Nikon Coolpix A300 Brief Review



  • Weight : 4.2 ounces (119)
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 240 shots
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 2.7" LCD
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Built-in
  • Video : 720p
  • RAW : No
  • Image Stabilization : 4-axis, movies only
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Burst Speed : n/a
  • Zoom : 8x
  • Aperture : f/3.7-6.6
  • Shutter Speed : 1 - 1/1500 seconds
  • ISO : 80 - 1600 (3200 in auto mode only)
  • Sensor : 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-02-10
  • Final Grade: 70 3.5 Star Rating: Recommended

The Nikon A300 is a budget-friendly compact
There's not much to the Nikon Coolpix A300 -- except for a low price.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/24/2017

Just when we thought camera companies were done with the budget compacts, Nikon announced the $139 Coolpix A300. Actually, the A300 was announced almost a year ago outside the U.S. -- so it's not exactly even a new camera.

The camera uses the cheaper CCD type sensor, though at 1/2.3" it's slightly larger than the typical smartphone camera. The lens offers an 8x zoom that most smartphones don't offer. That lens, however, isn't very bright. Combined with a limited ISO and shutter speed range, and the A300 is likely to be a poor performer in low light.

Video-wise, the camera can only shoot in a 720p quality, though that's where the camera's only stabilization system comes in.

While there's not a whole lot that the W300 offers that most smartphones have besides the slight zoom, the camera does have both Bluetooth and w-fi for connecting the camera to a smartphone.

Nikon's decision to continue releasing budget compacts has us puzzled. The A300 doesn't look to offer much -- except for a very reasonable $139 price tag. The bottom line? You get what you pay for -- don't expect the A300 to outperform a $800 smartphone, but for those that want a basic camera that's not built into their smartphone, the Nikon A300 is certainly a cheap option.

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