Nikon W300 Comparison Review
The Nikon Coolpix W300 is a fixed lens compact camera that was revealed to the public in May 2017 and is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 15.9 megapixel.
Is the Nikon W300 a good camera? The W300 has a Camera Elo of 2087. This rating puts the W300 among the top 40 percent of all travel zoom compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (small sensor cameras), the W300 ranks among the top 30 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 4-star performance rating.
|Fixed lens compact camera|
|15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor|
|ISO 125 - 1 600 (125 - 6 400)|
|no viewfinder, LCD framing|
|3.0 LCD, 921k dots|
|Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)|
|7 shutter flaps per second|
|Waterproof body (30m)|
|280 shots per battery charge|
|112 x 66 x 29 mm, 231 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
The physical dimensions of the Nikon W300 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Nikon W300 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Nikon W300||112 mm||66 mm||29 mm||231 g||280||Y||May 2017||389||amazon.com|
|2.||Nikon B600||122 mm||82 mm||99 mm||500 g||280||n||Jan 2019||349||ebay.com|
|3.||Nikon A1000||114 mm||72 mm||41 mm||330 g||250||n||Jan 2019||429||ebay.com|
|4.||Nikon P1000||146 mm||119 mm||181 mm||1415 g||250||n||Jul 2018||999||amazon.com|
|5.||Olympus TG-5||113 mm||66 mm||32 mm||250 g||340||Y||May 2017||449||ebay.com|
|6.||Panasonic TS7||117 mm||76 mm||37 mm||319 g||300||Y||May 2018||449||ebay.com|
|7.||Ricoh WG-60||123 mm||62 mm||30 mm||193 g||300||Y||Oct 2018||279||ebay.com|
|8.||Sony HX99||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||242 g||370||n||Aug 2018||449||ebay.com|
|9.||Sony HX95||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||242 g||370||n||Aug 2018||429||ebay.com|
|10.||Sony WX800||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||233 g||370||n||Oct 2018||399||ebay.com|
|11.||Sony HX80||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||245 g||390||n||Mar 2016||349||ebay.com|
|Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Nikon W300 was launched in the US market at a price of $389. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.
The Nikon W300 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Nikon W300 among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design.
For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.
|Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.|
Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The W300 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the W300 can use is 4K/30p.
Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Nikon W300 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.
|1.||Nikon W300||none||n||3.0 / 921||fixed||n||1/4000s||7.0/s||Y||Y|
|2.||Nikon B600||none||n||3.0 / 921||fixed||n||1/4000s||7.4/s||Y||Y|
|3.||Nikon A1000||1166||n||3.0 / 1036||tilting||Y||1/4000s||7.0/s||Y||Y|
|4.||Nikon P1000||2359||n||3.2 / 921||swivel||n||1/4000s||7.0/s||Y||Y|
|5.||Olympus TG-5||none||n||3.0 / 460||fixed||n||1/2000s||20.0/s||Y||Y|
|6.||Panasonic TS7||1170||n||3.0 / 1040||fixed||n||1/1300s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|7.||Ricoh WG-60||none||n||2.7 / 230||fixed||n||1/4000s||8.0/s||Y||n|
|8.||Sony HX99||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||Y||1/2000s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony HX95||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||n||1/2000s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony WX800||none||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||Y||1/2000s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|11.||Sony HX80||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||n||1/2000s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.|
One convenient feature of the W300 is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Coolpix W300 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Nikon W300||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|2.||Nikon B600||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|3.||Nikon A1000||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|4.||Nikon P1000||Y||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|5.||Olympus TG-5||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|6.||Panasonic TS7||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|7.||Ricoh WG-60||-||mono / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||-||-||-|
|8.||Sony HX99||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony HX95||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony WX800||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|11.||Sony HX80||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
It is notable that the W300 offers wifi support. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.
The W300 has a zoom lens built in (4.3-21.5mm f/2.8-4.9), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length range from 24 to 120mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic that offers similar focal length and aperture specifications.
Further information on the features and operation of the W300 can be found in the free online Nikon W300 Manual or on the Nikon support site.
While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the W300 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate. This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Nikon W300||..||+||..||..||4/5||4/5||May 2017||389||amazon.com|
|2.||Nikon B600||..||+||..||..||3.5/5||3/5||Jan 2019||349||ebay.com|
|3.||Nikon A1000||..||+ +||3.5/5||..||3.5/5||3/5||Jan 2019||429||ebay.com|
|4.||Nikon P1000||..||+||3.5/5||73/100||3.5/5||3.5/5||Jul 2018||999||amazon.com|
|5.||Olympus TG-5||..||+ +||4.5/5||..||4/5||4/5||May 2017||449||ebay.com|
|6.||Panasonic TS7||..||+||..||..||..||3.5/5||May 2018||449||ebay.com|
|7.||Ricoh WG-60||..||..||..||..||..||..||Oct 2018||279||ebay.com|
|8.||Sony HX99||..||..||..||..||4/5||4.5/5||Aug 2018||449||ebay.com|
|9.||Sony HX95||..||..||..||..||..||..||Aug 2018||429||ebay.com|
|10.||Sony WX800||..||..||..||..||..||..||Oct 2018||399||ebay.com|
|11.||Sony HX80||..||..||..||..||..||..||Mar 2016||349||ebay.com|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.
Nikon W300 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the W300.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the Nikon W300?
The camera features a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Nikon W300?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 1600.
Does the Nikon W300 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
Which battery does the Nikon W300 use?
The camera gets its power from the EN-EL12 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
Does the Nikon W300 support geotagging?
The W300 has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) module and can embed location information in the EXIF data of the captured image.
Camera to camera comparisons
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|Camera Model||Nikon W300|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||24-120mm f/2.8-4.9|
|Launch Date||May 2017|
|Launch Price||USD 389|
|Sensor Format||1/2.3" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||7.7 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||15.9 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 608 x 3 456 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||1.33 μm|
|Pixel Density||56.73 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||4K/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||125 - 1 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||125 - 6 400 ISO|
|Viewfinder Type||No viewfinder|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||921k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||7 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|External Flash||no Hotshoe|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Waterproof body (30m)|
|Battery Type||EN-EL12 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||280 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
112 x 66 x 29 mm
(4.4 x 2.6 x 1.1 in)
|Camera Weight||231 g (8.1 oz)|
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