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i have this since 2013 . A 16.1 megapixel Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor is paired with a 42x zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens that covers the phenomenal focal range of 24 mm wide-angle to 1000 mm super-telephoto*. Newly advanced Lens-shift VR image stabilization compensates more effectively than ever** for camera shake. This serves as a big aid in achieving consistently sharp results, particularly when taking advantage of the super-zoom or shooting macros.The COOLPIX P510 keeps you ahead of the action with high-speed shooting options. High-speed continuous shooting enables rapid capturing at 7-fps for full-resolution (4608 x 3456) images*. Other high-speed modes include Sports continuous mode and the Pre-shooting cache.The continuous shooting and compositing capabilities of the Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor help you take beautiful night landscape or night portrait pictures while shooting with the camera in hand.its high-resolution Clear color display can be tilted as much as 90 degrees is really awosome feature.
If you are talking about usability then there is nothing cool about this product. I would describe this as being as frustrating as a 4 hour traffic jam.
If you are like me and not great with technology then this product is not for you.
I am used to snapping pictures with my smart phone and still not compromising quality.
However, if this camera is in the right hands, then the results are truly remarkable. My uncle is a semi-professional photographer, so he knows what cameras to use and he would recommend this wholeheartedly. He has won regional competitions with images taken from this camera.
Meaning you don't have to pay hundreds of pounds for what truly is a decent camera.
The clarity and focus of the images taken are second to none and being able to change 'scene modes' gives this camera something extra from other models on the market, enabling you to try different effects immediately rather than in post-production at home.
I would say that the camera is quite bulky, compared to other designs I have seen so it's not really suitable for 'everyday use.'
This camera, in my opinion, is great for any budding photographers who aren't yet willing to pay £1000 for a DSLR camera but feel as if they are a bit more advanced than a small digital camera. It's a little bit more heavy than the previous camera, but it's still compact enough to carry around with you. It's a super zoom compact camera, with 16.1 mega pixel stills and full 1080 p high definition filming, which means the stats obviously look great for pictures and video making. It even has the added extras of full surround sound system and 120fps slow motion filming which only makes this camera seem even more attractive. I have found this to be a camera I reach for when I'm looking for quality but also with the ease of being small (ish) and light (ish). I highly recommend this for every age and every range of photography skill!
I have seen this camera be used by amateurs that know exactly what they are doing with all of the functions on a camera and the photos that this one takes are astoundingly good even without the knowledge of how to work the extra functions properly. The photos rarely come out blurry even if you have a slight shake and they are incredibly detailed compared to a camera I bought about 6 years ago.
I have used this camera with my basic point, zoom and snap and I am pleased to report that I have managed to take photos that look just as good as the amateurs if not better from this method.
The camera is a nice weight that it is not weighing down your arm but you do know that you are holding it. The camera feels sturdy and I have dropped it the odd time from about five feet onto concrete flooring and luckily it has not been damaged in any way.
The camera is very stylish looking and really stands out from the crowd with its beautiful shape that fits your hand beautifully and its nice jet black colour that really feels manly. It does not scrap that easily either as I have put it in my pocket with car keys and change on numerous occasions and totally forgot about it until I hear it banging loudly as I go on a ride in an amusement park or just for a run.
The battery life on this product is fantastic and I have never had any problems with it. I get about three days with about a hundred pictures a day before I need to change the batteries. I would recommend that if you are going on holiday that you should either take a lot of batteries with you or buy some while you are out there as the quality of the photos and the fun you get from using this camera is bound to have you flying through dozens of batteries before the day is out.
I finally got my hands on this camera which ive been wanting for a while now. I have a DSLR camera but the issue is portability, I just need something to be able to take out with me. So I was looking for something that has great quality, and also light enough to carry around.
- Extremely easy to use.
- Has many settings.
- One of the BEST cameras for Zoom. I've had a few pocket cameras and they've all been questionable.
- Camera turns on fast!
- For its size, AMAZING picture quality.
- The body of the camera has a grip.
- There is a pop-out screen for ease of use.
- -You can hear the zoom in the video.
- -Video when put on a computer loses quality.
- -NEEDS an extra battery, it's very short lived.
- -When zooming in, Focus is extremely delayed.
There are many cameras out there with better reviews sure, but this one is great, you will never find "the one", and they all have something that is missing.
I however love this one, and am satisfied with it.
