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Nikon Coolpix P510 Digital Camera

buy-n-shoot.com Gold PC Mag Editor's Choice DP Review Silver PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
16.1MP 42x CMOS Dec 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Go further with the COOLPIX P510, the bridge camera with a 42x super zoom. With a NIKKOR lens that offers an astounding 24 1000mm wide-angle to super telephoto coverage, this 16-megapixel camera... More
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Eight Industry Awards

Camera experts love this Nikon digital camera and have given it eight awards.

The reviewers at two expert review sites both concluded that this camera was very good. Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both gave this digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

This Nikon digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both PC Mag and Fotomaniak.pl, both of which said that this camera was fantastic.

Three additional expert review sites all endorsed this compact camera digital camera. This digital camera received a "Silver" award from DP Review who wrote it was great and it received a "Recommended Product" award from Digitaltrends.com, confirming their endorsement. In addition, the expert at Buy-n-shoot.com gave this camera a "Gold" award and decided it was brilliant.

The writer at one additional expert review site said that this compact camera digital camera was good. This digital camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on thirty-seven expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com the average expert rating of this digital camera is 78%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 100 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is exceptional. If all the cameras of a comparable age and spec are ranked by average owner review score then this compact camera digital camera is in the top 11%.

Good Size

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P510 considered that it was compact. Alan Miller gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review on Amazon “The camera is light and compact and the 1000 mm lens is not looking intrusive like those big long lenses on professional cameras”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon three years ago “This camera was an upgrade from a pretty decent Sony point & click compact camera” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review and scored the product very highly. Barr scored the product 5 stars and mentioned “As mentioned earlier, is one of the more compact bridge cameras, despite that long zoom!I've got no problem with the ba” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review.

Some people concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Barr wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 “I'm not a lover of bulky cameras and am a firm believer in the old adage 'the best camera is the one you have on you', so DSLR”. Clive in Cambridge gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Build quality is not as solid (or as heavy) as the Canon SX40iS”. Joseph gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review “It is not heavy and fits the hand perfectly with all controls in logical places”.

A number of customers who bought it thought it was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review “Light and easy to carry” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Antiprima scored it very highly and said “! Honestly, great camera! Easy to use; light and small, so easy to carry it at all times with you (as I do) too”. Bazz wrote “I wanted the Coolpix P510 as a kind of easy to carry, quick fix, 'filler' for more casual” and gave the product an excellent review.

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers who bought this digital camera concluded that it was lightweight. Phil mentioned on Amazon “Bought this camera as a lightweight alternative to my Nikon DSLR for easier holiday travel etc” in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review. Poppy said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon three years ago “The camera is compact and lightweight for my purpose”. In the same month Saturdayscience mentioned on Amazon “I needed the kit to be lightweight and compact” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

A number of customers who reviewed it agreed that it was a good weight. Annlinglabank wrote on Amazon four years ago “Great for taking on Holiday as so light, no weight problems for Aircraft conditions a great all rounder”. Woodie wrote on Amazon three years ago “The first thing that i liked about it was the weight of the camera” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review.

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Nice Design

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good looking. G. Wylie mentioned in their review “I also find it a beautifully balanced little bridge camera”. Glitterbabe said in their review of this digital camera “This camera is not only good looking” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Margaret Morgan wrote on Amazon “The paper instruction manual that came with the camera is pretty basic” in her review.

Several people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was neat. F Rees said in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review three years ago “Fits neatly/firmly in your hand - I shall definitely use it for holidays” . G. Wylie said on Amazon “It also has a neat pop-up flash unit” and rated the Nikon Coolpix P510 as excellent. Kev Haworth said “The Camera arrived in a neat box, with all the accessories listed inside” in their review of this digital camera.

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. G. Wylie mentioned “The camera is light and the design gives excellent and easy handling” . Techtree.com wrote in their review four years ago “Good design and handling” .

One Nikon Coolpix P510 owner reckoned that the Nikon Coolpix P510 was ergonomic. Techtree.com wrote in their review “The build quality is very solid and ergonomics have been taken well care of” . One Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Jimz said on Amazon “A typical Nikon camera, well designed and reliable”.

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Good Technical Features

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who bought the Nikon Coolpix P510 considered that it had good features. Amazon Customer said “First class a lot of camera for the money, do take time to read manual to get the best out of it or you will miss some very good features”. Big Hair mentioned on Amazon “This camera has a multitude of features, some of which effect your pictures at the instant of taking the picture, some are post-processing functions ala PSE”. Craig Menezes said in his review “Great camera for a great price!Great quality images with fairly lot of features, HD recording is no problem at all”.

Robust

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was well made. Barr scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review “Build is fine, might not be quite as robust as the Sony seems to be.”. Barr also wrote “The Nikon certainly feels solid enough, great to hold”. Bcjay. said “With the P510 the lens range is up to 1000mm, all built in” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a very good rating.

