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Nikon COOLPIX P310 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4.2x Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video

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  • 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 4.2x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • 3-inch Ultra-high-resolution (921,000 Dot) LCD
  • Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 2.3 inches ; 6.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0073HSH08
  • Item model number: 26320
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 31, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Imagine the beautiful imagery you can capture with a camera that provides incredible performance in low-light scenarios. Meet the COOLPIX P310: the serious photographer's pocket companion when mobility is necessary and light is fleeting. The P310 will astound you with its incredible quality and versatility.

Ultra-fast, f/1.8 lens for astounding low-light performance

Secrets from the shadows

Ultra-fast, f/1.8 lens for astounding low-light performance

The world after sunset is an evocative and mysterious place. Capture it with the P310's high-performance 24–100mm Zoom-NIKKOR f/1.8 maximum aperture glass lens. Rely on optical VR Image Stabilization to minimize blur in both photos and movies. Ideal for evening drama, this camera frames memorable, moody views.

Exceptional Nikon-quality images

Flawless detail revealed

Exceptional Nikon-quality images

With stunning image quality and intuitive functionality, the P310 delivers incredible performance despite its pocketsize dimensions. Its 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor masterfully manages high-resolution imagery. World-class NIKKOR glass optics and EXPEED C2 image processing combine to help photographers produce their exacting visions. Work in four different exposure modes: Programmed, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual.

The 16.1 MP CMOS sensor advantage

Master the dark

The 16.1 MP CMOS sensor advantage

With the P310, you'll capture brilliant images and movies even under challenging low light conditions thanks to its 16.1 MP CMOS sensor. Confidently shoot even when at higher ISO settings. Access the P310's powerful in-camera noise reduction feature and further enhance your images.

Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound

Create cinematic masterpieces

Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound

At the touch of a button, the P310 captures Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound. For a creative look, shoot movies in either Slow- or Fast-Motion. Change the mood with built-in Special Effects and shoot in dreamy Nostalgic Sepia or Selective Color modes. Explore new ways to inspire the inner artist in you.

High-speed continuous shooting

Lightning-fast image capture

High-speed continuous shooting

Shooting fast action can be difficult. With the P310, capture that allusive subject with quick start-up and high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 shots in approximately one second.

Creative Effects

Enhance your creativity

Add a new feel of drama to your images. The P310 boasts a variety of quick creative options such as Backlight HDR and Easy Panorama as well as other creative effects.

Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor

Frame and share in brilliant clarity

Frame and share your shots on the P310's large 3.0-inch LCD monitor; its ultra-high-resolution of 921,000 dots show every detail to precision.

