The Nikon Coolpix P330 receives the latest Backside Illuminated CMOS sensor of 12 megapixels in 1/1.7 “. Its sensibility ranges from ISO 200 to 3,200 and is expandable up to ISO 12,800. The sensor’s signal is processed by the EXPEED C2 processor which allows the P330 to reach burst shooting mode rate of 10 fps. The lens is now a 5x zoom range, equivalent to 24-120mm with an aperture range which stretches from a generous f/1.8 at wide-angle to a standard f/5.6 at telephoto. The P310 was equipped with a 4x zoom only. Coolpix P330 lens optical built receives one HRI glass element, high refractive index glass, and Nikon VR latest optical image stab system active on 4 axes. The camera has a circular 7-blades aperture.
(also today, Nikon unveiled its APS-C compact camera : the Nikon Coolpix A)
The Coolpix P330 will easily be operated in PSAM modes with two adjustment dials and advanced users will appreciate the ability to shoot in RAW (NEF on Nikon cameras) which was not the case with its predecessor, a dumb limitation. The Coolpix P330 also has on its mode selection ring a user programmable mode. The camera’s user interface can also be customized even further thanks to the programmable Fn button on the front of the body.
I always welcome a GPS sensor on a compact camera as I travel quite much, handy to geotag my photos while on the fly. The Coolpix P330 has a GPS sensor. WiFi enabled cameras fans will have to buy Nikon’s external Wi-Fi dongle. The GPS sensor is indeed built-in on the P330.
The Nikon Coolpix P330 will be available from March 6, 2013 at a retail price of $380, £350,€349. It is launched in conjunction with the Coolpix A APS-C compact camera. Launched well after the Canon Powershot S110 (Wi-Fi) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 (you can read my Panasonic LX7 review), the Nikon Coolpix P330 offers the advantage of being launched at a price more competitive than its competitors who preceded him.