Nikon W300 summary
Nikon W300 is Nikon's Waterproof camera initially released on May of 2017. The camera houses a 16MP, 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The W300 is rated #7 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over all #560 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your custom factors.
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Nikon W300 Gallery
You can view the W300 from various angles in the gallery here.
Nikon W300 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon W300 based on features that are generally considered important in a camera.
Nikon W300 Sensor features
The sensor specification on the Nikon W300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The sensor has 16 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 125 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture below displays the W300's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The W300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon W300 dimensions
Nikon W300 weighs around 0.51 pounds (231 gr or 8.15 oz) & has outer dimensions of 112mm x 66mm x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 196 gr and the Nikon W300 is weightier compared to other rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a visual of the Nikon W300 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button design on the W300.
Nikon W300 Lens features
The W300 offers a built in lens giving a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be very good nevertheless it is going to be useful in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 24mm, it features an aperture of f2.8 making it kind of sluggish and not good for low light conditions and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will also need to raise your ISO resulting in noisy pictures. Towards the long end, 120mm comes with f4.9 which is very slow and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Nikon W300 Connectivity
The W300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer pictures and at times adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Nikon W300 Video features
The max video quality on the Nikon W300 is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p offers a superb quality for video. You can downsample to 1080p to get clearer video. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and make sure you own high quality SD cards with good write speed. The body does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider a different camera in case you need good sound for your video clips.
Nikon W300 Weather Sealing
Nikon W300 comes with weather proofing making it a fantastic candidate for use in tough locations. This can be especially beneficial whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may face in outdoor photography.
Nikon W300 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon W300 is equipped with a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 921k dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon W300 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very handy in bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Nikon W300 Shutter features
Nikon W300 continuous shooting speed is 7.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Nikon W300 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon W300 features just integrated flash without external flash support.
Nikon W300 Autofocus features
Nikon W300 features only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it handy for people photography.
It also features Tracking AF for subjects that move. Nikon W300 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good in low light scenarios or you require more exact control on depth of field.
Nikon W300 Battery life
The battery pack (EN-EL12) on the Nikon W300 is built to last for 280 photos according to the CIPA measurements which is comparable with it's rivals. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 offers the maximum (380) battery life in this type of cameras.
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Nikon W300 for specific forms of photography
The following graph provides a rundown of the Nikon W300 for specific forms of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.
Nikon W300 Portrait photography advice
The Nikon W300 receives a points tally of 37 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not good for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the potential to use external flash.
Street photography with Nikon W300
Coming in at a very good score of 62, the Nikon W300 is a fine option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon W300 Sports photography features
A modest sports photography points total of 50 means the Nikon W300 is relatively suited for photographing sports. A camera needs very good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon W300 Travel photography features
Portability is extremely critical when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon W300 gets a nice 73 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit to buy for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Nikon W300
For anyone who is looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon W300 with it's average score of 49 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate in the current market.
Vlogging with Nikon W300
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon W300 is just not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 33.
Nikon W300 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the W300, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Waterproof.
The graph here gives you an overview of the W300 vs it's top scored rivals listed above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may view as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.