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Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
44
Overall
39
Nikon Coolpix P300 front
 
Nikon Coolpix P310 front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
53
Overall
44

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Key Specs

Nikon P300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 189g - 103 x 58 x 32mm
  • Launched May 2011
  • Refreshed by Nikon P310
Nikon P310
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 194g - 103 x 58 x 32mm
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Superseded the Nikon P300
  • Refreshed by Nikon P330
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Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Overview

Lets look much closer at the Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are built by Nikon. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the P300 (12MP) and P310 (16MP) but they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The P300 was unveiled 12 months earlier than the P310 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a more detailed comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the P300 matches up versus the P310 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P300 over the Nikon P310

 P300 P310 
Screen resolution922k921kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon P310 over the Nikon P300

 P310 P300 
IntroducedJune 2012May 2011More modern by 12 months
Focus manually Very precise focus

Common features in the Nikon P300 and Nikon P310

 P300 P310 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon P300 provides exterior dimensions of 103mm x 58mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs) while the Nikon P310 has sizing of 103mm x 58mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the P300 against the P310.

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the P300 and P310 is 92 and 92 respectively.

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizes only by reviewing specs. The picture here might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the P300 and P310.

All in all, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Nikon P310 to deliver extra detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged P300 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 sensor size comparison

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P300 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon P310 as a Portrait photography camera
28
has face detection focus
no manual focus
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
43
focusing manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
features face detect autofocus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon P300 as a Street photography camera
Nikon P310 as a Street photography camera
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon P300 Sports photography features
Nikon P310 Sports photography features
38
image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
48
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
low frames per second (6.0 fps)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P300 Travel photography advice
Nikon P310 Travel photography advice
64
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
71
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P300 Landscape photography information
Nikon P310 Landscape photography information
43
decently wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
54
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon P300
Vlogging with Nikon P310
36
decently wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone port
36
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic port
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Nikon P300 vs Nikon P310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P300 and Nikon P310
 Nikon Coolpix P300Nikon Coolpix P310
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix P300 Nikon Coolpix P310
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-05-31 2012-06-22
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed C2 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 99
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-100mm (4.2x) 24-100mm (4.2x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-4.9 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 922k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.50 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (15, 30fps), 1280 x 720p (15, 30, 60 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 189 gr (0.42 pounds) 194 gr (0.43 pounds)
Dimensions 103 x 58 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 103 x 58 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 240 photographs 230 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL12 EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $500 $700