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Nikon COOLPIX P330 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 5x Zoom (White) by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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Nikon COOLPIX P330 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 5x Zoom (White)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 98 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 11.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact5.0   above average
Price5.0   above average
Quality4.9   above average
Photo4.6   above average
Size4.6   average
Image4.5   above average
Light4.5   above average
Flash4.2   above average
DSLR3.9   average
Speed3.6   average
Lens2.8   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"As for the GPS function, sure it really uses up the batteries, but more importantly it's not particularly accurate, takes several minutes to get a fix (even if you're just turned the camera off and on again), and the path-creating function is (sad to say) laughable."
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"-The battery charger isn't able to charge (my extra battery) outside the camera, while I am using the camera."
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"The battery is constantly malfunctioning making the camera unusable."
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"Only downside is that it eats up batteries so order a couple extra"
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"But just ok. People complain about the battery sd card door, but I don't have an issue with this."
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"The Wasabi batteries and charger make life easy..Also got a 16gb San Disk."
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"I do wish this had a touch screen like the S110 has as well as an external battery charger (the battery is removable and charger is available though)."
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"Easily remedied by buying third party batteries and a charger."
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Compact

Compact:
"small and compact, recommended."
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"I take 400+ pictures a week for work and needed a good compact."
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"- The combination of exceptionally bright lens for a compact camera (f 1.8 at the wide end), and a larger sensor than usual, means that this camera has significantly more signal and less noise to work with in low-light situations than its peers."
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"On balance, if you are patient enough to deal with the barely functional UI, you will be rewarded with exceptionally good low-light performance and image quality for a compact camera."
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"I give this camera 5 stars because it's compact, easy to carry and takes amazing pictures at night."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"Obviously, not as good as a DSLR.- RAW files are very detailed."
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"It is not terrible, but it does not look as good as a DSLR photo, but no one expects it to be as good, since the P330 has a much smaller sensor."
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"All the others took nice pictures but was always missing the wow of a DSLR (I know completely in a different category)."
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"It's a great first camera to explore with before investing in a DSLR."
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"Overall an excellent camera for DSLR shooters looking for a pocket-able camera that produces excellent, near DSLR images for under three hundred dollars."
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"I like Nikon cameras; I have a Nikon DSLR and I love it."
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"Others might have their opinions on this, and your experience may vary, but I'm convinced that if you want great IQ shots use a DSLR."
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Flash

Flash:
"- Another missed opportunity I think is with the flash."
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"I set the ISO to Auto, something I would not do for serious photography but liked the results better than flash, which is unpredictable for quick pickup and shoot pics."
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"Adequate flash for indoor and night shot settings."
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"Not wanting to lug my SLR around on a recent trip to Disney I opted to pick a Nikon P330 given the following featuresLarger than average sensor (BSI as well)GPS (I travel a lot and use maps to find photos fairly often)Fast lens (f1.8 at wide angle)The P330 seemed to roll-up all of the features I wanted, but implementation was a mixed bagPros:Good image quality for a point & shoot (including lower light situations w o flash)Pretty good movie quality (most of the time)Cons:Unbelievably slow lock on and write times - this was seriously painful and a lot of wasted time was spentPoor GPS - another reviewer has a similar comment, but the GPS implementation in this camera is a joke."
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"The low light feature is outstanding and will be very helpful in museums and other venues where flash is not allowed."
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"Found best IQ for casual shooting is in P Mode, Auto-ISO 80-400 and Flash -0.3 EV."
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"I haven't used the flash yet because it takes great pix without it."
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Focus

Focus:
"I'm disappointed to say that it doesn't focus very well when available light is low."
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"The focus was ridiculously horrible and unacceptable."
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"Yes, the slowness of the UI, and focus can be frustrating."
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"I was expecting great things from this camera, but I've been underwhelmed so far, the auto focus is so slow, I haven't been able to get anything close to a usable shot from anything thats moving."
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"Looks impressive, but quite unrealistic.# Focusing sometimes fails completely when trying a quick shot.# Menu Settings."
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"In fact Auto Focus can be quite stubborn about not locking focus and I have missed quite a few shots due to shutter lag and general sluggishness."
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"Looks impressive, but quite unrealistic.# Focusing sometimes fails completely when trying a quick shot.# Menu Settings."
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"The above applies to Auto mode as well.# Focus sometimes lies!"
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"Both boot and focus times are very good."
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"I haven't had too much time to test it fully, but so far I am impressed with speed of focus, excellent macro, great low light capability."
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Image

