Nikon Coolpix P510 Review

Review posted 05/15/2012

Quick Take
  • Unbelievable 42x optical zoom lens from 24-1000mm
  • dSLR style body is easy and comfortable to handle
  • Fully Automatic and Manual controls
  • Much Improved image quality from previous model
  • Excellent 1080p video recording with full use of the optical zoom
  • Robust shooting performance
  • High quality Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD screen, shows amazing detail
  • Powerful built-in flash
  • Lens mounted zoom control is very convenient and easy to use
  • Lens Shift VR stabilization works well
  • Stereo Microphone
  • Built-In GPS
  • HDMI output
  • At full telephoto, the camera can be very hard to hold steady, even with the optical image stabilization
  • Bad sound with built-in mics
  • No audio input
  • Trouble with our battery
Bottom Line
Nikon's CoolPix P510 is the most versatile and longest reaching super-zoom currently on the market. Its great performance and excellent image quality make this a must have for anyone looking for a camera that can handle any situation. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
If you're not quite ready for a dSLR (perhaps it's a budget issue, or confidence), but want quality glass, advanced optics, and the ability to shoot across great distances; then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P-series. The new flagship is the P510, which features an astounding 42x optical zoom lens (with a 1000mm zoom in 35mm terms). Because you can shoot so far, Nikon has included Advanced Optical Vibration Reduction image stabilization technology.

The other star of the proverbial show is the 16.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which is powered by Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processor. Crystal clear images, Full 1080p HD video and high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second in full resolution. There's even built-in GPS so your camera will remember where you were when you captured all those amazing photographs. And all for less than $430.

Nikon Coolpix P510 Features:
  • 16.1-megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
  • 42x Wide-Angle Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (24-1000mm)
  • Advanced Optical VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
  • 3.0-inch (921,000-dot) tilting Vari-angle LCD screen and
  • Full HD (1080p) video with stereo sound
  • Zoom while recording video
  • EXPEED C2 image processor
  • Smart Portrait System
  • Subject Tracking
  • Auto Scene Selector
  • Easy Panorama
  • 3D image capture
  • 5fps High-speed continuous shooting
  • High-Speed video capture
  • Fast autofocus (AF)
  • Built-in GPS allows photographers to geotag photos
The Nikon Coolpix P510 is available now for $429.95 USD in Black or Red. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • P510 Camera Body
  • AN-CP21 Strap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • EG-CP16 Audio Video Cable
  • EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger
  • LC-CP24 Lens Cap
  • NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM

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