Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510

  • Nikon Coolpix P510
  • Nikon Coolpix P510
  • Nikon Coolpix P510
  • Nikon Coolpix P510
  • Nikon Coolpix P510
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    • Nikon Coolpix P510 Black (3673)

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  • 4.7 / 5
    • The good:
      Easy to use, affordable, portable, quality image
    • The bad:
      Slow zoom, annoying sound when video recording

    The Nikon Coolpix P510 is a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, digital camera with 42x zoom Nikkor ED glass lens. It has a 3-inch ultra high resolution LCD screen. It is 2.6 pounds and is 6x8x8 inches which makes this P510 a walk-around camera. The Coolpix looks good and feels like a heavy duty camera. The hand grip has a rubberized material that makes handling secure and comfortable. Its LCD screen display can be folded up and down but not at various angles. It will be difficult to take a picture of yourself unlike that of Canon’s LCD screens which can turn around up to 270°. This camera is definitely amateur-friendly. It has an array of setting options for those who know how to manipulate them. And for those who don’t, the camera is still very easy to use. Zooming is not a problem even as far as 20 feet; images are detailed, sharp, clear and with natural colors. However, zooming is not that fast. It takes time to focus especially if you are to use the full range. Others even complained about its failure to focus at an extended zoom range. At 1000mm equivalent, the image is kind of blurry and less impressive. The zoom control is so reactive. It can change its focus even with the slightest touch of the control. It is kind of loose which creates a mixture of good and bad shots. Buttons are many and they make shooting a lot easier for those who aren’t used to digging the menus for a more complicated mixture of settings. The menus, however, offer different modes for different subjects like the Food Mode for your cooking scenes, Pet Portrait mode has a burst option for snap shooting when the animal’s face is detected by the camera and the Panorama Mode for views of up to 180 degrees and 360 degrees. Videoing is satisfactory except that when the images are blown up, the HD quality isn’t perfect and the zooming noise is present, with or without a noisy ambience, there is the noise, something that irritates some users. There is no microphone jack for an external microphone but it has a pop-up flash with a list of options to put drama on the photos. The battery life is not impressive, so, there’s a need to have an extra battery or to always bring along a charger. This camera starts up in no time. The GPS is a nice feature; on the other hand, it is not that reliable. Some complained about its inability to tag at least ten out of one hundred pictures. Is it a camera defect? There is at least one year warranty being offered for this camera. In closing, the Nikon Coolpix P510 is equipped with very nice features. However, not everything is working well or as good as advertised. The focusing is somewhat hard to do, but, if you do hit the right focus, image is remarkable. It is portable and uncomplicated to use even for beginners. It has some limitations but for its price and features, it is definitely worth a try.