Nikon Coolpix P340 Review

April 3, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Joe Prete

It’s too bad they couldn’t have made the lens a bit faster.  Even the slightest movement of the zoom lens, makes the F1.8 slow right down. F1.8 at 24mm doesn’t help us much at all. On the bright side, Nikon’s Vibration Reduction does work well. (Bright side wasn’t the best choice of words) Hey Mark, you put the color back in the stars, now we can clearly see when it’s only a half star!
The $300.00 DMC-LX7 & the $550.00 DSC-RX100 are clearly superior cameras. The Olympus XZ-10 still edges out this model too. WAKE-UP NIKON!
... Joe Prete

6:20 pm - Thursday, April 3, 2014

#2 Andres

Thanks for this great review. I own the Coolpix P330, and in “interval mode” it only shoots every 30 seconds, 1 minute, etc. Does the P340 allow to shoot every 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, and so on? Thanks!

4:15 am - Friday, April 4, 2014

#3 Alvar

Good Review!  I bought the P340 a few days ago.  Works fine.  When I haven’t my DSLR with me, it’s really a good and small solution.

But I noticed one problem with RAW (NRW) files produced by the P340:  If you e.g. take a photograph in a rather dark room and if you have a very bright light directly within your picture (like a lamp or the sun coming through the window), RAW processing with Nikon View NX2 and Nikon Capture NX2 leads to pictures having something like a “strong gray curtain” over the whole picture.  On the other side, RAW processing the same file within the P340 and then generating the JPG within the P340 produces a clean picture without any “gray curtain”. 

So the camera optics of my P340 seem to be ok an the problem might be with Nikon View NX2 and Capture NX2…

Has anybody noticed this, too?

6:41 am - Friday, April 4, 2014

#4 Stefano

I had a P330, a great little camera with really good IQ.
The only real problems are menu lags and slow raw writing time.
Anyone who has P340 can say if it’s any better?
I read that AF is faster and that a second raw can be taken while the camera is writing the 1st one. But no words about operational speed.

10:15 am - Friday, April 4, 2014

#5 Markus

I was thinking about the lens deficit on this camera too, the zoom end is f5.6 and I wondered if the 5X tends to force the issue. Anybody know an optical engineer? The 4X on the Zuiko stays bright, f2.5 on the zoom end. If Nikon is just being lazy, I would agree that they need to get with the program. I also thought the XZ-10 was the wrong rival (with smaller 1:2.3 sensor) because the XZ-2 uses the same BSI-CMOS, 1:1.7 sensor as the Nikon. I am still toting my XZ-1, and I am not ashamed at all, how often my bigger cameras get left home. The bright lens most often allows the camera to hang out at lower ISOs where noise is NOT a problem. Noise at mid and high ISO is the Achilles Heel of small sensor cameras. Chromatic aberration still remains to be solved here, not with algorithms (all the camera makers are on board now I think) but with a bit of semiconductor miniaturization for multi-core image processing. Yowza are we gonna be spoiled then.

1:33 pm - Friday, April 4, 2014

#6 Ben

I just bought it after extensively looking up alternatives onlinee.
The main rivals are very attractive too, especially the 2 lumix.

This P340 is great for people who care about weight and size. It’s a great point and shoot and can offer advanced settings.

Basically, a camera to always carry around.

JPEG rendering is quite nice already, most of the time I don’t shoot RAW with this.

7:02 am - Monday, September 29, 2014

#7 alex

Bought this camera after reading a lot of reviews and comparing it with the competition. Very good value for money. I use it mainly on my climbing trips where i cant be bothered to carry a dslr. Picture quality is good. Light and always at hand. Battery life more than decent. Sometimes it overexposes the sky. As other have mentioned, writing speed is a bit slow and always takes some time before shutting down. But in the end is a very good value for money.

11:55 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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