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Nikon Coolpix P310 Digital Camera

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1.61MP 4.2x CMOS Jan 2014
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33 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This camera has received four awards from expert review sites.

This digital camera received an Ephotozine "Highly Recommended" award and it received a "Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com. This compact camera camera also received a "Platinum" award from Buy-n-shoot.com who thought it was terrific.

This Nikon digital camera received a "Top 10" award from Pcworld.com_techhive.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 79% based on twenty expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Ephotozine. That puts this camera in the bottom 81% of all the digital cameras of this age and type.

Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this camera is terrific based on 65 owner reviews. Users think this Nikon camera is one of the better comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Good Video Capture

A few people who bought the product agreed that it was good for video recording. Bigyaks said in their review on Amazon “A surprisingly good video mode”. D. Winter scored it very highly and said in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review four years ago “The HD video does a fairly good job considering the size of the camera”. Paul K said on Amazon three years ago “Having looked at various small cameras I chose this as it does everything it says it will and gives great pictures and video, definitely value for money” and scored it very highly.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who bought the product considered that it had a good lens. Boulton & Storey Ltd mentioned four years ago “F1.8 lens perfect for those evening shots or museum shots were you do not want flash”. Boulton & Storey Ltd also wrote “Colours are vivid and the lens quick enough to prevent blurring”. Dee scored the product very highly and he said on Amazon “The Olympus has a fast lens across the range” in his review.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good autofocus. D. Winter mentioned “The focus is very quick” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310. One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner who bought it wrote that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Nikon Coolpix P310 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Anne mentioned in her review “If you want to take a great picture or video you really need to buy something that was designed to do just that!”. Bigyaks mentioned on Amazon “It will however take good pics for websites and hard copies etc” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review. D. Winter wrote “My main use for this camera is family pictures of my small children in areas where it is not very convenient to carry an SLR” in their review of this digital camera.

A few customers who reviewed it considered that it was good in low light. Bigdog_60 mentioned on Amazon “CMOS sensor make for superb low light shots mainly without the need for flash” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review. Bob said “Great low light camera”. Haydn mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review on Amazon four years ago “Low light footage is very good” and scored it very highly.

Five customers thought it had a good image sensor. Bigyaks mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review on Amazon “It has too small a sensor which limits the control over depth of field”. Dee mentioned on Amazon “It has a smaller sensor to the Canon”. Massimo At Home mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review on Amazon “I really love the sensor stabilization system”.

A few Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Calvin N Hobbs said “Excellent resolution on photo's”.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner who reviewed the product thought it had a good ISO range. Richard wrote “BTW do you remember a non-digital photos taken on a real film with ISO 800 or even higher” and gave the Nikon Coolpix P310 a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Support

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Reviewser mentioned on Amazon “It also gives a good amount of manual control which is nice as let's be honest small compacts normally don't get it right all the time” in their review. Richard mentioned two years ago “It can be easily tuned by very quick manual control- as for any photo camera lack of contrast” in his review. Four years ago Photographyblog.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon P310 features a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Size

A number of Nikon Coolpix P310 owners who bought the product concluded that it was compact. Bigdog_60 wrote on Amazon “Excellent, pocketable compact”. Four years ago Boulton & Storey Ltd mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Compact in size with all the features of DSLRs of double the price”. F. Patel mentioned on Amazon “So I own 2 SLRS, (both Sony) one compact system camera (Panasonic G3 )” in their review.

A few customers who reviewed the product thought it was good physically. Four years ago Pcmag.com wrote in their review on PC Mag “A wide aperture lens and a thoughtful physical control layout let you take full command of the camera's settin” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100. Pcmag.com also mentioned “Serious photographers will love its physical control layout.”.

One customer considered that the product was a good weight. Louey wrote “It's light weight, good for traveling with, need to remember to manually pop up the flash” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review and gave the Nikon Coolpix P310 a score of 4 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “The Nikon Coolpix P310 is an extremely versatile camera which packs a lot of features in to a body small enough to fit in your pocket” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310.

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Good Product Quality

A few Nikon Coolpix P310 owners who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Dee mentioned on Amazon “High Quality, High Value Compact Camera”. Dee also said “I looked long an hard for a quality compact camera and came down to the same usual 3 as the web pundits; Canon S100, Olympus xz-1”. Dr Mike Morgan said on Amazon “Only marred by less than good video quality especially in low light with glitches” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review.

Easy to Use

A few people who bought the Nikon Coolpix P310 agreed that it was easy to use. Anne mentioned on Amazon “I have my doubts as most people now seem to use their phones to take pictures” and scored it very highly. Bigyaks wrote “Also some in camera filtering effects and control over dynamic range, even does time lapse photography”. D. Winter wrote four years ago “All I was looking for is easy to use point a shoot camera which is an alternative to my Canon 550 digital SLR”.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Bigyaks scored the Nikon Coolpix P310 5 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “Clear and sensible context sensitive menu system”.

One customer who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P310 concluded that it had a good experience. Four years ago D. Winter mentioned “The overall experience is good for a camera in this price range” in their review of this digital camera.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. Richard wrote on Amazon “Some of them taken purely by nikon are simply amazing- excellent handling with all manual controls I need (the front FN button can be set e.g” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P310 and rated the product 80 out of 100.

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Nice Design

Six people reckoned that this digital camera was good looking. D. Winter gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Pretty quick compared to other digital pocket cameras”. David wrote “Video recording is pretty good” in his review and scored it 5 stars. Dr Mike Morgan wrote on Amazon “In many ways great, good looking, portable, f1.8 (good low light capability), 24mm wide angle”.

