Nikon Coolpix P330 photos plus hands-on

8 March 2013 12:00 GMT / By Mike Lowe

Nikon Coolpix is all change. Not just have you enjoyed plus played with all the brand-new Nikon Coolpix A – the company’s initial APS-C sensor compact camera – we’ve furthermore had the mitts found on the newest high-end customer compact, the Nikon Coolpix P330.

This update to the P310 could look somewhat synonymous to its predecessor at initially glance, however Nikon has finally managed to squeeze inside a heavier sensor size to a body that’s hardly any heavier than before. Yup, the P330 pinches the same 1/1.7-inch sensor because found inside the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

READ: Nikon Coolpix P7700

In the hand it’s the tiny size that’s among the significant factors because the P330 absolutely isn’t much heavier than the P310 was, plus it’s far small than the chunky P7700 model. Although it’s little, the P330 remains sizeable enough to reach grips with plus employ with ease. It’s got a back thumbwheel plus top mode dial which can tick boxes for advanced consumers plus are effectively located for useful employ.

The P330′s tiny size is all more impressive considering the now-longer 5x optical zoom that equates to a 24-120mm f/1.8-5.6 zoom. The aperture remains bright too, whether or not it’s not very as much as, state, Olympus XZ-2 standard. The Coolpix’s zoom is controlled through a toggle about the shutter switch much like any standard compact camera that is swift plus smooth used.

READ: Olympus XZ-2 review

Autofocus remains the same because the past P310 model, meaning it’s quick plus comes inside a great amount of flavours: face priority; car area; guide for user-defined positioning (99-areas); centre; topic monitoring with face priority; plus guide focus (controlled through the back d-pad).

Control-wise the P330 doesn’t add about any brand-new revelations as a result, nevertheless we’re happy with which. A manual focus ring will nevertheless stay found on the wishlist, nevertheless these a feature might add to the total expense we’re certain. There is today Wi-Fi functionality whenever utilizing the optional WU-1a wireless adaptor, however, you need to fork out an additional £55 for the pleasure.

But otherwise it’s the cost which usually truly aid shift the P330. It’s set to be indexed at £350 whenever it releases this March – that’s a lot lower than the near-£500 of several competitors plus should match it side by side with all the Canon PowerShot S110. 

READ: Canon PowerShot S110 review

The Nikon will not have a metal body or perhaps a really top end finish because a few of the more deluxe compacts available, yet it’s strong enough plus usually over work. Give it a little extra time found on the shelves plus we’re certain which the cost might dip yet further. P7700-esque image standard inside a trim body at a fair cost – sounds like a definite winner to you along with a sizeable leap for this P-series.

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