I recently purchased the coolpix camera from jessops online as I was in search for a high pixel quality camera for producing high quality photography images which could be used with my new online project. Not really knowing what sort of camera I needed I did some research and found that those of 12megapixel and higher would suit my image requirements nicely.
I firstly turned to google and after reading a few reviews was happy to proceed in the purchase of the coolpix for just over £200 from jessops online. I'm quite reluctant to go out to the shops unless I really need too more for clothes shopping etc but with high quality photography and well explained online reviews and next day delivery Internet shopping is ever more tempting..
So what makes this particular model stand apart?
At first glance this camera presents itself as a professional photographer camera as seen with by the pro's, it's not so much modern or stylish but more stronger built and designed with practicality in mind. The unit is fairly lightweight weighing in at around 500g with a strong rubber easy to grip casing.
The unit features a staggering 12 megapixel with an incredible 42x optical zoom, great for long distance shots. When taking photos you can switch between a number of lighting styles and a couple of great features also include close up shots and improved face recognition for humans and also pet portrait which detects animal faces.
The unit comes with all needed accessories, photos can be transferred easily via memory card or by connecting the unit directly to the pc, which detects the camera automatically on windows 7 & 8.
Video aswell as shoot - with one button press you can easily switch from still shot photography to high definition video recording, with precious moments passing us by make sure you don't miss another one without a digital memory to look back over at a later date.
Another cool feature I really liked about this camera is the featured gps geotagging which basically adds a location data entry to your photos so when viewing at a later date it is easy to organise when and where your photos were taken. Anything which makes organisation easier if this lifetime must be a positive factor.
There's a lot of variety in digi cameras available these days and often we don't need additional cameras as the majority of us are now smartphone owners so have a camera in our pocket without even realising half of the time, but for the cause which in this scenario is to simply produce higher quality photos for my online project I am overall totally satisfied, the price margin fitted nicely within my budget and was to be used as an investment anyway, it comes with the neck strap so you don't have to fear dropping the unit. Battery life seems good so far I haven't really used it for a prolonged period yet but it's maintained a half full battery over the last few weeks with a few shots being taken every few days. I'll hopefully have a lot more to add to this review over the coming months just time to start experimenting and visiting some new scenaries.
Thanks for reading.
I love this camera. it does everything you could realistically need from a camera as an amateur, and quite a lot you might not need, but, with a little practise, will make your pictures better.
It's really easy to use it as a point and shoot in automatic mode, and get excellent photographs. But then, you can use some of the presets for specific situations (I especially like the behind glass setting, for the number of times I have, with other cameras WISHED I could reduce the glare in such pictures. Now, I have no glass glare!) And you can use it to learn a bit about manual photography settings too.
Everything about it is really easy to work out, and get used to. The controls are intuitive, and the grip is comfortable.
I also enjoy the onboard editing, which is excellent and allows you to add a variety of effects to your pictures with no need for additional software, and again, is super easy to use.
Unfortunately, my original P510 was involved in an accident, (no reflection on the camera quality) and I had occasion to need the Nikon customer services. I found them to be unhelpful and to take a VERY, VERY long time to get back to me about anything, much less to actually repair my camera.
I have taken some lovely photos with the camera, including macro shots. There are some slight focus issues in low light, but no more than any comparable camera.
I also know professionals who see this as a great spare camera.
My favorite thing about this camera is the fact it's lightweight yet durable. On top of that, it has great zoom compatibles and even better image quality. Basically, the pros are it does everything expected of it. One bad thing about this camera is that it's video taking aspect isn't the best but most people buy cameras such as these because of the photo quality, so it doesn't matter too much. Also, in dark situations, using the flash is absolutely necessary because without the flash, the quality is horrible. Another con is that it tries a little too hard on some of the features, so hard that these features don't work adequately. The GPS feature and the built-in camera effects should have just been left out because they don't compete with other camera's GPS feature and built-in effects. Also, the battery can only be charged inside the camera, so that is a little inconvenient. Other than these few minuscule cons, this camera is perfect for basically anyone.
This, as somewhat of a camera nerd, is my new go-to camera. I've had the Panasonic FZ18 for a little under 4 years, but wanted bigger zoom for bird photography and a flip-up viewer for flower photos.
The lens is excellent, and is well stabilised at maximum zoom. The capture with x42 is wonderful. I have not noticed chromatic fringing which was a pain with my original Canon PowerShot X10 zoom. Close-up is good, and the manual focus control is intuitive (although the adjustment has slightly coarse steps).
