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?
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX P510 is a camera of the latest generation with an optical zoom spectacular equal to 42x (24-1000 mm) and of a good standard feature both automatic and manual. Perfect tilting the monitor on the back of the camera body and allows you to take shots from almost every angle and view a...
Pros: 42x optical zoom, Full HD movies (1080p) with stereo sound, 16 scene modes; Stabilizer lens shift; Continuous shooting at high speed, high resolution display tiltable Acquisition quick AF, 3D shooting mode, back-illuminated CMOS sensor 16 MP; integrated GPS; Graphics Processor EXPEED C2.
Cons: Battery Pack; Weight & dimensions; Available colors.
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.
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%...
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: 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: 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.
Pros: Big 42x optical zoom, 1080p HD movie, EVF and articulated, hi-res 3.0-inch monitor
Cons: Expensive, Long video start delay, Somewhat bulky
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P510 balances many tradeoffs: Lots of hardware features, but sub-par video. Easy-to-use controls, but poor low-light performance. What you need to keep in mind when considering the P510 is that this won’t best a DSLR — it just won’t.
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
Cons: Video capabilities are limited, Low light without flash isn’t impressive, Some features just don’t pull their weight: GPS and built-in effects
Summary: The other star of the proverbial show is the 16.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which is powered by Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processor. Crystal clear images, Full 1080p HD video and high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second in full resolution.
Pros: Unbelievable 42x optical zoom lens from 24-1000mm, dSLR style body is easy and comfortable to handle, Fully Automatic and Manual controls, Much Improved image quality from previous model, Excellent 1080p video recording with full use of the optical zoom, Robust shooting performance, High quality ...
Cons: At full telephoto, the camera can be very hard to hold steady, even with the optical image stabilization, Bad sound with built-in mics, No audio input, Trouble with our battery
Conclusion: Whilst I certainly would not recommend the P510 for anyone who regularly uses video record functioning it does most definitely have a number of other redeeming features that are highly desirable in a compact of its class.
Summary: Superficially, the Nikon Coolpix P510 appears to be similar to several ultra-zooms, yet underneath it hold a good number of refinements. Of course, its ultra long 1000mm reach is headline-grabbing but what makes the P510 really compelling is its highly effective image stabilization, its improved...
Pros: Extremely effective stabilization, Very good sharpness throughout focal-range, Virtually no optical distortion, Very low chromatic aberrations, Fast autofocus in good light near wide-angle, Dual control-dials and zoom controllers, Good overall handling, Great LCD visibility, Impressively compact ...
Cons: Loss of fine-details at ISO 200+, More overexposure than usual, Custom WB not entirely accurate, Very slow autofocus in dim light, Unresponsive while writing, 2s delay when starting video capture, Noticeable shutter-lag, Slow access to ISO, Highly reduced angle-of-view in video, Not Exposure-Prio...
Excerpt: The Nikon P510 marks a new development in bridge cameras for Nikon; featuring an eye-watering 42x optical zoom alongside a 16MP CMOS sensor and 3in tiltable LCD screen, it’s clear that this is a serious shooter.
Pros: Massive optical zoom, advanced specification, good image quality
Cons: Build quality not the best, tiltable LCD screen could be better