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Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)

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Overall score: 75%
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  • 16.1MP 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor
  • 7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 42x F3.0-5.9 optical zoom lens (24-1000mm equivalent)
  • ISO 100-3200, expandable up to 6400
  • 1080p HD video
  • 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 921,000 dots
  • EVF with 100% coverage
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DPReview Silver Award July 2012
If you want a small, portable, affordable super-zoom for traveling and everyday photography the P510 should be high on your shortlist.
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The P510 is a well-featured little camera built around an incredible 42X zoom lens. The lens is the P510's main selling point and anyone looking for a go-everywhere camera for travel or general-purpose photography will be impressed by its versatility. Only sub-par image quality at high ISOs and slightly plasticky construction let the P510 down.

Reasons to buy

  • Powerful 42x (24-1000mm equiv) zoom lens
  • Very capable optical image stabilization system
  • Good image quality at low ISOs
  • Snappy performance

Things to consider

  • Slow F3.0-F5.9 lens
  • Small, pokey electronic viewfinder
  • Occasional focus hunting at telephoto settings

Suggested for

General purpose daylight photography, where versatility is more important than critical image quality

Not suggested for

Low light shooting and more critical work, where image quality is the priority.
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Product Description

Color: Black | Style: New

Product Description

16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor 42x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens 3-inch Ultra-high-resolution (921,000 Dot) LCD Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound GPS record location information of your pictures and movies 3-inch TFT LCD display.Continuous Shooting Options: Best Shot Selector, Continuous H, Continuous H 60, Continuous H 120, Continuous L, Interval Timer, Multi-shot 16, Pre-shooting cache and Single.What's in the box: Nikon Coolpix P510 Digital Camera (Black), EN-EL5 Lithium-Ion Battery (3.7v 1100mAh), Replacement EH-69P AC Adapter Charger, AN-CP21 Strap, UC-E6 USB Cable, EG-CP16 Nikon Audio/Video Cable, LC-CP24 Lens Cap and NikonView NX 2 Software.

From the Manufacturer

The Nikon COOLPIX P510

For the outdoor photographer, the COOLPIX P510 puts you where you need to be. Bring your subjects up close and personal, with an incredible zoom range of 24-1,000mm. Spontaneous action is captured sharp and clear with optical VR Image Stabilization and amazingly fast autofocus. Every image and Full HD (1080p) movie dazzles when produced by the advanced 16.1 MP CMOS sensor.

Stills and movies up to 42x zoom

Your destination awaits

Stills and movies up to 42x zoom

With a 42x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens, an incredible world of optical power and versatility awaits you. Shoot from 24mm wide-angle then zoom to an amazing 1,000mm and capture distant images. In addition, its close-up macro mode is incredible, allowing you to focus as close as 0.4 inches (1cm). The optical Vibration Reduction system minimizes the chance of blur while you take both photos and movies and the side zoom control provides easy access to the P510's powerful zoom capabilities.

16.1 megapixel CMOS processing power

Every nuance delivered

16.1 megapixel CMOS processing power

A 16.1 MP CMOS sensor expertly manages high-resolution imagery, delivering exceptional quality in any environment. Even when shooting in low light, your photos and movies will look great. The backside illuminated CMOS technology increases the flow of light to the CMOS sensor's surface, thereby yielding improved quality and minimum image noise.

High-speed continuous shooting

Capture the spontaneous

High-speed continuous shooting

Don't let a slow performing camera allow you to miss a single moment! Enjoy non-stop shooting with the P510's incredibly fast and responsive performance—up to 5 shots in approximately one second. So whether you're at a sporting event where the action never stops or are simply hoping to capture those fleeting smiles, the P510 delivers all the action with pinpoint accuracy.

Built-in GPS and geotagging features

Where have you been?

Built-in GPS and geotagging features

A long way from home? Switch on the built-in GPS feature and as you shoot, your files are geotagged and provide a visual travelogue that pinpoints latitude and longitude. Geotagged photo and movie files integrate with Nikon's my Picturetown® photo sharing site, Google Earth™ and Nikon View NX2™ software. Access all the P510 has to offer on its stunningly vivid, ultra-high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor.

Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound

Majestic moments in action

Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound

Capture those once in a lifetime moments with vibrant Full HD (1080p) movies. With a single touch of the button, record movies using continuous AF and stereo sound. Choose from special effects such as High Contrast Monochrome or Nostalgic Sepia and add a creative touch to your movies. You can even shoot in slow- or fast-motion for more dramatic action sequences. The P510 connects easily to your HDTV via the HDMI port so you can share the sights and sounds of your adventure.

Creative effects

Graceful images, memorable moments

Put your personality into every photo. The P510 boasts a variety of quick creative options that include Backlight HDR.

3-inch ultra-high-resolution (921,000 dot) Vari-angle LCD monitor

Gain new perspectives

Use the 3-inch ultra-high-resolution (921,000 dot) Vari-angle LCD monitor to capture the most unconventional angles.

pre-programmed Scene modes

Camera does the thinking for you 

Keep it simple. Let the camera determine the best settings for the job with 20 pre-programmed Scene modes including Sunset mode.

Easy Panorama mode

Frame wide panoramas

Easy Panorama mode automatically combines multiple shots into a seamless 180º or 360º panoramic image. Create unique wide views of your scene.