Product Description

The Nikon COOLPIX P310 is a multi-function, high-performance compact digital camera with full-scale photographic capabilities. It features a powerful lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, 16.1-million pixel backside illumination CMOS image sensor and a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function. Additional features include: Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound, 3.0-inch LCD, up to 5 fps shooting, noise reduction burst, COOLPIX Picture Control, Subject Tracking, Easy Panorama, and much more.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The photographs are professional quality, and it does everything itself. It also fits into an empty make-up bag, so no need to buy a case~ Read more ›
This very competent camera. The viewfinder is the brightest I have ever seen, images are sharp, and automatic white balance is effective in most situations. I especially… Read more ›
The low light necessary to shoot is amazing. The quality is amazing as well. I love it. Read more ›
It is a little bit bigger than a small compact camera but it is worth it. The quality of the pictures is absolutely amazing. My favorite aspect is that it as many manual… Read more ›
Its one of those cameras that is capable of taking the simplest subject and make it look great just because the camera takes such great…Every picture is a great picture. Read more ›
As great as this camera is, they don't…This is the perfect size camera for my wife, who loves the fact that it is easily concealed and takes excellent low light photos. W… Read more ›
I'm very impressed with low light capabilities and image stabilization is very effective. The shutter burst setting are great although silent so easy to forget it's on. The… Read more ›
Additionally, the 'Scene' mode is amazing. I haven't bought a digital camera in quite a few years, but there are tons of different modes for various occasions (sports,… Read more ›
To sum up,Nikon was able to make a small camera, with a lot of controls, that is easy to operate, and takes good photos. I'm happy. Read more ›
form factor is very good controls are good renders manmade features ok Read more ›
A great compact camera with full manual controls and an excellent night mode. It has the equivalent of a 28mm wide angle zoom lens. Read more ›
Not hard to focus. Only disappointment is it didn't have the easy panoramic setting. You still have to stitch several pictures together. Read more ›
The ease of carrying it around makes it the ideal point and shoot. The f1.8 lens is great for the manual lovers. The only complaint is the crispness is not as great as a… Read more ›
I…First, the lens is definitely faster than my P6000.(My conclusion is based on the exposure time for images I regularly take - this could also be due to sensor sensitivity.) Read more ›
It's easy to use, including being easy to switch to close-up, flash, or higher/lower exposure level. The fast f1.8 lens is its best feature. It can handle low light… Read more ›
It would be perfect if it was a little smaller, canon s100 has it beat on that point. Great Camera, good lens, good design, bargain price. Read more ›
I was looking for a point and shoot with a sharp and fast lens and the P310 fits the bill. I like to shoot available light and also take pictures at my kids' sporting… Read more › have published test results…Whatever the story is, the combination of backlit CMOS and fast 1.8 lens seems to to produce excellent low light pictures to me. I… Read more ›
I use an SLR but needed something quick and easy to use. I got this to add to my bag. Read more ›
Nice little camera that is easy to use. As a pro shooter, I appreciate the big screen and the ease of the manual settings. Read more ›
This camera is easy to use, takes remarkably crisp still photos, and has full 1080 mp video. I used it recently a my nieces wedding and it was just great! Read more ›
i do feel that it offers alot of camera for the price. good quality photos, easy to operate, small enough to carry with me always. it was delivered well within the given… Read more ›
It's a perfect complimentary camera to go along side you DSLR...and it's amazingly easy to use for people who don't want to think about their camera. Read more ›
I normally shoot with a canon rebel t2i with a modded 70's hunk of glass (no auto) and this camera is WAY more enjoyable to use. It performs best under macro situations,… Read more ›
The best value for dollar camera I have ever bought Read more ›
Great camera at a great price. Fast shipping, no problems. Read more ›
Very good prices. Item arrived on time. Read more ›
Quality is outstanding, and so are the images it creates! I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a high-quality camera at a great price. Read more ›
So it does a better job in low light with the faster lens. All in all a very useable P&S at what is now a very good price. Well worth the money. Read more ›
I wanted a camera…The professional reviews of this camera were great for the price range and I have very little experience with cameras, other than the ones on my phones. Read more ›
Battery life can be measured in weeks except when you are shooting a lot of HD Video. No surprise there and the Video is really good... Read more ›
Highly recommend this camera, very easy to use, picture quality and HD video is incredible. The rechargeable battery is an added plus. Read more ›
