In addition to announcing a long-overdue lens update and the company’s very first APS-C compact, Nikon has also chosen today to update one of the members of its Coolpix performance series. The new P330 replaces the P310 and, in one fell swoop, manages to almost overtake the more expensive P7700 announced in August of last year.
Nikon’s Coolpix line is split up into several “series” based on the cameras’ intended uses. Today’s Coolpix A creates a new “A (possibly standing for “Advanced”) Series” of APS-C compacts, but before that, the series included in the Coolpix line were the AW (all-weather), P (performance), L (life) and S (style). The P330 falls into the second of those.
Spec-wise, the P330 does away with the smaller 16.1MP 1/2.3 inch sensor in the 310 in favor of the 12.2MP 1/1.7 inch sensor found in the P7700. Other improvements include an 24-120mm equivalent f/1.8-5.6 lens with lens-shift VR, the ability to shoot RAW (also borrowed from the 7700), built-in GPS, an expanded ISO range of 80-12,800, and WiFi connectivity using the WU-1a adapter.
Priced at $380 ($120 cheaper than the now very similar P7700), the P330 is set to arrive in stores later this month.