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Nikon Coolpix P510 Digital Camera

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Silver Ephotozine Highly Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice buy-n-shoot.com Gold
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

This compact camera camera has received eight awards from experts.

The editors of Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both said that this Nikon camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Fotomaniak.pl, both of which thought that this camera was fantastic.

An other three expert review sites endorsed this camera. This compact camera camera received a "Silver" award from DP Review who thought it was great and it received a "Recommended Product" award from Digitaltrends.com, confirming their endorsement. This camera also received a "Gold" award from Buy-n-shoot.com.

The reviewer at one more expert review site concluded that this Nikon camera was good. 01net.com gave this Nikon digital camera a "4 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com the average expert rating of this compact camera camera is 78 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Coolpix P510 owners on average rated this camera as terrific. This puts this Nikon camera in the top 12% of all the digital cameras of this type and age when ranked by average user review score.

Robust

Some people who bought it concluded that it was well made. Barr rated it as excellent and mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “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. wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review “With the P510 the lens range is up to 1000mm, all built in”.

Three people wrote that it was reliable. Jimz wrote on Amazon “A typical Nikon camera, well designed and reliable and takes good pictures” in their review. Richie-Rich wrote four years ago “The whole camera just seems to be much more user friendly than my trusty old Fujis”. Saturdayscience said in their review on Amazon “Qualities I wanted were excellent zoom range, reliable flash (my work is inside factories so wanted to photograph equipment”.

Three customers considered that the Nikon Coolpix P510 was strong and durable. Four years ago Macavity said on Amazon “It's a sturdy little beast all right.4”. Tony said in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 “It worked out perfectly.* It is robust and easy to carry with a neck strap without being cumbersome.*”. Expert website T3.com said “The sturdy chassis is comfortable to hold”.

One Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch.

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Nice Design

A few people who bought it considered that it was good looking. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “This camera was an upgrade from a pretty decent Sony point & click compact camera” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars. G. Wylie scored it very highly and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I also find it a beautifully balanced little bridge camera”. Glitterbabe wrote “This camera is not only good looking” .

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was neat. F Rees mentioned “Fits neatly/firmly in your hand - I shall definitely use it for holidays”. G. Wylie mentioned “It also has a neat pop-up flash unit”. Kev Haworth wrote “The Camera arrived in a neat box, with all the accessories listed inside” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

One person concluded that it was a good design. G. Wylie mentioned on Amazon “The camera is light and the design gives excellent and easy handling” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review. One Nikon Coolpix P510 owner said that this digital camera was well designed.

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Good Support

Nine people who bought it thought it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer rated the product as very good and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “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”. G. Wylie mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Shutter priority settings and full manual control if desired”. G. Wylie also mentioned “The camera is supplied with a limited quick start guide and an excellent electronic manual.”.

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use. A. Gallacher said on Amazon three years ago “I am well versed in Nikon Digital cameras so already know my way around the menu's which is very intuitive to use”. Alan Hughes wrote also three years ago “So is ease of use” in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review. 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 number of customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago C. Mason said “Very easy and comfortable to use” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review. John Paton said in his review “It is comfortable to hold even with my big hands”. Theshopaholic said in their review of this digital camera “Weighted quite well so it is easy to hold and the anti-shake setting is great for reducing blur when taking shots freehand” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Some customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. John Paton said “I also did not find a big difference between normal (8mp) and fine (16mp) quality settings” in his review. John W gave the product a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “It also has a noise reduction function, again easily found using the menu”. Mr Baz mentioned on Amazon “You can turn down the noise reduction in camera+ I liked the rotating dial outside the OK button made changing settings quite easy” in his review.

A few people agreed that this digital camera was easy to handle. Alan Miller gave this digital camera an excellent rating and he mentioned on Amazon “Amazon's handling was quick” in his review. Clive in Cambridge wrote “Takes good clear sharp pictures with good colour balance and the OIS handles the full zoom very well”. G. Wylie rated the Nikon Coolpix P510 as excellent and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “It is very silky to the touch and the main handling parts have a nice rubberised finish which adds to the grip”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who bought the product thought it was easy to setup. Margaret Morgan rated it 5 stars and she mentioned four years ago “Setting up was very easy, instructions were very good”. Tone1428 said in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review “Is very simple to set up”. Tone1428 also wrote “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 Technical Features

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who purchased it mentioned that it had good features. Big Hair wrote 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 he mentioned on Amazon “Great camera for a great price!Great quality images with fairly lot of features, HD recording is no problem at all”. J. Gillespie said four years ago “The P510 is very easy to use and has most of the features of my Nikon DSLRs”.

Good Product Quality

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

Good Size

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was compact. Alan Miller said “The camera is light and compact and the 1000 mm lens is not looking intrusive like those big long lenses on professional cameras” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Four years ago Barr wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “As mentioned earlier, is one of the more compact bridge cameras, despite that long zoom!I've got no problem with the ba”. Biro mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review also four years ago “Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDThis camera is the Bees Knees” .

