Nikon Coolpix P340: Wooing the more Enthusiastic Flock
The advanced compact cameras are fast replacing the more basic ones as the modern era demands a greater sense of intuitiveness, going deep into the international arena. While we look towards the scenario with smartphone cannibalization being quite evident, it would be only fitting if the CSCs on a budget start coming up although with an exhaustive set of features. Again having Wi-Fi on-board is no more a luxury but a pertinent need as most of us look to share images on the go in the era where social quotient is quite an attribute to have. In comes the Nikon Coolpix P340 which strikes the perfect balance between utility and style while keeping up with most of the user requirements.
Pros: Wi-Fi support is more on an elusive spec as per the budget range whereas the CMOS sensor helps realize the most vibrant of images while keeping the sharpness intact. The design cues are extremely svelte as holding the device does feel exotic.
Cons: The most impeding aspect remains to be the allotted megapixels in the form of sensor resolution which is set at a mere 12.2MP. GPS analogy has been done away with and this would make the locations less obvious for the photographers.
Here is an exhaustive review of the latest Coolpix P340 which is an out of the box performer as compared to the average predecessor.
Design and Build:
Here is a camera which would perfectly fit in the palm while the magnesium alloy forms the major part of the body. The size has been kept substantially compact but the company still has included the option for thumb and palm rest. While the thin rubber strip allows freedom to the fingers, the rear end sports the thumb resting area besides the puny and easily programmable Function Button. As this minimalistic approach comes in handy for most shooters, the three control dials do keep the direct access methods intact in addition to the availability of pop-up flash and the zoom leveler. In comes the lens control dial which is perfectly etched out and provides a lot of flexible options to the user to cling on. We did see a 3 inch LCD screen which is effectively complemented by the directional pad and the utilitarian movie record, trash and playback options. Battery hinge is stronger than expected with the device being quite a handy addition to one’s photographic kit.
Fast lens with f/1.8 as the wide angle viewing option is provided whereas the Wi-Fi support embedded within is more of an elusive spec, readily backed up by higher degrees of innovation. The Coolpix P340 comes with the BSI CMOS image sensor with a size pertaining to 1/1.7 inch and functionality scaling those enviable summits. The 4X digital zoom isn’t that competent but the macro focusing distance is surely quite an exhaustive one. At the telephoto end the range extends up to f/5.6 whereas the 5X optical zoom offers the equivalent focal range of 24-120mm. The burst mode extends up to 10fps whereas the 19 scene modes do come in as certain powerful inclusions. Regardless of the usability on offer, the Coolpix P340 also combines 9 scene modes besides the high-end Menu Navigation format under consideration. Here is the lens based control ring which is suited for altering the focus and even the ISO levels, The white balancing modes are well taken care of besides the availability of VR and exposure previewing modes.
The Coolpix P340 accounts for quite an exhaustive ISO range while the aperture priority level of f/6.3 is something to bank upon. One may add the self-timer for reducing the shaking effects whereas better quality images can be extracted within 100-400 range. Minot softness and noise creep in at higher levels which only worsen at 1600 and beyond.
Be it the outdoor pavements or the indoor caveats, one might use Coolpix P340 for satiating most of the photographic needs while using the Standard Picture Mode as an alibi. Be it the image sharpening modes or the saturation level changes, high-end image quality is rendered in addition to the tonality check. Exposure Metering is more of a path-changing spec while the spot metering does work out rather perfectly. Purple fringes are slightly visible besides the barrel distortion effects which can be reduced on adding the high contrast monochrome into the mix. Video captures can be realized in Full HD whereas MPEG and MOV formats are also supported.
Here is a budget friendly compact which provides multiple shooting modes in addition to the 11 elements with 9 cross type nodes associated with the autofocusing spec. Go with the Coolpix P340 as for a fantastic image sensor and an expansive ISO sensitivity range.
Nikon Coolpix P340 Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix P330
Canon PowerShot S120
Sony CyberShot DSC RX100
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Nikon Coolpix P340 in India is Rs.17629/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.