One person who purchased it reckoned that it was ergonomic. Bigyaks said on Amazon “A serious little compact camera with a fast lens, 4x zoom and excellent ergonomics with twin dials plus a PASM mode knob giving you full control over Aperture”.

One person said in their reviews that the product was smooth. Dee said in his Nikon Coolpix P310 review four years ago “This destroys the smooth pocketable lines of a compact camera” .

One person who bought this digital camera wrote that it was a good design. Expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Its compact body and understated design initially deny its true capabilities”.

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Robust

Some people wrote that it was well made. Mr. J. W. Mcbriarty wrote on Amazon three years ago “I must admit I immediately loved the cold solid feel of the camera” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Reviewser wrote in their review “It feels solid”. Richard mentioned “Small, light, well built, nice to my taste- fast lens 1.8 at the wide end (24mm!), most frequently used” in his Nikon Coolpix P310 review.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Louey said “I would recommend purchasing this little reliable camera” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was strong and durable. Reviewser wrote three years ago “Still has a sturdy aluminium frame” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review and rated this digital camera as excellent.

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Good Battery Life

Some Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it had a good battery life. Haydn said “As a result the flash is hardly needed, which helps with the good battery life”. Reviewser wrote in their review “Battery.I find the battery lasts a good amount of time”. Richard mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Detailed rear LCD- good battery life- excellent photos even in poor light condition without flash - just set the camera to P mode, keep ISO 100-200, keep time faster than 1/15” in his review of this digital camera.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Nikon is one of the superior digital camera brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Nikon also has good reviews for its compact camera digital cameras.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Nikon Coolpix P310 owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen. Dee mentioned on Amazon “Another big plus is the high definition rear screen which knocks spots off the others” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Haydn said on Amazon “The pictures are extremely sharp, especially on the fantastic screen” in their review of this digital camera. Mr. J. W. Mcbriarty mentioned “The screen is excellent, buttons click with a pleasing resistance, layout is straightforward” and rated it as very good.

Good Technical Features

Some Nikon Coolpix P310 owners who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P310 said that it had good features. Bigyaks said on Amazon “Some good bonus features such as Macro”. Expert website Cameras.co.uk mentioned “The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a wide range of advanced features packed into a relatively small body”.

Good Exposure Control

A few people who reviewed it agreed that it had good exposure controls. Expert review site Pcworld.in wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310 “It's a premium compact camera priced more like your average, with a fast F1.8 lens, manual exposure controls, very good image quality”. Expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com said “It's a premium compact camera priced more like your average point-and-shoot, with a fast F1.8 lens, manual exposure controls, very good image quality”.

3D Compatible

The Coolpix P310 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other cameras of this type and age which are not 3D compatible.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market 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.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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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 on the market for more than two years which do not support Full HD video.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Coolpix P310 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix P310 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P310.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The image editing modes Crop and Rotating are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P310 is 400,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Coolpix P310 has a quite high display resolution (921,000 pixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P310.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon Coolpix P310 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this digital camera. The image formats JPEG XR are also supported by this 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 the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Nikon camera supports a video resolution of 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P310.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this digital camera.

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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 typical of many compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this age and spec. 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 came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Cameras of this type and age have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm. The Coolpix P310 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 24 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.61 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has one of the lowest megapixel counts amongst digital cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P310 range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

If this Nikon camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] (16MP), the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (16MP), or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (16.3MP).

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P310 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The digital zooms of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 810x.

Other 2x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price].

If this Nikon camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Lumix DMC-TZ60[pl_2145753_price] (4x), or the Lumix DMC-GF6[pl_2147371_price] (4x) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (4x).

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Very Small Optical Zoom

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. The optical zooms of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the DSC-QX10[pl_2136113_price] (10x), or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (20x) both from Sony or the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (21x).

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P310 support video recording, however the Coolpix P310 does not support video recording.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix P310 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P310 do not have a GPS. The Coolpix P310 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Coolpix P310 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 194 grams, the Coolpix P310 is one of the heavier digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The lightest compact camera camera that has been available for more than two years is 20g , the heaviest is 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price] (187g).

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P310 the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm. With a maximum focal length of only 100 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P310

Released Over Three Years Ago

This compact camera camera was released over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Coolpix P310 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P310.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8").

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MOS Sensor Type

The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash

4 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(35)
4 September 2012

In conclusion, it?s fair to say the Coolpix P310 is quite an unassuming little unit: its compact body and understated design initially deny its true capabilities and certainly while the benefit of...

Buy-n-shoot.com

21 August 2012

Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least $400. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance,...

With an F1.8 lens, manual exposure controls, and a much lower price than other premium point-and-shoots, the pocketable Coolpix P310 offers excellent bang for the buck...

Pcworld.com_techhive.com

18 August 2012

Nikon Coolpix P310 Digital Camera Review clearly shows that it is point-and-shoot camera, which is well-known for its good image quality and a fast f/1.8 lens. Further, its design and control...

The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a good compact camera, but it does have a few issues. The purple fringing is of most concern, and while the inability to shoot raw isnt an issue in itself, its presence...

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User Reviews

(41)
Reviewed 11 February 2016 by Mr. Anthony Dobinson
(Verified Purchase)

A great compact camera. Easy use and adaptable. Very pleased all round.

Reviewed 4 April 2015 by Jayaitch
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent to use.

Reviewed 1 October 2014 by Frances Taylor
(Verified Purchase)

Great camera. Quite easy to use.

(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant camera, especially in low light situations, and a great price. Not fantastic on the telephoto range, but I can use my phone for those photos!

Reviewed 7 January 2014 by Richard

It's in fact my first compact camera as otherwise I'm almost 30 years taking photos with SLR since my childhood. I bought it with waterproof case 1.5 year ago to be able to take it safely with for... Read more…

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