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P510 was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer rated the Nikon Coolpix P510 as very good and mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 three years ago “Light and easy to carry”. Antiprima said in their review “! Honestly, great camera! Easy to use; light and small, so easy to carry it at all times with you (as I do) too”. Bazz said on Amazon four years ago “I wanted the Coolpix P510 as a kind of easy to carry, quick fix, 'filler' for more casual” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

A number of people thought it was heavy and bulky. Barr wrote on Amazon four years ago “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” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review. Clive in Cambridge mentioned “Build quality is not as solid (or as heavy) as the Canon SX40iS” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Joseph gave the product a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “It is not heavy and fits the hand perfectly with all controls in logical places” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

Four people who reviewed it thought it was lightweight. Phil wrote in his review of this digital camera four years ago “Bought this camera as a lightweight alternative to my Nikon DSLR for easier holiday travel etc”. Three years ago Poppy rated this digital camera 5 stars and said “The camera is compact and lightweight for my purpose” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. Saturdayscience gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “I needed the kit to be lightweight and compact”.

Two Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was a good weight. Annlinglabank said four years ago “Great for taking on Holiday as so light, no weight problems for Aircraft conditions a great all rounder” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Woodie said on Amazon three years ago “The first thing that i liked about it was the weight of the camera” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Aaron wrote in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “The picture stabilizer works well” and gave the product a very good review. Three years ago Agent6650 rated it 5 stars and wrote “It takes fantastic pictures, i love the 42x zoom capability”. Alan Hughes gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he wrote in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “Its light weight is a blessing, picture quality is great”.

Several Nikon Coolpix P510 owners considered that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Clive in Cambridge said on Amazon “Screen resolution is good, though the eyepiece colours are a little off” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. G. Wylie said “It has a really clear, high resolution 3 inch monitor which makes framing” in their review of this digital camera. Martin Peter Collinson R.a.f rated the product 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “The reason that I purchased this camera was for the high resolution screen and of course the 42x optical zoom which is very handy”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers said in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P510 was good in low light. John W mentioned “I was quite taken aback by the quality in low light at full zoom”. Paperback Writer gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “Not bad at low light levels and very good in average lighting”. Tony G wrote on Amazon “Yes, there are problems with quick focussing, particularly in low light.” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

One Nikon Coolpix P510 owner concluded that the product had a good image sensor. Gels mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 four years ago “That lens, with stabilisation on both sensor and optics, is brilliant for landscapes”.

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Good Quality Lens

A few customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 concluded that it had a good zoom. A. Gallacher said “I know everyone raves over the 42x zoom and it's brilliant”. Alan Hughes gave the product a score of 4 stars and he mentioned “42x zoom is excellent, giving a great range” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “The zoom is simply astounding - full stop!The image stabilization works perfectly”.

A few people wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Amazon Customer wrote “The lens seems excellent” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 and scored the product very highly. Amazon Customer also wrote “The lens is amazing”. John W rated the product 5 stars and he wrote “The lens is really impressive and despite some reviews I read does not spend too much time hunting to focus” in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review.

Eleven customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Three years ago Alan Hughes wrote in his Nikon Coolpix P510 review “Movie feature is excellent although, autofocus is caught out from time to time in lower light”. Four years ago Albops rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 on Amazon “Fantastic - apart from the autofocus !”. Albops also said “The main downfall with this camera (in my mind) is the autofocus - it can be rather hesitant - especially when using higher magnifications”.

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. John W wrote in his review on Amazon “The zoom is excellent.I have been particularly impressed by the image stabilisation”. John W also said “They also did not in my opinion have such good stabilisation ability”.

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Good Video Capture

A few people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good for video recording. Three years ago A. Gallacher gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “Have not tried the video yet, that does not have good reviews.” in their review of this digital camera. Big Hair rated the Nikon Coolpix P510 80 out of 100 and wrote four years ago “The video AF simply dozes in” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510. Big Hair also said “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 Screen / Viewfinder

Sixteen Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. A. Gallacher said “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”. Amazon Customer mentioned “Use that screen tilt and overhead facility” in their review and rated the product as very good. Barr mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510 “It did offer some advantages and the articulated screen is a great tool”.

Several people who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. G. Wylie said on Amazon “The focus on the viewfinder can be easily adjusted by a little diopter fitted at the side of it” and rated it as excellent. Three years ago Tone1428 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”. Tony G said on Amazon “The internal view finder is great when you cannot see the screen in bright sunshine - something the SLRs miss out on” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who purchased the product reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 agreed that it was good value for money. Aaron said “Small camera and of course great value as well” in his review of this digital camera and gave the Nikon Coolpix P510 a rating of 5 stars. Amazon Customer gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Is a great price” in their review of this digital camera. C Hill mentioned “A great price for a great camera” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “These are cheap enough now”. Three years ago Glitterbabe said on Amazon “The offered bargain price”. Four years ago Macavity wrote on Amazon “Cheap build quality? Not in my opinion” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review.

Some Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers wrote that it was cheap. Macavity said four years ago “If you want these you have to buy them separately, which isn't so much 'expensive' as 'just a nuisance” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Rick wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon in the same month “Photographs obviously not as clear as expensive DLSR Cameras.” and gave this digital camera a very good review.

