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Nikon Coolpix P340 Review

Nikon Coolpix P340 Review - We review the compact Nikon Coolpix P340 - the serious compact features a bright f/1.8 lens and built in Wi-Fi.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Nikon Coolpix P340
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The Nikon Coolpix P340 is Nikon's compact, but serious camera, with a bright f/1.8 5x optical zoom lens, manual controls and is an updated Wi-Fi version of the Nikon Coolpix P330. The Nikon Coolpix P340 adds an 'Effects' position on the mode dial, as well as promising quicker operation.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Features

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The lens on the P340 is a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-120mm, with a bright f/1.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens and an f/5.6 aperture at the telephoto end. The camera features a back illuminated 12.2 megapixel 1/1.7inch CMOS sensor which provides high speed shooting as well as full HD video recording. The camera also features a number of high speed video modes, at 120 and 60fps. 

Surrounding the lens is a functional lens ring, letting you quickly set options, including ISO, manual focus, and other camera settings including shutter and aperture speeds when in the relevant manual modes such as A,S,M. Focus peaking is built in to aid manual focusing, and the camera shoots RAW as well as JPEG.

Easy Wi-Fi sharing is possible when connected to a compatible Android or iOS device, with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility available in the Android and iOS app stores. 

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Key Features

  • 12.2 megapixel backlit 1/1.7 inch CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, 24-120mm equivalent, f/1.8-f/5.6
  • VR Vibration reduction optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch 921k dot screen
  • Full HD video recording with stereo sound, 30/25fps
  • High speed video: 720p, 60fps, 480, 120fps 
  • ISO80 - ISO12800 (extends to ISO25600 in special mode)
  • Built in manual pop-up flash
  • RAW (NRW) data processing
  • Manual / A / S / P modes
  • Easy panorama 180° / 360°   
  • Customisable Function (Fn) button
  • 2cm Macro mode
  • Interval shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 20GB free space on Nikon Image Space

Nikon Coolpix P340 Handling

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With a compact square design, the compact body is made out of metal and feels well built, apart from the battery and memory card compartment which is made out of plastic and does flex. The front features a small textured rubber bar for a front grip, and the rear a reasonable sized rubber area for your thumb. Despite the square design, the camera is compact and fits easily into small pockets, similar in size to the Canon Powershot S120.

Near the lens on the front is a Fn (Function) button that can be customised, and a top control wheel lets you quickly alter settings. Surrounding the scroll wheel on the back there is quick access to self-timer, flash, exposure compensation, and macro with a middle OK button.

A top mode dial gives easy access to shooting options and the camera features one customisable U:User mode. There's dedicated video and playback buttons on the back for quick and easy access to these modes, as well as a delete button. The menu button takes you into the cameras full settings. The 3inch screen on the back has a good resolution with 921k dots, and is bright and clear making it easy to use in a variety of conditions.

Wi-Fi connectivity lets you quickly and easily transfer photos to your smartphone, where you can then share directly to your favourite social websites, email or backup photos. This is great when you're out and about as you can quickly share photos while travelling without having to go back to a computer to edit and upload photos. You can also use the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app to remotely control the camera to take photos and set the amount of zoom, however beyond that there are very few options other than self-timer.

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The camera menus are split into four areas: Shooting menu, video menu, Wi-Fi menu, setup menu. ISO options let you set the range you'd like the camera to stick to, and it's also possible to set the minimum shutter speed you want before the camera will increase the ISO setting automatically. The function button can be customised, letting you set: image quality, image size, picture control, white balance, metering, ISO, AF area mode, VR, and ND filter. Continuous shooting mode features high speed shooting, interval timer as well as 120/60fps shooting modes.

There are a number of advanced options in the menus, including exposure bracketing, flash exp compensation, noise reduction filter options, (low, normal, high), ND-filter. You can also set the zoom startup position, or whether the camera remembers the previous zoom setting. 

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 220 shots according to Nikon / CIPA test results, which is average for a compact camera and extended use of Wi-Fi will reduce the number of shots possible. 

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

  Nikon Coolpix P340
Shutter Response <0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.5
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.9
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.2
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.9
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8fps (10 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 8fps (10 shots)

Shutter response is improved over the previous model and is very quick, as is focus at the wide end of the lens, although focus at the telephoto is quite slow, although thankfully quicker than the P330. 

Continuous shooting is good at 8fps at full resolution. 120fps and 60fps shooting is available for 1mp images. RAW files are 24MB in size and take a while to record to the memory card, with 10 photos, taken in High Speed Continuous shooting mode, taking around 26 seconds before you can use the camera again. Shooting FINE JPEGs in High Speed Continuous shooting mode, it takes around 20 seconds for the camera to write 10 photos to memory.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Images have good colour reproduction, with bright saturated colours straight from the camera. Skin tones are good, and the portrait photo taken with flash is free of red-eye. The camera is also capable of taking an impressive night shot. The camera has reliable exposure, and there are a number of ways to expand dynamic range, with examples shown below. 

