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Nikon Coolpix W300 Review

Nikon Coolpix W300 Review - We review the Nikon Coolpix W300 - the underwater camera from Nikon, with 4K video recording and a 5x optical zoom lens.

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The Nikon Coolpix W300 features a 16mp sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, 4K video recording and is waterproof down to 30 metres! The W300 updates the AW130 and features built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The W300 is available for £389, in a variety of colours, including orange, yellow, camouflage, and black. 

Nikon Coolpix W300 Features

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The Nikon Coolpix W300 is waterproof to 30m, shockproof from a height of 2.4m, freezeproof, and dustproof. Designed as a take anywhere camera, it should survive all minor of mistreatment. 

The Coolpix W300 features a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, with 7fps continuous shooting at full resolution. There's 4K UHD video recording, with stereo sound, plus high-speed video recording. Optical zoom is available while recording videos, letting you use the 5x optical zoom to get closer to the action. The 5x optical zoom lens, is equivalent to 24-120mm, with a relatively bright f/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens. 

VR vibration reduction uses Lens shift image stabilisation (IS) and electronic VR to help reduce blur and camera shake in images. This is also used for video recording to keep video steady and smooth. 

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth let you setup low power image transfer using Nikon's Snapbridge app, as well as remotely control the camera. There's also built-in GPS, an electronic compass, and altimeter so that it can show you the altitude, or depth. 

Additional buttons on the side of the camera give quick access to settings, and let you change settings even when wearing gloves in cold weather. 

Updates compared to the Nikon Coolpix AW130:

  • 4K video recording
  • New design, updated grip
  • Self-portrait timer added (5s)
  • Bluetooth added
  • Improved shockproof rating (to 2.4m)
  • 280 shot battery life (compared to 370)
  • No longer features NFC

There are only a small handful of waterproof cameras to choose from currently available, so let's quickly have a look at the options available:

Fujifilm XP120 Canon D30 Nikon Coolpix W300 Olympus TG-5
16mp 12mp 16mp 12mp
5x, f/3.9-4.9 5x, f/3.9-4.8 5x, f/2.8-4.9 4x, f/2.0-4.9
20m waterproof 25m 30m 15m
FullHD video FullHD video 4K video 4K video
10fps continuous shooting 1.9fps  7fps  20fps 
Wi-Fi GPS GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth GPS, Wi-Fi
£150 £250 £389 £399


There are numerous auto and scene modes which adjust the camera settings automatically for the best results. There are a number of scene modes such as Auto HDR and Night Landscape to make sure the camera is on the correct settings.

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Key Features

  • 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, 24-120mm equivalent, f/2.8-4.9
  • VR Vibration Reduction Image Stabilisation
  • 3inch 912k dot screen
  • 30m waterproof, 2.4m Shockproof, Freezeproof
  • GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth built-in
  • 7fps continuous shooting speed
  • 4K UHD video recording
  • ISO125 - ISO6400
  • 1cm macro focus
  • HDR / Panoramic shooting
  • Available in orange, yellow, black and camouflage

Nikon Coolpix W300 Handling

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The Nikon Coolpix W300 is mostly plastic, with a shiny painted front, and the camera feels quite tough and chunky for a compact camera.

The front of the camera has an updated handgrip that protrudes a good distance out of the camera. There's also a dotted area on the back of the camera for your thumb, and on top of the camera, there's a textured pattern to aid grip. 

On top of the camera is an on/off button and shutter release. The rear has a zoom rocker with movie record, scene mode, playback, menu and delete buttons. There's a 4-way pad for cycling through the menus, this also gives quick access to exposure compensation, flash, self-timer and macro mode.

On the left-hand side, there are three buttons, the first (top) button displays an electronic compass, the second button lets you switch mode by shaking the camera up or down, and the third button switches the LED light on and off when you hold it down. These buttons can make it easier to operate the camera when underwater or wearing gloves.

The rear of the camera has a 3-inch screen with a high resolution of 921k dots and is quite easy to view in all light. Access to the battery and memory card is via the chunky round dial on the side of the camera. You have to press the central button and turn the dial 90° to open it, making it difficult to accidentally open it.

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Menus – The menus are well laid out, with five main sections, including shooting, movie, network (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), location, and setup. There's also built-in help, that gives information on the options available. 

Nikon's Snapbridge app gives quick access to photos on the camera, which can be automatically transferred using Bluetooth. To remotely control the camera, the app needs to set up a Wi-Fi connection, and this can take a little longer. The app gives you the ability to take photos, as well as adjust the zoom. There are very few further options or settings available beyond this, which is a shame, as it could be useful to use the touchscreen to set the focus position or start video recording. You can choose between transferring 2mp images, or full-size images. If you transfer the full-size images, then these are much slower to transfer. 

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 280 shots according to Nikon / CIPA test results, which is less than the previous version. The camera features USB charging, using a MicroUSB cable and AC adapter, this means you can charge it from the wall, or plug it into a USB port on a computer (although charging may be much slower using this method).



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