Nikon's Coolpix P300

Nikon's Coolpix P300
May 10, 2011 by Connie Wilson

My experience with photography began at eight years of age when I received my very first camera, a shiny black Kodak "Brownie Bulletin", as a birthday gift. That camera was my constant side-kick on a family camping trip where I used it to catalogue my summer fun with numerous poorly composed, and often times hilarious photographs of my parents and siblings. Sadly, the camera lasted only for that brief summer vacation as I mistakenly left it on the dashboard of the car where the magnified heat of the sun melted the plastic case making the camera inoperable. The tears that I shed over my ruined camera are long forgotten; however, the photos, and the memories they evoke, remain. I have them all pasted into a dog-eared album (even the blurry ones or those where the heads are cut off) and to this day I still enjoy flipping through them, reminiscing about childhood escapades and a simpler and slower paced time of my life.

Fast forward to present time and cameras (not to mention lifestyle), have changed considerably.  The technology enabling digital images gives even a fledgling photographer the opportunity to experiment with settings and lighting prior to printing them (thereby saving time and money), plus the fun of other features such as video.

Over the past ten years I've purchased numerous digital cameras with models from Kodak, Sony, Olympus and Nikon, all of them varying in price and features. My camera purchases were brought about not by the urge to have the latest technological camera gadgetry, but rather by necessity, as I seem to have the innate ability to either lose or break my cameras (perhaps my Brownie Bulletin debacle was foreshadowing this curse?). To add insult to injury, my latest camera acquisition, a Nikon S8100 , barely 6 months old, seems to sporadically malfunction, which is totally frustrating, especially when  trying to capture that elusive, over-the-top-cute dog shot, or wrap-party action shot. Rather than swear at it, I should simply bring it in for servicing, but you know what it's like, it's hard to find the time. 

So, when Nikon's PR people contacted me to see if I'd be interested in trying out Nikon's new Coolpix P300 camera, I thought it would be a great opportunity to compare it with my recently purchased Nikon.  In a nutshell, I wish I had waited on my previous camera purchase, opting instead for the Coolpix P300. I LOVE it! (only wish I could keep this tester). Besides being incredibly user friendly, it's hard not to take a good photo with this camera. Plus, for those who have mastered photography and enjoy the versatility of manual settings, this camera has that capability. It's light-weight (fits in a pocket... a very important feature if you want to have your camera action-ready at the dog beach), and you can take great low-light photos without using the flash. It's also got a wide-angle zoom lens. Trying out this camera has convinced me to stay with Nikon and also to finally get my current camera in for servicing.

For more info on the Nikon P300, click here.

Here are some examples of different shots and lighting conditions that I captured with the Nikon P300:

Dog's are often difficult to photograph as they don't sit still for long. I really like this one... a photo of Faith the famous two-legged dog, taking a much-needed rest on the shoulders of her human.

Here's one I took while taking an evening stroll down to the Kitsilano dog beach to watch the sun set.

Penny's sweet face is bathed in the warmth of the setting sun. 

At Universal Studios in Orlando the Nikon P300 saw lots of action. Here I captured the magical mystery of Hogworts, at Harry Potter's World. 

Do you remember the talk about the Super Moon, March 19th? I stole outside around 11pm that night to snap this photo. Without the use of flash I was still able to capture the surreal glow of the moon on the evening sky without too much blur.

We even tested the camera by taking some of the style shots you'll see in our summer '11 issue.  

 

 

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