Nikon Coolpix P340 Lens test images


Lens Performance - The lens performs well with good levels of detail when shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens, although does give slightly softer results at the telephoto end. Macro performance is good with the camera letting you focus on a subject that is just 2cm away from the front of the lens, and the camera shows on screen how much optical zoom to use to get the best results. The lens shows some barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the lens, as well as some vignetting, although for most shots this shouldn't be too concerning, and there is little pincushion distortion at the telephoto end. Purple fringing is relatively well controlled, only becoming an issue in areas of high contrast.

Nikon Coolpix P340 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO80, ISO100, and through to ISO200, with some noise starting to appear at ISO400, although detail is still good even at ISO800. At ISO1600 levels of detail drops, as noise increases although results still look usable. Detail drops again at ISO3200, although results should still be usable. ISO6400 and above is probably best avoided as detail and colour saturation drop noticeably. Hi 2 (equivalent to ISO 25600) is available when using High ISO monochrome in the special effects mode.

Nikon Coolpix P340 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives the option to give warm results under tungsten light or normal, and performs well, with the tungsten preset giving a more neutral result. AWB performs well under fluorescent light, with the preset giving a magenta cast. Each white balance setting can be adjusted further on a Green, Blue, Amber, Magenta colour table.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Panoramic Dubai Mall DSCN0247 | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 6.0 mm | ISO 80
Dubai Mall Fountains | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 6.0 mm | ISO 80

Panorama mode - The camera has an automatic panoramic mode that will stitch together the photos as you pan the camera from one side to another. Results are good, although the resolution is quite low, at 4800x920 pixels.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Outdoor images


To expand dynamic range, the camera features D-Lighting, and the scene mode has a backlighting option, as well as a HDR option, with three levels. The HDR mode takes a number of shots at different exposures and combines them to create a single photo with expanded dynamic range. 

Nikon Coolpix P340 Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are a number of digital filters and effects, as well as picture styles letting you customise sharpness, contrast and saturation. You can also apply a number of effects from the playback menu on photos you've already taken.

Video - The camera records full HD video with stereo sound, and optical zoom is available while recording although some noise is picked up by the camera when using optical zoom. There are a number of high speed video modes, including 720p at 60fps and 640x480 at 120fps. Additional videos can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel, including a time-lapse video.


Value For Money

The Nikon Coolpix P340 is available for £349 which makes it reasonable value for money, although we would expect the price to drop over time and the camera is up against the following alternatives: 

Canon Powershot S120, with Wi-Fi, Touch-screen, £360
Panasonic Lumix LF1, with EVF, Wi-Fi, £285
Olympus Stylus XZ-10, with Touch-screen, £179
Fujifilm XQ1, Wi-Fi, £289
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II, Wi-Fi, Hot-shoe, £539

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags. For additional serious compacts, have a look at our Top 10 Best Serious Compact cameras.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Verdict

The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a fairly plain looking compact digital camera, however, over the various updates it has improved each time, and the camera is capable of delivering some impressive images. With built in Wi-Fi it makes it a good choice for anyone who likes to keep mobile, but also connected, as it's possible to quickly transfer images to your smartphone and then upload them to the social network websites.

The camera is compact, has a bright lens at the wide-angle end, which is an impressive 24mm equivalent giving a good wide-angle shot, and the camera fits neatly into trouser pockets. For those that want to play with images, the camera shoots raw, and with full manual controls you can experiment with creative shots. The camera has a wide variety of creative features, including time-lapse photography, although the short battery life can be limiting in this area. The lens also becomes much darker as you zoom in, however the good noise performance and built in vibration reduction does help here. 


 
  The Nikon Coolpix P340 updates the P330 with Wi-Fi and quicker operation, making it a great compact camera with impressive image quality and features. 

Nikon Coolpix P340 Pros

Impressive image quality
Compact metal body
24mm wide-angle equivalent
Good noise performance
Good macro performance
f/1.8 5x optical zoom lens with VR
2 year warranty
Wi-Fi connectivity
Time-lapse shooting mode

Nikon Coolpix P340 Cons

Aperture quickly darkens as you zoom
Slightly slow telephoto focus
Short battery life
Lacks orientation sensor - doesn't automatically rotate images

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Nikon Coolpix P340 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Max Aperturef/1.8 - f/5.6
35mm equivalent24mm - 120mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels12.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/1.7inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus2cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
Video FPS30, 25fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
CIPA Rating220
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Charging AC Adapter EH-71P, USB Cable UC-E21, ViewNX 2 CD
Dimensions
Weight194g
Width103mm
Height58.3mm
Depth32mm

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cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
2 Apr 2014 9:41PM
Add to the " Cons " No Viewfinder of any type.

So it is unlikely to appeal to the serious market, Especially as Nikon have a model that is both serious and has the missing viewfinder.

Just another expensive toy then. Sad

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