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Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera - COOLPIX P300

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12.2 Megapixels/ Full HD Movie Recording At 1080P/ 4.2x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass/ Up To 2x Digital Zoom/ 3.0" TFT-LCD With Anti-Reflection Coating/ Four-way VR Image Stabilization/ Motion Detection/ 20 Scene Modes/ Black Finish
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Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera, Model COOLPIXP300BK

Shed new light on your creativity with the fastest lens in a Nikon COOLPIX camera with its new, wide angle, f/1.8 maximum aperture Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens.


The fastest lens ever in a Nikon COOLPIX.
The COOLPIX P300 camera does justice to your photographic talents with a 4.2x wide angle, F1.8 maximum aperture NIKKOR glass lens. This is the fastest lens Nikon has ever designed into a COOLPIX camera—it offers a 24-100mm optical zoom range and impressive telephoto performance for razor-sharp images. Plus, its maximum aperture of F1.8 assures exceptional low-light results and minimum depth of field. This outstanding lens will showcase your skills whether you’re shooting portraits, panoramas, weddings, real estate, products, publicity stills, or any other challenging compositions—and will do so with still images or Full HD (1080p) movies. Simply put, this high-performance lens catches detailed images while displaying Nikon’s proud tradition of producing precision camera optics.

Advanced features for challenging conditions.
Its 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor provides superb image quality, high speed operation, and exceptional low-light performance. The back-illuminated CMOS lets you shoot true-to-life pictures with remarkable detail and color clarity. The COOLPIX P300’s four-way VR Image Stabilization is also a boon for handheld shooting. Custom optimized for this COOLPIX P300 model, Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED C2 processing engine enhances professional quality images.

You’ll also love Motion Detection’s ability to identify moving objects in frame, adjust shutter speed and ISO, and freeze the subject to create stunningly sharp photos. When activated, Best Shot Selector automatically records up to ten shots with a single press of the shutter and then selects and saves only the best image. The camera’s high ISO speed of up to 3200 with advanced noise reduction assures brilliant still images of dimly lit and fast moving photo subjects.

Manual control for the serious photographer.
The COOLPIX P300 allows photographers to stretch their creative limits with an impressive range of manual control. There’s a Mode Dial for quick and convenient control over select settings, including shutter/aperture/programmed and manual exposure. Exposure Bracketing automatically brackets exposure for three shots. And the ISO can be set as high as 3200 at full resolution to control image quality in low-light conditions or when shooting fast moving subjects.

The COOLPIX P300 also features several new in-camera special effects, including High-Contrast Monochrome for sophisticated black and white shots. Nostalgic Sepia adds character and mood or creates shots with an antiqued look. In-camera editing functions such as Quick Retouch, and active D-Lighting restore detail and contrast. This camera comes with several filter effects like Painting, Fisheye, Miniature, and Cross Screen. You can also control images with a creative slider that adjusts brightness, intensity and hue.

Full HD movie recording at 1080p
HD movies have become the standard for web posting, website design enhancement, publicity clips, and real estate property tours—or simply for capturing action that delivers so much more impact in high quality video. With the COOLPIX P300, you can shoot Full HD (1080p) movies while recording full stereo sound. The One-Touch recording button allows instant moviemaking, while the optical zoom control creates a variety of cinematic effects. You can even shoot still images while recording, or use slow and fast motion HD movie options for 15, 60 and 120 fps (reduced resolution). Viewing and sharing your movies is simple, too, with an HDMI-CEC output that allows in-camera playback or convenient hookup to an HDTV or computer.

The COOLPIX P300 takes the guesswork out.
Every shooting environment comes with its own unique characteristics, and the COOLPIX P300 has intuitive features to help you master each one. It optimizes settings for up to 20 common scenes so you simply point and shoot. Turn on the Scene Auto Selector and the camera automatically recognizes the scene you’re in and selects the best one from among seven choices. With Nikon’s ingenious Easy Panorama Scene Mode, just pan in any direction and it will automatically detect the movement, then combine and assemble the various shots into one seamless 180 or 360-degree panoramic image.

Nikon knows that night and low-light shooting present tricky challenges. Advanced Night Landscape and the related Advanced Night Portrait are invaluable tools that eliminate the guesswork by shooting consecutive shots at fast shutter speed and composing them into sharp depictions of night scenes.

Convenient features
Photo ops often arrive without warning, but your COOLPIX P300 is always ready with invaluable features like ultra fast start-up and autofocus—plus automatic High Speed Shooting that can capture up to seven shots in a second at full resolution. You can compose your shot using the large, three-inch LCD clear color display. This precision, 921,000-dot, ultra-high resolution screen produces rich detail and excellent contrast, and includes anti-glare coating for easy viewing of photos and HD movies.

