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The Nikon Coolpix P510 is a new super-zoom compact camera designed to appeal to the keen enthusiast photographer. The P510 has a mechanically-stabilized 42x optical zoom with a massive focal range of 24-1000mm and an innovative side zoom control. It also offers a 1/2.3” Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor with 16.1 megapixels, sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6400, full 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound, slow-motion video at up to 120fps, manual shooting modes, burst shooting at seven frames per second, 99-point autofocus system, 3D shooting mode, built-in GPS and a 3-inch 921K-dot tiltable LCD screen. The Nikon Coolpix P510 is available in black, blue or red for £399.99 / $429.95 / €471.00. Weighing in at 555 grams, the Nikon Coolpix P510 is slightly heavier than the previous P500 model, but its design is only minimally different. Like most high-end superzooms, the Nikon P510 has the typical bridge camera look, with a chunky hand-grip, large lens barrel, pop-up flash and an eye-level electronic viewfinder.
Right out of the box, the Nikon Coolpix P510 charmed me enough that I put it to work, photographing the Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud launch event at the de Young Museum where that 42x zoom and its good low light performance were particularly helpful. In fact, that's the salient point about the Nikon P510. It combines some impressive features into photographic capabilities that set it apart. I took it on hikes, into auditoriums, to the ball park, to the beach. Everywhere we went the Nikon P510 combined a few features to provide the answer for the situation. Look and Feel. The Nikon P510's body design kicks sand in the retina display of your puny smartphone. Lots of sand. It's a camera and it says it's a camera, from bulging lens barrel to the firm grip. The Nikon P510 comes with a shoulder strap that's just the right size if you're under five feet tall. Any taller, forget it. Although it did come in handy when I live blogged the Adobe launch. It kept the camera off my keyboard right under my chin so I could fire off a shot every now and then to show what I was blogging about.
The 16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P510 is a compact camera in the superzoom class, that sports a 42X optical zoom, covering a currently unmatched focal range of 24-1000mm (equivalent), compared to 38X (23-810mm) from its predecessor the P500. As well as an extended zoom range, the new model also features a new 16MP CMOS sensor, the same as that used in the recently-reviewed Coolpix P310, and a handful of new features and enhancements, including GPS with logging and (according to Nikon) improved image stabilization compared to the P500. The appeal of so-called 'super' or 'megazoom' compact cameras is obvious when you compare the focal range of their zooms against wht is available for DSLR and mirrorless system cameras. There's no doubt that in the current field, the Coolpix P510 wins the 'big numbers' game and, frankly, we were pleasantly surprised at what this camera can achieve with a 1000mm lens. Although cameras like the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS with its 35X wide angle zoom, the 30X Sony Cyber-shot HX200V and the 24X Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 offer impressive versatility, the Nikon P510 provides a meaningful amount of extra 'reach' that makes a difference when shooting distant subjects.
With the Coolpix P510, Nikon breaks a new record for zoom lenses with a magnification factor of 42x and a maximum focal length of 1000 mm! With an extraordinary zoom range, a 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a GPS, a tilt screen and a decent video mode, the P510 looks like a promising bridge camera. Weighing in at just over 500 g, the Coolpix P510 isn't exactly a light camera, but packing a 24-1000 mm zoom lens into a digital camera this shape and size is no mean feat. Given the incredible versatility of the zoom lens (1 cm macro mode, wide angle, powerful telephoto settings) Nikon has actually done a very good job of keeping the P510's size and weight under control. This bridge is pleasant to hold and use with a nice deep grip handle and a non-slip rubbery finish. There's a big chunky dial for choosing the exposure mode and a selection of big buttons on the back of the camera for adjusting settings. On the grip handle there's a handy button for direct access to certain customisable options, as well as a settings thumb-wheel (although this unfortunately isn't clickable) that's particularly useful in A, S and M modes. Note that the P510 also has a fully customisable U mode.
The Nikon Coolpix P510 zooms to an impressive 42x while still delivering crisp shots, even in the hands of beginners. The Nikon Coolpix P510 is an ultrazoom if you've ever seen one: The big-barreled, 42x optical zoom lens camera has a bulky-bodied but turns out to feel surprisingly small and lightweight. The camera packs in plenty of features and pairs it all with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that can push ISO with low-noise shots, but falls short in some shooting conditions. Overall, the camera exudes high quality, although you'll have to make some compromises along the way. The standard package for the Nikon Coolpix P510 includes a li-ion battery, battery charger, USB cable, CD-ROM with NikonView NX2 for managing images, wrist strap, and a lens tether.The Coolpix P510 has the traditional ultrazoom look: a nice, large right-hand grip, pop-up flash, and protruding lens barrel. But compared to most cameras in this segment, the P510 is surprisingly lightweight at just 19.6 ounces. The grip is really well textured and makes the camera incredibly easy to hold with one hand — and that's quite a feat for an ultrazoom with a 42x optical zoom.It's hard to talk about any ultrazoom winning an award in the looks department; there's no “sleek” or “slim” factor to speak of. The P510 is no exception.
