As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix P3 is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, boutiques and entry-level DSLRs. The Nikon Coolpix P3's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P6000 and the Coolpix P340) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix X100)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Nikon P3 has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.7 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (110k dots vs 921k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 12 MP).

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
8 years newer
$328

Significant advantages of the P340 (vs the P3)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 110k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P340 (vs the P3)

  • None found

common strengths of the P340 and P3

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.7
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Nikon Coolpix P4

Nikon Coolpix P4
similar age

Significant advantages of the P4 (vs the P3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the P4 (vs the P3)

  • None found

common strengths of the P4 and P3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.7
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, compared to pro digicam competitors the Nikon P3 has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (110k dots vs 230k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 13.4 MP) and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 260 shots).

Nikon Coolpix P6000

Nikon Coolpix P6000
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the P6000 (vs the P3)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Higher true resolution: 13.4 MP vs 8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the P6000 (vs the P3)

  • None found

common strengths of the P6000 and P3

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.5), is slightly smaller (compact (92×61×31 mm) vs professional size (116×84×103 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is thinner (1.2" vs 4.1") and is slightly lighter (200 g vs 481 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 23 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (110k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.8 fps vs 10 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
5 years newer
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the P3)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 110k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the P3)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Larger: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (92×61×31 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the P500 and P3

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (92×61×31 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.2"

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
4 years newer
$489

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the P3)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the P3)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (92×61×31 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly thicker: 3.9" vs 1.2"

common strengths of the P100 and P3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (92×61×31 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 1.2"

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P3 compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (3.5x vs 1x), is slightly smaller (compact (92×61×31 mm) vs standard size (127×75×54 mm)), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and is thinner (1.2" vs 2.1").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.7 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 35 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (110k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.8 fps vs 5 fps).

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
4 years newer
$900

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the P3)

  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.7
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the P3)

  • Much less zoom: 1x vs 3.5x
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Thicker: 2.1" vs 1.2"

common strengths of the X100 and P3

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×54 mm) vs Compact (92×61×31 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.2"
  • Built-in flashes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (compact (92×61×31 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)), is thinner (1.2" vs 3") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 505 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (110k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
6 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the P3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 110k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the P3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (92×61×31 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.2"

common strengths of the D3200 and P3

  • None found