REVIEW SUMMARY STORE PRICING Nikon COOLPIX P310 Digital Camera Review COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, & ANSWERS FORUM BY VIEWERS AND EDITORS
18 May 2014
Summary: The COOLPIX P310 digital camera rests in its own little slot in the market, being both a high-functioning enthusiast compact while resisting the accompanying higher price tag. With some corners cut in the process, however, is it worth your time and money?
Summary: The Nikon Coopix P310 is a small compact digital camera with dual control-dials to efficiently access its full manual controls. It is equipped with a unique ultra-bright F/1.8 ultra-wide angle 4.2X optical zoom lens. This lens lets it capture the same scene using a lower ISO than most digital cameras. This advantage lets it keep up with top compact cameras in terms of image quality even with a small BSI-CMOS sensor.
Pros: Ultra-Bright F/1.8 lens, lowers required ISO, Excellent automatic white-balance, Good image colors, Reliable metering, Uniform brightness, No noticeable distortion, Very responsive controls, Short shutter-lag, Dual-control dials in compact body, Excellent LCD visibility, Easy user interface
Cons: Visible noise at all ISO sensitivities, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Slow image buffering, Strong corner softness, Blank display during continuous drive, Video-recording delay, Impossible to set up video framing, Not exposure-priority, No histogram in Manual mode, ISO slow to change, Short battery life
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P310 is available in India at a market operating price of Rs. 16,450. The camera is designed well and will definitely appeal to most people. Having semi manual and manual features, this model can be a great choice for those looking to upgrade from a standard compact camera to a slightly advanced model offering you the ability to alter settings.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a hard camera to categorize, offering the sort of manual control and customization options that we'd associate with more expensive models, but with a small sensor and no Raw shooting option. Ultimately, it's a good-looking, pocketable camera that has a lot to offer, but falls short of its (more expensive) high-end rivals when it comes to critical image quality.
Pros: Affordable price compared to other advanced compact camera, Good build quality, Fast, f/1.8 lens (but only a wide angle), PASM shooting modes, Effective optical image stabilization, Good image quality at low ISOs, Generally responsive performance, Continuous shooting up to 7fps (but only for 5 frames), Intervalometer, Sharp, 921k dot, 3-inch LCD screen
Cons: No RAW option, Small sensor means it doesn't offer the image quality increase of other advanced compacts, Flash unusable for closest macro capabilities (0.8 inches/2cm) due to overexposure and shadow cast by lens, Image quality drops off above ISO 400, noise levels very high by ISO 3200, Noise reduction cannot be disabled
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a point-and-shoot camera that delivers excellent image quality and a fast f/1.8 lens. Serious photographers will love its physical control layout, but more casual shooters may scoff at its bulky design and limited zoom range.
Pros: Fast, sharp lens. Good high ISO performance. Excellent control layout. Sharp rear LCD.
Conclusion: In conclusion, it’s fair to say the Coolpix P310 is quite an unassuming little unit: its compact body and understated design initially deny its true capabilities and certainly while the benefit of a bright f1.8 lens may not initially reveal itself to many users in theory alone, they will certainly be able to notice – and one would suggest be quite grateful for – it in practice.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a good compact camera, but it does have a few issues. The purple fringing is of most concern, and while the inability to shoot raw isn't an issue in itself, its presence would allow greater control of noise.
However, the P310 has a lot of advanced features for a camera with a street price of around £230, which is around £100 cheaper than the Canon PowerShot S100.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a fair bit cheaper than some similar cameras such as the Canon Powershot S100 . It lacks a couple of features compared to that camera such as GPS and a RAW mode. If those are not important to you then this camera becomes a lot more attractive. It does not quite match up to the Powershot S100 when it comes to picture quality either, but you are unlikely to see a big difference unless you plan to make larger prints.
Pros: Features, compact size, colours when flash is used
Cons: Picture quality not as good as other cameras in this category, no RAW mode
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a camera without peer at its price. It's a premium compact camera priced more like your average point-and-shoot, with a fast F1.8 lens, manual exposure controls, very good image quality, and a pocket-size body. The Coolpix P310 offers the best bang for the buck you'll find in the premium-compact class, just as long as you don't need a long-zoom lens or a RAW mode. See also: Group test: what's the best compact camera?