High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2014)
Nikon Coolpix P340
12MP 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor | 24-120mm equiv. F1.8-5.6 lens | Built-in Wi-Fi
What we like:
- Good low light quality
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Ample dials
What we don't:
- No quick access to many features
- No GPS
- Sluggish RAW write times
The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a modest update the the Coolpix P330 enthusiast compact, a direct competitor to the Canon PowerShot S120. Advancements come in the form of Wi-Fi connectivity, which comes in lieu of the GPS found in the P330, a slightly lighter body design, the addition of tactile clicks when turning the ring around the lens barrel and improved battery life (though only slightly).
Nearly all the other specifications of the P340 are identical to its predecessor, like 10fps burst shooting, 1080p HD video capture with stereo sound and Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction.
"We think the inclusion of Wi-Fi over GPS was a smart move on Nikon’s part."
We were reasonably impressed with the image quality of the P330, its 1/1.7” 12.2MP BSI CMOS sensor holds its own in lower-light conditions, especially when capturing JPEGs. And its 24-120mm equivalent f/1.8-5.6 lens offers a decent zoom range and is nearly identical to that of the Canon S120, the only difference being the Canon’s maximum aperture range of f/1.8-5.7.
Control dials are plentiful, with one around the lens barrel, one on top by the zoom toggle/shutter and a third dial located on the back. Unfortunately, no quick menu option makes changing certain settings on the fly a bit of a challenge.
All-in-all, the P340 is not radically different than the P330. We think the inclusion of Wi-Fi over GPS was a smart move on Nikon’s part. This camera is as pocketable as they come, offers ample control dials, an adequate zoom range and won’t let you down in low-light. Not a bad companion to your smartphone.
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