Nikon W300

Nikon Coolpix W300 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 231g - 112 x 66 x 29mm
  • Introduced May 2017
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #8 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #610 out of 1465 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 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.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
connects via bluetooth
good zoom range (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
has HDMI support
high resolution screen (921 k dot)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
provides face detect focusing
provides tracking focus
relatively wide (24mm)
weather proofing
cannot use external flash
does not contain selfie friendly display
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW support
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.9)
no aperture priority mode
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 195 gr and the Nikon W300 is weightier compared to other rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Nikon W300 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix W300 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button design on the W300.

Nikon Coolpix W300 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 275. Olympus TG-4 offers the maximum (380) battery life in this type of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Waterproof cameras that have the best battery life:

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 36 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.

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sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon W300 Sports photography features

A modest sports photography points total of 49 means the Nikon W300 is relatively suited for photographing sports. A camera needs very good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

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.

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weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
does not have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

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 48 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate in the current market.

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fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

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.

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pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no microphone jack

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.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix W300
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
1 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.20 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
231 grams (0.51 lb)
112 x 66 x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Battery life
280 photos
Battery format
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5 and 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Onboard + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots
Cost at release