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Nikon Coolpix P3 8.1MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Vibration Reduction Optical Zoom (Wi-Fi Capable)

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 3.5x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Wi-Fi capability, offering IEEE 802.11b/g support for wireless photo transfer
  • BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten sequential shots
  • Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD memory cards (23 MB internal memory included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 25539
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.5 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EIAR92
  • Item model number: 25539
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,688 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 21, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Coolpix P3 features a 1/1.8-inch CCD and, because it offers 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution, it delivers outstanding imaging power that's not only enough to show beautiful skin texture and capture the myriad colors of the human eye, it also means shots stay breathtakingly clear even when significantly enlarged.

The Coolpix P3 incorporates a high-quality 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm format. This provides ample opportunity to zoom in for close compositions, zoom right out to capture breathtaking scenery and even enjoy macro shooting from as close as 4 centimeters.

Perhaps the most exciting element of the Coolpix P3, however, is the inclusion of Nikon's innovative VR (Vibration Reduction) capability. Originally developed for Nikon SLRs, lens shift VR capability is available in two modes that compensate for camera movement to realize a shooting experience akin to shooting at shutter speeds three stops faster.

VR Normal compensates for the minor movements that can happen all too easily during handheld shooting, while VR Active compensates for more pronounced movements--so you can even achieve rock-steady results while shooting from a moving vehicle, for example. Allowing photographers to shoot without blurring in lower light or when taking handheld macro shots, VR also extends to movie shooting, and even helps support faster framing on the large 2.5-inch 150,000-dot LCD.

Delivering further photographic fun and freedom through built-in Wi-Fi capability, the Coolpix P3 offers IEEE 802.11b/g LAN support. Surprisingly easy to set up and use, it lets users send images instantly to a selected computer as soon as they're taken, or alternately send all images stored on memory to a computer in one go. Wireless freedom also extends to printing too, so users can carry out cable-free printing to PictBridge-compatible printers. (Cable-free direct printing requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10. The PD-10 adapter is not included and must be purchased separately.)

A range of advanced imaging features make the Coolpix P3 stand out from other compact digital cameras, giving photographers greater control to produce shots that match their discreet personal tastes. The 11 wide-area AF delivers more accurate autofocus by analysing a larger area of the frame so photographers can experiment with more imaginative compositions. For example, with main subjects positioned away from the center or with multiple subjects, they can still be assured of crisp, sharp results.

The camera also offers Aperture-Priority Auto mode to let photographers benefit from aperture control in 1/3 EV steps, so they can select large apertures for attractive background blurring or stop down to small apertures to extend crisp focus into the distance--all while the camera automatically selects the most appropriate shutter speed for optimized exposure.

For all kinds of shooting, an on-screen histogram provides analytical assistance for exposure. Surprisingly easy to understand, it displays shadow levels on the left and highlight levels on the right of the large LCD, so users can avoid under- and overexposure before they even press the shutter.

There's also a range of Advanced Scene modes (9 Advanced Scene modes; 7 Scene modes) that help photographers capture a single scene with entirely different moods through the use of three effects that vary brightness, color intensity, sharpness, noise reduction, and more.

Helping photographers capture the action as it happens, the Coolpix P3 also features continuous shooting at up to 1.8 frames per second. This capability is also complemented by 5-shot buffer shooting that allows users to keep shooting in a continuous burst and have the camera record the last five images taken. Such functionality can be great when trying to capture an event that could happen imminently.

The Coolpix P3 makes it easy to shoot movies with sound, with a choice of three modes offering up to 30-frame-per-second performance. There's also a Time-lapse movie mode that uses pictures shot with the Interval timer shooting function to create a movie in which the action appears speeded up.

Images can even be improved in-camera through the use of three innovative Nikon functions. Face-priority AF cleverly detects people's faces to achieve sharp focus on them, no matter where they happen to be located in the frame. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix helps users make red-eye a thing of the past by detecting the annoying red-eye effect that can sometimes occur in flash photography and providing automatic compensation for more flattering, natural-looking portraits in low light. There's also Nikon's unique D-Lighting function, available in playback mode, which can improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of an image with added light and detail wherever necessary, leaving well-exposed areas exactly as they were.

