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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

Experts in cameras love this Nikon digital camera and have given it four awards.

The editors of three expert review sites liked this camera. This Nikon camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine and it received a PhotographyBlog.com "Recommended" award. This camera also received a "Platinum" award from Buy-n-shoot.com.

Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave this digital camera a "Top 10" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twenty expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Ephotozine this digital camera has an average expert rating of 79 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

Users have rated this Nikon camera as fantastic on average. This digital camera in the top 14% of all the compact cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by user rating.

Good Video Capture

Eight people who reviewed it thought it was good for video recording. Bigyaks mentioned on Amazon “A surprisingly good video mode” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review and scored this digital camera very highly. D. Winter wrote “The HD video does a fairly good job considering the size of the camera” and scored the product very highly. Paul K said on Amazon “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” in his review and rated it as excellent.

Good Quality Lens

Several customers considered that this digital camera had a good lens. Boulton & Storey Ltd wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310 “F1.8 lens perfect for those evening shots or museum shots were you do not want flash”. Boulton & Storey Ltd also said “Colours are vivid and the lens quick enough to prevent blurring”. Dee said on Amazon “The Olympus has a fast lens across the range”.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner who bought the Nikon Coolpix P310 thought it had a good autofocus. D. Winter wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review on Amazon “The focus is very quick”. One Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Anne said “If you want to take a great picture or video you really need to buy something that was designed to do just that!” in her Nikon Coolpix P310 review. Bigyaks mentioned on Amazon “It will however take good pics for websites and hard copies etc” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review and gave the Nikon Coolpix P310 a rating of 5 stars. D. Winter said “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”.

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

Some Nikon Coolpix P310 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Bigyaks scored it 5 stars and said “It has too small a sensor which limits the control over depth of field”. Dee wrote in his review on Amazon “It has a smaller sensor to the Canon”. Massimo At Home wrote “I really love the sensor stabilization system”.

A few people who reviewed the product thought it had a good picture resolution. Calvin N Hobbs mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Excellent resolution on photo's”. One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good ISO range. Richard wrote on Amazon “BTW do you remember a non-digital photos taken on a real film with ISO 800 or even higher”.

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Good Size

Several people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was compact. Bigdog_60 rated this digital camera 5 stars and said “Excellent, pocketable compact” in their review of this digital camera. Boulton & Storey Ltd mentioned on Amazon “Compact in size with all the features of DSLRs of double the price”. F. Patel wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review on Amazon “So I own 2 SLRS, (both Sony) one compact system camera (Panasonic G3 )”.

A number of people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good physically. Expert website Pcmag.com said “A wide aperture lens and a thoughtful physical control layout let you take full command of the camera's settin” . Pcmag.com also wrote “Serious photographers will love its physical control layout.”.

One person concluded that it was a good weight. Louey wrote “It's light weight, good for traveling with, need to remember to manually pop up the flash”.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310 on expert review site Ephotozine five years ago “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”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Dee wrote in his review of this digital camera “High Quality, High Value Compact Camera” and scored the product very highly. 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”. Five years ago Dr Mike Morgan mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310 on Amazon “Only marred by less than good video quality especially in low light with glitches” and rated it 4 stars.

Good Support

Several Nikon Coolpix P310 owners who bought this digital camera said that it had good technical guidance. Reviewser wrote in their review 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” and scored it very highly. Richard scored it 4 stars and he mentioned three years ago “It can be easily tuned by very quick manual control- as for any photo camera lack of contrast” in his review. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon P310 features a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording”.

Easy to Use

A number of people said in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Anne mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “I have my doubts as most people now seem to use their phones to take pictures”. Four years ago Bigyaks scored this digital camera 5 stars and said on Amazon “Also some in camera filtering effects and control over dynamic range, even does time lapse photography”. D. Winter gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and wrote “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 reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Bigyaks mentioned in their review on Amazon “Clear and sensible context sensitive menu system”. One customer considered that the Nikon Coolpix P310 had a good experience. D. Winter scored it very highly and wrote in their review five years ago “The overall experience is good for a camera in this price range”.

One person considered that it was easy to handle. Richard said “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.

