16.00
Megapixels
5.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon Coolpix W300
Resolution: 16.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens: 5.00x zoom
(24-120mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 125 - 1600
Extended ISO: 125 - 6400
Shutter: 1/4000 - 25 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.1 in.
(112 x 66 x 29 mm)
Weight: 8.1 oz (231 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 07/2017
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon W300 specifications

Nikon W300 Review -- First Impressions

by Andrew Alexander
Preview posted:

Nikon W300 Review -- Product Image

The Nikon Coolpix W300 continues Nikon’s line of waterproof adventure cameras, iterating forward from the AW130. The main upgrade appears to be the addition of 4K video capture, though there are other enhancements and changes on offer.

Like the AW130, the Nikon W300 is waterproof down to a depth of 30m/100 ft., freezeproof down to -10°C/14°F, as well as dustproof, however its shockproof rating has been increased by about a foot to 2.4m/8 ft. The Nikon W300 still has built-in Wi-Fi to share images wirelessly as well as for remote control, but adds Bluetooth for compatibility with Nikon’s latest SnapBridge app. Near Field Communication (NFC) has been dropped, but the W300 still includes built-in GPS and an altimeter/depth gauge.

Little else about this camera has changed under the hood. It's still based around a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3"-type backside illuminated CMOS image sensor, offering a sensitivity range of ISO 125-1600 equivalents which is expandable to ISO 3200 and 6400-equivalent in Auto mode. Exposure modes include Program, Auto, Scene Auto Selector, Smart Portrait and Special Effects and there 20 Scene modes including Easy Panorama. The Coolpix W300 uses contrast-detect autofocus and can shoot full-resolution JPEGs (RAW capture is not supported) at seven frames per second for a total of five frames, which was also true of its predecessor.

Nikon W300 Review -- Product Image

The Nikon W300 still employs a 24-120mm equivalent 5x zoom lens, with a design consisting of 12 elements in 10 groups. At the wide end, the 24mm setting will give you a maximum aperture of f/2.8, but zooming in to 120mm will limit you to f/4.9. The camera features Nikon’s Hybrid lens-shift and electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) system, and Nikon suggests when using it your hand-holding stability will improve by up to three stops.

Nikon W300 Review -- Product Image

On the rear panel of the Coolpix W300 is a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD monitor whereas the AW130 had a OLED display of the same size and resolution. As mentioned previously, one of the main improvements of the Coolpix W300 is the addition of a 4K movie mode, allowing the user to shoot movies in UHD (3840x2160) resolution at 30p (25p in PAL mode). The camera can also shoot Full HD (1920x1080) movies at up to 60p (up from 60i on the AW130), HD (1280x720) at 30p and VGA (640x480) at 30p, though there's also a 4x high-speed VGA mode and a 0.5x low-speed Full HD mode. Other updates to the Nikon Coolpix W300 include a dedicated button to activate the LED light for illumination (in place of the AW130's Wi-Fi button), a new Multiple Exposure Lighten scene mode, a Super Lapse movie mode, and a new Active Guide function to easily display location and altitude data.

Nikon W300 Review -- Product Image

Like the AW130, power for the Nikon W300 comes courtesy of a rechargeable EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery pack, which is CIPA-rated for 280 shots on a charge. This is actually down quite a bit from the AW130, which was rated for 370 shots on the same battery. Images and movies are stored in 473MB of internal memory, or on Secure Digital cards, including the higher-capacity SDHC and SDXC types. And as well as the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, you can also transfer images (and charge the battery) via the Micro-B USB 2.0 port, and a Micro (Type D) HDMI port is included for connecting to an HDTV.

Nikon W300 Review -- Product Image

The Nikon Coolpix W300 will be available in the US from summer 2017 in red, yellow and orange color schemes, with a suggested retail price of US$389.95.

 

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