Nikon Coolpix P510 Review

Nikon Coolpix P510

The Nikon Coolpix P510 is a 16 megapixel megazoom compact camera that resembles a DSLR in its physical appearance. With a 42X zoom capability, the P510 is one of the largest megazoom cameras on the market today. It it appealing to photographers who wish to be able to photograph subjects at both close and very far distances.

Included in this Nikon Coolpix P510 bundle are the following items:

■ Nikon Coolpix P510 digital camera
■ 16GB SDHC memory card
■ USB SD card reader
■ Memory card wallet
■ LCD screen protectors
■ Spare EN-EL5 battery
■ Camera carry case
■ 50 tripod
■ 8 extendible mini tripod
■ Lens cleaning kit
■ HDMI cable
■ 25 free photo prints

A much appreciated feature of the camera is Nikons excellent VR (Vibration Reduction) technology, which allows you to minimize camera shake when zoomed right in something that can an unexpected problem and cause disappointingly blurry pictures for people who have not used such great zooms before. Because this bundle comes with a tripod, it is easy and affordable to set up the P510 on the tripod for even more stable photos at long distance; this is the ideal way to eliminate all camera shake.

The P510 is capable of recording high definition 1080p movies, and also has an inbuilt GPS feature so that photos and videos are immediately and automatically geotagged, allowing you to easily track where and when your images were captured.

The camera has a very clear 3 inch LCD screen at the back, that is a Vari-angle style, meaning it folds out; making it simple to capture photos and videos from any angle. There are 20 scene modes in total, covering virtually every conceivable shooting situation. The camera also supports automatic panorama, allowing very wide landscapes (up to 360 degrees) to be captured in multiple images and automatically stitched together.

Scene modes are well taken care of with all of the usual modes youd expect like Landscapes and Portraits, but also additional and creative modes like Pet Portrait mode which actually detects the face of a cat or dog and snaps it into focus accordingly. In addition to the scene modes, there are two panorama modes. Easy Panorama and Panorama Assist modes are both simple ways to create professional looking panoramas without resorting to computer software. The Assist mode provides a ghost on the screen, so you can more accurately line up each successive photo. This is a nice touch on the regular panoramic modes that most people are used to.

Considering the size of the lens on the P510, Nikon has managed to keep the camera amazingly compact. The body itself is quite light, with most of the weight leaning towards the front. The rear controls are placed on the right side of the camera, with the selection dial being the dominant feature. The delete and menu buttons as well as the playback button make it fast to access important functions via the buttons.

The photo quality from the Coolpix P510 has been rated as excellent with excellent detail at the lower ISO settings. Automatic noise reduction is applied as the ISO increases in low light scenes, and this can result in slightly softer images, however this is generally not noticeable in images shared on the web and additionally, can be fixed somewhat in post processing software. Compared with its rivals, the P510 performs very well up to ISO 800. Using a flash is ideal when the light is dim and youd prefer to keep the camera at a lower ISO setting.

This Nikon Coolpix P510 bundle provides excellent value for money not only on the camera itself, but with the array of accessories that youll enjoy getting use out of from day one.

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