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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)
|Price:||$399.77 & FREE Shipping|
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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||200 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Camera Flash||external flash included|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|HDMI Type||Mini Connector|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 4.02 x 4.72 inches|
|Item Display Weight||555 grams|
|Item Weight||1.22 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.1 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.33 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||2 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.0 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||1,000 mm|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4 GB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot AF-area|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed C2|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||3.1 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Nikon EN-EL5 Lithium-Ion battery|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (15, 30fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graceful images, memorable moments
Put your personality into every photo. The P510 boasts a variety of quick creative options that include Backlight HDR.
Gain new perspectives
Use the 3-inch ultra-high-resolution (921,000 dot) Vari-angle LCD monitor to capture the most unconventional angles.
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.
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.
Color: Black | Style: New
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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!
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought a refurbished Nikon P510 and initially thought it was fantastic. For an inexpensive camera it took phenomenally sharp photos and with its small size and convenient zoom... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael S. Fenton
This is a very good camera. The zoom is amazing. It has a feature to shoot pets, three shoots on one click, and it keeps shooting as long as the pet is looking at the camera. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pedro martin
I LOVE the zoom! Great camera, 2 years later my mom is getting this one as i upgraded to DSLR, still works as if it was new!Published 1 month ago by Troy Kivi
One of the best cameras I've ever had...and I've had about a dozen over the years.Published 3 months ago by Sandra Elzie
This camera lives up to its name and has opened up a whole new world of zoom photigraphy. Great for kids and pets. Even takes great quality shots of the moon. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Radbloke
Great camera makes fantastic pictures and does not require that you carry around a box full of interchangable lens.Published 4 months ago by DONALD D WEST
Great for 2013 when I bought it. Just too slow focusing and shooting timePublished 4 months ago by Andres