Excerpt: drawbacks: 1. out of date firmware. its menus are so 2004. this is very easy to fix, and could help with another drawback,2. 8 seconds is not long enough for a manual shutter speed. not for a camera like this.3. manual aperture only lets you take it to f/8 and again, for a camera like this, an f/16 would not be expecting too much.4. the viewfinder is almost useless. forget to manual focus with it.5. the charger must be an inside joke from nikon.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time
Summary: I think the camera is great but the bundle - not so much. The camera pouch is too small to hold anything more than the camera and the "large" tripod is a joke. A max height of fifty (50) inches is not very helpful. Yes it is lightweight which helps when walking around with the camera all day but when playing tourist-o, one tends to want to take photos from vantage points that were built to be vantage points.
Summary: Although the photo image quality is good and sharp; unfortunately it doesn't work for me because of the lame video function. It is hard to focus, so trying to focus while video taping moving objects almost impossible -- it leads the video from blurry to blurry with a transient sharpness (you can't keep the sharpness because it automatically turns to blurry, that drives you nuts, imaging my feeling during my kid's graduation performance, Grr...).
Excerpt: I have been using the Nikon P510 daily for about 6 months. There are a few things I really like about the camera, quite a few things I don't like (or could certainly be better), and a few things that should be included. I have been using digital photography for about the last 15 years, and digital exclusively for about the last 6 years.
Summary: I purchased this camera in the red color for my wife. She fell in love with the color and loved the way the camera felt in her hands. We also felt the image quality of the pics were good for the most part, although they sometimes seemed to be lacking a bit in contrast. Even at 42X zoom, we usually got very clear and nicely balanced handheld shots. They sometimes looked a little "soft", but for hand-held shots at that zoom range we didn't feel that was an issue.
Excerpt: The camera is just ok. Nothing special. You can have this camera without have to carry your slr. And of course you buy this camera for the great zoom. Problems: Basically don't have gps!................. You can read the problems in the forum.... http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1007&message=41086301 I would prefer to shoot raw files or at least bigger jpg files..... The video is rather poor if you compare with other cameras in about same category.
Summary: I have had the Nikon P510 for a week now and have been comparing it to a Panasonic FZ150 that I am also testing. The P510 is a very nice looking camera that has a quality look and feel. It has a nice textured rubberized material on the hand grip and it has a solid feel. The camera powers on quickly. I took both indoor and outdoor pictures and I was happy with the results.
Summary: I buy a camera every year as the pixels and zoom improve. This is my second Nikon. Likes: Great zoom. Many functions in a compact camera. Pictures quality is good. but not great. Dislikes: It feels like it is made from very cheap material, scratches easily. The battery has to be charged within the camera, and you can't plug in the camera and take pictures at the same time. The antimotion function doesn't work as well specially at a a higher zoom.