Product Details

Color: Black | Style: New
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 4 x 3.3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0073HSH8U
  • Item model number: 26329
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 31, 2012

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673 of 685 people found the following review helpful By Tay on March 27, 2012
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Let me start by saying I have been waiting for this camera since early February. And waiting and waiting long after it was supposed to be released February 15th. Today I finally got mine! (obviously only having it for a few hours won't allow me to give the best review but I would like to point out some of the things I have noticed)

I am an avid camera collector and Nikon fan, taking classes in high school and college (and the last thing I needed was yet another camera) but I was unhappy with my options. My DSLR took fantastic pictures but was too heavy to carry around for everyday use and my basic point and shoot was the perfect pocket size, but took less than decent pictures. I was hoping a bridge camera would solve all of my problems.

Pros so far:
- Camera powers on very quickly.
- Its surprisingly light and compact without sacrificing amazing picture quality.
- The camera body has a nice grip on it so it's easy to hold on to and stays in your hand.
- The pop out screen makes it oh so easy to see pictures you're taking at weird angles.
- Easy to use (especially for those people who aren't comfortable with adjusting ISO and shutter speed manually - but can be adjusted for those who are)
- Has tons of settings (hard to say forsure but seems like it performs well in low light situations)
- The zoom is INCREDIBLE (I can take a picture of a lego mini figure from 20 feet away with better clarity and image quality than I could right in front of the object with my point and shoot)

The downsides I have noticed so far:
-Video is alright, when I blow it up on my computer it doesn't look to be true HD quality but it's good. Also the zoom on the video can be heard no matter what which is a little annoying.
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557 of 575 people found the following review helpful By Bob_Review on May 8, 2012
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I have put together a slide show on the capabilities of the P510. It can be a telescope, as well as a macro camera as you can see in the video. By far the most versatile camera I have ever owned. It is an upgrade to my Nikon P90, and it is amazing.

The pictures of the moon and Venus were done on a tripod, but can you think of another point and shoot camera that can see Venus in its crescent phase? Incredible. And no sacrifice in macro mode as well. I have taken action shots in soccer from across the field with no vibration issues. I can't say enough about this camera! You can use it in action situations, for wildlife at a distance as well as amateur astronomy.

Please note that windows moviemaker reduced resolution to 640x480 on the video - use it to gauge its versatility, not its resolution. The pictures are very sharp!
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586 of 614 people found the following review helpful By Sonya on March 25, 2012
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I have had the Nikon P510 for a week now and have been comparing it to a Panasonic FZ150 that I am also testing.

The P510 is a very nice looking camera that has a quality look and feel. It has a nice textured rubberized material on the hand grip and it has a solid feel.

The camera powers on quickly. I took both indoor and outdoor pictures and I was happy with the results. The shot to shot speed is slower than the FZ150 and overall it does not feel as fast or snappy as the FZ150 in everyday use.

The 42X zoom is incredible but it was slow to focus, or would not focus at all sometimes with the zoom at it's outer reaches.

Overall I slightly preferred the picture quality on the FZ150 and had more keepers with the FZ150 due to its faster and more accurate auto focus. But if I wasn't doing a side by side comparison I would be happy with the picture quality on the Nikon.

The biggest problem I have with the P510 is it's video performance. The actual video image quality is excellent. In fact the low light video quality is impressive and considerably better than the FZ150. There are, however, three big problems.

1)Inability to focus at extended zoom range. After you zoom about two thirds of the range it is unable to auto focus. So while it has an incredible 42X zoom, it is not usable with video. And it's not like you know when it will loose focus so you just end up with a video scene that suddenly turns blurry as you zoom.

2)It refocuses every time you touch the zoom control. Even if you just slightly zoom, the camera looses focus for about one second before locking in again. You end up with a video clip that has multiple one second blurry segments intermixed within an otherwise clear video.
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353 of 368 people found the following review helpful By HomerJ on April 7, 2012
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This is the perfect compromise camera for me. I gave up my DSLR to my daughter who is a serious photographer. It was a great camera but more than I needed. This is light, full of features and takes great pictures.

I've heard concerns about Nikon's battery life, but so far I've had tons of pictures and video off a single charge.

The picture quality looks terrific.

The zoom is amazing.

I usually don't care as much about these things, but the red color is great.

I doubt I'll ever use the GPS feature. It is usually pretty obvious where I am when taking pictures.

I highly recommend these extras. For $500 total you get an nice bundle.

1. The 2 extra batteries plus the wall charger will be very handy -- 2 Pack Battery And Charger Kit For Nikon P100 P500 P510 Digital Camera Includes 2 Extended (1100 Mah) Replacement Nikon EN-EL5 Batteries + AC/DC Rapid Charger + LCD Screen Protectors + ButterflyPhoto MicroFiber Cleaning Cloth $19.95

2. This bag is the perfect size for the camera, extra batteries and charger -- Case Logic DCB-304 High/Fixed Zoom Camera Case (Black) $15.28

3. I'd get two memory cards. They have more space than you'll probably ever use. Each holds over 3,400 pictures, but if you take videos you'll have plenty of room and of course you want a backup. -- Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC10E $14.98
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