Several people who reviewed it mentioned that it was strong and durable. Macavity wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “It's a sturdy little beast all right.4”. Tony wrote on Amazon “It worked out perfectly.* It is robust and easy to carry with a neck strap without being cumbersome.*” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Techtree.com mentioned “Rugged build”.

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers reckoned that it was reliable. Richie-Rich rated the product 4 stars and wrote “The whole camera just seems to be much more user friendly than my trusty old Fujis” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. Three years ago Saturdayscience said on Amazon “Qualities I wanted were excellent zoom range, reliable flash (my work is inside factories so wanted to photograph equipment”.

One Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewer considered that the product was easy to damage or scratch.

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Easy to Use

A few people who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 considered that it was easy to use. A. Gallacher wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 “I am well versed in Nikon Digital cameras so already know my way around the menu's which is very intuitive to use” and rated it 5 stars. Alan Hughes wrote in his review of this digital camera “So is ease of use”. Alan Hughes also said “Rear screen is excellent with its multi positioning, really good for over the crowd shots, no more guessing! Overall a very easy to use and good quality camera”.

A few people who bought this digital camera considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. C. Mason wrote in their review on Amazon “Very easy and comfortable to use”. Four years ago John Paton said “It is comfortable to hold even with my big hands”. Theshopaholic wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Weighted quite well so it is easy to hold and the anti-shake setting is great for reducing blur when taking shots freehand”.

A few customers who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P510 reckoned that it was easy to handle. Alan Miller scored it very highly and he said four years ago “Amazon's handling was quick” in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review. Clive in Cambridge gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “Takes good clear sharp pictures with good colour balance and the OIS handles the full zoom very well”. G. Wylie gave this digital camera a very good rating and said “It is very silky to the touch and the main handling parts have a nice rubberised finish which adds to the grip” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

A number of customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 considered that it was easy to use the menus. G. Wylie gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It offers both aperture and shutter priority settings and full manual control if desired”. John Paton said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “I also did not find a big difference between normal (8mp) and fine (16mp) quality settings” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Three years ago Mr Baz mentioned “You can turn down the noise reduction in camera+ I liked the rotating dial outside the OK button made changing settings quite easy” and scored it 80 out of 100.

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 owners concluded that it was easy to setup. Margaret Morgan mentioned on Amazon “Setting up was very easy, instructions were very good”. Tone1428 said “Is very simple to set up”. Tone1428 also mentioned “I am sure that as time goes on she will progress to all the manual settings, of which there are ample, most of which seem reasonably simple to set up”.

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Good Support

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 owners wrote that this digital camera had good technical guidance. G. Wylie said “The camera is supplied with a limited quick start guide and an excellent electronic manual.” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 and gave it a score of 5 stars. Margaret Morgan said in her Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “I was looking for a something a step up from a digital camera with a bit more manual control, good quality lens, with something bigger than a 12 or 14 x zoom” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Sakazoke gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 a score of 5 stars and wrote “I have to say the manual could have been better” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

Ninety-eight Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good zoom. A. Gallacher said in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “I know everyone raves over the 42x zoom and it's brilliant”. Agent6650 gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “It takes fantastic pictures, i love the 42x zoom capability and additional ability digitally zoom in on the taken photograph up to 100X is amazing”. Three years ago Alan Hughes mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “42x zoom is excellent, giving a great range”.

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The lens seems excellent”. Amazon Customer also said “The lens is amazing”. John W said “The lens is really impressive and despite some reviews I read does not spend too much time hunting to focus” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

Several customers who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good autofocus. Alan Hughes gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 a rating of 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon “Movie feature is excellent although, autofocus is caught out from time to time in lower light” in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review. Albops wrote on Amazon “Fantastic - apart from the autofocus !” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. Albops also wrote “The main downfall with this camera (in my mind) is the autofocus - it can be rather hesitant - especially when using higher magnifications”.

A few people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser. Aaron said “The picture stabilizer works well” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. John W said on Amazon “The zoom is excellent.I have been particularly impressed by the image stabilisation”. John W also wrote “They also did not in my opinion have such good stabilisation ability”.

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Good Video Capture

Some people who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good for video recording. Three years ago A. Gallacher mentioned “Have not tried the video yet, that does not have good reviews.” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Four years ago Big Hair mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review “The video AF simply dozes in”. Big Hair also wrote “Got diabolical results, goodness knows what it's like hand-held! Finally, when zooming (and indeed focusing) during video you are able to hear every whir, buzz”.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. Alan Hughes said “Its light weight is a blessing, picture quality is great” and scored the product 4 stars. Alan Miller mentioned in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “Zoom was the most important aspect for me since I take photos at great distances on the beach”. Amazon Customer scored the product 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “The zoom is simply astounding - full stop!The image stabilization works perfectly” in their review.