So far, no complaints about this camera. The pictures and video are both beautiful. The response time is very quick, which was my biggest issue with my old the… Read more ›
Pros: large aperture, good in low light, user settings memory, decent video, very customizable, good pre sets, nice build quality. Read more ›
If you want a better camera, you will have to spend…Once again, this has a great lens, an incredible processor, an excellent video taking ability, and super easy to use. Read more ›
Neither is great for video (a good, cheaper video/audio camera is the 12 megapixel Elph 300, preferably in pebbled black; it takes decent pictures). Both P's feature… Read more ›
I bought this camera…The image quality isn't anything outstanding, but the images are still very crisp and the colors are deep and vibrant if you use the right settings. Read more ›
I was stunned by the previews that I immediately saw on the display and then…The color rendition is excellent and the images exhibit extremely low (not evident) noise. I… Read more ›
I wanted the ability to have that control without having to carry around a big SLR anymore. Renders beautiful, crisp images with stunning color. Love the 1080hd filming… Read more ›
After trying another Nixon, didn't care for the cool rendering decided…It's a great camera, especially for low light, although daylight pics have great color & sharpness. Read more ›
The low light shooting ability of this camera is incredible. Images are sharp, and the color rendition is great. Read more ›
It defeats the whole purpose…On the other side, when you do get a good shot, the picture quality is top quality.... Clean, sharp and with excellent color and light balance. Read more ›
The menus are well laid out, the camera is responsive, and the lens is versatile and zooms quickly. Autofocus is also reasonable. Read more ›
One touch video recording button. It powers on instantly, the auto focus was much faster and more accurate than the S100. Over all it just felt better and I was able to… Read more ›
So I would like to…It performs nicely under low light as I was given this to use for camming it makes skin tones smooth and shows high detail with a great deal on focus. Read more ›
It's probably personal preference, but I already like this camera better. Very good focus system. The color palette seems deep (at least deeper than my old Canon) ...… Read more ›
I really like how fast it focuses and the f1.8 lens. Read more ›
Also the auto focus on the P330 on live view is jittery and moving subjects such as people or cars can't be distinguished sharply because it jerks around like the auto… Read more ›
And I've assigned the ISO control to the function (Fn) button on front of the camera. This Fn button is great and it's something missing on P300. It could be placed in a… Read more ›
Main selling points are good ergonomics and manual controls with two well place thumb wheels for Aperture and Shutter speed, rapid change of ISO with function button,… Read more ›
If you power off though, the camera does not reset out of macro-mode... you may like…And I've assigned the ISO control to the function (Fn) button on front of the camera. Read more ›
Bottom line, if you're on the fence about getting this camera and it's at…If you've ever shot with a Nikon you'll feel right at home with the menus and new function button. Read more ›
4. Decent 1080p video 5. Extensive controls (like buttons, dials) 6. Zoom Read more ›
What I like: it is very quickly ready to take pics, feels good in my hands, small enough to place in a pocket, the screen is wonderful and the pics are excellent. I am… Read more ›
Nothing is buried in menu's, everything is one touch or a dial. The LCD was much nicer, and sharper. The P310 has a "User Mode" found on Nikon's DSLR's where you can preset… Read more ›
First the good: screen is good, the camera takes very good pictures. The bad? Read more ›
The picture speed is excellent, and the auto mode does…It is nicely lightweight, and the giant screen is sharp and easy to see, even for older people borrowing the camera. Read more ›
> Quality build - except for the battery door seems a little flimsy, but it seems they all are. > Quick start-up if you don't use the Coolpix logo welcome screen. > Love… Read more ›
2. Most people take photos with arms out, camera held out far in front of them. This is fine for bright settings where the shutter speed is fast. But in dark settings, the… Read more ›
I wanted a pocket camera that had good lens speed and took good pictures. Boy did I get what I wanted. Read more ›
With the flash raised, quality improves due to faster shutter speeds and narrower aperture (shooting stills here, not sports). Read more ›
For my personal needs (I'll use this in my antiques and antiquarian books business), the best feature is the excellent macro capability (2cm/.8in) which, combined with the… Read more ›
- excellent handling with all manual controls I need (the front FN button can be set e.g. for quick ISO change) - excellent bright and detailed rear LCD Read more ›
Image stabilization effective at two stops. Excellent quality at ISO 100–400, good quality at ISO 800–1600, acceptable at higher ISOs. Good video. Read more ›
I needed something with full manual and I liked the controls of the Nikon with the click wheel and thumb…I also set the Fn button in front to quickly access ISO settings. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

