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Nikon Coolpix P310
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Nikon Coolpix P310 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4.2x CMOS Apr 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Get serious with the brilliant COOLPIX P310. The bright f/1.8 lens delivers pin-sharp images, and the highly sensitive backlit CMOS sensor provides superb results in any light. Nikon's... More
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Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 19,074 expert and user reviews for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

Fairly Large Screen Size

Comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310 have screen sizes of between 1" and 4.8". The Coolpix P310 has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Coolpix S9300 ($304.00) both from Nikon which has better reviews.

If this camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS (3.2"), or the Nikon Coolpix P520 (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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3D Compatible

Unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P310 which are not 3D compatible, the Coolpix P310 is 3D compatible.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3D compatible cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Canon PowerShot N100 ($349.99) which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W800 ($88.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Coolpix P310 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years which do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, and the Olympus Stylus SH-50 is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix P310 supports video recording, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310.

Other cameras which support video recording currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Samsung WB800F, or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The Coolpix P310 has a quite high megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix P310. The lowest megapixel count of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310 is 0.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP.

We compared all the other 16.1MP cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 125 HS, the Sony DSC-H70 ($142.49), and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45 is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 ($93.49) (16.15MP and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Coolpix P310 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40, or the GE A1455 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P310, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the Coolpix P310 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Crop are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. Across all compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P310 the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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99 Auto Focus Points

99 auto focus points

Most digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310 have between 1 and 255 auto focus points, including the Nikon Coolpix P310 which has 99 auto focus points.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P310 is 350MB. The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a quite big internal memory (90 megabytes) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P310.

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Quite High Display Resolution

At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P310. Across all the cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P310 the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Coolpix P310 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Coolpix P310 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Nikon camera. In addition, this digital camera support a video resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Has Two Light Exposure Modes

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this digital camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE and Manual are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 15,000,000MP, and the average total megapixel count is 52,000MP. With a total megapixel count of 16.79 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has a fairly many total megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix P310.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon Coolpix P310 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Nikon camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix P310. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Nikon Coolpix P310 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 24 millimeters) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310 have minimum focal lengths of between 2.6mm and 290mm, and the average minimum focal length is 27mm.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix P310 that we have checked the minimum aperture of, the Nikon Coolpix P310's minimum aperture of only 1.8 is one of the smallest. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P310 the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.9, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2.

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14 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Coolpix P310 of only 2 times zoom factor is one of the smallest amongst digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix P310. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 1x and the biggest is 810x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S5100.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Samsung ES71 (3x), the Fujifilm FinePix F660 (3.4x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P310 is 2x, the biggest is 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. With an optical zoom of only 4.2 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P310 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00) (4.6x), or the Lumix DMC-FT4 (4.6x) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P310 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Coolpix P310 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon Coolpix P310 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P310 also do not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P310 are not waterproof. The Nikon Coolpix P310 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Cameras of this age and spec have weights of between 20g and 710g, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of 194 grams, the Coolpix P310 is one of the heavier digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P310 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix P310 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

At only 4.9, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P310 the maximum apertures range from 2 to 130.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Coolpix P310 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a WAV audio format, which is the most frequently supported audio format supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P310. The audio format "AAC" is also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310 range from 13mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. With a maximum focal length of only 100 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310.

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Only Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon Coolpix P310 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100 and 3200 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Thick

The thinnest compact camera digital camera that has been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix P310 is 13mm deep and the thickest is 2,200mm. With a depth of 32 millimeters, the Coolpix P310 is fairly thick compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of this age and type.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P310

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over four years.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Coolpix P310 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most cameras of this age and type have a CCD sensor type.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, and the Samsung NX20 ($369.42) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50) (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Interface
Video Out Port
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon p310, nikon p310w, nikon p310wh, nikon coolpixp310, nikon coolpixp310w, nikon coolpixp310wh
Barcodes 00018208263202, 00018208926602, 00018208926640, 00182089266024, 00182089266406, 03610170825586, 03610170842996, 04960759132130, 05711045282577, 08033737552278, 08033737552285
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