Nikon Coolpix P3 Concise Review
Announced just before PMA in February 2006, the 8 megapixel Coolpix P3 replaces the P2 at the top of Nikon's compact Coolpix range, adding a few features (the headline change being the introduction of optical image stabilization) and sleeker, simpler styling. Like the P2 the P3 is one of the small, but growing, band of cameras with built-in wireless (802.11 b/g) Wi-Fi capabilities, and like most of Nikon's higher-end Coolpix models it is stuffed to the gills with features, options and controls. Nikon also announced a sister model (the Coolpix P4) that offers exactly the same specification without the Wi-Fi for around $40 less. It is safe to assume that the image quality and handling aspects of this review are equally applicable to the P4.
- 8.1 million effective pixels
- 3.5x optical zoom (36-126mm equiv.)
- 2.5" TFT screen
- Two-mode VR (Vibration Reduction) system (lens-shift)
- Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) capability
- BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten sequential shots
- Continuous shooting at up to 1.8fps
- Aperture priority mode
- Face-priority AF
- In-camera red-eye removal
- 16 Scene modes
- 23MB internal memory + SD card storage
|Street price|| US: $396
|Body Material||Metal (aluminum)|
|Sensor||• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels
|Image sizes||• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 3264 x 2448 (3:2)
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 30fps
• QuickTime (.MOV) with sound (WAV)
• Time lapse movie (30s to 30 mins interval, 30fps playback)
• 36-126mm equiv
Contrast-detect TTL autofocus
|Metering|| 256-segment Matrix metering
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to focusing frame)
Mechanical shutter + Electronic shutter
|Aperture|| F2.7-F7.6 in 10 steps (wide)
F5.3-F7.3 in 4 steps (tele)
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
|White Balance||• Auto with TTL control
• Direct sunlight
• Flash and White balance preset
Contrast (3 levels + auto)
|Continuous||• Continuous (approx. 1.8fps)
• Multi-shot 16 (approx. 1.7fps @ 8M)
• Ultra HS (approx. 30fps up to 100 shots)
• 5 shot buffer (approx. 1.8fps)
|Flash|| • Built-in
• Range: Wide 0.4-4.0m (1 ft 4in - 13 ft 1 in), Auto ISO
• Range: Tele 0.4-2.0 (1 ft 4in - 6 ft 7 in), Auto ISO
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• Flash cancel
• Anytime flash
• Slow synch
|Storage||• SD compatible
• Approx 23 MB internal memory
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-inch TFT amorphous silicon TFT transflective
• 150,000 pixels
• Brightness adjustment
• AV out
• IEEE 802.11b/g wireless range up to 30m
|Power||• Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL5
• Optional AC adapter EH-62A
|Weight (inc batt)||200 g (6.6 oz)|
|Dimensions||92 x 61 x 31 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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