225 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY REMARKABLE CAMERA HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
As a FINAL addendum to this review I have added this 'postscript' on 23 February 2013. During the past 9 months I have now taken over 10,000 frames on my P510 completely trouble free. The camera has done everything asked of it and I am as enthusiastic as ever about the camera, which can now be acquired from about £240. This must be the bargain of the century! In typical...
Published 18 months ago by J. Vaughan
126 of 160 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Zoom but everything else is very disappointing
I expect most people who buy this are working their way up from a pocket digital and will be delighted with the extra facilities, but I was coming back down from a Panasonic Lumix G2 with separate lenses to a camera that was easier to carry about for everyday use, and the zoom range is what attracted me to this camera.
The zoom range is fantastic; remarkable...
Published 19 months ago by TheWalkerTouch.co.uk
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon with 42X Zoom does the job,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Gunmetal (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I've had the Nikon P510 for a week and I am delighted with it. Replacing my faithful Panasonic FZ18 after 4 years, I wanted bigger zoom for bird photography and a flip-up viewer for flower photos. The lens seems 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.
My first Nikon - I am very pleased, no regrets yet.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning pictures and videos on safari!,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I bought this camera to take on a safari holiday, also, holidays are a major expense and I wanted to learn to take better photos and video souvenirs. I was looking for a something a step up from a digital camera with a bit more manual control, good quality lens, with something bigger than a 12 or 14 x zoom. On safari you're taken quite close to the animals and I didn't want or need anything heavy and complicated or to buy different lenses as I'm still a novice at this. This was the perfect camera for me. Setting up was very easy, instructions were very good, and easy to switch very quickly from photo to video mode and vice versa. I'm still learning about the camera; while taking pictures of the wildlife I mostly used the P (Programmed) and the Scene settings ( pet portraits). The picture and video quality is absolutely amazing and impressed a professional photographer who is a relative and who had given me some tips on depth, framing and background. The camera arrived 2 weeks before I travelled on a safari/holiday. The paper instruction manual that came with the camera is pretty basic . Fuller instructions are on the cd version of the manual, so I emailed the pdf version to my ipod touch and read it on the plane. I took over 700 hundred photos (4m image size) and about 15 minutes of videos on a 8gb sandisk memory card. I took a spare battery and recharged each battery twice, mostly because I was looking at the photos and videos I'd taken, on the camera itself. Downloading the images to my laptop I found a little slow and it may be something to do with the speed on the memory card, I haven't quite figured that out yet.
I really enjoyed using and experimenting with the camera and hope to get more amazing pictures and videos to enjoy on my holidays in future at the Olympics this year.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does it all,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)After reading the reviews and looking at the samples -on-line, I decided to take the plunge and order the camera off Amazon especially at the price. With a trip looming to the North rim of the Grand Canyon I decided I couldn't be bothered lugging round a bag full of lenses and an SLR, especially in the summer heat. When the camera arrived (next
day with Prime) I took it out between the showers to try out the mammoth zoom lens. Having used a Lumix FZ45 last year and then returning it due to a faulty zoom control, I wondered how this Nikon would fare. Some reviews comment on the build quality, really? trust me it is a sold camera nice to grip and use. Performance wise it is excellent typical Nikon colours, just right...the zoom is fantastic the VR system keeps images sharp even at 1,000mm.
Need 'real world' examples head over to [...]...my shots are under martd Finally I am so impressed I will travel light this summer with this 'do it all camera'...
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix P510 Digital Camera,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Very pleased with this product. Good results even at full zoom. A little slow on focus in this range, but more than acceptable. Find controls relatively easy to use after a short time of use. Photographs obviously not as clear as expensive DLSR Cameras, but to get good zoom results with these would cost hundreds of pounds in telephoto lenses. Plus the extra weight to carry around. I have heard negative reports regarding the battery having a short life. This has been no problem for me. I can take at least 260 photographs and have purchased a back up Duracell battery for eleven pounds off Amazon and this takes just as many photographs as the Nikon. For convenience and performance this is by far the best Digital Camera I have owned. Great for me to use as a second camera being small and light to carry and of course the price.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but missing two valuable accessories,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)The only significant criticism I have of this camera package is that it doesn't come with a separate battery charger and a spare battery. If you want these you have to buy them separately, which isn't so much 'expensive' as 'just a nuisance'. So only four stars on those counts. Otherwise in my view the Nikon Coolpix P510 is a first-class product. I haven't noticed, or been disappointed by, any of the 'demerits' libelled by some other reviewers, namely:
1. Focus hunts when shooting film clips? Okay. Perhaps a little if you're filming a football match or other fast-moving action scene that requires a lot of panning and tilting. But no more than similar bridge cameras in the same price bracket. I've made several well-focussed films of our grandkids and the dogs playing in the back garden.
