The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is the company’s latest ‘tough’ compact camera, designed to withstand the sort of conditions that would otherwise defeat most other cameras and smartphones.
Essentially updating the COOLPIX AW130, the Nikon COOLPIX W300 is virtually identical in every way, but brings 4k video capture to the table.
Of all the tough compact cameras, the COOLPIX W300 has one of the most impressive specs around.
Designed for all conditions
Fully waterproof down to 30m without housing, shockproof to 2.4m and freeze proof to -10°, the W300 also offers GPS/GLONASS/ QZS support for geotagging, interactive world map, Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity, an altimeter and even an underwater depth gauge.
All GPS, altitude and depth readings and even number of steps taken can be displayed by pressing the W300’s new ‘Tool’ button.
As for the images, 16-million-pixel pictures and 4k/UHD video at 25 and 30fps are shot through a 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9 macro lens. Images can be captured and shared using Nikon’s SnapBridge via a synced smart device.
New to the W300 is auto exposure (AE) lock, which could prove especially handy when videoing in the varying light conditions underwater. In addition, 5-axis vibration reduction (VR) aids sharp photos and smooth motion videos.
The bright LCD screen and simple layout are designed for easy handling of the camera when in these challenging conditions. For example, the camera can be controlled with relative ease when wearing gloves.
We think the COOLPIX W300 represents a modest update to what is already an accomplished COOLPIX AW130. The new tool button is a nice touch, but if 4k video shooting is not your thing, then the older AW130 would still do the trick.
Pricing and availability
The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is available in a variety of colours, including black, yellow, red and camouflage. RRP is £389.99/€469.00 and Nikon is yet to announce when it will be available.
There are optional extras available for the COOLPIX W300, including the SB-N10 underwater flash that attaches via the camera’s tripod mount.
For more information, please visit the Nikon website.