Operation of the Coolpix P3 is exceptionally smooth and user-friendly. Icons are clearer and have optimal proportions, users can opt to select functions by either name or icon, and all menus and icons have been created with a new color scheme that's easier on the eye.

Design-wise, the Coolpix P3 has been made even more desirable with exterior lines that convey a distinct air of simplicity and quality, yet which feel comfortable in the hand. The use of aluminum throughout the exterior builds on this sense of quality, while the lens and grip sections have been given a flatter, space-efficient form. Furthermore, various different materials have been incorporated into the design to provide visually appealing contrast.

Like all Coolpix cameras, the P3 comes bundled with Nikon's complimentary and exclusive PictureProject software. Now featuring easy-to-use Wireless Camera Setup Utility, which uses a simple Wizard that will configure the cameras for wireless operation for use with the Coolpix P3, PictureProject adds even more possibilities to digital photography. Complete with an interface that is as elegant as it is simple, it makes for simple image editing and supports easy image organization and sharing, while compatibility with a range of plug-ins lets users add exciting new capabilities on demand.

Feature highlights:

Vibration Reduction
The Coolpix P3 features the VR (Vibration Reduction) system originally developed for Nikon SLR cameras. Comprising two modes, it allows selection of VR Normal mode that compensates for the minor camera movement commonly encountered when taking handheld shots, and VR Active mode that compensates for more pronounced movements, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle. Providing a shooting experience akin to shooting at shutter speeds three stops faster, it enables photographers to shoot without blurring in lower light, keeps subjects clear when panning, and also helps support faster framing on the LCD. What's more, the benefits of VR (Normal mode) assurance also extend to movie shooting so users can capture action with welcome stability.

Built-in Wi-Fi capability
The Coolpix P3 comes with built-in Wi-Fi capability that's easy to set up and virtually effortless to operate. Adding greater freedom and versatility to compact digital photography, such IEEE 802.11b/g support means users can send individual images from the camera to a computer the moment they are shot. Users can also send a whole batch of images to a computer simultaneously and even carry out cable-free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers. (Cable-free direct printing requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10. The PD-10 adapter is not included and must be purchased separately.)

Advanced imaging features
The Coolpix P3 also offers a range of imaging capabilities extending beyond the norm. Covering a broader area of the frame, 11 wide-area AF achieves better results in more diverse compositions--leaving photographers free to concentrate on the shot while the camera automatically achieves superior, sharp focus. Advanced Scene modes allow photographers to produce pictures better suited to their own personal tastes--offering a choice of three effects that vary brightness, color intensity, sharpness, noise reduction, and more so that the same scene can be captured to convey entirely different moods. The Coolpix P3 also offers the versatility of Aperture-priority Auto mode, which gives photographers control over aperture while the camera automatically selects the optimal corresponding shutter speeds, so users can choose larger apertures to achieve attractive background blur, for example, or select a smaller aperture to extend sharp detail into the distance.

Features for in-camera image correction
The Coolpix P3 features a selection of three Nikon innovations that give the photographer the ability to actually improve the quality of images in-camera. The Face-priority AF function has the ability to cleverly locate the presence of human faces in the frame and then provide optimized focus accordingly for sharper portraits time after time. (Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.) In-Camera Red-Eye Fix helps to eradicate the annoying red-eye effect that can sometimes be encountered during flash photography by detecting red eyes in the shot and compensating automatically. There's also D-Lighting, which can improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of a selected image with light and detail automatically added wherever necessary and well-exposed areas left exactly as they are.

Other features:

  • Highly compact dimensions of 92 x 61 x 31 millimeters (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches) (W x H x D) excluding projections
  • Carry-anywhere light weight of approximately 170 grams (5.6 ounces) (without battery and SD memory card)
  • USB connectivity enables fast data transfer to computers and other peripheral
  • Battery Charger MH-61 supplied
  • Ample 23 MB (approximate) of internal memory; SD card compatibility
  • BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten sequential shots
  • Date Search function makes it easy to locate a desired shot
  • Menu available in a choice of 20 languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Portuguese, Polish, Indonesian, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Czech
  • Rechargeable EN-EL5 Li-ion battery (supplied) can shoot approximately 200 shots on a single charge
  • Direct printing with PictBridge-compatible printers via USB cable
  • Macro Mode lets users compose as close as 4 centimeters from the subject
  • Noise Reduction produces better results when shooting in low light
  • Time zone function enables the camera clock to be set to local time, anywhere in the world
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Continuous shooting at up to 1.8 frames per second
  • Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 7-mode manual (Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and White Balance Preset)
  • Voice memo appends 20 seconds of audio to a selected photograph

