your first image is being processed, significantly speeding up shooting in RAW.

0 upvotes
lectrolink
By lectrolink (2 months ago)

I own a P-330 and am generally pleased with it. It is truly pocketable, has a larger than avg sensor and RAW capability. It also has been for a while about the cheapest true compact you could find with these features. The P-330 is capable of excellent phots in macro and well lit situations. Unfortunately, the cam suffers from several operational shortcomings such as slow-as-molasses processing of RAW files and poor low light performance.
So what were they thinking with the P-340? Adding Wifi and GPS without addressing the shortcomings is just perplexing, as if they had no idea what enthusiast owners wanted/needed. What the update should have had in addition to wifi/GPS (and really needs) is a better processor, an updated sensor, an AE lock, a touchscreen, DNG RAW, and 4.5 or less aperture at max telephoto. Until Nikon sees fit to address some of these issues, I would just go with a P-330 for $197 and wait to see if the P-350 gets it right.

7 upvotes
sean lee
By sean lee (2 months ago)

Is it about to come next generation of coolpix A?

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

Apparently, the Coolpix A hasn't exactly been a bestseller. If Nikon doesn't understand that the reason for this is that it's overpriced, but rather thinks that people didn't like the concept, then they might not bother with updating it.

1 upvote
Jefftan
By Jefftan (2 months ago)

not as serious as people like to put it
how many situation would you max zoom at low light? for me never
in daylight even F5.6 you go up to ISO 200 will than be OK
no big deal, I would rather have a true pocket camera than a muck bulkier F2.8 at max zoom

I am never a zoom person anyway and if zoom always in daylight

what concern me is if shot to shot speed has been improved and ISO 800 (I won't go higher) also improved
even if ISO 800 not improved, this year we can use DXO PRIME on RAW (not sure if PRIME can be used on jpeg or even if possible useful or not)

0 upvotes
DStudio
By DStudio (2 months ago)

The P340 had better be small, because that lens at f/5.6 "120mm" is nothing to brag about.

Comment edited 23 seconds after posting
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Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (2 months ago)

So um...whats the actual difference between this and the P330 that is selling for 200 bucks?
It seems to have WiFi built in, instead of needing an adapter (or a eyefi sd).

Is that it? A 'gentle refresh' is one thing, but holy hell...this has absolutely NOTHING that I can see. Did I miss something?

0 upvotes
binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (2 months ago)

Nearly $400 and tiny sensor? No thanks. Would rather use my phone or spend a little more for something *much* nicer.

5 upvotes
Maverick2007
By Maverick2007 (2 months ago)

Zero Innovations!!!!!, Nikon is doing same mistakes again and again. When Nikon will learn from their own mistakes? Look at Fuji.....

1 upvote
VENTURE-STAR
By VENTURE-STAR (2 months ago)

Amazing performance and stellar optics? Wow, but hold on, this is just another cheap and cheerful compact plastic camera with a relatively short zoom that has a f/5.6 aperture at full tele.

It's probably put together by a sub-contractor and no doubt uses very expensive chipped batteries. The only thing going for this camera, is it's brand name.

For the price, you might as well stick to a manufacturer with a good track record for building quality compacts, such as Panasonic or Sony.

7 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (2 months ago)

I think the Fuji XQ1 beats this out. 1/2 stop faster on the long end, a larger sensor and faster focusing same size for only $50 more.

Then again the panasonic gm1 makes both cameras obsolete.

2 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (2 months ago)

The GM1 is just too different to compare- it's small, but with a lens mounted it's not pocketable (which means shirt or pants pocket, not winter jacket or cargo pants) so they're not in the same class.

1 upvote
teos
By teos (2 months ago)

P340 comes with Expeed C2 processor, which is used in very low-end compact cameras of Nikon as well. To compete with Canon, Nikon should have released P340 with Expeed C3 or newer/faster/updated processor.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (2 months ago)

Any compact with less than a 1" sensor is DOA unless it is just a cheap mass-market toy.