Image:
"It is not terrible, but it does not look as good as a DSLR photo, but no one expects it to be as good, since the P330 has a much smaller sensor."
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"You will not be able to tell the difference from 12MP Fine, even at 100% image size."
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"I set the ISO to Auto, something I would not do for serious photography but liked the results better than flash, which is unpredictable for quick pickup and shoot pics."
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"Not wanting to lug my SLR around on a recent trip to Disney I opted to pick a Nikon P330 given the following featuresLarger than average sensor (BSI as well)GPS (I travel a lot and use maps to find photos fairly often)Fast lens (f1.8 at wide angle)The P330 seemed to roll-up all of the features I wanted, but implementation was a mixed bagPros:Good image quality for a point & shoot (including lower light situations w o flash)Pretty good movie quality (most of the time)Cons:Unbelievably slow lock on and write times - this was seriously painful and a lot of wasted time was spentPoor GPS - another reviewer has a similar comment, but the GPS implementation in this camera is a joke."
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"Image seem very good."
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"On balance, if you are patient enough to deal with the barely functional UI, you will be rewarded with exceptionally good low-light performance and image quality for a compact camera."
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"Takes good pics through the scope when there is no movement associated with the taking of the picture."
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"Now for the pic quality, I think they're great."
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Lens

Lens:
"Have moved on to a Canon S100 - will give that a try (and pray that the lens error issue doesn't get me)"
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"Several months ago I got a lens error with the P330, so I sent it in for a warranty repair."
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"I didn't want to have to worry about the lens problem, so I crossed off the S100."
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"True, some others have much longer zooms, but ALL zoom lenses have to compromise resolution."
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"I am kinda rough on cameras and I dropped it off the sofa onto the extended lens which broke the lens off."
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"However, the P330 is an outstanding point and shoot with phenomenal low-light capabilities thanks to it F 1.8 lens."
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"- The combination of exceptionally bright lens for a compact camera (f 1.8 at the wide end), and a larger sensor than usual, means that this camera has significantly more signal and less noise to work with in low-light situations than its peers."
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"Unfortunately, the corners of the P330 photos will never be as sharp as what a good DSLR lens will give you."
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"The Macro setting allows close up shots as good as my Nikon DSLR with Macro lens."
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"What good is a fast lens when camera doesn't use it?"
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Light

Light:
"I'm disappointed to say that it doesn't focus very well when available light is low."
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"This camera is not only tiny and easily fits in my pockets, it is also very light."
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"The ergonomics are also excellent and manual shooting allowed us to took nice photos of the Northern Lights in Iceland."
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"Not wanting to lug my SLR around on a recent trip to Disney I opted to pick a Nikon P330 given the following featuresLarger than average sensor (BSI as well)GPS (I travel a lot and use maps to find photos fairly often)Fast lens (f1.8 at wide angle)The P330 seemed to roll-up all of the features I wanted, but implementation was a mixed bagPros:Good image quality for a point & shoot (including lower light situations w o flash)Pretty good movie quality (most of the time)Cons:Unbelievably slow lock on and write times - this was seriously painful and a lot of wasted time was spentPoor GPS - another reviewer has a similar comment, but the GPS implementation in this camera is a joke."
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"The low light feature is outstanding and will be very helpful in museums and other venues where flash is not allowed."
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"If you're wanting a really nice point and shoot camera that will take amazing photos even in low light all while fitting in your pocket, then this is the camera for you."
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"light, easy to carry around and pictures are just great."
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Photo

Photo:
"Unfortunately, the corners of the P330 photos will never be as sharp as what a good DSLR lens will give you."
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"The ergonomics are also excellent and manual shooting allowed us to took nice photos of the Northern Lights in Iceland."
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"I have used this a bit this winter and spring, but don't like the colors in the photos as well as the Canon S110 that I had been using, so I use that most of the time."
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"If you're wanting a really nice point and shoot camera that will take amazing photos even in low light all while fitting in your pocket, then this is the camera for you."
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"Very easy to use and takes professional photos."
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"Takes beautiful photo's and super easy to use."
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Price

Price:
"This P330 has several (unadvertised) advancements over the P310, making it easily worth the money."
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"The camera took nice pictures, but the body of the camera felt cheap since it was plastic, compared to the metal bodies of the Powershot cameras."
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"Overall, however, I'm pleased with this purchase, especially at the price advertised on Amazon, which is $80+ lower than at the major photo store I frequent."
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"This is a good camera for the money."
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"Now that there has been a price reduction, this is a great buy for a pocket size compact."
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Quality