Some customers wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Clive in Cambridge mentioned four years ago “Screen resolution is good, though the eyepiece colours are a little off” in their review. G. Wylie mentioned in their review “It has a really clear, high resolution 3 inch monitor which makes framing” and gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 an excellent review score. Martin Peter Collinson R.a.f wrote “The reason that I purchased this camera was for the high resolution screen and of course the 42x optical zoom which is very handy” in his review of this digital camera.

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good in low light. John W said in his review “I was quite taken aback by the quality in low light at full zoom” . Paperback Writer wrote on Amazon “Not bad at low light levels and very good in average lighting”. Tony G said in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “Yes, there are problems with quick focussing, particularly in low light.”.

One customer who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 concluded that it had a good ISO range. One customer who purchased the product thought it had a good image sensor. Gels said on Amazon “That lens, with stabilisation on both sensor and optics, is brilliant for landscapes” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers reckoned that it had a good screen. A. Gallacher wrote on Amazon three years ago “The pull out screen has already proven it's usefulness when I was taking some Macro shots so I didn't darken the shot by being over the camera” and rated it as very good. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Use that screen tilt and overhead facility”. Four years ago Barr gave it an excellent review score and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 “It did offer some advantages and the articulated screen is a great tool”.

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers concluded that the Nikon Coolpix P510 had a good viewfinder. G. Wylie mentioned four years ago “The focus on the viewfinder can be easily adjusted by a little diopter fitted at the side of it” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review. Tone1428 rated this digital camera as excellent and mentioned “A word of warning here when first using the cameras viewfinder, please make sure you adjust the diopter setting to the left of the viewfinder, my wife didn't” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. Four years ago Tony G wrote in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “The internal view finder is great when you cannot see the screen in bright sunshine - something the SLRs miss out on”.

Some people concluded that the product had an electronic viewfinder.

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Good Product Quality

Fourty-five Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers agreed that the product was good quality. Aaron said in his review “Basically, i thought it might not be able to impress me with the good quality pictures as it is not a proper dslr camera.”. Aaron also wrote “As far as i have experienced the picture quality is still awesome even if you use full zoom”. Aaron also mentioned “I'd recommend this camera to anyone looking for excellent zoom, fantastic quality pictures, gps system, light weight”.

Good Connectivity

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who bought the product reckoned that it had gps. Derek H. he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “GPS is another great feature, no more forgetting where a picture was taken.I have yet to explore all the bells”. Poppy gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said “It is easy to use, has Eye=Fi facility and GPS as well as a 42 zoom” in their review of this digital camera. Saturdayscience wrote on Amazon “The camera has gps tagging which was a bonus”.

One Nikon Coolpix P510 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P510 was good in terms of USB connections. Digitalversus.com gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their review four years ago “A simple mains (or USB) connection cable”.

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Good Battery Life

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who purchased it considered that it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Use the screenThe battery life is ok” and scored it 5 stars. C. Mason wrote on Amazon “Battery life not as poor as feared having read the reviews on the product, very comfortable in the hand, overall an acceptable compromise”. John Paton said on Amazon “Samsung, Olympus, Nikon and Canon (these are models we have in our house) each uses a different cable and the number of battery types used is enormously varied”.

One Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was quick to charge. Thewalkertouch.co.uk said “It takes longer to charge the battery than the life it has when fully charged” .

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Good Flash

Five Nikon Coolpix P510 owners reckoned that it had a good flash. Craig Menezes gave it a score of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Flash is awesome”. Robotfish mentioned on Amazon “It sits on a tripod and has a integrated flash” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 and gave this digital camera a very good review. Techtree.com wrote four years ago “Low light without flash isn't impressive” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

Good Brand

Nikon compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Nikon is one of the superior brands.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Four years ago Amazon Customer said “Sound for the shutter is very loud.” in their review. John W gave the product a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 “It also has a noise reduction function, again easily found using the menu”. Techtree.com said in their review of this digital camera “Noise levels increase noticeably at ISO 800” and scored it 4 stars.

