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Nikon 16.1 Megapixels P310 f/1.8 Camera First Look Review by DCI

2012-02-13 05:21 | Source
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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 P310 is listed for $329.95 in black only. Here's the summary of first impression preview by DigitalCameraInfo:

"The P310's appearance is essentially a carbon copy of the P300, with the solitary addition of a new Fn button on the front panel. It's a spartan, modern aesthetic that will appeal to some and bore others. This model has only been announced in black, however we spotted a white model on the show floor. The user experience is quite similar to P300's, which means it's aimed at a more experienced user who's comfortable enough to take advantage of the Tv, Av, and manual shooting modes. The control dial on top of the body makes menu navigation very easy, though the multitude of available options will delay first-time users. The rear directional pad doubles as a rotating dial, just like the P300, adding some flexibility to the control scheme. The new Fn button makes accessing the most common options easier, and this button will be within reach for most hands, even though it's located on the front panel. The P310 boasts a brand new sensor with an effective megapixel count of 16.1 million. This is a 1/2.3 inch CMOS model, and a big step up over the P300's 12.1 megapixel unit. The exact same lens is in use this time around though, and it's capable of 4.2x optical zoom, plus that amazingly wide f/1.8 aperture.

Just as the P300 took up a market position directly below Canon's S95, the P310 is positioned directly below the S100. The last time Nikon tried this strategy, it didn't really work out. And given how precious-little has changed for the P310, we're not sure it's going to work out this time either. Which is not to say the P310 doesn't appear to be a solid camera. The control scheme is excellent, the feature set makes sense, and that f/1.8 lens is very desirable. We're just not sure there's an "in-between" market for this camera. Image quality could make a huge difference here, but until we take it into the lab, there's no way to know. As it stands now, we're iffy about the Coolpix P310."

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Nikon Coolpix P310 Camera Reviews Roundup

digitalcameraHQ - Sep 11 2012
"Looking back over our test images and the above review, it's hard to know what to feel about the Nikon P310. The size and manual controls make it an enthusiast's compact, but both image quality and price relegate it to an odd no-mans land between advanced and point and shoot. Those looking for great image quality probably won't have any qualms about droppin..." More »
80out of 100
NeoCamera - Sep 05 2012
"The dynamic range of this digital camera is similar to most cameras in its class, save for those equipped with Fuji's SuperCCD EXR sensor which have an edge for outdoor photography where sunlight can cause extremely contrast. The general solution for photography of outdoor scenery is to wait for the right time, around dusk and dawn, when light balances out..." More »
100out of 100
MacWorld - Aug 26 2012
"In our lab's jury evaluations for image quality, the Nikon Coolpix P310 largely lived up to its "premium compact" branding. It may not have the best overall image quality in the premium point-and-shoot realm, but it is among the best cameras we've tested this year. The P310 earned scores of Very Good in three of the four testing categories (exposu..." More »
70out of 100
dpreview - Jun 24 2012
"The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a hard camera to categorise. In terms of its size and operational ergonomics it's up against the Canon PowerShot S100, the Fujifilm X10, Olympus XZ-1 and Sony Cyber-shot RX100. But while it looks the same, and in many ways works the same as these cameras and costs less, it has the smallest sensor of the bunch and can't shoot in Raw..." More »
69out of 100

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