158 of 162 people found the following review helpful By HAZ on April 2, 2012
First of all, this is not a full review (people already did great jobs in reviewing the older model P300) this is more like a comparison between p300 and p310 because I had a hard time until I've settled on this camera. The choices for me were (P310, Canon s100, Olympus XZ-1, and of course the older model P300)

I don't own and never used the Nikon p300, so I can't tell if the p310 worth the extra 70$ but am going to mention the added features to the p310 and you decide for yourself :

- 16.1 megapixels instead of 12.2. Some might say it will produce more noise, but in my case I didn't face any issues with the 16 megapixels, no noticeable noise at all. And with some added features such as noise control of 3 different levels (which is also not available in the P300), then I don't think you should be concerned at all trust me.

- fn button (This is customizable, allowing you to assign a frequently used camera setting to it rather than having to dig through the camera menus.) I use it to give me access to ISO settings.

- Vibration Reduction V2 (which is an enhanced version of the one available on p300) so far I didn't get any blurry pictures even when am driving a car.

- one more mode has been added to the dial on top (which is `U' mode, you can for example go to manual settings and adjust the shooting mode, aperture, shutter speed, etc and save them to the user mode for next use) It allows you to save only one preset, but you can always reset of course.

- Manual focus (yes the p310 has manual focus, p300 doesn't) You can also use the manual focus during video recording.
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141 of 145 people found the following review helpful By M. moore on July 14, 2012
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I'm a professional photographer[...] and I started getting tired of bringing my DSRL on vacations and out and about so I really wanted an Advanced point & shoot to take over the role of my DSLR on occasions where I just wanted to slip something in my pocket. I originally bought the Fujifilm F505 EXR because it was cheap on Amazon, $149. It had full Manual controls, Aperture and Shutter priority, everything you would expect. The only problem was the pictures were terrible. Smudging of fine detail, no sharpness, focal points were inconsistent, useless ISO, the pictures were just unusable and un-savable even in Aperture 3 or Photoshop.

So, fast forward, I sold it and looked for a replacement. After about a month of research I ended up having to choose between the Canon S100 and the Nikon Coolpix P310. I went back and forth and read reviews on how the S100 set the benchmark for all advanced point and shoot cameras and how great it was. It is about $140 more than the P310, which I was willing to spend IF, IF the pictures were far superior to the P310.

So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. As far as how each of them are to use, well I shoot Nikon and after using the Canon and the Nikon I know why I shoot with Nikon. The P310 is simply the most thought out Point and Shoot I've ever used. Nothing is buried in menu's, everything is one touch or a dial. The LCD was much nicer, and sharper. The P310 has a "User Mode" found on Nikon's DSLR's where you can preset your own settings and quickly switch to it. One touch video recording button. It powers on instantly, the auto focus was much faster and more accurate than the S100. Over all it just felt better and I was able to change settings much faster than the Canon.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By K. Shin on September 6, 2012
Edit 5/2013:
P330 is now released and now you can find P310 at less than half price ($160-180) of P330. This makes P310 king for price/performance compared to other cameras in the price range.

Also, I'll add, I've dropped this camera about 4 times now onto a hard surface so it's got some dings and battle scars... but it keeps on working fine! (this is when I'm glad I don't have a $650 Sony RX100) One of the tabs that keeps the battery door closed chipped off so while it closes, it's easier for the door to spring open. I don't recommend you drop your camera ;-)

Edit 10/2012:
While I love the camera, it really struggles to auto-focus if you zoom during video. Focusing is VERY slow. Reducing to 4-stars... Does anyone have a solution for this? I keep the camera in "P" mode 95% of the time (P works for me).

Here are my priorities when it comes to point & shoots:
1. Price
2. Great low-light ability
3. Pocketability
4. Decent 1080p video
5. Extensive controls (like buttons, dials)
6. Zoom

At the time of this review (9/2012), I've had the camera for about 2.5 months and have taken around 800 shots thus far. [Update 12/2012] I've taken probably nearly 3000 photos and this thing continues to perform well.

1. I got it for mid-200s. That's a great price and the reason why I didn't get the popular Canon S100 as much as I like Canon, which I've had for many models in the past. Also, the S100 was plagued with a faulty-lens mechanism which would render the camera useless with it stuck in error mode permanently. If spending $360-400 for S100, I didn't want to put up with the chance of receiving a bad unit. If I didn't care about price, I would've gotten Sony's new flagship P&S, RX100 but $650, are you kidding me???
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