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 reckoned that it was quiet. Four years ago Clive in Cambridge said in their review of this digital camera “Grip is better and action is quieter”. Tall Paul mentioned on Amazon “The lens zooms in and out quietly and smoothly”.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

Unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix P510 which do not have a GPS, the Coolpix P510 has a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Nikon Coolpix S9700, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 42 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P510 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P510. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix P510 the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

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3D Compatible

The Nikon Coolpix P510 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P510 are not 3D compatible.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60, and the Lumix DMC-TZ60 both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also cheaper.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon Coolpix P510 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700, the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95), and the Samsung GC100 is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix P510, the Coolpix P510 supports video recording.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Coolpix P510 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P510.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including cheaper cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700, the Samsung WB150F, or the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P510, the Coolpix P510 has a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon Coolpix S9700, the Samsung WB150F, and the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Electrical Viewfinder

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is the most commonly found viewfinder on digital cameras of this spec and age. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Nikon Coolpix P510 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Nikon camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P510. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The Coolpix P510 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix P510 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 30m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.28m.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P510 have maximum focal lengths of between 13mm and 1,800mm. With a maximum focal length of 1,000 millimeter, the Nikon Coolpix P510 has one of the longest maximum focal lengths amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Coolpix P510 is more than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available 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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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 4608 x 2592, 1920 x 1080 and 4608 x 3072 and 3456 x 3456. Across all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P510 the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 90 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix P510 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P510. The smallest internal memory of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P510 is 8MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 350MB.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Coolpix P510 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO speeds 100, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras of this age and type range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the Coolpix P510 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix P510 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Movie, Scene and Shutter priority are also found on this Nikon camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon Coolpix P510 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P510.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon Coolpix P510 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P510. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon digital camera also supports a video resolution of 960 x 540 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 across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P510.

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

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix P510 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly 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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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Coolpix P510 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P510. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 10MP to 15,000,000MP. With a total megapixel count of 16.79 megapixels, the Coolpix P510 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

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

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This 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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TFT Display

The Coolpix P510 has a better display than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all cameras of this type and age is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P510 have minimum focal lengths of between 2.6mm and 290mm. With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the Coolpix P510 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P510 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P510. The digital zooms of similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix P510 range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (4x), the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (4x), or the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95) (54x) which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix P510 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P510 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at include the WB150F, or the GC100 both from Samsung or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 which is also cheaper.

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Not Waterproof

Most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago are not waterproof. The Coolpix P510 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix P510 is more than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix P510.

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Very Heavy

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P510 the weights range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of 555 grams, the Nikon Coolpix P510's weight is one of the heaviest amongst compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix P510.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Samsung WB150F (116.3g and cheaper).

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Thick

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the depths range from 13mm to 2,200mm. The Coolpix P510 is very thick (102.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P510.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P510

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Nikon camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Coolpix P510 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P510.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Samsung GC100 (4.8" and cheaper).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the Coolpix P510 has a pretty typical megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix P510.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth considering include the Samsung GC100 (16.3MP), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (18.1MP), or the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95) (20.2MP) which is also cheaper.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on cameras of this spec and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Coolpix P510 has a better sensor type than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700, the Sony DSC-RX100 ($199.95), or the Samsung GC100.

If the sensor type of this compact camera digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Samsung WB150F (CCD) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
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
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
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
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
Frame Rate

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Expert Reviews

(48)
30 March 2014

The Nikon Coolpix P510 offers incredible zoom power for a compact digital camera with a 42x zoom lens. This length of lens gives you all the flexibility you need to photograph subjects like... Read more…

The Coolpix P510 is a great choice because of its extensive features and photo quality, but the effectiveness of the 42x zoom is arguable...

9 October 2012

Easy to use controls, bag full of features and excellent shooting capability, Nikon Coolpix P510 proves to be a must have camera at such price if you can't afford DSLR. Nikon Coolpix P510 Digital...

26 September 2012

If you're looking for a super-zoom camera for bird watching, ship spotting, amateur astronomy or taking close-up shots from half-a-mile away, Nikon's CoolPix 510 with its amazing 24-1,000mm lens...

27 August 2012

Whilst I certainly would not recommend the P510 for anyone who regularly uses video record functioning it does most definitely have a number of other redeeming features that are highly desirable...

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User Reviews

(100)
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I bought this camera because I didn't want to be lugging round a heavy camera and lenses etc. but I wanted to be able to take good quality pictures. This camera has surpassed my expectations. I... Read more…

Reviewed 13 October 2013 by Tone1428 "Tone"
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I bought this for my wife, who like me, is a keen amateur wildlife photographer and she has been a little disappointed with her pics just recently.
I was convinced that this was the camera... Read more…

Reviewed 18 August 2013 by Kristoforus
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Not a great camera expert but having read all the reviews decided to get this as I did not want to lug different lenses around. Really pleased with the quality of the pictures and the zoom wow -... Read more…

Reviewed 11 August 2013 by Tredman47
(Verified Purchase)

I love this camera and have had great fun since buying. Really bought it for the big zoom, but I like everything about the camera. I do agree with some others who have commented on the fact that... Read more…

Reviewed 1 August 2013 by Mr. J. P. Scully
(Verified Purchase)

After taking photos on this Camera from my recent holiday in Canada & Hawaii the pictures are truly amazing ....even at a distance . Like Bears in the woods etc, but the amazing thing was how... Read more…

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