The Nikon Coolpix P510 ($429.95 direct) is the successor to the company's popular 36x P500 ($399.95, 4 stars). The P510 ups the zoom factor to 42x, although it does so by sacrificing some coverage on the wide-angle side of things. The camera adds a built-in GPS and ups the resolution to 16 megapixels, but is otherwise similar to the P500. If you're in the market for a camera with a really long zoom lens, the P510 is the best of the bunch, so it's our Editors' Choice for full-size superzoom cameras. Design and Features Looking a bit like a miniature SLR, the P510 comes complete with a handgrip and an eye-level viewfinder. Of course, you won't be able to remove its lens—but the integrated design is one of the factors that makes such a long zoom factor possible. The camera measures 3.3 by 4.8 by 4.1 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.2 pounds, making it a smidge smaller and lighter than the 35x Canon PowerShot SX40 HS ($429.99, 4 stars), which measures 3.6 by 4.8 by 4.2 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds. If a full-size superzoom is too much camera for you to carry, take a look at the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS ($349.99, 4 stars)—it's got a 20x (25-500mm equivalent) lens and can fit snugly in most pockets.
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While the P510 features all the hallmarks of the popular ‘bridge' tag, there's no debating the headline of these being the 42x optical zoom. The lens covers a phenomenal focal range of 24 - 1000mm in 35mm equivalent terms, making it capable of wide-angle work alongside super-telephoto shooting, all inside one relatively compact body. Those concerned with camera shake will be assured by the presence of Nikon's second-generation advanced lens-shift VR which, the manufacturer claims, will allow shooting speeds of up to four times slower than without it switched on.As mentioned, the P510 offers a full specification to accompany the headline optical zoom. The model features a 1/2.3in backlit CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 16.1 megapixels, accompanied with Nikon's EXPEED processor aimed delivering ‘clear shots in any light'.A welcome feature on bridge cameras, and especially one with an extensive focal range such as the P510, is a tiltable LCD screen. Such a feature allows for the camera to be used at unconventional angles, with framing still possible, as is often the case at the tele end of such a zoom.
Nikon sure puts the “zoom” in superzoom. Nobody had even caught up to the 36x lens in last year's Coolpix P500, but the new P510 pushes the bar out even further: out to 42x, with a staggering and symbolic 1000mm telephoto focal range. The sensor also gets upgraded to a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS 1/2.3-inch chip, and Nikon threw in some on-board GPS for good measure, too. The P510 would be a strong buy on the length of its zoom alone—that's how its predecessor succeeded, despite middling image quality. But Nikon got a lot of other stuff right this time around. Read on to see why the P510 works. The Nikon Coolpix P510 is available now in black and red for a suggested price of $429.95. Superzoom design doesn’t really vary, and the Nikon P510 basically looks like any other superzoom. It is surprisingly small for a camera with a 42x zoom range, compact enough to sort of fit into a really baggy jacket pocket, though the shoulder strap is a better option. The build quality is a bit cheap—the body gives a bit if you squeeze it—but that helps to keep the camera light. The electronic viewfinder is nothing special, but the bright, high-res, articulating LCD is one of the best in the class.
For those after the absolute longest lens on a compact camera, meet the Nikon Coolpix P510. At roughly the same size as Nikon's last full-size megazoom, the 36x 22.5-810mm P500, the P510 packs an "oh wow"-inducing 42x 24-1,000mm lens. The thing is, there are not a lot of things you can do with a lens that long on what's essentially a point-and-shoot camera. With the lens fully extended, it's very difficult to hold the P510 still and keep your subject framed, and the autofocus is very slow, so fast-moving targets are a challenge to shoot. Plus, while the image stabilization is very good, you're still going to want it on a tripod to avoid blur and using its higher ISO settings. That said, the zoom range does give you a lot of shooting flexibility and the P510 has plenty of other positive attributes that make it worth recommending. 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 ISOs, subjects look sharp with fine detail good enough for large prints up to 11.5x15.
Nikon's Coolpix P500 offered an amazing 36x optical zoom when it debuted last year, pushing the ultrazoom category farther than any other camera before it. Today at CP+ 2012 in Japan, we got our hands on the new Coolpix P510, which succeeds the P500 in the only way it really could: that's right, even more zoom. The P510 extends optical zoom magnification all the way out to a whopping 42x, that's a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 1,000mm! We only hope image quality doesn't suffer as a result. This camera will be available immediately, in either red or black, for $429.95. 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 did show off the attractive new glossy red finish, which actually seemed to resist fingerprints pretty well.
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