Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual for Nikon’s Powerful Point and Shot Camera

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Table of Content:

    1. The Introduction to Nikon CoolPix P3
    2. The Nikon CoolPix P3 Whole Camera Look
    3. The Specification of Nikon CoolPix P3 Camera
    4. Price and Conclusion of Nikon CoolPix P3 Camera
    5. Nikon CoolPix P3 User Manual Guide

The Introduction to Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual

A manual is for multiple purposes. Firstly, it can be used as a reference for someone about the certain product. With this manual, someone like journalist, reviewers, and or editor, they can get a valuable reference for their writing. Second, this manual can be used as the guidance, especially for electronic product users.Nikon CoolPix P3-Nikon's Powerful Point and Shot Camera

With this manual, users will be able to get some essential information about instruction, setting, and others. So, they can operate as well as treat their electronic product in correct way. This is exactly why we aim to provide the Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual here. With this manual, hopefully we can help user in understanding this product deeper that they used to be.

The Look of Nikon CoolPix P3 Camera

Look is one of the important aspects of an electronic product such as digital camera. From the look, people judge the inside of the product. And sometimes, look is also representing the character of user itself. That’s why look does matter. And based on this reason, we think that look of this camera deserves to be talked. So, before getting down to the Nikon CoolPix P3, here we will talk about the look of this camera device first.

Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual for Nikon's Powerful Point and Shot CameraNikon CoolPix P3 is simple candy bar camera for those who want simplicity. The design is clean with body which is made of plastic material. On the face of the camera, you will find a lens barrel and built-in flash light. On the top side is also minimalistic, contains only on/off button, shutter release button, common setting dial and VR activator button.

Zoom in and zoom out rocker is placed on the rear side along with mode dial, menu, play-back and delete button. Personally, the circular zoom ring on shutter release button is more comfortable than zoom rocker.

Nikon CoolPix P3 annual also states that the camera has 2.5-inch TFT LCD with resolution of 150K dots that functions as view finder as well. There is no OVF or EVF available. Nikon CoolPix P3 comes with no handgrip available. So, the presence of strap will be very useful to ensure safety.

The Specification of Nikon CoolPix P3

The arrival of Nikon CoolPix P3 is the moment to update the previous version, CoolPix P2, with some additional feature but still has its ‘P’ DNA. It is a compact point-and-shot camera with Nikon’s top features including VR and WiFi. As Nikon’s high end CoolPix series, this camera has more serious manual control than other common digital camera.

Going to the heart of the camera, Nikon CoolPix P3 manual says that this camera has 8MP sensor. This sensor is featured with NIKKOR branded lens with ability of 3.5x optical zoom (equivalent to 7.5 – 26.3 mm focal length in term of 35mm). The aperture is f/2.7 – 2.3 and 4x digital zoom. The lens is featured with lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) system. This is the system that will help to reduce shake in operation to get sharp blur-free image.

Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual - camera sideNikon CoolPix P3 manual stated that the camera has burst mode up to 1.8 fps with BSS (Best Shot Selector). It will pick you the best image from a series of image. This camera also has face priority AF lock that will detect and lock the focus on face in portrait mode. Another feature that will very helpful is in-camera red eye correction. This feature will detect the red eye issue and delete it. Nikon CoolPix P3 support D-lighting system to detect and correct light issue. For video recording, this camera is limited to 640p only at 30fps.

Nikon CoolPix P3 Quick Specification

Body Material Metal (aluminum)
Sensor • 1/1.8 ” Type CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 3264 x 2448 (3:2)
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 30fps
• QuickTime (.MOV) with sound (WAV)
• Time lapse movie (30s to 30 mins interval, 30fps playback)
Lens • 36-126mm equiv
• F2.7-5.3
• 3.5x optical zoom
• Lens shift image stabilization (Normal/Active/Off)
Focus • Contrast-detect TTL autofocus
• Single / Continuous AF
• Manual focus
• Focus lock
• 11-point auto area select
• 99-point manual focus area select
• Center focus
• Face Priority AF
• 4cm minimum focus range (macro)
Metering • 256-segment Matrix metering
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to focusing frame)
Shutter • Mechanical shutter + Electronic shutter
• 8-1/2000 sec
Aperture • F2.7-F7.6 in 10 steps (wide)
• F5.3-F7.3 in 4 steps (tele)
Shooting mode • Auto
• Programmed Auto
• Aperture Priority
• Portrait [Face AF]
• Portrait
• Night Portrait
• Landscape
• Night landscape
• Sunset
• Dusk/Dawn
• Fireworks show
• Close up
• Party/Indoor
• Panorama assist
• Beach/Snow
• Back light
• Museum,
• Copy
• Sports
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
White Balance • Auto with TTL control
• Direct sunlight
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Flash and White balance preset
Image parameters • Contrast (3 levels + auto)
• Sharpness (4 levels + auto)
• Saturation (5 levels)
• My Colors (Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive film, Lighter skin tone, Darker skin tone, Vivid blue, Vivid red, Vivid Green, Custom color)
Continuous • Continuous (approx. 1.8fps)
• Multi-shot 16 (approx. 1.7fps @ 8M)
• Ultra HS (approx. 30fps up to 100 shots)
• 5 shot buffer (approx. 1.8fps)
Flash • Built-in
• Range: Wide 0.4-4.0m (1 ft 4in – 13 ft 1 in), Auto ISO
• Range: Tele 0.4-2.0 (1 ft 4in – 6 ft 7 in), Auto ISO
• Auto
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• Flash cancel
• Anytime flash
• Slow synch
Storage • SD compatible
• Approx 23 MB internal memory
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch TFT amorphous silicon TFT transflective
• 150,000 pixels
• Brightness adjustment
• 98% coverage
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
• IEEE 802.11b/g wireless range up to 30m
Power • Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL5
• Optional AC adapter EH-62A
Other features • Orientation sensor
• AF Illuminator
• PictBridge
• Histogram
• AE-Bracketing
• White balance Bracketing
• 4x digital zoom
• Voice memo
• Fixed Aperture option (aperture doesn’t change when lens is zoomed)
• 3 and 10 sec self-timer
• D-Lighting function
Weight (inc batt) 200 g (6.6 oz)
Dimensions 92 x 61 x 31 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)

Nikon CoolPix P3 Price and Impression

Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual - camera front sideOverall, the performance of Nikon CoolPix P3 is acceptable on Auto mode. While if you want more control, then you can choose the Program Auto to give more control to white balance, ISO and other setting. The presence of WiFi on Nikon CoolPix P3 is very helpful for easy image transfer.

Nikon CoolPix P3 requires EN-EL5 battery for power source to shot up to 200 shots in one fully charged battery. Overall released with price of $396, Nikon CoolPix P3 is promising enough to be your gear for everyday camera with acceptable image production and interesting features

Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual User Guide

We already stated in the first place that the aim of providing this article is to bring the Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual on to the surface. With this manual, we hope we can help user in facing both major and minor issue related to this camera product.

But, there is one thing that you need to remember before downloading the manual. It is that we will provide the manual in PDF file format. Therefore, before downloading it, it will be better if you install the PDF reader in your personal device first.

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Finally, that’s all of the information regarding to the Nikon CoolPix P3 Manual that we need to share. Hopefully, it will be useful for you as it is useful for other users. Further, if you still have any other ideas about this product, we welcome you to put them in the comment session below. And if you think that this writing is informative, it will be much more appreciated to share it in your personal device. Therefore, the valuable information here will  can spread wider than it is now.

Author: Eko Prasetyo

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