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Nikon 310

Nikon 310 Digital Camera

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14.1MP 21x CCD Apr 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The Versatile COOLPIX L310 Gives You The Freedom To Capture Life From Any Distance. From Extraordinary Panoramas To Faraway Action, The Powerful NIKKOR 21x Optical Zoom Lens Can Fit It All In.... More
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19 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at PhotographyBlog.com said that concluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This camera received an expert rating of 81% from PhotographyBlog.com.

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon has good average ratings for its bridge cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Pictures

One Nikon 310 reviewer thought the Nikon 310 was able to produce good images. Ephotozine.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “It is capable of taking good pictures with excellent colour reproduction”.

Robust

One customer reckoned that this digital camera was well made. Four years ago expert website Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Therefore the right hand has a solid grip should you decide not to use the supplied neck strap” in their Nikon 310 review.

Reasonably Priced

One Nikon 310 reviewer who purchased the Nikon 310 considered that it was cheap. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their Nikon 310 review “The Coolpix L310 was added to Nikon's Life range in February 2012 and is a budget, 21x optical zoom camera”.

Quite Big Normal Focusing Range (wide)

At 0.5 meters, the Nikon 310 has a fairly big normal focusing range (wide) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the 310. The normal focusing ranges (wide) of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.05m to 0.8m, and the average normal focusing range (wide) is 0.37m.

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CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon 310 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most bridge cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This camera's sensor type (CCD) is in fact the best sensor type amongst all bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 310.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst sensor type is MOS.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to consider include the Canon SX50 HS[plb_1410250_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon 310 supports video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the 310 which do not support video capability.

Alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon SX40 HS[plb_124816_price], or the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Nikon 310 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS[plb_2497189_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6[plb_2147791_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the 310, the Nikon 310 has an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon SX40 HS[plb_124816_price], or the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews.

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Four Number of Batteries Supporteds

The Nikon 310 is a four number of batteries supported digital camera.

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Has One White Balance

The Nikon 310 has a greater number of white balance modes than most bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago the internal memorys range from 8MB to 200MB. The Nikon 310 has one of the bigger internal memorys (102 megabytes) amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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420 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Nikon 310 is a digital camera that takes 420 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon 310 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The best video resolution of all bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on bridge cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Nikon 310 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Nikon camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 310.

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19 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One Nikon 310 reviewer said in their reviews that the product did not have good features. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “Other than having 21x optical zoom there aren't many other features that particularly stand out on the L310.” in their review.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon 310 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 310 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to consider including the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most bridge cameras that are a comparable age to the 310 do not support wi-Fi. The Nikon 310 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi which you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6[plb_2147791_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS[plb_2497189_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Nikon 310 is not 3D. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most bridge cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon 310 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might also want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon 310 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the 310 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

Across all the bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the 310 the normal focusing ranges (tele) range from 1.3m to 5m, and the average normal focusing range (tele) is 2.4m. The Nikon 310 has one of the smaller normal focusing ranges (tele) (only 1.5 meters) amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon 310 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and spec. Most bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1024 x 768, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944, 3264 x 2448 and 4224 x 2376 and 4320 x 3240. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The Nikon 310 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 310.

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Only Has One Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Nikon 310 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently found light exposure modes is Shutter priority AE, but this light exposure modes is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The light exposure modess Auto are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon 310 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by bridge cameras that are a comparable age to the 310. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

At only 21 times zoom factor, the Nikon 310 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 310. The average optical zoom of cameras of a comparable type and age to the 310 is 32x.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the DMC-FZ200[pl_1875132_price] (24x), the Lumix DMC-FZ62[pl_1884253_price] (24x), or the Lumix DMC-FZ330[pl_2981228_price] (24x) all from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The Nikon 310 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 14.48 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 12MP to 22MP, and the average total megapixels is 17MP.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 4 seconds, the Nikon 310 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2s and the longest is 120s.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras of this type and age is 500,000 pixels. The Nikon 310 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 310 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 4.5mm and 28mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 24mm. The Nikon 310 has one of the longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (25 millimeters) amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon 310 is more than most bridge cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Nikon camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 310.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 525 millimeters, the Nikon 310 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 310. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 100mm, the longest is 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 750mm.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 100, the Nikon 310 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst bridge cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 64 to 400, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 93.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 310

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon 310 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix S8500[plb_1565844_price], and the Sony DSC-RX10[plb_2051754_price] is also worth considering.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over four years.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72[plb_1983697_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 435 grams, the Nikon 310 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Pentax X-5[plb_1456635_price] (507g), or the Fujifilm FinePix SL240[plb_1349973_price] (470g).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon 310 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 310.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the SX40 HS[pl_124816_price], and the G1 X[pl_1397751_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72[plb_1983697_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel

The Nikon 310 has a pretty typical megapixel (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this bridge camera camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (16MP), or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price] (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
Connection to PC
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
On/off Switch
Effective Sensor Resolution
Digital SLR

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(1)
21 January 2013

PhotographyBlog.com

The Nikon Coolpix L310 is a 14.1-megapixel superzoom camera with a 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm), sensor-shift Vibration Reduction, 720p HD movie recording with stereo sound and a 3-inch LCD... Read more…

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