On February 6 2014, Nikon announced the 12.2 Megapixels COOLPIX P340, a high quality camera that allows shooting at higher speeds. The bright lens with 5x optical zoom (24-120mm, 35mm equivalent) of the COOLPIX P340 has a fast aperture of f/1.8 in wide angle, can be extended up to 10x with Dynamic Fine Zoom and works with the 1/1.7-inch backlit CMOS sensor. The P340 also comes with a large 1/1.7-inch, full manual controls (P, S, A, M), RAW (NRW) image capture, 921K-dot 3.0-inch LCD monitor.
There is a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity where users can transfer images to a compatible smart device and upload them to their social networks. You can also mark where the photos were taken as the available GPS data from smart device can be incorporated into the photos. The COOLPIX P340 is available in Black for $379.95. Here's the summary of review by PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:
"The new Nikon Coolpix P340 is a rather modest upgrade of last year's P330 model, principally adding built-in wi-fi connectivity, faster auto-focusing, a lens control ring, and longer shutter speeds for night photography. It still suffers from poor battery life, lack of quick access to the camera's key settings and slow processing times for a burst of RAW files, and with the P330 currently available for less than £200 in the UK, we'd advise choosing that model at the moment if you can still find one. The lens control ring is a welcome addition to the P340 that makes it easy to set the aperture and/or the shutter speed when shooting in one of the creative modes, in conjunction with the rear command dial and the navigation wheel. The Function button on the front of the Coolpix P340 makes it easier to access one of the camera's most frequently used features, but at least 4 button presses are still required just to change the ISO if you don't assign that function to the button or to the lens control ring, something that will once again annoy the P340's core audience. Battery life is marginally better than on the previous model, with the P340 managing just 220 shots, and the requirement to charge the battery in-camera rather than with a separate charger makes carrying a spare even more essential. The built-in wi-fi functionality is much better than last year's implementation which required the use of an optional accessory, but we did miss the P330's integrated GPS system.
The P340's large 12 megapixel /1.7-inch back-illuminated image sensor produces noise-free images at ISO 100-400, with noise first apparent at ISO 800. It gets progressively worse as you go up the range, but the fast f/1.8 lens allows you to use a lower ISO speed while hand-holding the camera , albeit only at the wide-angle focal lengths. The maximum aperture quickly becomes slower until you hit a disappointing f/5.6 at full 120mm telephoto, but the 4-stop vibration reduction system is also a big help in enabling you to avoid using a tripod and still get decent results. In summary, the Nikon Coolpix P340 continues the slow evolution towards being a great pocket camera for the enthusiast. It may not offer too many advances compared to the previous P330, but it remains a sophisticated compact for anyone looking to take control over the picture-making process."
P340 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Pocket-lint - Apr 02 2014|
"Despite it only adding Wi-Fi and a handful of speed and software improvements compared to its 2013 predecessor the Coolpix P340 adds up to a more rounded experience than before. It's a camera building from already solid foundations. Decent image quality, a fair price point and a competitive 24-120mm f/1.8-5.6 equivalent zoom lens with physical control ring..." More »
|ePhotoZine - Apr 02 2014|
"The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a fairly plain looking compact digital camera, however, over the various updates it has improved each time, and the camera is capable of delivering some impressive images. With built in Wi-Fi it makes it a good choice for anyone who likes to keep mobile, but also connected, as it's possible to quickly transfer images to your smartp..." More »