Average Camera Review Rating [6 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #85 of the top camera sales ranking in US
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 review by TrustedReviews, giving the camera a rating of 7 out of 10:
"Image quality, while generally good, does suffer from a slight lack of reliability regarding the model's metering and white balance. The P310 displays a tendency to both underexpose and overexpose on occasions, though not regularly, in equal amounts and measure. White balance, meanwhile, is also unreliable at times, with images varying from warm to cold in shooting situations. That being said, these two issues are not ever-present, and generally it performs quite well. Outside of the slight lack of reliability regarding metering and white balance, image quality is generally good. As is often the case with Nikon compacts, colours display a pleasing natural palette, as opposed to being too vibrant, which not only provides good result out of the camera but also offers room to manoeuvre in the image editing stage. The general tonal range of images is also pleasing, with a good balance struck between shadow and highlight detail (when metering decides to behave). Noise at high-ISO settings is also well controlled, with a good amount of the P310's ISO settings proving eminently useable. Noise at setting up to ISO 400 is barley visible, with what noise there is well controlled. At higher settings noise does become a bit of an issue, but once again the in-camera noise reduction technology performs more than adequately. It's a shame that there isn't an option to shoot Raw, and thus apply your own noise reduction in post production, as you can't help but feel that results could be even better if this was the case.
The Nikon P310 is a 16.1MP advanced compact with a 4.2x optical zoom. Given that it costs close to £300 you would be entitled to expect something above the ordinary. Whether it's a headline-grabbing zoom, bombproof construction or a generally high specification, compacts costing this much really need to offer something extra to justify the added expenditure. The P310 just about manages this with its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, full manual control and 921k-dot LCD screen. However, the lack of Raw capture is disappointing and there are also a few reliability issues with metering and white balance. Overall then, while it's certainly competent the P310 doesn't quite do enough to earn itself a TrustedReviews recommendation."
Nikon Coolpix P310 Camera Reviews Roundup
|digitalcameraHQ: "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 dropping another $70 for the similarly-sized Canon S100, and those..." - Sep 11 2012 More »|
|NeoCamera: "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 and produces scenes of much lower contrast. Metering of the..." - Sep 05 2012 More »|
|MacWorld: "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 (exposure quality, sharpness, and lack of distortion), and a Good s..." - Aug 26 2012 More »|
|dpreview: "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 mode. From one perspective - that of a serious enthusiast -..." - Jun 24 2012 More »|
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