Nikon P340

Nikon Coolpix P340 front
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Increase to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F1.8-5.6) lens
  • 194g - 103 x 58 x 32mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Older Model is Nikon P330
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P340 overview

Nikon P340 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on February of 2014. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Nikon released this model in an effort to upgrade the earlier Nikon P330 (Read Full Comparison)

The P340 ranks at #17 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #549 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can use our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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Nikon P340 history

The Nikon P340 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can identify all older and the latest models alongside key specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-P340 front thumbnailNikon P34024-120mm
Nikon-Coolpix-P7800 front thumbnailNikon P7800
P340 vs P7800
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Nikon-Coolpix-P7700 front thumbnailNikon P7700
P340 vs P7700
Nikon-Coolpix-P330 front thumbnailNikon P330
P340 vs P330
Nikon-Coolpix-P310 front thumbnailNikon P310
P340 vs P310
Nikon-Coolpix-P7100 front thumbnailNikon P7100
P340 vs P7100
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Nikon-Coolpix-P300 front thumbnailNikon P300
P340 vs P300
Nikon-Coolpix-P7000 front thumbnailNikon P7000
P340 vs P7000

Nikon P340 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon P340 based on factors that are generally seen as necessary in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built-in flash
does have HDMI socket
exports RAW formats
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes face detect focus
includes tracking focus
nice clear screen (921 k dots)
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
lacks phase detect auto focus
missing headphone socket
missing microphone socket
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
no moving screen
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
slow at tele end (f5.6)
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Nikon P340 Sensor info

The size of the sensor in the Nikon P340 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. This ISO can be widened electronically to a high of 12800. RAW format is saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the P340's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The P340 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P340 dimensions

Nikon P340 weighs in at 0.43 pounds (194 grams or 6.84 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 103mm x 58mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon P340 is heavier when compared to other rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Nikon P340 alongside a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix P340 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the P340.

Nikon Coolpix P340 topview buttons dials

Nikon P340 Lens info

The P340 is equipped with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not exceptional nevertheless it might be useful in certain cases.

At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f1.8 and that is fantastic for low light events and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also allow you to set a much lower ISO to have better images. Towards the tele end, 120mm comes with f5.6 making it pretty sluggish and you would need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Nikon P340 Connectivity

The P340 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can send images and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Nikon P340 Video info

The highest video resolution in the Nikon P340 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket so you get little control over the sound. It is probably best to look at another camera in case you require decent sound for your videos.

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Nikon P340 Weather Sealing

Nikon P340 doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.

Nikon P340 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon P340 comes with a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 921k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon P340 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial in bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Nikon P340 Shutter info

Nikon P340 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Nikon P340 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon P340 features only built-in flash without external flash ability.

Nikon P340 Autofocus info

Nikon P340 features just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.

It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Nikon P340 has got manual focusing when needed in low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Nikon P340 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL12) on the Nikon P340 is designed to last for 220 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements which is on par with it's rivals. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

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Nikon P340 for different styles of photography

The following graph provides a analysis of the Nikon P340 for different styles of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.

Nikon P340 Portrait photography info

The Nikon P340 has a rating of 42 which is subpar, and means the camera is simply not appropriate to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
offers face detect focus
supports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")

Nikon P340 as a Street photography camera

Getting a nice rating of 65, the Nikon P340 is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/1.7")

Nikon P340 Sports photography information

A subpar sports photography points total of 39 indicates the Nikon P340 is simply not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
has no phase detect auto focus

Nikon P340 Travel photography factors

Size is really critical when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon P340 gets a above average 64 as a travelling camera which is a good choice to take on your trips.

Photography Glossary
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse recording
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen

Nikon P340 Landscape photography factors

For anyone who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Nikon P340 with it's modest grade of 54 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate amongst its competitors.

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focusing manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse mode

Nikon P340 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon P340 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar score of 36.

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decently wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic support

Nikon P340 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the P340, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph underneath gives you a summary of the P340 vs it's top ranked rivals shown previously.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P340
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
6.50 m
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920x1080 (30p, 25p, 60i, 50i), 1280x720 (30p, 25p), 1920x1080 (15p, 12.5p), 640x480 (120p, 100p), 1280x720 (60p, 50p), 320x240 (240p, 200p), iFrame 720 (30p, 25p), 640x480 (30p, 25p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
194 gr (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions
103 x 58 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Battery life
220 photographs
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Price at launch