Meet Nikon’s Tough Little Coolpix W300 4K Underwater Camera
Stephan Jukic – May 30, 2017
Nikon’s large family of Coolpix point-and-shoot compact cameras has one very cool looking new member as of now. This is the W300 and this compact little beast of a camera comes with some very useful features, including 4K video recording, all-weather protective design and even full-blown water-proofing down to some serious depth.
In essence, the W300 is an update to Nikon’s older A130 and even though the company has completely changed the model number for this new model, the essential technologies of the previous model remain the same, along with certain features and design characteristics. On top of this, there are several updates like those mentioned above and others, which will work to make the new W300 model a bit pricier when it comes out in the summer months.
So starting with the tech specs that the W300 shares with the A130, we get the same waterproofed design that’s good down to a depth of 100 feet, dustproofing, freeze-resistance down to -14 degrees Fahrenheit and even shock resistance for drops from heights of up to 8 feet. In basic terms, like the A130 before it, the W300 is absolutely aimed for the outdoor adventurer market and delivers the photo/video specs to ensure that these types of buyers can get plenty of great digital images from this compact shooter. These include a 16-megapixel ½.3 inch back-lit CMOS sensor, a fairly decent 5x optical zoom, a built-in GPS (obviously enough for an outdoor camera in particular) and even includes a 3-inch LCD 921K dot display for managing images, camera shooting parameters and use of the camera’s on-screen map, which works in tandem with the W300’s GPS. Nikon has also included other outdoor-friendly technologies like an altimeter, depth gauge and integrated LED flashlight.
As for completely new aspects in the W300, those 8 feet of shock-proofing are a step up from the 7 feet in the A130 and this new Nikon model comes with 4K ultra HD video at up to 30fps. Nikon has also included a hybrid Vibration Reduction stabilization system in the camera which offers a blend of lens-shift mechanical stabilization and electronic image stabilization with three stops of compensation. Other additions for the W300 include time-lapse shooting, high-speed movie recording and extraction of JPEG still shots from any piece of 4K video shot with this little camera. External changes include a better grip and a slightly larger body size.
Nikon has also given the W300 their low-power SnapBridge technology for constant Bluetooth-based connectivity to a paired device. This feature can be used to transfer compressed versions of any photos taken with the W300 to paired devices for storage or immediate sharing to social media accounts. WiFi and HDMI connectivity can be used to transfer full images or photos shot with the W300.
As we said, the Nikon W300 is compact and its total weight tops off at 8.2 ounces, with a body size of just 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2 inches. The camera’s battery allows for shooting of up to 280 photos or one hour of Full HD video at 30p. This means that the W300 can shoot a bit less than 20 minutes of 4K footage. Overall, the Coolpix W300 sounds like it could deliver some decent competition to Canon’s own very similar but definitely tougher-looking recent compact 4K camera, the TG-5.
Nikon’s Coolpix W300 is slated for shipping in mid-summer or thereabouts and will be retailing for $390. Black, yellow, red and military camouflage versions will be available.
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