What's not so good?
The display mode selected (eye-level or rear screen) applies both shooting and reviewing, where my Panasonic allowed eye-level shooting and rear screen reviewing, which I prefer. I have to hit the display button to change each time. Sound for the shutter is very loud, but the control is either on or off, no volume control. Lastly, no separate battery charger is provided so I had to buy one approx £9. Nikon only provide a lead for charging through the camera.
However, these are small niggles for a product which is one of the best cameras I've used. My husband (who is perhaps the worst photographer I've encountered) finds that even he can use this and end up with beautiful photographs, so I would suggest this for every sort of experience.
I'm reviewing this camera very much as an amateur. This Nikon P510 16.1MP camera is a 'bridge' camera - in theory, all the functionality of an SLR without the need for separate bits of kit.
This is a great looking camera, but in truth, most cameras in a similar price-bracket start to merge into one after a while, most share a very similar look to each other in my opinion. This one totally black, with the white lettering and symbols and the chrome finished shutter button the only relief. The word "Nikon" is proudly positioned centrally above the lens on a shiny black background, but the main body of the camera is a matt black with a very slightly mottled finish. The size of the camera is 119.8 x 82.9 x 102.2 mm
As soon as you hold this camera it makes you feel like a pro! It feels solid without being heavy - it's 555g. There is a pronounced finger grip to the right hand side /front of the camera which you can wrap your fingers tightly round, giving lots of reassurance that you have it securely in your hand. That grip is grooved and slightly rubber in texture, and there is a square of about 1.5x1.5cm of the same material on the rear of the camera where your thumb naturally rests. This all gives a really reassuring solid and sure grip when using the camera.
The shutter button is situated conveniently for your index finger, and the main zoom lever is attached to the shutter making it easy to operate when composing your shot. There is a second zoom lever on the left hand side of the lens if that turns out to be more handy or comfortable to use.
On the left hand side of the camera there is very little grounding space for fingers, although again the rubbery material makes a return on the edge of the camera to prevent slips once you have established your most comfortable grip.
Most importantly, it's easy and secure to hold for both me and my partner, even though there is a significant difference in the size of our hands.
Why did we buy?
When we analysed all the cameras available to us, at those prices, to the amateur, each and every one would have made a fantastic purchase. There were several factors which we were really looking for to make our choice. I think it's important in a review to explain why a product stands out against its competitors in its price bracket, so here goes...
1. Zoom - this was the number one swinging factor. We took some amazing zoom shots when we had a holiday in Kruger National Park a couple of years ago, and hopefully a return is on the cards so we wanted the best zoom we could afford. This camera stood alone in our budget price bracket in the zoom it offered. It has a NIKKOR ED Glass lens 42x optical zoom which equates to 1000mm super telephoto, but it also goes to 24mm wide angle. With that sort of zoom we were also looking for some stabilisation technology in there, and this camera has "advanced lens shift vibration reduction" and "motion blur reduction". The zoom shots we've taken have produced amazing quality and the zoom at that level is really amazing.
2. Viewfinder - My partner hates taking pictures with only a screen to compose the shot in, and so an eye viewfinder was another necessity. This has both, which you switch between using a button adjacent the eye viewfinder, but even he has been forced to admit that the screen is amazingly clear, even in bright light. The bonus with this screen is that it can be moved away from the body of the camera and tilted to all manner of angles, so for instance you can hold it above your head and have the screen tilted to 90 degrees so it's visible to you as you look directly up. It's on an "arm" so it can also be tilted to turn facing upwards so you can have the camera on the floor and look directly down at the screen as well. This sounds complicated, but it's a great feature.
3. Ease of use - I loved the range of different pre-set set scene modes on the camera, promising optimum results across a wide spectrum of photo opportunities. (More on this in a minute!)
4. Long-life - A bit of a contradiction against reason 3 maybe, but I harbour a long-time desire to "get into" photography - to be able to understand all the terminology, to be able to compose my own perfect photograph, in short, to own an SLR. However, I'm not a faddy person, and I didn't want to launch into a huge expense of an SLR at this stage and not be able to get the full value from it, still sitting here in 12 months time using Auto mode and one lens! This camera seemed to offer plenty of scope for exercising photographic skill, if and when I acquire any!