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System offers useful tools that refine every shot. Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles, while Face-Priority AF detects and focuses up to 12 faces at once. When activated, Blink Warning alerts you when a subject may have blinked and suggests a retake. The innovative in-camera Red-Eye Fix addresses the problem by correcting for red-eye while the camera is shooting. Uneven or ruddy complexions can also be corrected with Skin Softening, which smoothes skin tones at three different levels and can be applied while shooting or during playback. Your close up shots will also be enhanced by the COOLPIX P300’s Macro Shooting capabilities, taking clear, sharp pictures as close as 1.2 inches. And feel free to click away, as this COOLPIX has a 240-still shot capacity and comes with an EN-EL 12 Li-ion rechargeable battery. .


  • Type: Compact Digital Camera
  • Effective Pixels: 12.2 million
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in.
  • Total Pixels: 12.75 million (approx.)
  • Lens: 4.2x optical Zoom, NIKKOR glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length: 4.3-17.9mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-100mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Lens f/-number:f/1.8-4.9
  • Lens Construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Lens Zoom: 4.2x
  • Digital Zoom: Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 200mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Vibration Reduction: Lens-shift VR
  • Autofocus (AF): Contrast-detect AF
  • Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection:
    • Auto (9-area automatic selection)
    • Center
    • Face priority
    • Face priority tracking
    • Manual with 99 focus areas
    • Subject tracking
  • Focus Range:
    • [W]: Approx. 1 ft. (30 cm.) to infinity
    • [T]: Approx. 2 ft. (60 cm.) to infinity
    • Macro close-up mode: [W]: Approx. 1.2 in. (3 cm.) to infinity
  • Focus Lock: Yes
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 9
  • Monitor Size: 3.0 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
  • Monitor Resolution: 921,000-dots
  • Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode):
    • 100% horizontal (Approx.)
    • 100% vertical (Approx.)
  • Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode): 100% horizontal (Approx.)
  • Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Internal Memory: Approx. 90MB
  • Storage File System: DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF compliant
  • Storage File formats:
    • Still pictures: JPEG
    • Sound files (Voice Memo): WAV
  • Movie:
    • Audio file format: AAC stereo
    • Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
    • Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264
  • Voice Memo Function: Yes
  • Image Size (pixels): 4000 x 3000 (12M)
  • ISO Sensitivity:
    • ISO 160-3200
    • Auto (auto gain ISO 160-1600)
    • Fixed range auto (ISO 160-400, 160-800)
  • Lowest ISO Sensitivity: 160
  • Highest ISO Sensitivity: 3200
  • Exposure Metering: 224-segment matrix, center-weighted
  • Exposure Control:
    • Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
    • aperture-priority auto
    • exposure bracketing
    • Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV) manual
    • motion detection
    • shutter priority auto
  • Exposure Modes:
    • Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
    • Manual (M)
    • Programmed Auto (P)
    • Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
  • Automatic Exposure Scene Modes: Yes
  • Scene Modes: Back Light Beach Black and White Copy Close Up Dusk/Dawn Fireworks Show Food Landscape Museum Night Landscape Night Portrait Panorama Party/Indoor Pet Portrait Portrait Scene Auto Selector Snow Special Effects Sports Sunset
  • In-Camera Image Editing: Crop, D-Lighting, Filter Effects, Quick retouch, Skin softening, Small Pic
  • Exposure Compensation: ± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
  • Exposure Lock: Yes
  • Exposure Bracketing: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, Manual
  • Shutter: Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000-8 sec. (M mode)
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: Up to 7 shots at approx. 8 frames per second
  • Continuous Shooting Options:
    • Continuous
    • Continuous H 60
    • Continuous H 120
  • Self-timer: Can be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration
  • Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto):
    • [W]: 0.5 to 6.5m (1 ft. 8in. to 21ft.)
    • [T]: 0.5 to 2.5m (1ft. 8in. to 8ft. 2in.)
  • Built-in Flash Control: TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Interface: Hi-speed USB
  • Interface Data transfer protocol: MTP, PTP
  • Video Output: NTSC, PAL
  • HDMI Output: Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • I/O terminal:
    • Audio/video (A/V) output
    • Digital I/O (USB)
    • HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI output)
  • Supported Languages: Arabic Czech Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Greek Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Norwegian Polish Portugese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukranian
  • Power Sources: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied)
  • Battery / Batteries: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Battery Life (shots per charge):
    • Nikon Rechargeable: 240 shots (CIPA)
  • Tripod Socket: ¼ (ISO 1222)