8 upvotes
Greynerd
By Greynerd (2 months ago)

Why don't you just say that any compact that is not a Sony RX100 and be done with it. By cheap you mean under £600 or equivalent.

Comment edited 56 seconds after posting
5 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (2 months ago)

That's utter and complete nonsense. The ergonomics and handling of the Sony RX-100 cameras suck big time. The viewfinder is an expensive after thought--for that money, you could buy a much better camera with MUCH BIGGER sensor. Moreover the lens isn't nearly as fast as what can be found in other compacts.

8 upvotes
mosc
By mosc (2 months ago)

$548 for the RX100 on amazon right now. This is like a stop slower, it should be half the price and it's not.

2 upvotes
Michel F
By Michel F (2 months ago)

I agree that the 1 inch sensor is superior and should be used by other manufacturers. That being said, I had the RX100 and didn't like it. The sensor is let down buy a so-so lens (not very good wide open), an overcomplicated menu system and unreliable AF (close distance to subject). There are other things that bothered me about it but I'll leave it at that. I've owned at least 8 or 9 compacts so far and they all have weaknesses and strengths. Compacts by their nature are full of compromises. For its price, I didn't think the RX100 was anything special.

6 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (2 months ago)

I loved the RX100 except for the image quality. I'm not sure what I expected since the extremely positive reviews showed the corners were soft at the wide angle setting and my RX100 matched the reviews.

3 upvotes
AlexRuiz
By AlexRuiz (2 months ago)

This camera is rather non-appealing. However, it's predecesors are just as good, and can be had for a fraction of the price. I have owned Canon S90, S95, and currently and S100. Yes, the IQ cannot be compared with serious cameras, But, these cameras are trully pocketable. And to the ppl comparing it with the GM1, the price and size are 2x if you include the GM1's lens.

2 upvotes
Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (2 months ago)

That is like griping that the Ricoh BR sucks because its not an RX1.
How bout we actually compare to products in the same category and playing field? S120, P7800, LX7, the new lumix 7x zoom, XZ-2, G16, X20, etc.

0 upvotes
mcshan
By mcshan (2 months ago)

Maybe it was a quality control type thing but we still use our RX100 and it is a great camera. No issues as noted above. The image quality is amazing for such a small camera. Ergonomics are a matter of taste. Having owned the S90 and S95 I can say that the Sony is much better BUT it simply isn't in everyone's budget (or camera taste). The Canon S series has been a steady performer although I believe there were some issues/problems with the S100...was it the lens? The Canons take really good photos. I look forward to test comparisons to see how Nikon compares with Canon.

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (2 months ago)

Greynerd, I think it's been amply explained why I didn't say RX100.

0 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (2 months ago)

A friend of mine bought a P330, I asked her why she chose this one over many other choices.
'It is Nikon!' She replied...

Many people will buy P340 for the same reason, and PXXX in the future...

3 upvotes
Tripeiro
By Tripeiro (2 months ago)

Would have been interesting 4 or 5 years ago. Next!

10 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (2 months ago)

My biggest complaint with the P330 was its restrictive controls. It looks like it has a lens ring, but it doesn't, and the nice top dial can't be assigned to control what you want it to control.

If those control issues had been sorted, I would have purchased one. The IQ was very nice, and it seemed otherwise well built and designed. I much preferred it in hand and in use to the Canon S100 I was also looking at at the time.

Now, competitors keep progressing. These days, I really think you need a touch screen too.

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sandy b
By sandy b (2 months ago)

B&H has the Nikon P330 for 197.00. ordered one yesterday.

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Michel F
By Michel F (2 months ago)

You won't regret it.

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Hachu21
By Hachu21 (2 months ago)

I Wonder if Nikon P séries and Canon S séries are built by the companies themselves...
Are they coming from a third party oem constructor, like it's usual for the dozen of entry level compacts?
Look at s110 and p330, then S120 and P340. The guts are exactly the same!And on top of that, the changes from "old" to "new" model are also identical.
Isn't that strange?

