Nikon Coolpix W300 Review

August 21, 2017 | Gavin Stoker |


Though it’s not the cheapest example at a manufacturer’s suggested £389.99, the all weather, JPEG-only Nikon Coolpix W300 is in our opinion one of the best in its class, if we’re talking pocket sized, ruggedized action-come-travel cameras. 

It’s well constructed and possesses a solid metal feel, all the buttons are the size we’d expect – not too big, not too fiddly; not that tangible, physical controls are always required: this camera even has the action control feature, whereby the user only needs to literally shake the camera to swap shooting mode or activate playback. The zoom range, whilst modest, is useful, and the focal range allowed us to cram most subjects into shot – for both stills and up to 4K videos – even if occasionally we had to take a step back or forward. 

Whilst it is possible to delve into scene modes and adjust the likes of exposure and ISO sensitivity for yourself, on this camera operation is pretty much point and shoot all the way. This ensures that anyone can pick it up and be quickly shooting with it, without having to fall back on the rather sparse quick start manual provided.

It all adds up to the fact that if you only take one rough and tumble action camera on holiday this summer, you won’t go far wrong if you make it the Coolpix W300 from Nikon.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3.5