Supplied Accessories

  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Nikon ViewNX 2 Software CD

*Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.3"
  • Width: 4.1"
  • Depth: 1.3"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 6.7 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
More reasons to buy the Nikon COOLPIX P300 from Abt Electronics
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  • The Nikon COOLPIX P300 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels12.2 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)2.3"
Width (inches)4.1"
Depth (inches)1.3"
Optical Zoom4.2x
Digital ZoomUp to 2x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length4.3-17.9mm
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.0"
LCD TypeTFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer DelayCan be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration
Shutter Speed1/2000-8 sec. (M mode)
Storage MediaSD, SDHC, SDXC
Power SourceRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
White BalanceAuto, Manual


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Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera

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Amazing features- small package

By Speedfam

from Hampstead, NH, USA

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

I went online and typed in pocket sized camera, full manual contol with fast lens, and the P-300 came up. As I continued to read all the other features this camera had I was amazed. Finally, a pocket sized camera that someone who really wanted control over the image, and not just accept what the auto mode gave you, was available. When I read the tech specs, I saw that it had as many, if not more features than my full sized D90. And a 1.8 lens for low light? Great camera. I bring it everywhere with me.

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By Lovelovelove

from California

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

I've had this camera for a while now and I LOVE IT.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Very good allround performance although small sensor.

By Ricardo RTS

from Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

As a hobbyst and owner of good compacts from Canon, Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus, etc., i was atracted specially by the fast lens of this camera. Noise is very low. The results are really very good in terms of sharpness, colour reproduction, etc. The possibility to take great pictures whithout flash is amazing - you can simply forget the camera has a pop-up flash. Overall is a very good allday camera, and turned in the last times my preferred, even against my excellent Canon S95. Only the zoom range could be a little larger in the upper end.

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(16 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


DSLR features in a point and shoot sized body

By Very pleased

from Hampstead, NH

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

I love this camera. Ive had it less than a week, but find new things about it everyday by really reading the manual, which is unfortunately on a disk, but thats the norm now. Several focusing modes. I set the ISO to 160, but it has options. Very easy to use. Macro up to 1.2 inches and sharp as a tack. Menu easy to navigate, and has even more features than my D90. I find so far no problem with the battery life. I dont like the flimsy little rubber door on the bottom that you plug into to recharge the battery in the camera. Just purchased a second battery and Nikon has another charger that charges ouside the camera . Although Im sure I would use spotmetering at some point, and the P300 doesnt have it, not a big deal. Bright sharp screen. 1.8 lens! If you care about video its1080 P. I bought a fast memory card .The pictures read fast, and will take a half hour video. The 24 wide is great, the 100 telephoto is a limitation, but everything else about this camera makes that unimportant to me. A good purchase- worth the money.Quality in a camera that really will fit in your shirt pocket.

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By Proteus

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

I am a senior citizen who fell in love with photography in high school. Over the years I have owned many cameras and witnessed spectacuar advancements in technology. I am still putting my new Nikon P300 through some tests, but already I have decided it is the best camera in which I have ever invested my money. I bought it primarily for its F:1.8 lens, (I hate to use flash), high-def movies and compact size. But I was amazed at the amount of technology that is packed into this little guy. I am especially delighted with the in-camera editing functions, particularly the filter effects. Photos and movies are exceptionally sharp and the controls are easy to use and understand. The body has a heft and feel that I like very much. So far I have not found any negatives, (excuse the pun).

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By Pat

from Stillwater, MN

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  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact


    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Non-blurry pic of kids
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

    This was a gift for my daughter. She is a busy mom with 2 autistic boy. She also works as a decorator and needs to take before and after shots. She is very happy with the results

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Quality photos for such a small camera

    By mrkewpie

    from Columbia, MO

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

    Was easy to learn the mail features and start taking photos. I used it on a trip just a few days after getting it and got great results.

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    (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


    The Perfect P&S For ME!

    By MacBoDock

    from Fort Fun Indiana

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

    WOW is all I can say about my new Nikon P300. There is so much to love about this point and shoot camera, like the fast F/1.8 lens, the 24-100mm zoom in 35mm format, the easy panorama, and the Monochrome B&W. Trust me with all the features you WILL need to read the manual. Perhaps something that Nikon could do is add RAW format in the next firmware update, this would make the Nikon P300 perfect!

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    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



    By Turkish

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P300 Black 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera:

    I love this, I'm a passanger and I do very well works with my camera, Using the camera seems a little challenging at first, which means that the P300 is not the best digital camera for first timers. However, after some time it quickly becomes easy to make shooting with the P300 a little easier. Some of the features which you can expect to find on the compact digital camera include a 12.2-megapixel camera sensor which is coupled with a 4.2x zoom lens.

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