Quality:
"For my portability and quality needs, it's probably the best compromise at this time, but it's no S110 killer."
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"Very highly recommended, versatility and quality without breaking the bank."
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"For picture quality, you do get what you pay for, and I am quite happy with what this camera can do."
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"Not wanting to lug my SLR around on a recent trip to Disney I opted to pick a Nikon P330 given the following featuresLarger than average sensor (BSI as well)GPS (I travel a lot and use maps to find photos fairly often)Fast lens (f1.8 at wide angle)The P330 seemed to roll-up all of the features I wanted, but implementation was a mixed bagPros:Good image quality for a point & shoot (including lower light situations w o flash)Pretty good movie quality (most of the time)Cons:Unbelievably slow lock on and write times - this was seriously painful and a lot of wasted time was spentPoor GPS - another reviewer has a similar comment, but the GPS implementation in this camera is a joke."
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"Video quality for the first ~5 minutes was excellent."
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Setting

Setting:
"I tested it under different settings and scenes but same results or just plain inconsistent."
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"I found setting the aperture hard to figure out as I kept mis-reading the book."
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"Adequate flash for indoor and night shot settings."
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"The quickest setting for the interval is only 30 seconds (would have liked a 15 second option) but that is not that bad."
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"Many features such as panorama view in 180 and 360, pet shots, special low light settings, and easy to use buttons."
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"I also recommend keeping the noise setting on LOW, to help preserve detail, especially in dimmer light."
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"Overall, I like the style and size of the camera (I have it in white), and it has an impressive array of settings and controls including GPS, wifi capability, and 1080P video."
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Size

Size:
"The problem with this camera was that there is a small motor that is ALWAYS running and can be heard in any video taken."
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"One reviewer complained than in P, the camera chose an aperture that was too small."
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"Well the P330 has all the above and I can tell you that can be hard to find in a small point and shoot (I consider the Canon G15 too big and besides I have a G11).Noise levels seem low at 400 ASA I have not tested at higher ISO's but hardly ever use them."
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"small and compact, recommended."
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"Apart from their advantage in size, in art museums, where accurate color balance is important, they commonly outperform the full-size cameras in their auto white balance."
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"easy to use -good for its size - motion pictures so so"
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"Pro: small and takes pretty good picture."
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"Coolpix P330 is not an SLR camera; I bought it as a birthday present for my wife, who wanted to have a small camera that would easily fit in her purse."
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Speed

Speed:
"Not wanting to lug my SLR around on a recent trip to Disney I opted to pick a Nikon P330 given the following featuresLarger than average sensor (BSI as well)GPS (I travel a lot and use maps to find photos fairly often)Fast lens (f1.8 at wide angle)The P330 seemed to roll-up all of the features I wanted, but implementation was a mixed bagPros:Good image quality for a point & shoot (including lower light situations w o flash)Pretty good movie quality (most of the time)Cons:Unbelievably slow lock on and write times - this was seriously painful and a lot of wasted time was spentPoor GPS - another reviewer has a similar comment, but the GPS implementation in this camera is a joke."
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"In manual mode, the top dial (which controls shutter speed) is stiff and doesn't turn very smoothly."
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"I was expecting great things from this camera, but I've been underwhelmed so far, the auto focus is so slow, I haven't been able to get anything close to a usable shot from anything thats moving."
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"The shutter speed is inadequate."
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"I remember when point and shoots simply couldn't take decent pictures due to their shutter speed (or lack of)."
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"It can also be set to take up to 120 shots in a second (although at a lower resolution) which is good for trying to capture fast moving objects like a baloon popping or milk drops at just the right time."
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"No blurry issues, fast response time, good enough build quality."
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"P&S are for fast, fun shots and convenience when traveling."
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"The claims of delay to write RAW photos were experienced, but I don't tend to shoot back to back photos and bought a fast memory card, so this was not a problem for me."
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"What good is a fast lens when camera doesn't use it?"
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Video

Video:
"I thought this device had a 1.24 sensor, but it seems not to par with other similar cameras and brand.3- Nikon itself does not recommend continuous AF during movie shooting, the reason being: YOU CAN HEAR THE MECHANICS IN THE VIDEO.4- I can hear the camera zoom."
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"Takes good video also."
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"Shockingly good video and audio."
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"Movie artifacts - I noticed that the camera started to get pretty hot during some movie recording (~7 minutes long)."
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"Not wanting to lug my SLR around on a recent trip to Disney I opted to pick a Nikon P330 given the following featuresLarger than average sensor (BSI as well)GPS (I travel a lot and use maps to find photos fairly often)Fast lens (f1.8 at wide angle)The P330 seemed to roll-up all of the features I wanted, but implementation was a mixed bagPros:Good image quality for a point & shoot (including lower light situations w o flash)Pretty good movie quality (most of the time)Cons:Unbelievably slow lock on and write times - this was seriously painful and a lot of wasted time was spentPoor GPS - another reviewer has a similar comment, but the GPS implementation in this camera is a joke."
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"Video quality for the first ~5 minutes was excellent."
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