Nikon P510 16.1 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On January 31 2012, Nikon announced two new P-series Coolpix cameras, including the world's longest SuperZoom. The P510 has the biggest zoom range of any fixed-lens camera with its massive 42x, f/3.0-5.9 Zoom-NIKKOR ED lens from 24mm to 1000mm equivalent. It features a 16.1 Megapixels Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with high-speed continuous shooting performance (at 5fps full resolution), fast autofocus (AF), 1080p HD video mode, 3-inch 921,000-dots LCD, an electronic viewfinder, full manual control and built-in GPS capabilities. Optical Vibration Reduction stabilization is included as well, though it'll need to be pretty strong to steady such a long zoom lens.

The Coolpix P310 comes with a 16.1 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, NIKKOR glass lens at 24-100mm zoom range. Other features include a 3-inch 921,000-pixel LCD, zoom memory, manual control, and creative filters and effects. The P310 achieves superior image quality in low-light settings with a wide ISO range up to 3200 (Hi1 6400 equivalent) and a fast f/1.8 lens. The COOLPIX P310 incorporates optical VR image stabilization with several scene modes including Advanced Night Portrait mode, Night Landscape mode and Backlight/High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. The Advanced Night Portrait mode combines consecutive images of the background while the subject is captured using the flash, while the Night Landscape mode combines a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single image with reduced noise. The Backlight HDR mode merges images of the same scene at different exposures to achieve a single image with a broad range of tonal detail. The COOLPIX P510 is listed for $429.95 in black and red colors.

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Nikon Coolpix P510 Camera Reviews Roundup


Imaging Resource - Aug 01 2012
"The wide-angle end of the Nikon Coolpix P510's zoom shows some minor blurring in the corners of the frame compared to what we see at center, though blurring doesn't extend far into the image area. At 33x telephoto, performance is about the same. Very good results overall. There is only a little barrel distortion at wide-angle (0.3%), and no perceptible dist..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Jul 14 2012
"Nikon recently introduced two new Coolpix cameras and although they show no resemblance whatsoever to each other, they are remarkably similar. Both digicams share identical GPS systems, identical EXPEED C2 image processing engines, indentical 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensors, the same lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) system, and identical 3.0-inch 921k-..." More »
90out of 100
dpreview - Jul 09 2012
"Typically, with 'superzoom' cameras like the Coolpix P510, which offer extreme zoom ranges, we'd expect image quality to take a back seat to versatility. A focal range of 24-1000mm covers pretty much any shooting situation we can think of, and although it comes with caveats (the P510's AF system isn't up to action photogrphy and atmospheric haze will take a..." More »
75out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Jun 19 2012
"Nikon recently introduced two updated cameras that replace (respectively) the Coolpix P300 and the Coolpix P500. These two new ultrazooms (P310 & P510), although they show no resemblance whatsoever to each other, are remarkably similar. Both cameras share identical GPS systems, EXPEED C2 image processing engines, COOLPIX Picture Control functions, 1080p..." More »
Not Rated
Steve's Digicam - May 17 2012
"Looking at our outdoor samples, we can see that the camera did an excellent job with exposure and a descent job with color on both sunny and overcast days. The overall image was much better on the sunny day with brighter, more vivid colors. The overcast images were a little dull, and the slight overexposure of the sky caused frequent aberrations in the high..." More »
Not Rated
digitalcameraHQ - May 15 2012
"In short, the P510's image quality is stellar. Files straight out of the camera are naturally saturated without appearing overcooked, although they can lack contrast. While this can be an annoyance to those who like to shoot and forget, it's usually better that companies err on the side of less contrast to preserve dynamic range; a simple boost to the..." More »
100out of 100
Pocket-lint - May 06 2012
"The camera can shoot from ISO 100-3200, and there's a "Hi1" (ISO 6400 equivalent) setting also available. Select "auto (ISO)" and the P510 automatically caps the top ISO setting to 800 in order to preserve better, more detailed images. But even at ISO 800 shots reveal plenty of signs of noise reduction processing that ultimately make it..." More »
80out of 100
NeoCamera - Apr 17 2012
"The Nikon Coolpix P510 packs the most powerful optical zoom to date in a refined prosumer ultra-zoom camera. As the flagship of Nikon's P-series, the P510 provides a versatile feature set with a straight-forward interface. Its dual control-dials, dual zoom-controllers and function button provide more usability than typical ultra-zooms. Optically, the Coolpi..." More »
75out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Apr 11 2012
"Superzooms are popular for plenty of good reasons, but the main one is the huge zoom range. The P510 certainly has that part covered. Its massive 42x, 24-1000mm equivalent lens has the longest reach of any camera out there, and by a long shot, too. We've worried that zoom ranges are getting out of hand, and it might be coming at the cost of image quality. B..." More »
85out of 100
Photography BLOG - Mar 28 2012
"The Nikon Coolpix P510 ups the ante in the ultra-zoom camera stakes by offering an incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm. Remarkably it's still possible to hand-hold the camera in good light and achieve sharp pictures thanks to the excellent vibration reduction system, although you really need to use a tripod or other support for consistent results. T..." More »
90out of 100
CNET US - Mar 23 2012
"The Nikon Coolpix P510's photo quality is very good to excellent and significantly better than the P500. Now, that doesn't mean it's as good as a digital SLR; pixel peepers might be disappointed by what its shots look like at 100 percent. For the P510's price and features, though, most people should be more than happy with its results. At its two lowest ISO..." More »
70out of 100
ePhotoZine - Mar 22 2012
"The P510 takes images which are well exposed with very pleasing colour reproduction. Detail is good throughout the images, whether shooting wide or with the optical zoom, except in the corners where there is a hint of softening. With a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm the camera takes superb macro pictures. There isn't any noise at ISO 100, with only a..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Feb 13 2012
"The P510's chassis is more angular than most ultrazooms in years past, though this does seem to be the trend for 2012. The body is also smaller than average, which makes the fully extended lens barrel all the more impressive...though maybe a bit silly in our opinion. In the end there are few physical differences here from the P500, but our floor model..." More »
Not Rated

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