Nikon Coolpix P340 review: This lightweight camera is perfect for night photography

Jul 03 2014, 14:18 IST
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The add-on Wi-Fi feature and the fast f/1.8 lens will ensure you have a great field day. (IE Photo: Abhimanyu Chakravorty) The add-on Wi-Fi feature and the fast f/1.8 lens will ensure you have a great field day. (IE Photo: Abhimanyu Chakravorty)
SummaryThe add-on Wi-Fi feature and the fast f/1.8 lens will ensure you have a great field day.

the menu, you notice the laziness. A lot of thinking has gone behind this camera no doubt, but the whole menu operation seems to lack the immediacy people would expect from a high-end camera of this sort.

Nikon Coolpix P340 (Source: Abhimanyu Chakravorty, Indian Express) Nikon Coolpix P340 (Source: Abhimanyu Chakravorty, Indian Express)

But that isnít the case with the P340ís autofocus system. The autofocus is prompt in choosing the right points and works fast enough to capture moments without missing them. The Coolpix P340 can shoot up to 10 frames per second, but processing takes about two seconds and then you are ready to shoot another ten. For RAW+JPEG images the camera took the same time but larger files required around 30 seconds to process.

WiFi

At a time when all cameras come with an integrated Wi-Fi, itís only natural to incorporate this feature without having second thoughts. The P340 gets thumbs up for the Wi-F feature. But you need to download the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app to use it. Itís a simple app and you donít need to set up passwords. What you need to do however is have an open network to so that itís easier to use a device to connect to the camera. But if youíre worried about security issues, you can set a password for the SSID connection.

Nikon Coolpix P340 (Source: Abhimanyu Chakravorty, Indian Express) Nikon Coolpix P340 (Source: Abhimanyu Chakravorty, Indian Express)

The good thing is you can preview your shots within the app on the cameraís SD card on your smart device. The downside is that thereís no direct sharing feature from the app, but then again, you can do that from your smart device.

IMAGE QUALITY

With a 5x zoom lens and a versatile focal range of 24-120mm, the Nikon P340 is great for shooting landscapes at the same time capable of capturing crisp portraits. One thing to remember about the camera is it carries a 12 MP 1/1.7in sensor with an eye-grabbing maximum aperture of f/1.8 at the wide-angle setting.

Nikon Coolpix P340 (Source: Abhimanyu Chakravorty, Indian Express) Nikon Coolpix P340 (Source: Abhimanyu Chakravorty, Indian Express)

But once you move through the focal range the nicely blurred backgrounds dissipate at F/5.6 at 120mm. It needs to be mentioned though that the 1/1.7-inch sensor does a great job in blurring the background more giving good results overall.

What we also noticed is that thereís relatively less noise across the P340ís

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