Nikon Coolpix W300 Hands-On And Opinion

Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. In this video I’m going to talk about the
Nikon Coolpix W300. Thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford
Illinois for let me try this out at their shop. The W300 is a waterproof
camera down to 30 meters or 100 ft for 60 minutes. The IPX8 specification. That’s
really the biggest feature of this camera. If you’re looking for a camera
you can take directly into the water, this is one of those options. It also has
a rated temperature range of -10 C to 40 C. That’s 14 to 104 degrees
Fahrenheit. However if you use in the water the rating goes down from 0 to 40
degrees Celsius. That’s 32 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees. It’s also rated
to be shockproof to 2.4 meters, which is around 8 ft. Specification wise, it’s a
very standard camera, 16 megapixels. 1/2.3 inch sensor, which is really the
smallest ones you can get in most digital cameras. The standard ISO range
goes from 125 to 1600. However, you can boost that to 100 all the way up to
6400. But that depends on which mode you’re in. The best features of this
camera come in the handling Department. Large robust camera. Very solid feeling
in the hands. The grip is decent-sized. It does have a little bit of extra texture
to it to improve your handling. The buttons are large and they come away
from the body. In the d-pad area the buttons surrounding it have a little
notch in them. So you don’t accidentally press those buttons surrounding the
d-pad when you’re using it. That’s a nice feature. The zoom control is a toggle. You
press up or down to zoom. It is a little nicer than some I’ve seen where you do
left or right, or it’s on the top of the camera. I think that’s a good position
for the zoom, in this case. The camera does have a full sized tripod socket. It
is not in line with the lens, but that’s pretty standard in these small cameras
like this. The shutter button is nice and large with a gridded texture on it for
easy pressing. One of the more interesting features of this camera are
the side buttons. They give you quick access. One is for a light. One is for
adjusting the modes of the camera. And also one for seeing GPS data. The camera
uses EN-EL12 batteries with a CIPA rating of 280 photos per charge.
Or video wise, you’ve got about an hour of recording at 1080p 30 frames a
second. So that’s a little bit low, but usually small digital cameras like this…
That’s around the general area. There are a lot of helper modes to this camera.
Basically, situations that you’re in. Underwater, nighttime photography, all of
the standard things you would expect. You basically set it to that mode and let
the camera handle everything. There is a 5x optical zoom on the camera.
That’s 4.2 to 21.5 millimeters, but equivalent in full-frame terms is 24 to
a 120 millimeters. Aperture range from 2.8 to 4.9 through that zoom range.
So in that case the lens is pretty nice. It does have optical image stabilization,
which is a very helpful feature on a small camera like this. There is a macro
mode on the camera. 0.4 inches or one centimeter away from the subject at
the full wide angle, which is 4.3 millimeters. I did try it out. It
seems to work pretty well. I also noticed in the specifications that actually the
back screen only shows you about 97 percent of the actual picture. Just keep
that in mind when you’re taking photos. You won’t get the full view. This camera
has contrast detect autofocus. Definitely not the most advanced technology
these days, but I don’t call any autofocus issues when I was trying out the camera.
A few other features of the camera. It does have a built-in flash, which is nice
to see on a small camera like this. Has a micro HDMI connector. Built-in GPS,
which is very nice. Does have the Wi-Fi bluetooth connectivity to their Snap
Bridge application. One nice feature with that. Is that you can send photos while
shooting. It’s a setting in the camera. So easily push your photos to your phone
automatically, which is nice. So you’re gonna have JPEGs. You can have a lot of
auto modes, but in situations like underwater. I can see that working out
decently well as long as the camera does take nice photos in those situations. Of
course, I didn’t have a chance to test out underwater photography. Video wise
it’s mp4 formatted videos. 4K 30 frames a second, which is very nice. And then 1080p
60 frames a second. So you can do some slower motion video with this camera if
you would like. This camera is on the pricier side of waterproof
cameras. It is a little larger. More solid, which is nice. So if you want the higher
build quality. This is a decent option. But there are a lot of other options out
there. Especially ones about half the price. I did look at one of the
Fujifilm cameras at the camera store. And that was a very nice camera for the
price. They both have the same size sensors, so really you’re paying for
build quality. The lens, and all of that. So it’s really up to you if you want to
spend more in this situation. Anyways, that was the Nikon Coolpix W300. Again,
thanks to Camera Craft for let me try this out at their shop. If you enjoyed this video,
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9 Replies to “Nikon Coolpix W300 Hands-On And Opinion”

  1. Problem ….underwater you want your hands free ….is there a way of connecting it do go pro style harness or head strap

  2. Searching for help.
    Nikon w300 main PCB board, failure after 40 times use, one year after bought. I recognise the problem 2 days after warranty expiration date, and last successful use was 18 days before.
    2nd of April 2018 (bought) until 16th of March 2019 works perfect. At 5th of April 2019 the Greek service inspect an unexpectable failure to the main PCB.
    They ask half of the price to repair. No water no uses problem they said. Is this a factory failure or Nikon w300 has an expiration date? Please help.

  3. hello, thanks a lot for the video. I am interested in printing image bacause I am a fine art artist. do you know what is the largest size i can print with this camera? thanks again tamara

  4. I think the most useful feature is you can bring the camera to 30m deep underwater without the hassle of high-end camera with a waterproof casing. As a casual diver, I love to bring this camera along just to take few pictures underwater

  5. my nikon aw 130 just died in the caribbean i am not sure what killed it ha ha ha i was shooting in the ocean 87f and the air 89 f now looking to replace it and most of the cameras come up short on either the mega pixels or no gps or wifi or some other things missing this camera has all and then some more so i will wait for the sales to come this fall and get it richard in the tropics

  6. I have this camera. How did you get it to work? Every time I use the timelapse function, it just says "saving" until the battery is exhausted. Then, the files are invalid.

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