Nikon Coolpix P330 in the Test

Also Nikon has detected that the trend in compact cameras is becoming more and more in the direction of large-sized sensors. The P330 has to offer a lot of 350 euros for around.

The Nikon Coolpix P330 looks like a simple successor to the P310, but the first impression is deceptive. The inner workings of Nikon has improved after strong: the Nikon Coolpix P330 has a Large 1/1.7-inch sensor, which she has inherited from the Coolpix P7700 (Test) , and can save pictures in RAW format. So, manages the digital camera into the spotlight of a clientele with high quality standards and to win market share amongst Canon’s PowerShot S110 (test) .

With approx. 60 x 103 x 32 mm, the Nikon Coolpix P330 is small and compact and also their weight around 200 grams predestined the camera perfectly still for a jacket pocket. Straight and without embellishment, the design is almost pure. A vertically arranged rubber bead on the front of the camera and a small Rubberised surface at the thumb position on the back provide good support in the intervention and taking pictures.

Good workmanship

The main dial on the top of the camera is slightly recessed and clearly into place. Another adjustment wheel, which significantly lighter locks, but to protect against accidental twisting, is almost entirely in the camera surface is located right next to it. The quality of the controls of the Nikon Coolpix P330 and labelled are good. Anyway, the entire processing of the camera is clean and solid. The only weak point is the measly cover of the connectors. The Jack with the tripod is roughly arranged in the middle of the housing.

The settings can be selected in the main command dial of the Nikon Coolpix P330, P, S, A, M, U, automatic, scene auto and night scene. By pressing the menu button enters the respective menu. The menu remains even logical and clear, if individual modes offer extensive setting options.


Access to the corresponding menu points is possible on direct way with the Fn button on the front of the Nikon Coolpix P330. Change you can then the values by turning the knurled wheel on the top of the camera or with the four way switch. The 3-inch display with 307.000 RGB pixels is top. Images will be played from extreme viewing angles sharply and colorfast, icons and font are of comfortable size and easy to recognize.

The zoom range of the Nikon Coolpix P330 ranges from 24 to 120 mm (KB), a practical 5 x zoom. The initial intensity of 1.8 is certainly much better than the usual standard, unfortunately she closes with the long focal length to 5.6. And this is for small equivalent 120 mm already significantly below average. The built-in Flash of the Coolpix P330 comes only on operating a slide out of the housing. Only if the Flash is gone out, also Flash settings are possible. After use it must be pushed back again. An optical image stabilizer is on board, the macro mode is decent with a close-range limit of 3 cm.

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A class of its own

Positive there to report from the front of the sensor. When the Coolpix P330 the resolution when compared with the P310 from 16 to 12 megapixels has been reduced, although the sensor instead of the usual 1 / 2.3 inch now proud 1/1.7 inch measures. Thus, the Coolpix P330 image quality in a different Leagueplays clearly reflected also in the total score. While the P310 so just above the 40-point mark, scratching the P330 with 59 points at the 60 mark.

The sharpness at ISO 100 and ISO 400 is good, however, already a slight noise is visible even at the low speeds, at ISO 800 grieselt’s already heavily. Other cameras in this class of sensor can do better. The processor trims the images on high contrast, stones and grass in our test shots are crisp, even better than at the Fujifilm X 20. Suffer portraits but rather, here it makes sense to use the RAW mode for the recording.

Even if Nikon with the Coolpix P330 has more advanced photographers in focus, the camera gives you everything you need for fun photography course: about a 360 ° panorama mode, a wide range of effects filters and a 3D-Simulationsmodus. Videos the Coolpix P330 records in full HD quality and also dominated the motion – or slow-motion shots. Who is much on the road, will be pleased also about the integrated GPS module. All in all a successful package.

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Review conclusion

With the Coolpix P330 , Nikon has the P300 series significantly upgraded. It combines handy and attractive exterior, practical facilities and good image quality. Buy movers