Product Description

MD) CL) NIKON COOLPIX P3 DIGITAL CAM

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I'm not a good photographer but use my cameras for vacation/backpacking pictures. The P3 was the fourth point and shoot Nikon camera my family has owned. Read more ›
But it still takes great pictures! Read more ›
It shoots better indoors and has better night time photos than the Casio 850 in my view. Also, you get great outdoor pictures too. All in all, Nikon did not add lots of new… Read more ›
The reviews for the P3 camera are either boring or…I think this is a great camera, if you want a camera that is simple to use, yields beautiful pictures, and is dependable. Read more ›
I love the editing features that…I have also used the video capacity to film a horse going over a jump and was greatly impressed with the quality for such a small camera. Read more ›
Basically, when it comes down to it, the Nikon is a good camera with some neat "bells and whistles" but I think it takes a little bit to figure out all the in's and out's… Read more ›
This camera was the result and I love it. The menus are very well thought out and there are onboard instructions for everything. The camera is a comfortable size. Read more ›
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Great camera with many useful features. No USB cable was included however which has led to a 4 week chase and no results yet from Amazon, Nikon, or Cameta Camera, the… Read more ›
So I purchased the Nikon P3. It is very user friendly and has many nice features that are excellent. It has a good zoom and the scene buttons are perfect for certain… Read more ›
S…The Casio is a great Pro-photographer camera, and you have to understand how to work the many great features, which can be difficult if you do not know what you are doing. Read more ›
Also the vibration reduction was a major factor when choosing for…I love the editing features that are in the camera as I can do it before I upload them onto the computer. Read more ›
Not being a digital camera kind of person, this is easy to use, and takes very good photos. However, I don't like not having a viewfinder. Read more ›
2-Program photography: easy and quick to use Read more ›
Great everyday camera, easy to use and takes great pictures. Have not tried to Wi-Fi feature yet though. Read more ›
Colors are accurate and even. Also, the camera feels well made and the controls are logically placed and easy to use. It does not have all the manual controls of the Canon… Read more ›
„X There are 3 choices for enhancement of 9 of the 16 scene modes „X The camera is easy to use and intuitive „X You can control to a degree the aperture and program modes Read more ›
The reviews for the P3 camera are either boring or…I think this is a great camera, if you want a camera that is simple to use, yields beautiful pictures, and is dependable. Read more ›
The LCD is nice and bright, and image review is a snap. Read more ›
Image quality is superb. Viewing screen is excellent. Snapshot type photography is easy. Read more ›
The Coolpix P3 has a lot of things going for it: 8 megapixels; sharp 3.5x zoom with Vibration Reduction; good quality 2.5" LCD; good in-camera menus; and good battery… Read more ›
Small, slight but powerful camera, very good zoom Read more ›
It is very user friendly and has many nice features that are excellent. It has a good zoom and the scene buttons are perfect for certain lighting situations. I also was… Read more ›
The Coolpix P3 has a lot of things going for it: 8 megapixels; sharp 3.5x zoom with Vibration Reduction; good quality 2.5" LCD; good in-camera menus; and good battery… Read more ›
2- The software enclosed is of great value and allows various picture editing and manipulation Read more ›
Outstanding value. Image quality is superb. Read more ›
I also was impressed with the capabilities of the software…I thought the WiFi was very easy to set up and was very handy to use with my laptop when we were on vacations. Read more ›
In no time, I was taking shots with lots of different pre-set scenes, allowing the auto feature to take control of the shot decisions, and even uploading photos to our… Read more ›
I travel a lot in my work and it is not easy to carry the D70 and several lenses with me at all times; however, the P3 is a great stand-in camera and when I use the Casio… Read more ›
This is my first digital camera. The basics are easy to learn and simple to master. However, the Coolpix has so many capabilities, it may be months before I get to most of… Read more ›
I work at a horse rescue and this camera has proven great for taking pics and the uploading them on the web. The detail is great. Also the vibration reduction was a major… Read more ›
It does not have all the manual controls of the Canon but it has just what you need and the auto…Everything on the camera works well from the flash to the LCD screen. A… Read more ›
It's size will be a bit too large for some (but just right for some, too); it's zoom isn't class leading…Exposure are good, but could have a higher degree of accuracy. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Okay on March 30, 2006
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I have owned this camera for 3 weeks and I had a hard time choosing between this and the Casio ex-z850. So I did not choose. I tested and bought them both for different reasons. Nikon cameras have the best glass elements and it is obvious when you take pictures. I have owned 6 other point and shoots and I own the Nikon D70. I hope to soon own the D200 with the 18x200 kit, if Nikon ever releases it to merchants!