2. Pictures are quite soft? Not in my view. The pictures look great and compare favourably to those shot using the Canon EOS 500D, the Pentax K-X, the Panasonic Lumix FZ150 & the Fuji FinePix HS10.
3. Cheap build quality? Not in my opinion. The Coolpix P510 is built no better or worse than the competition. It's a sturdy little beast all right.
4. Doesn't shoot RAW images? True. It doesn't. But do you really need that facility? Many of the JPEG images I've shot so far with this Nikon have been printed out straight from the camera and put in frames where they look absolutely brilliant. Perhaps an expert would disagree. But I, like most people probably, am not an expert. I just like fine images, which the P510 delivers time after time on the fully-automatic setting.
5. Poor battery life? Haven't noticed. The supplied battery has always had plenty of puff for me. Yet, as with any other camera, a spare battery and a means of charging it would be handy for intensive photo sessions.
However, where the P510 really comes into its own - there's nothing else to match it right now - is its long zoom lens. This is quite fantastic for capturing wildlife - especially birds - in terrific detail. The animals just don't know you're there because you're so far away. I also haven't noticed any of the alleged 'purple fringing' and 'barrel distortion' on this lens as mentioned by some reviewers with regard to certain zoom levels. The 42x lens just takes amazing close-ups from great distances, even when the targets are moving and the camera is set to automatic. To get the same results from any other camera at this time it would need to be a DSLR fitted with a photojournalist-style lens costing megabucks. I've also tried out the P510's digital zoom with fine printable results. So I can see this camera being popular with private investigators, secret agents and public authorities etc. who will love its modest purchase price, its astounding zoom capability and its ease of use meaning that virtually anyone can bring back splendid pictures from the field.
Therefore, don't be put off by the negative comments about Nikon's P510 and how it's not as good as, say, the more expensive Panasonic Lumix F150. I've got a Lumix FZ150 and I can tell you, hand on heart, that in many scenarios the P510 produces superior results - in particular when shooting moving targets from a distance. In this respect the P510 even outshines the EOS 500D, AND without all the 'fiddling' you have to do with that camera to get the goods. Although I don't mind all the 'fiddling', a lot of people I know can't be bothered with it. They just want to take great pics quickly with the minimum of fuss. So, if you're one of those people - and, I must admit, I often am myself - the Nikon Coolpix P510 will be right up your street.
Whereas, with a spare battery and a separate charger it would be near perfect.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance in a small package,
I can not understand why anyone would say something negative about this camera!...
The 42X zoom is amazing, I took mine to a football match at Old Trafford and took fantastic clear photos of players all over the pitch, with the end results looking as though I was stood next to them!
Last night I used the full optical and the 2x Digital zoom to take a stunning picture of the Moon, with each and every crater visible.
The clarity on each and every picture I have taken is stunning, even at full zoom. I took a beautiful picture of my baby girl, uploaded it on to my iPad and zoomed in on her eyes where I could clearly see everything she was looking at in the reflection.
At the football match I took a 24mm picture of the whole stadium, and with such high resolution I can zoom in on spectators on the other stands.
At the football match I took over 160 images at full resolution, and the battery indicator still showed 100%!
Build and feel
For such a powerful machine, this is an incredibly light camera. That being said, you can feel the build quality when holding it in your hands. Contray to other reviews, nothing rattles, and the lens zooms in and out quietly and smoothly.
As per other reviews, if you start recording at 24mm and then use the zoom, it will loose focus TEMPORARILY, however this is easily and quickly rectified by pressing the scroll wheel left, to activate auto focus. I filmed the starting line up for both teams at the football game at full zoom and the end result is amazing. No loss of focus, smooth FULL HD recording, with surround sound.
When you press the record button, the screen changes to wide angle (Hollywood movie style), which instantly makes you feel like Tarantino!
I am using a 16GB 45Mb/s Sandisk SD card. The transfer rate is lightning fast and I am able to take a second picture almost immediately. Make sure you get an SD card with high transfer rate, and don't be conned into buying one just because it is a "Class 10", all that means is that it has a transfer rate of 10Mb/s or higher!
