Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon Coolpix W300

16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor | 24-120mm equiv. F2.8-4.9 lens | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Versatile lens
  • Impressive rugged credentials
  • 4K video capture

What we don't:

  • Burst shooting ends quickly
  • Lens is on the soft side
  • No Raw support
The Coolpix W300 is Nikon's premium rugged camera, built around a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and a versatile 24-120mm equivalent F2.8-4.9 zoom lens. It offers features not found on budget models, like a GPS, compass and altimeter, as well as 4K video capture.
The W300 has solid build quality and a bright, high resolution LCD. The camera's card and battery live behind a single lockable door, minimizing the number of seals you need to keep clean. It's waterproof to 30m / 100ft, shockproof from 2.4m / 7.9ft and freezeproof to -10°C / 14°F. The W300 has a movement-based way of controlling some functions while wearing diving gloves, but we didn’t always get consistent behavior from it. The camera contains a database of points-of-interest that can be attached to photos you've taken. The Snapbridge Wi-Fi + Bluetooth system makes it easy to send images to your phone.
The W300 can shoot UHD 4K video at up to 30p for high detail capture
The W300's contrast-detect autofocus system offers relatively good performance. There is a subject tracking mode, but once you press the shutter release tracking stops. At full resolution the W300 can shoot 5 shots at 7 fps. Battery life is also rated to a credible 280 shots per charge, which means you shouldn’t need to worry about it dying on you too soon.
Image quality from the W300 is typical of the smaller-sensored cameras in this class, with fine detail smudged away by noise reduction. The W300's lens seems a bit soft, as well. Colors are pleasant, though, and exposures are accurate. The lack of Raw capture limits your ability to edit your images taken in challenging conditions, such as underwater, but that's a rare feature in this class.
The W300 can shoot UHD 4K video at up to 30p for high detail capture and it looks very good, with effective shake reduction. If you want 120 fps shooting, you'll have to capture it at VGA resolution. Aside from a wind filter, there aren't any real controls for capturing video.
The Nikon Coolpix W300 impresses with its rugged credentials and feature set. Image quality is par for the course, meaning that it's more than acceptable for web use and sharing (and the colors are nice and vivid) but things get soft and smudgy on close inspection. The W300 isn't the best waterproof camera in its class, but it's up there.

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