Nikon Coolpix A300 Digital Camera

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A slim, pocketable point-and-shoot for everyday shooting

A slim, pocketable point-and-shoot for everyday shooting, the silver COOLPIX A300 from Nikon features versatile imaging capabilities along with a convenient form factor. Revolving around a 20.1MP 1/2.3" CCD image sensor, the A300 produces high-resolution stills along with HD 720p video, and offers an extended sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 for working in low-light conditions. A NIKKOR 8x optical zoom covers a 25-200mm equivalent focal length range, and is benefitted by Hybrid VR to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Additionally, the camera also incorporates a 2.7" 230k-dot LCD monitor, as well as SnapBridge wireless connectivity for transferring your imagery to a smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi + NFC.

20.1MP CCD Sensor

Featuring a 20.1MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor, the A300 is capable of recording high-resolution still imagery as well as HD 720p video. The sensor provides a sensitivity range from ISO 80-1600, which can be extended to ISO 3200 for working in low-light conditions.

NIKKOR 8x Optical Zoom Lens

Spanning a wide-angle to telephoto reach, the NIKKOR 8x optical zoom lens covers a 25-200mm equivalent focal length range to benefit working in a wide variety of shooting conditions. This reach can be extended even further to 16x with Dynamic Fine Zoom for working with distant subjects. Benefiting this reach is Hybrid VR, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by up to three stops to help realize sharp imagery.

SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Supporting a wealth of sharing and tagging possibilities, the A300 features built-in SnapBridge connectivity to permit seamless transferring of imagery to a mobile device. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology enables communication between the camera and a smart device, and allows for automatic image transfers as you shoot. SnapBridge requires a one-time setup and also works in conjunction with Nikon Image Space for backing up files and sharing imagery, and can also tag transferred images with date, time, and location info for keeping track of your journey. Additionally, once linked, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.

In addition to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with NFC is also available, and allows for wirelessly sharing both full-resolution photos and movies to smartphones or tablets. SnapBridge will automatically switch between the two technologies for a seamless wireless workflow.

Other Camera Features

  • Extra slim, compact form factor is ideal for carrying in a pocket or handbag.
  • Rear 2.7" 230k-dot LCD monitor is used for composing imagery as well as navigating the menu and replaying photos and movies.
  • Scene Auto Selector automatically adjusts the camera settings based on the recognized a recognized scene type.
  • Panorama Assist helps to produce seamless panoramic images by allowing you to pan across the scene to produce the image.
  • Target Finding AF automatically detects and quickly locks onto a subject for faster shooting times.
  • The included EN-EL19 rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers approximately 240 shots per charge.
  • Smart Portrait mode optimizes your settings to produce sharp, well-exposed portraits. This mode includes a blink detector, to alert you if a subject has blinked during the shot, and a smile detector, to automatically release the shutter when your subject smiles. Additionally, Glamour retouch enhancements can be applied in-camera after shooting, and allow you to add make-up effects such as eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick.
  • A unique Self-Collage mode records a series of either four or nine images and automatically composites them into a single image.
  • Special Effects allow you to apply creative looks to imagery while shooting, and include Mirror, Selective Color, Nostalgic Sepia, Painting, Fisheye, and Cross Screen/Star Effect.
  • A useful Help mode is available to learn more about specific camera functions for easier use.
  • Language support: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

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Nikon Coolpix A300 Announced Apr 20, 2016 20 megapixels 2.7″ screen 25 200 mm (8)
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Specifications
Price
MSRP $139/129
Body type
Body type Ultracompact
Sensor
Max resolution 5152 x 3864
Other resolutions 3648 x 2736, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 5120 x 2880 (16:9), 3864 x 3864 (1:1)
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
Image
ISO 80-3200
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes 3 stops
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25200 mm
Optical zoom 8
Maximum aperture F3.76.6
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 2 cm (0.79)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 2.80 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync
Continuous drive 1.1 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p)
Format Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage included 19MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g + Bluetooth 4.1
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL19
Battery Life (CIPA) 240
Weight (inc. batteries) 119 g (0.26 lb / 4.20 oz)
Dimensions 96 x 58 x 20 mm (3.78 x 2.28 x 0.79)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

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