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pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (2 months ago)

P340 and S120 probably use the same Sony BSI CMOS sensor. I don't think the lenses are the same though.

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Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (2 months ago)

The Canon S90/S97 used Sony CCD sensors. The S100/S110/S120 use Canon CMOS sensors (see Dxomark to compare sensor results).

Everyone else uses the Sony 12Mpx BSI CMOS sensor in the enthusiast compact sector.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

The S120 is an BSI
So it's probably Sony which will become apparant when someone takes it apart.

You're right about the other though

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Thsoft
By Thsoft (2 months ago)

Very disappointed. Nothing new only Wifi

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

It's stated to have faster AF and some other goodies. Let's wait for the formal reviews.

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Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

yawn

1 upvote
carlos roncatti
By carlos roncatti (2 months ago)

same old sluggish raw timings?

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ThomasH_always
By ThomasH_always (2 months ago)

They are stubborn, they waste money on maintaining 2 raw formats, instead of using DNG.

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Jefftan
By Jefftan (2 months ago)

only difference with p330 is built in wifi?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

And possibly the left-out GPS.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (2 months ago)

Does the P340 really have GPS “BuiltIn” as it states at the bottom of the specs? The press release makes no mention of it.

If it has GPS, this camera is interesting. I don’t care about Wi-Fi – I’m only ready to share a photo after I’ve developed the raw file using a colour-calibrated monitor – but geotagging is seriously useful for me.

Otherwise this is purely a catch-up camera.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

Yes, I'd like to know the same. The Canon S110 -> S120 "upgrade" removed the GPS. I really hope the situation isn't the same with the P340. If it does (still) have GPS, then, this is one of the cameras with the best value.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (2 months ago)

Ah, I hadn’t realised the P330 had a GPS receiver. It seems likely the specifications here are a copy-and-paste error then.

I can see the value in Wi-Fi, but for other people. For me it’s not important. GPS, on the other hand, is very nice to have (and I lug around an external GPS receiver with my SLR).

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (2 months ago)

The press release does mention it

> the COOLPIX S9700 also includes built-in GPS technology that lets the user see the exact longitude and latitude of where an image or video was captured.

Too bad it doesn't sound like the Wi-Fi supports remote control tho as it's really nice to be able to leave a camera on a tripod and use a smartphone as a remote screen, change settings and trigger the shutter without touching the camera (I've done this with my GX7 several times now).

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Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

Yes, the S9700 has a GPS receiver, but not the P340. From Imaging Resource:

"It's a follow-up to last year's Coolpix P330, and in place of that camera's GPS receiver, the newer model has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity."

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (2 months ago)

p330 already has GPS and has the same lens and sensor specs. If you don't want wifi, save yourself a couple hundred and get clearance p330 now.

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AlexRuiz
By AlexRuiz (2 months ago)

Andy Crowe, what is the point in "changing settings" with these cameras anyway? It's not like you can get any more DOF or anything. These cameras are for "quick shots", nothing more.

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
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eivissa1
By eivissa1 (2 months ago)

I am sure that the expected Panasonic LX8 or 9 will be far better!

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

But significantly bulkier and more expensive.

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eivissa1
By eivissa1 (2 months ago)

You could be right about that.

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theblock
By theblock (2 months ago)

P340 is competitor to LF1, not LX. Nikon has Coolpix A for those who want uncompromised PQ.

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mcshan
By mcshan (2 months ago)

@eivis...Even the Canon G16 might be "far better" but look at the size difference. The G15 and 16 both have a very fast lens throughout the zoom. Still, there are times when only a true pocket camera will do.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (2 months ago)

P340- My bet is you still can't put AEL separately off the shutter release just like the P330- a total deal breaker for those who want to lock exposure, then recompose and re-focus (most enthusiasts?). Having to lock exposure and focus at the same time really bites (current set up).

Carl

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Allen Yang
By Allen Yang (2 months ago)

I'm wondering if this one is more portable than Canon S120, in terms of size.