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Good Connectivity

A few Nikon Coolpix P510 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P510 had gps. Derek H. mentioned “GPS is another great feature, no more forgetting where a picture was taken.I have yet to explore all the bells” in his review and scored it very highly. Poppy wrote “It is easy to use, has Eye=Fi facility and GPS as well as a 42 zoom” and rated it as very good. Saturdayscience gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review “The camera has gps tagging which was a bonus”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was good in terms of USB connections. Expert website Digitalversus.com said in their review “A simple mains (or USB) connection cable” .

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Good Battery Life

Several people who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good battery life. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote “Use the screenThe battery life is ok”. C. Mason wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review 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 owner who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P510 reckoned that it was quick to charge. Thewalkertouch.co.uk wrote on Amazon “It takes longer to charge the battery than the life it has when fully charged” in their review of this digital camera.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Nikon compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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Good Flash

A number of Nikon Coolpix P510 owners who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P510 agreed that it had a good flash. Three years ago Craig Menezes mentioned in his review on Amazon “Flash is awesome” and gave the product an excellent review score. Robotfish rated it as excellent and said in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review on Amazon “It sits on a tripod and has a integrated flash”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers reckoned that it was noisy. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Sound for the shutter is very loud.”.

A number of customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was quiet. Clive in Cambridge mentioned four years ago “Grip is better and action is quieter” in their Nikon Coolpix P510 review. Tall Paul said on Amazon “The lens zooms in and out quietly and smoothly”.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Coolpix P510 has a GPS, which is unusual. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P510 do not have a GPS.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a GPS currently available which you might want to consider including cheaper digital cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price].

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Very Big Optical Zoom

Digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 2.7x and 63x. The Coolpix P510 has one of the biggest optical zooms (42 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

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3D Compatible

Unlike most of the other cameras of this spec and age which are not 3D compatible, the Nikon Coolpix P510 is 3D compatible.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P510 which do not support Full HD video, the Coolpix P510 supports Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price], and the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] which is cheaper 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 around the same time as 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 that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including cheaper cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price], or the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including cheaper cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price], or the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter

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

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Electrical Viewfinder

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.

This camera's viewfinder (electrical) is in fact the best viewfinder amongst all compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P510.

The worst viewfinder amongst comparable types of camera is Optical.

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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 compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P510. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P510 is 0.27m. The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a very small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P510.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Coolpix P510's maximum focal length of 1,000 millimeter is one of the longest. The shortest maximum focal length of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P510 is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix P510 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. Most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This digital camera also 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. The still image resolution of all cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P510 ranges from 384 x 480 to 5152 x 3864.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a fairly big internal memory (90 megabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P510. The average internal memory of compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P510 is 330MB.

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99 Auto Focus Points

99 auto focus points

The Coolpix P510 is a 99 auto focus point digital camera.

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Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix P510 is more than most cameras of this age and type. 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 digital camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P510 is 230 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Coolpix P510 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix P510.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Coolpix P510 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this spec and age.

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

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Supports One Image Format

The Coolpix P510 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently 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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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Coolpix P510 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon digital 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 typical of many digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Coolpix P510 has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix P510. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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TFT Display

The Coolpix P510 has a better display than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras of a comparable age and type to it 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. Across all cameras that have been around for more than two years the display ranges from LCD to OLED.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 24 millimeters, the Coolpix P510 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P510. The shortest minimum focal length of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 5mm, the longest is 120mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm.

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8 Reasons Against

Expensive

After checking the price of 63 digital cameras of this type and age they range in price from £29 to £293. We think that this Nikon camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this type and age.

Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P510 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P510. Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P510 have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (4x), the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (4x), or the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price] (54x) which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P510 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Coolpix P510 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might also want to look at including the WB150F[pl_2060742_price], or the GC100[pl_2600424_price] both from Samsung or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] which is also cheaper.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix P510 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix P510 are also 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 digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this spec and age.

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Only Has One Playback Mode

The number of camera playback modes found on the Nikon Coolpix P510 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras of this type and age, the weight of the Coolpix P510 of 555 grams is one of the heaviest. The weights of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P510 range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price] (116.3g), or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] (314g) which is also cheaper.

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Thick

When compared to other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the Coolpix P510's depth of 102.2 millimeters is one of the thickest. The thinnest compact camera camera that has been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P510 is 4mm deep, the thickest is 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P510

Released Over Three Years Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix P510 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Coolpix P510 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix P510.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], or the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price].

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8" and cheaper).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix P510 has a pretty standard megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If this Nikon camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to consider the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (16.3MP), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (18.1MP), or the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price] (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 digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including cheaper cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], or the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price].

If the sensor type of this Nikon digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price] (CCD and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
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
Auto Focus Lock
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
Auto Exposure Lock
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
Flash Exposure Lock
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
PC Connectivity
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
Camera
3D Compatible
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Multi-Shot Mode
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Brightness Adjustment
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
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Interface
Face Detection
Night Mode
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
On/off Switch
Panorama Mode
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Aperture Priority Mode
Manual Exposure
Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder
Electrical Viewfinder
HDMI Out
Frame Rate

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Expert Reviews

(49)
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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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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