Conclusion: 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. No doubt it was also the serious polishing the image processor was doing before it wrote the JPEGs to my card. The Nikon P510 handles exceptionally well.
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: Achieving focus can be an adventure, Short shoulder strap, Battery can only be charged in the camera without optional charger, Focusing can get lost, Manual focus only in Sports Scene mode, Somewhat slow cycle time, No flash hotshoe, No raw mode, Below average battery life, No filter threads
Summary: You may never find a reason to use a 42x zoom, but the Nikon Coolpix P510 high-zoom camera gives you more than just that. There are 20 presets with the option to manually change the settings. The camera has GPS, as well as panorama and 3D modes. The autofocus is slower than you would see on other cameras and the build quality feels cheap, but these are minor concerns because the P510 is a high quality bridge camera overall.
Pros: The Nikon Coolpix P510 stitches photos together to create 3D images.
Cons: The design, although lightweight, gives the camera a cheap plastic feel.
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: Extreme 42x (24-1000m equivalent) wide angle zoom, 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
Summary: It can also record your route even if you don't shoot any photos, but you can't map it until you get back to your computer, Imaging-Resource.com points out. Panorama lets you sweep the camera across the scene (you can choose 180 or 360 degrees) to create an automatic panoramic shot; it works well in tests.
Pros: 42x zoom, Full manual controls, Tilting LCD screen
Cons: Unimpressive low-light photos, Balky autofocus, Bulky and heavy, No RAW support or hot shoe, Short battery life
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. You might look at it and think that’s within the realm of possibility, but it’s not.
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
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.
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. The generous offering of 16-megapixels helps to produce generally crisp and well-exposed images – and also allows some flexibility in terms of cropping images without degrading image quality - and the built-in flash (paired with a powerful auto-focus...