The camera has 16 pre-set scene modes, with the camera settings all preset to give optimum results in each particular mode - snow, beach, night portrait, portrait, sports, party/indoor, sunset, dusk/dawn, close-up, food, museum, fireworks, black & white copy (text), panorama, pet portrait, 3D.
I won't stretch your goodwill in reading my review by going into detail on all of those, in fact some I've not even used!, but please indulge me on a few that I find most handy and effective..
Pet portrait ~ If, like me, you are biased and besotted by the photogenic nature of your pets then this setting will get the most use! The default mode is for the camera to detect the faces of your pet(s) and the shutter automatically releases when the face is in focus. This has done away with those hundreds of shots you discard because the little darlings move or look away just as you framed the perfect picture.
Close-up ~ The macro shots I've had from this camera have been absolutely amazing. I took some shots of some flowers with raindrops on them which were stunning in the detail they showed up.
Sunset ~ This mode really does take spectacular sunset shots. The colours that are picked out have given me some of the favourite pictures I've ever taken. I have a bit of an obsession with seeking out sunsets on holidays and must have hundreds, but the sunsets I've taken with this camera are streets ahead of any of my previous ones.
Portrait/Night portrait ~ Again, superb quality. I did get a few complaints about the blinding flash though, but the camera does the rest in terms of red eye reduction, face recognition, blink detection and smiles. The night portrait mode is noticeably different from other cameras I've had in that it still manages to capture surroundings and background, rather than just darkness - the pictures are much closer to what you are actually seeing.
Food ~ I have also had a bit of fun with this setting, and it has made some of my partner's culinary creations look like they stepped straight out of a Masterchef filming! I don't really have a use for those pictures but it's definitely a "nice-to-have", particularly if you're into your presentation.
Depending on your interest or ability, all the settings on the Nikon P510 can be manually adjusted on three settings - Shutter Priority Auto, Aperture Priority Auto or Manual. The three modes give you the options as to whether you want to manually control the shutter speed, the aperture value or both. There is a fourth Programmable Mode which is "Programmed Auto" where the camer automatically controls the exposure. There are two easily adjustable dials for use in adjusting these manual settings, one on the top of the camera and one on the back.
Naturally, the camera does all the things you might expect from a camera of this price bracket and spec. Again, here are a few that I have found the most useful and some of the features that may set this camera apart for you...
The camera can be used to take movies, and has "Full HD movie recording with stereo sound". I did shoot one movie for the purposes of this review of my cats at their most boisterous, which we played back on the TV, and the quality and sound were top-notch. If movie-shooting is your thing, there is a single button to press to switch between stills and movies, which would be very handy.
There are a number of continuous shooting options to cover every possible desire - including 60 or 120 frames per second, and a funky feature "Multi-shot" which takes 16 shots and arranges them all in a single picture. "Best shot selector" is recommended for low-light conditions where the camera will take up to 10 shots while you hold the shutter closed and automatically select the best (least or no blur) for storage.
Pictures (and movies) can be shot in black and white or sepia, but the extent of the special effects you can apply in playback/editing on this camera could almost do away with the need for separate photo editing software! On the camera itself you can apply different colourways, "selective colour" which keeps part of the image colour and the rest black and white, make the photograph look like a painting, softening colours, adding a border, even a fisheye lens effect - all of these mean you can have a play around with your pics before you get chance to get to your software, or if you're away from it - on holiday for example. The screen is large and clear enough to make this really accessible. Any images you play around with are separate from the original so you're free to have fun with no risk of losing the original shots!
Finally two other features which are less common in many cameras, which I haven't yet had a use for, but think they need a mention! So this information is from the manual, not personal experience...
GPS which is built in records the location where a picture is taken "as a geotag in the image data".
3D Shooting in which you take two shots of the subject (guided by icons in the camera monitor) and the camera composes a 3D image. A 3D TV or monitor is needed to view the shots, you can't see them in 3D on the camera screen.
This is a fabulous camera which looks the business, but above everything else, takes amazing photographs across a huge spectrum of situations and settings. The zoom will astound you for the size and cost of the camera, and the quality of the photographs is by far the best of any camera I've ever owned, and I have always prided myself on owning a "decent" camera.
We paid £215 for this camera from Pixmania.com in December 2012, although on their website it's now shot up to £295 which appears to be much the "going rate" around the web. If you're in the market for a new special camera, and this is anywhere in your budget, I definitely recommend it as one to be snapped up!