Nikon Coolpix P340 sensor review: Modest revamp

By Kevin Carter - Thursday March 27 2014

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon Coolpix P340: Good all round sensor performance | Nikon Coolpix P340 vs Nikon Coolpix P330: Incremental advances unlikely to be noticed in use | Nikon Coolpix P340 vs Canon PowerShot S120 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II: Matches up well to similar size rivals, but still well short of the larger Sony 1-inch sensor | Conclusion
Nikon Coolpix P340 sensor review: Modest revamp

After a fairly substantial upgrade from the P310 to the P330, this new model is a far less extravagant refresh.  Read on to find out how it performs.

After last year’s more substantial update to the firm’s enthusiast oriented Coolpix P330 model, this year’s iteration is a less ambitious revamp. The Coolpix P340 shares seemingly the same, larger than average 1/1.7-inch type 12-Mpix BSI CMOS sensor and stabilized 24-120mm equivalent f1.8-5.6 Nikkor lens as its predecessor. It also adopts the cameras shell and similar rear 3.0" 921k-dot LCD, though now it has an antireflective coating.

The main difference between the two, however, is the inclusion of WiFi for both remote control and file transfer to app-driven smartphones. This replaces the GPS function of its predecessor but is, perhaps, likely to be a more used feature.

Elsewhere there have been a few minor modifications. The camera’s control ring surrounding the lens has click-stops and some weight has been shaved off the original’s 7.1 oz (200g) to 6.9 oz (194g). And although the P340 shares the same Li-ion EN-EL12 battery, improvements of around 10% have been made to the life, equating to around 220 shots per charge.

Like its predecessor, the Coolpix P340 is well equipped for capturing movie clips. It has Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 720p video capture up to 50/60 fps, including 25/30 fps with stereo. The Nikon Coolpix P340 is available now at around $400.

Key specifications

  • 12.2-Mpix 1/1.7” CMOS sensor
  • 24-120mm equivalent f1.8-5.6 Nikkor
  • 3.0" 921k-dot LCD
  • Continuous shooting at 10 fps
  • Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 50/60 fps
  • Wi-Fi with remote control and file transfer to smartphones
  • Built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P340: Good all round sensor performance

Nikon Coolpix P340 vs Nikon Coolpix P330: Incremental advances unlikely to be noticed in use

Nikon Coolpix P340 vs Canon PowerShot S120 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II: Matches up well to similar size rivals, but still well short of the larger Sony 1-inch sensor

Conclusion