Nikon Coolpix W300 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Weight : 8.2 ounces
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 280 shots
  • Weather Sealing : Waterproof down to 100 feet for up to an hour, shockproof, dust proof, freeze proof
  • Screen : 3 Inch anti-reflective
  • GPS : Yes
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Built-in with TTL auto
  • Video : 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps
  • RAW : No
  • Image Stabilization : Hybrid vibration reduction system
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Burst Speed : 7 fps (up to five photos)
  • Zoom : 5x
  • Aperture : f/2.8-4.9
  • Shutter Speed : 1 sec. to 1/4000 (down to 25 sec. in Multiple Exposure Lighten Scene Mode)
  • ISO : 125-6400
  • Sensor : 16 megapixel 1/2.3" backlit CMOS
  • Release Date: 2017-05-31
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended


The Nikon W300 can dive deep with a 100 foot depth rating
Nikon's waterproof compact is getting a 4K makeover.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 7/25/2017

Waterproof compact camera announcements are expected every spring, but the Nikon Coolpix W300 that's more along the likes of the AW130 but named closer to the budget W100 was a bit less expected. The W300 brings 4K video to Nikon's waterproof camera that still boasts one of the deepest waterproof ratings in its class.

Like the Nikon AW130, the W300 uses a 16 megapixel sensor paired with a 5x optical zoom lens with a respectable f/2.8-4.9 maximum aperture. Speed is similar as well with a respectable 7 fps burst but a bit disappointing buffer, since the camera cannot maintain that speed for even a full second, limited to five photos at a time. Those images are stabilized with a Hybrid VR image stabilization system.

The biggest change from the W130 (outside of straying from the name series) is the move to support 4K video. The camera can capture video at 30 fps in a 3840 x 2160 resolution. For faster frame rates, HD is still available to hit the 60 fps that tends to be better for action. While recording, that hybrid stabilization system (which uses both lens shift and electronic methods) works on five different axis.

The camera's design is one of the biggest perks, with the deepest waterproof rating for housing-free compact cameras at 100 feet for up to an hour. The camera is also designed to withstand cold, drops and dust. The camera's controls are designed to use in a variety of conditions from skiing to scuba diving, with a three-inch LCD display. The grip is also improved over the W130 and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both included, as well as GPS.
 
The Nikon W300 looks, on paper, to continue much of the perks we enjoyed in the W130, only with a redesigned grip and better video. The W300 is ideal for serious divers since it has the deepest rating compared to other compacts, though users that don't need the full 100 feet depth rating can also look at the slightly pricier Olympus TG-5, which offers a slightly brighter lens and location and temperature sensors with overlays. Users not looking to shoot video or for Bluetooth convenience can also look for a price drop on the W130. Overall, it's a nice addition to Nikon's family of waterproof compacts.

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