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Catalin Stavaru
By Catalin Stavaru (2 months ago)

Don't wonder, compare the size specs.

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Dames01
By Dames01 (2 months ago)

P340: 103 x 58 x 32 mm (4.06 x 2.28 x 1.26″)
S120: 100 x 59 x 29 mm (3.94 x 2.32 x 1.14″)

S120 is more pocketable

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Resom
By Resom (2 months ago)

? I own a S110 and P300, but 3 x 1 x 3 mm more is possible a "no go"?

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (2 months ago)

That's right Resom, after acquiring the information we can start to form an opinion on the matter and make a decision. Have fun.

You start off well with the correct calculations, but your conclusion might need a little more work. For example, in addition to the dimensions you might want to consider including a variety of other important factors of your choosing into the final comparison.

;)

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Gazeomon
By Gazeomon (2 months ago)

- - - - CHRR - R - R - - R - - - R - - -, Nikon - wake me up when You have to say something, like ' we proudly announce the D400' or 'D4 sensor in a mirror less body'. - - - CHRR - R - - R

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Gesture
By Gesture (2 months ago)

Looking good, Nikon.

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beavertown
By beavertown (2 months ago)

I bet 3rd party batteries are not allowed to use.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

Earlier P3xx cameras worked just fine with third-party batteries.

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beavertown
By beavertown (2 months ago)

How sad.

They even break support for Tamron A005 on FT1 mount after the firmware update.

Nikon is a shxt company these days.

1 upvote
raztec
By raztec (2 months ago)

Johnny come lately. Where was this camera when the s90 and LX3 were around?

Too late Nikon. You're playing catch up. Better go work on a D400 before you really blow any loyalty you have left.

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dymention2112
By dymention2112 (2 months ago)

Sounds like all Nikon did was add wi-fi and change the number 3 to 4......I'm not impressed.
Hopefully, the images and reviews prove me wrong.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 54 seconds after posting
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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

If they didn't remove GPS (which I really hope they haven't), the new feature can be hugely useful for quick transfers without having to remove the card and/or remote controlling via mobile phones.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (2 months ago)

If this were an f/1.8-f/2.8 lens it would be great, but f/5.6 when competitors are much faster like the XZ-2's f/1.8-f/2.5. Sure Nikon lens covers wider range, but not much.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (2 months ago)

Not the same category. XZ-2 is MUCH larger. THis is a true pocket cam like the Fuji XQ1 and Canon S120

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phazelag
By phazelag (2 months ago)

I have the XZ-1 and the Panasonic LF1 and both are more compelling. I don't see this offering anything new.

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Azfar
By Azfar (2 months ago)

f1.8-5.6 what ? is this still 2010 ?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (2 months ago)

Have pockets grown since 2010 or something?

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Miwok
By Miwok (2 months ago)

No swivel LCD either. Yes, is still 2010 on Nikon planet.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (2 months ago)

what pocket camera has a swivel LCD?

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AlexRuiz
By AlexRuiz (2 months ago)

People are hillarious around here. What is next, "slow flash sync speed"? "no touch screen"? Good gosh. This is a low-end camera people. A couple of months from now it will be selling for $200.

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
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pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (2 months ago)

P340 looks like it will be a fine camera but it's hard to overlook the fact that its direct competitor, the Canon S120, has a capacitive touch screen while the P340 has none at all.

Comment edited 33 seconds after posting
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tkbslc
By tkbslc (2 months ago)

p330 + the add on wifi would be about half the price right now and same thing.

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NetMage
By NetMage (2 months ago)

Does the S120 have IS?

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rrccad
By rrccad (2 months ago)

yes s120 has IS

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

The S120 doesn't have GPS (a MAJOR letdown) and has (may have) lens QA issues. The Nikon P3xx series is known for consistent and high lens quality.

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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rrccad
By rrccad (2 months ago)

the P340 doesnt' have GPS either.

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