Built in picute manipulation
The on board OS has many different options for taking the picture, and my favorite has to be the single colour mode. Point the camera at your subject and it gives you the options of which colour to show, turning all other colours black and white. Stunning results from the moment you press the button, rather than playing with it later in Photoshop etc.
The skin softening is also a brilliant tool, which does what it says on the tin.
In my opinion this is the best Digital Bridge Camera available at the moment, and at £325 it's a snip!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product review.,
I tested this bridge camera against all its near rivals and in my opinion it was by far the best.
The controls are well placed and very easy to use. Every control button is just what is needed to perform different functions or alter settings.
The menu is so intuitive and flows really well allowing add ons such as GPS or digital zoom, image size or quality to be adjusted quickly with the minimum of fuss.
Other bridge cameras I tried were not nearly so intuitive and in my opinion were clumsy, not logical and really didn't work so well. I say this as a person used to computers, software and e design as my job.
The lens is really impressive and despite some reviews I read does not spend too much time hunting to focus.
It is very wide angle perfect for many situations and the zoom is excellent.
I have been particularly impressed by the image stabilisation. I tried the camera in a large warehouse type store and it could zoom to the end of the store (50 metres) and I could read the packaging instructions on a battery pack the size of a hand. I was quite taken aback by the quality in low light at full zoom. There wasn't even much noise. It also has a noise reduction function, again easily found using the menu.
The other competitors could not do this. They also did not in my opinion have such good stabilisation ability.
It handles well. The grip is nice. I bought it to take on safari, or for wildlife shots in the UK.
I like it so much I've used it for so many other situations.
Photographing grand children playing naturally and not falsely standing posed in front of a camera is a boon. You can sit on the patio whilst they play at the far end of the garden and they act naturally and are not self conscious and the photos are so much better.
Landscapes are great as are city centre photos.
I have been a photographer for 30 years and have some high end cameras with 600mm double stabilised lenses, cameras that 24 mega pixel.They are great cameras but heavy. I have to carry lots of lenses, and a big shoulder bag.
This camera is light, small, good quality and fun to use and easy to carry. It's so versatile. It's a real delight. I would estimate that unless you are a professional like I was and needed high end cameras and lenses, then this camera will satisfy 99% of users. Even as a professional this camera grabs shots whilst others are looking for the right lens, or find that they need to zoom further than they are able to. so a shot gained is better than a shot not taken.
I love it - hope you do if you buy one.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - apart from the autofocus !,
I also tried some of the other settings/features, such as 3D, selective colour, 180 and 360 degree panoramas, user settings etc, and found them all to work well - I especially like the 'Night Landscape' setting, being able to take nightime shots without using the flash ! I was also surprised and impressed by the effects that can be performed after you had taken your pictures eg, fisheye, painting, selective colour, retouch etc.
Sadly, the main downfall with this camera (in my mind) is the autofocus - it can be rather hesitant - especially when using higher magnifications, it seems to 'hunt' for a moment or two. It rarely took over a second or two, so did'nt really bother me, but I could see it being a problem to some people.
Apart from this (minor) downfall, I am very happy with this camera, and would recomend it.
Anyone want to buy a Panasonic FZ-38 ?
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super zoom!,
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of kit.,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Gunmetal (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Twice in the past I have bought cameras with all the lenses, close-up bellows, flashes, tripods etc. what a pain it was to cart all that stuff about. After a few years of using digital compact cameras I decided I wanted something a bit more advanced without going back to the suitcase full of accessories. This Nikon P510 fits the bill perfectly. Who needs an assortment of lenses with a 42X zoom?
I have recently taken a number of shots of Red Square at night, they are pin-sharp even though the camera was hand-held. People are amazed when I show them candid portraits taken from some distance away, again hand-held. The image stabiliser works really well. At locations where flash is not allowed - no problem, take the shot and trust the stabiliser. Fill in flash for a backlit subject is perfect. GPS is another great feature, no more forgetting where a picture was taken.
I have yet to explore all the bells and whistles but so far I'm extremely impressed.
Power consumption may be slightly higher than other cameras I have used, but I always carry two spare batteries so no problem. I have never needed to change the battery more than once in a day even with fairly heavy usage.
A very impressive, versatile camera and far more convenient than all the other kit that now sits at the bottom of my wardrobe.
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