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Nice Design

Several people who purchased the product concluded that it was good looking. D. Winter said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310 on Amazon “Pretty quick compared to other digital pocket cameras” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Four years ago David said “Video recording is pretty good” and scored the product 5 stars. Dr Mike Morgan wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review on Amazon “In many ways great, good looking, portable, f1.8 (good low light capability), 24mm wide angle”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Four years ago Bigyaks gave the Nikon Coolpix P310 a score of 5 stars and wrote “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 who bought it concluded that it was smooth. Dee said on Amazon “This destroys the smooth pocketable lines of a compact camera” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 owner considered that this digital camera was a good design. Expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com mentioned five years ago “Its compact body and understated design initially deny its true capabilities” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

A few people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Mr. J. W. Mcbriarty gave the Nikon Coolpix P310 a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review “I must admit I immediately loved the cold solid feel of the camera”. Reviewser said on Amazon four years ago “It feels solid”. Richard said in his review of this digital camera “Small, light, well built, nice to my taste- fast lens 1.8 at the wide end (24mm!), most frequently used” and scored it 80 out of 100.

One Nikon Coolpix P310 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was reliable. Louey mentioned “I would recommend purchasing this little reliable camera” and rated the product 4 stars. One person who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable. Reviewser said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon four years ago “Still has a sturdy aluminium frame”.

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Good Battery Life

A few people agreed that the product had a good battery life. Haydn rated the Nikon Coolpix P310 as very good and said on Amazon “As a result the flash is hardly needed, which helps with the good battery life”. Reviewser rated it 5 stars and said on Amazon “Battery.I find the battery lasts a good amount of time” in their Nikon Coolpix P310 review. Three years ago Richard mentioned on Amazon “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 Nikon Coolpix P310 review.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Nikon digital cameras and also specifically for Nikon compact cameras and found that in both cases Nikon had good ratings.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Dee scored it very highly and he wrote on Amazon “Another big plus is the high definition rear screen which knocks spots off the others” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P310. Haydn wrote “The pictures are extremely sharp, especially on the fantastic screen”. Four years ago Mr. J. W. Mcbriarty mentioned on Amazon “The screen is excellent, buttons click with a pleasing resistance, layout is straightforward” and rated it 5 stars.

Good Technical Features

Several customers considered that it had good features. Bigyaks mentioned on Amazon “Some good bonus features such as Macro” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P310. Cameras.co.uk mentioned “The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a wide range of advanced features packed into a relatively small body” and scored this digital camera 4 stars.

Good Exposure Control

Some customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P310 concluded that it had good exposure controls. Expert review site Pcworld.in said in their review “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 review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave the product a score of 70 out of 100 and 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” in their review of this digital camera.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon Coolpix P310 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P310 which do not support Full HD video.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix P310, the Coolpix P310 has an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix P310 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

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

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Has Seven White Balances

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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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 spec and age. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix P310. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P310 is 450,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Has Two Image Editings

The Coolpix P310 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings Crop and Rotating are also found on this Nikon camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix P310 is 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 digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Nikon camera supports a video resolutions 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.

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

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

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix P310 is more than most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this digital camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310.

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

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Nikon Coolpix P310 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this Nikon 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 the most frequently found maximum image resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Low Megapixel

The megapixels of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P310 range from 0.3MP to 46MP. When compared to other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P310 that we have checked, the megapixel of the Coolpix P310 of only 1.61 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix P310 the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix P310 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix P310 is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 63x. The Coolpix P310 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 4.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P310.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Coolpix P310 does not support video capability, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P310 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Coolpix P310 does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P310, the Nikon Coolpix P310 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P310, the Coolpix P310 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Cameras of this spec and age have weights of between 20g and 840g. The Coolpix P310 is fairly heavy (194 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix P310.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this spec and age is 18mm, the longest is 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm. At only 100 millimeters, the Coolpix P310 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 4 seconds, the Coolpix P310 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P310. The average slowest camera shutter speed of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P310 is 15s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P310

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Nikon released the Coolpix P310.

Average Display Diagonal

The Coolpix P310 has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P310.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Coolpix P310 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Batteries 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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