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February 08, 2011

Nikon launches new Coolpix P300 w/24-100mm, 1/2.3" backlit (no RAW, no VF)

The leaked Coolpixies are now official! We start with perhaps the most interesting of the lot, the new Coolpix P300! The camera comes with a 12mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor, 24-100mm eq f1.9-4.8 lens with optical stabilization, manual exposure, 1080p video, 3" LCD, and such. There is no RAW and no EVF/OVF (and no hot-shoe) however.

The camera will be released in March with an opening price of $330. UPDATE: The P300 is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $330.

Nikon P300 previews and hands on
+ two-page preview at d-preview
+ short video preview at What Digital Camera?
+ hands-on with body at Pocket Lint
+ short video preview by Nikon Switzerland on YouTube (audio in German)
+ official Nikon podcast previewing the new Coolpixies

Announcement Coverage
+ paper comparison to the Canon S95 at Pocket Lint
+ Imaging Resources
+ dpreview
+ dc resource
+ PDN Gear Guide

Some may point out that Nikon held back on the specs, perhaps for fear of eating up sales of the Coolpix P7000. Just because it has a 1/2.3" sensor it doesn't mean that it can't have RAW. A number of 1/2.3" cameras from other manufacturers, including P300's direct competitor, the Samsung TL350 (among others) are offering RAW. Perhaps the P300 announcement is a better advertisement for the TL350 than anything Samsung marketing could come up with ;-)

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