Nikon P330

Nikon Coolpix P330 front
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F1.8-5.6) lens
  • 200g - 103 x 58 x 32mm
  • Revealed March 2013
  • Succeeded the Nikon P310
  • Replacement is Nikon P340
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P330 summary

Nikon P330 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on March of 2013. The camera uses a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Nikon introduced this camera as a way to replace the earlier Nikon P310 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards brought out the more recent Nikon P340 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.

The P330 places at #25 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #659 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Nikon P330 family

The Nikon P330 is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range below.

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P330 vs P7100
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Nikon P330 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Nikon P330 based on things that are often regarded as useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decently wide (24mm)
delivers RAW formats
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
features face detection focusing
features tracking autofocus
good zoom range (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has built in flash
has manual focus
screen has good resolution (921 thousand dots)
screen size is good (3 inches)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect AF
does not have external mic socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Time Lapse function
external flash not possible
fixed screen
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (200 shots)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
slow at full zoom (f5.6)
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Nikon P330 Sensor details

The sensor spec on the Nikon P330 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the P330's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The P330 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is pointed out in green.

Nikon Coolpix P330 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P330 dimensions

Nikon P330 weighs about 0.44 lbs (200g / 7.05 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 103mm x 58mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Nikon P330 is weightier when compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Nikon P330 besides a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix P330 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button design on the P330.

Nikon Coolpix P330 topview buttons dials

Nikon P330 Lens specs

The P330 has a built in lens featuring a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be very good however it can be helpful in certain situations.

At the widest 24mm, it comes with an aperture of f1.8 which will be awesome for low light conditions and getting a shallow depth of field. It will also allow you to set a lower ISO to produce more clean photographs. At the tele end, 120mm comes with f5.6 which is really slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon P330 Connectivity

The P330 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer photos and at times change settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon P330 Video specs

The highest possible video quality on the Nikon P330 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for quality and file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to order a different camera in case you need decent sound for your video clips.

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Nikon P330 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Nikon P330 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.

Nikon P330 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon P330 houses a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon P330 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are pretty valuable.

Nikon P330 Shutter specs

Nikon P330 has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon P330 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon P330 comes with only integrated flash with missing external flash support.

Nikon P330 Autofocusing specs

Nikon P330 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it handy for taking photos of people.

It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Nikon P330 features manual focusing when required for low light scenarios or you need more exact focusing control.

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Nikon P330 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL12) for the Nikon P330 is built to last for 200 images with respect to the CIPA standards making it less when compared to it's rivals. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Nikon P330 for varying types of photography

The following chart indicates a outline of the Nikon P330 for varying types of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Nikon P330

The Nikon P330 has a rating of 42 which is terrible, meaning that it is simply not appropriate for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")

Street photography with Nikon P330

With a very good rating of 65, the Nikon P330 is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")

Nikon P330 Sports photography factors

A terrible sports photography rating of 35 indicates the Nikon P330 is simply not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Nikon P330 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very crucial in choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon P330 gets a nice 61 for a travel camera which makes it a good option to purchase for your travels.

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has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
missing Time Lapse recording
low battery pack (200 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display

Nikon P330 Landscape photography details

For anybody looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon P330 and it's moderate rating of 51 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable amongst it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
terrible battery life (200 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording

Nikon P330 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon P330 is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a terrible rating of 36.

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pretty wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic support

Nikon P330 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the P330, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart down below shows you a bird's eye view of the P330 vs it's top scoring rivals suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may regard as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P330
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.50 m
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720p (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
200g (0.44 lbs)
Physical dimensions
103 x 58 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Battery life
200 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Price at release