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Nikon Coolpix P2
Nikon Coolpix P2

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Nikon Coolpix P2

We've given the P2 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

5 megapixels and Wi-Fi from Nikon. Like its bigger brother the Coolpix P1, the newly announced Nikon Coolpix P2 is short on details at the moment, but we do know that the camera will have a built in Wi-Fi module that will allow the wireless transfer of photos to the new version of their PictureProject software. Aside from that, the Coolpix P2 is looking like an adequate point and shoot camera for most users.


  • 5 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom /4x digital zoom
  • program exposure
  • 1x EN-EL8 battery
  • Part Number: P2
  • UPC: 018208255351
  • Release Date: Sep 02, 2005

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Nikon Coolpix P2 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P2 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nikon CoolPix P2 (Clint McDermott — 09/22/2009)

Always wanted the Nikon (Mitsubishi) name, seems they were best at film and not digital. This camera has had problems I would not expect with a top name camera company. Too long of image capture prepare time (push button, 2-3 second delay, than image capture). Some pictures are different background colors, though rare. Now after 4 years, has weak rotary dial detents, lens extension errors, in addition to a trim piece and now the "shutter" button physically becomming detached and lost from the camera frame.

  • 3.0 out of 5
My Nikon Coolpix P2 (Julie — 08/12/2009)

At first, it was good. But now, it has tons of problems like the lens error. It doesn't work when I open it AND when I close it. But that might be because I dropped it so many times while it was on. It takes pretty good pictures, as long as you know how to work it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
This camera sorta sucks. (Bonnie — 03/01/2008)

My husband and I bought this camera as an update to our old 35 mm. At first, it was great. But, after awhile it took longer and longer to focus. It is a battery hog. One night, during a Christmas celebration, it stopped working. The lens cover was stuck shut, and when turned on, it would click. It wouldn't do anything but click. I was sooooo irritated. I sent it back to Nikon who took FOREVER to fix it, and now UPS lost it. The loss of the camera isn't Nikon's fault, but all things considered this camera has been one big pain in the butt. Despite the bad, it does take good pictures, and I like that it records videos. That was always quite handy—when it worked and when I still had it in my hands!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Special Functions (Buzz — 11/27/2006)

Not a big Nikon Fan - Had a Coolpix 8800 and was almost glad it was stolen. Could not coax a good shot out of it in a year of trying everything. This is a second camera to my lumix fz30 and all I use it for is the time lapse function - which it does extremely well even with a poor battery life. Photos are acceptable but slow to focus and forget about decent photography in low light without a tripod and totally still subject.

Would recommend ONLY for time lapse stuff. Also - find a backup battery.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love my nikon p2....wont trade it for any camera honestly (Nabeel — 11/18/2006)

I bought my camera on my trip to usa ..i used it like any thing i was alone i gave to many ppl to take my pics in different place and all of them turned out great. i myself was a beginner in the digital camera found it to the best guy and very very easy camera to operate. i carried it every where u name it and in that condition i was is excellent camera though a bit chunky ...but way better than big fat canon A530.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery Hog (harold veeder — 11/14/2006)

I bought this camera for the WiFi capability. I wanted to send photo to the computer automatically as soon as I took them. I use it mostly for Ebay work where I take a few shots and then enter descriptions. In this mode where it send the photo immediately, it leave the WiFi connection on all the time. I am lucky if the battery last's for 20 minutes, even though the LCD screen and camera go into sleep mode after awhile. Otherwise it is acceptable but a little slow to focus.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Extremely Disappointed (Mary Kolk — 08/30/2006)

I've been using digital cameras for over 6 years. This camera is the worst I've ever encountered. By the time you set the shot, the moment is gone - and even if you do get another chance, majority of the time the indoor pictures are extremely dark and I do mean extremely. You would have to be nose to nose with the subject in order to get enough flash. I have been very frustrated with this camera and would not recommend it to anyone! If I could afford it, I would trash this Nikon Coolpix P2 and buy some other brand of camera - this one was a gift - can you imagine - how do you complain about a gift?!

  • 2.0 out of 5
The moment is gone before you take the picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera does take great pictures, unfortunately the shot is not usually what you're going after. It takes a very long time to focus and 'snap' and thus anyone wanting 'candid' photos should not invest in this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great all around camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Best digital camera for the money that you can buy

  • 5.0 out of 5
The options should be mentioned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the 360 panoramic.... wow. This camara has no focus problems, but you do need to read the manual to really get the picture. The 16 pre programed options are where this camera kicks, and you never need to buy another battery. I shot over 200 pictures in a day, without a problem.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It was good to have this camera . As the picture quality is good

  • 2.0 out of 5
Why Fi? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I returned this camera before I even had a chance to test out it's "revolutionary" feature. The camera's performance was a real let-down. Focusing was terrible, even from as far as 3 ft. The optical zooming was tempermental. Their redeye flash and in camera removal was effective. However, the redeye flash takes a very long time.
Pet owners and parents should beware. By the time your picture is exposed, the decisive moment is long gone. Colors were well balanced, if a bit on the cool side.
Long story short, I replaced it with a Canon A620. Cheaper, 3 more megapixels, and outperformed the P2 in every respect. As a loyal Nikon owner throughout my photographic career, I was very disappointed with this consumer camera offering.