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Great little camera!,
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This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P340 Digital Camera (Black) (Electronics)
1+ year update (Jul 2015): I've come to really love the P340 as it continues to be an amazingly reliable little camera. It slips nicely into my cargo shorts pocket and is along for all bike rides and hikes - regardless of whether I have one of the DSLRs with me. I have 2 spare batteries with me all the time although I haven't really run out of power before downloading/charging it up again. The small size and great picture quality are hard to beat.
Spring 2015 in Colorado has been unusually wet, so on long rides, I'd have a sandwich sized ziplock bag with me to keep the P340 from being drenched. That said, during long hot rides, the camera would sit unprotected in my pocket, getting sweat drenched in the process - but with no noticeable ill effects.
A feature I didn't think I'd use so much was the WiFi ... but in recent months have found myself using it quite a bit, especially in mid-ride or mid-hike. I still find shooting a camera a lot easier than shooting a phone.
So, after over a year, I still love my P340!
Original review (Mar 2014) below:
Have had the P340 almost a week now and have shot ~300 shots of all sorts of subject in all sorts of lighting conditions - single bulb lit room, street lamp on a snowy evening, office fluorescent lights, sunny, twilight-y, etc. Basically the general same set of conditions I shot with a Nikon J3 a couple of months ago (I returned the J3, terribly disappointed by the results.)
I wanted a pocket-able camera as dragging around my D7000 or D7100 wasn't always practical. I already have 3 Canon compacts, all of which produce very nice shots in good light. I got the Fujifilm X20 but it was a bit too large for my pockets and my son quickly claimed it for himself.
I was very impressed by the P340 picture quality - sharpness and coloration ... even in less than ideal lighting. The smaller file size make the wifi transfer a speedy affair and at 12mb, crisp images can fill a 42" monitor.
The battery life was also better than I assumed it'd be (dpreview specs had it at 220 shots) ... so with the 2-pack wasabi batteries, running out of juice shouldn't be an issue.
If there's one thing I'd change, it'd be the On/Off button ... which is a bit too small/recessed.