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5 June 2014
Summary: The P510 is the first camera to break the 40x zoom barrier, heralding a new age of ridiculously versatile zooms in handheld packages. Has Nikon sacrificed image quality to win the numbers game?
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P510 bridge camera has plenty of features and power to help you capture the best shots. The camera can take 3D images. It records HD video and has a high zoom. While the images are clear, low lighting creates a difficult scenario for the P510, due to its ISO settings. If you are looking for a compact digital bridge camera that will give you superb image quality, check out the P510.
Pros: The Nikon Coolpix P510 stitches photos together to create 3D images.
Cons: The design, although lightweight, gives the camera a cheap plastic feel.
Excerpt: Nikon recently introduced two updated digital cameras that replace (respectively) the Coolpix P300 and the Coolpix P500. This review will focus on the big brother in this sibling duo, the Nikon Coolpix P510, though I do hope that I get a chance to review the nifty little P310 at some point. The P510 is a compact, DSLR-sized ultrazoom that provides the greatest zoom ratio of any camera currently available - 24 to 1000mm (equivalent).
Conclusion: Bigger than a compact, but smaller than a D-SLR, the 42x Nikon Coolpix P510 packs a high-quality lens that delivers sharp images. Integrated GPS, 1080p video capture, and plenty of other features help it nab our Editors' Choice for the best full-size superzoom camera.
Pros: Long 42x zoom lens. Sharp images. Snappy performance. 1080p video capture. Integrated GPS.
Cons: High-speed burst limited to 5 shots. No hot shoe or mic input.
Summary: The P510 is a well-featured little camera built around an incredible 42X zoom lens. The lens is the P510's main selling point and anyone looking for a go-everywhere camera for travel or general-purpose photography will be impressed by its versatility. Only sub-par image quality at high ISOs and slightly plasticky construction let the P510 down.
Pros: Extremely powerful 42x (24-1000mm equivalent) zoom lens, Very capable optical image stabilization system, Effective automatic CA/fringing correction, PASM shooting modes, Good image quality at low ISOs, Good performance, Continuous shooting up to 7fps (but only for 5 frames), Intervalometer, 100% coverage for EVF and LCD, Sharp, tiltable 3-inch LCD at 921,000 dot resolution
Cons: Small, pokey electronic viewfinder, EVF/LCD switch is manual, not automatic, Slow f/3-f/5.9 lens, Occasional focus hunting at telephoto settings, Noise levels increase noticeably at ISO 800 and above, No RAW option
Conclusion: It used to be that shooting with a superzoom meant compromising. With each new generation of superzoom, though, fewer compromises are required. With the Nikon P510 I was, for the first time, not keeping score so much as exploring a new way to see. It wasn't just the 1,000mm equivalent reach of the lens, either. It was the results I got at ISO 800 and 1,600. And the detail the 16-megapixel sensor captured.
Pros: Compact, mini-SLR design body with great grip, Zoom range from 24 to 1,000mm equivalent, Effective optical image stabilization, Built-in GPS, Second Zoom lever on lens barrel, Lots of Movie options including Full HD and slo-mo, Stereo audio recording, Articulated 920K dot LCD, User-definable Function button, Polished menu system, Excellent optical quality, especially considering the long focal length, Good Macro performance, Very good print quality, Active D-Lighting,...
Cons: Compact, mini-SLR design body with great grip, Zoom range from 24 to 1,000mm equivalent, Effective optical image stabilization, Built-in GPS, Second Zoom lever on lens barrel, Lots of Movie options including Full HD and slo-mo, Stereo audio recording, Articulated 920K dot LCD, User-definable Function button, Polished menu system, Excellent optical quality, especially considering the long focal length, Good Macro performance, Very good print quality, Active D-Lighting,...
Pros: Nice and easy to hold – lightweight but sizeable, with a good grip, Zoom lens stays steady for crisp shots, In-camera UI is incredibly easy to manipulate, Very versatile: Shoots macro, high-zoom, portrait, and landscape well – provided the lighting is decent
Excerpt: If you're not quite ready for a dSLR (perhaps it's a budget issue, or confidence), but want quality glass, advanced optics, and the ability to shoot across great distances; then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P-series. The new flagship is the P510, which features an astounding 42x optical zoom lens (with a 1000mm zoom in 35mm terms). Because you can shoot so far, Nikon has included Advanced Optical Vibration Reduction image stabilization technology.
Excerpt: In this reviewing business you occasionally get waylaid: in preparing a new camera review I usually begin with the text sources and specs data to feel my way. In this case, I did so, quite carefully, but dug into the wordage of the Nikon Coolpix P5100. Wrong! The way model numbers run these days, the shorter the better, the more highly specced. To put it politely, the P5100 is a dog, ideal for a tiny kid or even a smart chimp. But no more.