The P3 does not have a lot of features but the ones that are present are great!

„X Great Picture Quality you can count on
„X The VR feature is a miracle, and 99% of my pictures are not blurred
„X Great Macro Feature that yields good pictures
„X Best point and shoot for night time shots with or without a flash
„X Color Quality of photos is wonderful
„X The body of this camera is larger than most, but small enough to put in your purse or shirt pocket.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on July 18, 2006
The Coolpix P3 has a lot of things going for it: 8 megapixels; sharp 3.5x zoom with Vibration Reduction; good quality 2.5" LCD; good in-camera menus; and good battery options. It also has the most "trick" hookup...WiFi.

First, as I've stated in many reviews, the VR should not be undervalued, even if this is a relatively short zoom for stabalization. It can aid in almost any situation, most notably low-light non-flash photos, and really enhances flash photography in low-light, so that we can see more of the background detail.

In-camera post processing is truly enhanced with the "D Lighting" control. Essentially, this features allows you to lighten the darker areas of a photograph while not lightening the middle or light areas. This can help bring out underexposed backgrounds with flash, or allow us to see the eyes under that ballcap. It doesn't work perfectly (it sometimes lightens the shadowing that makes detail stand out), but it's a very welcome feature.

The EN-EL5 battery is a bit larger than most cameras take, but it has good performance, and is reasonably priced. Additionally, you may use a Duracell CP-1 disposable battery. This is great! The problem with rechargable batteries are: 1) people forget to recharge them, and 2) they do loose their charge just sitting around. The CP-1 has a nearly 10 year shelf life, meaning it will be ready when you need it.

For the $50 extra (vs. the P4), you must determine if the WiFi capability is worth the expense. For most, I feel the answer is "no". WiFi is not as fast as USB 2.0, and, heck, I'm only 3 feet from the computer! But some will find it invaluable.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Dias on November 10, 2006
I like many others did a lot of research on my next purchase of a digital camera. I previously had a Sony and was sick of the lack of quality in pictures, photo editing software, and the clutzy menus. So I purchased the Nikon P3. It is very user friendly and has many nice features that are excellent. It has a good zoom and the scene buttons are perfect for certain lighting situations. I also was impressed with the capabilities of the software editing tool included. I thought the WiFi was very easy to set up and was very handy to use with my laptop when we were on vacations. Just turn it on and download! It also eliminated one of the many cords attached to my desktop...

So why the 3 stars? We were about ready to leave for our honeymoon and received a refurbished Canon SD700 in the mail by accident so we kept it and figured it would be great as a backup during our honeymoon. Well, it became our primary camera after we took it for a test drive in Kauai. It takes amazing pictures! There is a beach scene that took the most colorful water shots I've ever seen. We took the same shots with both cameras to compare the first few days and hands down the Canon was better.

Not to mention the battery life on the Nikon fizzled out after the first day of shooting, while the Canon went strong for probably close to 3 days. Using the VR Zoom also decreased the battery life on the Nikon. The 4X zoom on the Canon was far better as the Nikon didn't have as good of stabilizer for close shots. You could take a picture shaking with the Canon and it would come out completely clear! We took a picture of a lighthouse that was probably close to a mile away and used the 4x zoom and it looked like we were standing right in front of it taking the picture. No blurry results at all.
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