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Nikon Coolpix P3 VR Wi-Fi Review

Review Date: March 22, 2006

Nikon Coolpix P3
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has 8.1MP resolution, a 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor. New is the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR) capability, Nikon's version of lens image stabilization used in its renowned SLRs. VR compensates for camera shake during hand-held shooting.

The Nikon P3 also comes with the freedom of wireless, offering Wi-Fi support, allowing wireless image transfer, wireless live transfer (moves images to the computer as they are taken), and wireless direct print to any PictBridge-compatible USB either connected to the computer or direct to the printer (no computer needed) through the use of the optional Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10.

The Nikon P3 features a shutter speed range of 2-1/2,000 sec., and has a range of Advanced Scene Modes (9 Advanced Scene Modes; 7 Scene Modes) that gives photographers the ability to capture a single scene in different moods through the use of three effects that adjust brightness, colour intensity, sharpness, noise reduction and more.

A 10-step Aperture Priority Mode offers greater creative control, allowing you to select one of 10 depth-of-field settings (in 1/3 EV increments) with Live Histogram. AF Area focus with corresponding Spot AF area metering makes it easy to focus and meter on off-center subjects.

Nikon's innovative D-Lighting function compensates for exposure problems by adding light and detail to dark areas of shots, while keeping brighter areas just as they are. Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically does away with red eyes in-camera. And Nikon exclusive BSS (Best Shot Selector) selects and saves the best of a series of several shots.

The Nikon P3 incorporates the Nikon Face Priority AF* function that uses advanced biometric facial recognition technology to detect a person's face at typical portrait taking distances, then automatically focuses on the face area.

* Face recognition capability may be limited depending on the shooting conditions.

Shoot movies at up to 30fps, with choice of three sound modes. Additional time-lapse movie mode lets you take pictures over a long period of time and then create movies out of them by speeding up the action.

The Nikon Coolpix P3 should appeal to beginner and serious amateur photographers desiring an easy-to-use wireless digital camera with image stabilization and lots of other practical features.

The Nikon P4 is similar to the P3 minus the Wi-Fi component.

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Nikon Coolpix P3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix P3  
  Image Sensor 8.1 effective megapixels (3264x2448)
1/1.8-inch type (8.3 million total pixels)
  Lens Zoom-Nikkor  
  Focal Length 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 36-126mm); 7 elements in 6 groups  
  Aperture Range f/2.7(W)-5.3(T), min. f/7.6; Six-blade hexagonal iris diaphragm (10 steps in 1/3EV increments)
  Optical Zoom 3.5x; Digital zoom: up to 4x  
  Focus range / Macro 12.0 in. (30cm) to infinity, 1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity in Macro Mode  
  Auto Focus
Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator
Auto (11-area automatic focus selection), Manual (99-area manual focus selection) and Center-focus area selection available
  Vibration Reduction Lens shift  
  Shutter Speed 2-1/2,000 sec. (Slow shutter speeds of 4 and 8 sec. available in Fireworks and Night Landscape scene modes).  
  Exposure Control Auto, Aperture Priority, Scene Modes  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, Programmed Auto, Aperture Priority Auto Mode, 9 Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait [Face AF], Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Night landscape, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks show, Close up), 7 Scene Modes (Party/Indoor, Panorama assist, Beach/Snow, Back light, Museum, Copy, Sports), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Date imprint, Self-timer (3, 10 sec.)


With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Smaller size (160) at 30fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) Normal available

  Capture modes

1) Single, 2) Continuous H (approx. 1.8fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx 1.7fps, only available at image size 8M), 4) Ultra HS (up to 100 pictures at up to 30fps), 5) 5 Shot Buffer (approx 1.8fps), 6) Interval timer shooting

  Number of frames
(with internal memory)
8M: Fine: approx. 6, Normal: approx. 12, Basic: approx. 23  
  Built-in Flash Range: 1' 4" to 13'/0.4-4.0m (W), 1' 4" to 6'7"/0.4-2.0m (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), FlashCancel, Anytime Flash, Slow Sync  
  Interface IEEE 802.11b/g, USB, Audio Video output  
  Wireless capability IEEE802.11b/g, wireless range up to 30m (depending on environment)  
  Supported languages German / English / Spanish / French / Italian / Dutch / Russian / Swedish / Japanese / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese / Korean / Thai / Portuguese / Polish / Indonesian / Finnish / Danish / Norwegin / Czech selectable in menu display  
  Viewfinder None  
  LCD 2.5-inch type, 150,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with 5 level brightness adjustment; approx. 98% coverage
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400  
  Light Metering 256-segment Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot AF area  
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3EV increments; Auto Bracketing available  
  White Balance

Auto, White Bal. preset (manual), Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash; WB Bracketing available

  Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 23MB), SD memory card  
  Power Requirements

EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied), EH-62A AC Adapter (optional)

  Battery Life

Approx 200 shots with EN-EL5 Rechargeable Battery (based on CIPA standard*)

  Included Accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Battery Charger MH-61,
USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap,
PictureProject CD-ROM
  Optional Accessories AC Adapter EH-62A, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (repl),
Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10 (P3 only)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 92 x 61 x 31mm /
3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 170g / 5.6 oz. (without battery and SD memory card)
  MSRP P3: US $449.95 / CDN $599.95
PD-10 Printer Adapter: US $49 / CDN $69

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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