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Nikon launches its Coolpix W300 digital camera for scuba divers

By John Law & Liu Hongzuo - on 15 Jun 2017, 10:15am

Nikon launches its Coolpix W300 digital camera for scuba divers

The latest Nikon Coolpix W300 is a mass-market digital camera for people who are in tune with the great outdoors. More specifically, it is compatible with recreational scuba divers who frequent popular diving spots in our region.

The Coolpix W300 has a water tolerance of up to 30m in depth, and it doesn’t require a separate underwater housing, too. It’s capable of withstanding the cold of up to  −10°C, and it has adapted the shock-proofing characteristics from its predecessor, the Coolpix AW130.

As a camera, it comes with a 24-120mm (35mm equivalent), f/2.8 aperture lens that supports 5x optical zoom, but its Dynamic Fine Zoom mode digitally increases the maximum zoom up to approximately 10x. The Coolpix W300 uses a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor that’s supported by Vibration Reduction (a proprietary image stabilization technology by Nikon).

For shooting footage, the camera supports up to 4K UHD movie-recording (3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution) at 30 frames per second (fps). There’s also an AE-lock for the times when the shooter is moving into differently-lighted environments (for example, above ground to underwater). There’s also support for time-lapse and superlapse recording as well.

Additional quality-of-life features include SnapBridge support (for posting directly to social media), and both pre-focus and target-finding autofocus. There’s also an LED light built in, which can be handy in darker shooting conditions. The full specifications sheet can be found on Nikon’s official website.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is available in four colors - Camouflage, Orange, Yellow, and Black. Official pricing and availability in Malaysia have yet to be announced, but stay tuned as we'll update this page as soon as we get it.