High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2013)
Nikon Coolpix P330
12MP 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor | 24-120mm equiv. F1.8-5.6 lens | Built-in GPS
What we like:
- Useful lens range
- Attractive JPEGs
- Good low light image quality
What we don't:
- No quick access to most features
- Slow write times for Raw files
- Fairly average battery life
The Nikon P330 is the company's pocket enthusiast camera - competing much more squarely in its class, thanks to a 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor and the ability to capture Raw files (both of which its predecessor, the P310, lacked). It offers a useful 24-120mm equiv. zoom range with a reasonable, though not outstanding, F1.8-5.6 maximum aperture range.
"The Nikon is a very capable small camera that offers some of the better JPEG image quality in this class"
The P330's image quality, like its big brother, the P7800, is very good, with Nikon's JPEG engine doing particularly well in getting the best out of the camera in low light.
The P330 is just as pocketable as its immediate rivals, but we've always found Nikon's compact camera interface a bit more fiddly than those if its peers (changing settings is more likely to involve the use of the main menu). The P330 doesn't include Wi-Fi but there is the option to buy a module that slots into the side of the camera. Sadly it exhibits the same slow Raw file write times as the P7800.
The Nikon is a very capable small camera that offers some of the better JPEG image quality in this class. Its handling isn't bad, but the lack of a quick function menu means it doesn't encourage changing settings as much as some of its peers.