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...
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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...
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225 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY REMARKABLE CAMERA HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)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 modern marketing mode Nikon have now produced a 'P520' but other than cramming another 2 megapixels out of the chip and adding one fifth of one inch to the viewing screen there is very little in the new specification worthy of note and of course you will pay circa £400 for the privilege. To summarise, yes battery life could be a little better and focussing on moving objects a little quicker (a problem removed by pre-focussing and keeping the shutter button part depressed) but the very long list of 'plus' points FAR outweigh any shortcomings. This a remarkable machine and I have been so impressed I have completed on-line half a dozen books on both Photobox and Blurb systems, including one commercial ISBN production. Go for it!
I am not allowed a second review but as a follow-up to my review of three months ago I can say that this sensational camera has completely re-vitalised my photography. It is easy to run out of adjectives but one moment I am photographing a pin point sharp bee on a flower, the next moment a wonderful landscape and the next an express train passing the local station. I cannot stop taking pictures. I am like a 16 year old with a new toy rather than a 70 year old pensioner. I am absolutely thrilled by the product, I now know how to 'drive' it and all I can do is repeat, on 5 september 2012, my early June 'highly recommended' opinion. It is a great all-in-one package. Go for it!
I have been taking photographs for 60 years, 50 of them with quality cameras. These range from old British Kershaw roll film cameras and a twin lens Reflex Rolleiflex to a SLR Pracktica with Pentax lenses, M3 Leica, 6x7 Pentaxes and various 35mm Nikon SLRs with prime Nikkor lenses. In digital terms I confess to only having, until now, a Sony point and shoot with a 5x zoom lens.
I can say categorically without brand favour that this is the most remarkable piece of camera equipment I have ever owned. It takes much to impress me but in modern 'lingo' terms I have been "knocked out" by it staggering performance. After years of black cameras I chose the maroon version and very attractive it is too. The build quality is excellent with the single exception of the plastic cable port cover. Everybody raves about the single integral lens with total justification. It is hard to believe that the range (in 35mm film terms) is 24mm to 1000mm. You can barely see some objects which become full frame with the lens extended. The lens is great fun, very intrusive (if you choose), reasonably fast (f5.9 at 1000mm) but it is the range that impresses - and although not a gadget man, why be second best with only 800mm available! It focuses down to something like a centimeter and I have a lovely sharp picture of a snail. For bird life it is unsurpassed as an 'all in one' unit. By contrast I have taken express trains at a fast shutter priority setting and, except for the tiniest shutter lag (much less than the point and shoot cameras but a nano-second longer than an SLR), the result was excellent and was published the following day in an on-line magazine!
The operation is smooth, the shape and camera grip perfect, the menus are clear even to a 'film' man, there are two zoom controls and more settings than you can possibly imagine. A minor gripe is that the main instructions are on CD with a limited handbook. The GPS does not interest me but it has it, and I can never imaginge taking a movie but it does this in full 1080HD. The viewing screen is ultra high quality and very bright but purchase quality screen protectors. The screen is also adjustable. By contrast the eye level viewfinder works but is of poor quality with a 'grainy' feel. But quite remarkably it has a dioptre adjuster for those with less that 20/20 vision, most useful. The flash is well hidden and of the 'pop-up' type and works very well at all distance, except beyond ultimate range.
The focussing is spot on but as others have said it takes a moment to 'hunt' before settling at long focal lengths but then they all do. This is quickly cured by just a touch on the shutter button. The focussing areas shown on the screen are a great help and I do not think too many pixels have been crammed onto their new censor/chip, which has a new specification, because the definition looks to my trained eye to be excellent. This is not a DSLR - BUT - I have 6 lenses on my film cameras to extend from 28mm to 300mm and you would probably need three good zooms with a DSLR to cover the range, at huge cost and weight. The P510 is also light without feeling flimsy. The camera is good looking and you feel like you have just joined the press corps. Battery life is probably not the best but it is not just the number of shots it takes on one charge, it is how much you play with the zoom and by golly do you play with this one! Buy a spare battery and charger - less than £20 if you shop right.
Overall, an absolutely remarkable if not sensational camera that I highly recommend and you do not need a second mortgage to buy it. I just feel so sad for all those camera bodies and lenses that have now entrered their semi-retirement without a pension plan!!
73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of Kit,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I have moved from using DSLR cameras all the time largely because of their weight and the need to frequently carry extra lenses to cope with both long and macro work. To loose the "Raw" facility with this camera was I thought going to be a major negative but the picture qualiity, power of the zoom and overall standard of the camera are outstanding.
My main interests are wildlife and macro photography. So small birds, their darting movements and indifferent light are my daily lot and the camera has proved equal to the task.
The zoom - well other reviwers have commented on its ability which is simply outstanding and the image stabilisation is equal to the task.
I have to admit to not yet mastering the capturing of movement yet but it is a still early days.
This is the first review I have written on Amazon inspite of being a regular customer for a number of years but I simply have to let other potential customers know what a great product Nikon have produced. If I can master the process I will try to add a few pictures I have taken.
133 of 134 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous with reservation,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Hi, I've had this camera a couple of days now and am really starting to love it. In brief, this little beauty takes very good pictures at all zoom positions. The autofocus is not as snappy as say the Canon 1000D et al but it's honestly very good - certainly not what I'd rate as a weakness by any measure. The image stabilization is in my opinion outstanding - yes you really can take crisp pictures at 1000mm (and up to 2000mm with digital-zoom) with this camera. This camera has a multitude of features, some of which effect your pictures at the instant of taking the picture, some are post-processing functions ala PSE. I've tried a few of them and they seem to work well, as advertised it must be said.
Now for the dropped star in my rating.....
If you are considering this camera with the intention of using the video capabilities for anything other than shooting either stationary or very slowly-moving subjects not further than about half the zoom-range away - think again. When using in video mode the autofocus seems to suffer a nervous breakdown; to reiterate what others have already said, the video AF simply dozes in and out of focus and can take an age to achieve focus at all - it is in all honesty quite useless. I tried it with the camera mounted on a monopod and got diabolical results, goodness knows what it's like hand-held! Finally, when zooming (and indeed focusing) during video you are able to hear every whir, buzz and what sounds like tiny men inside the camera working pulleys - rendering any sound recorded unusable.
This AF problem is ONLY WITH VIDEO, in my somewhat limited experience; when using (as I intended when purchasing this camera)for still photography this camera is fantastic and you will very quickly grow to love it!
In summary - for stills - easily 5 stars - excellent performance, for video - definately 2 stars at most - it will make you weep if you want this camera to shoot video......
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix P510,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I am a keen amateur photographer who owns Nikon DSLR's and lenses for doing my more serious stuff and a Panasonic Lumix digital compact that I can put in my pocket for days out when I dont want an expensive and heavy SLR hanging round my neck.
I have a holiday coming up where I do not want to take my SLR's but I want something a bit more versatile and better quality than my digital compact, for this the P510 is the perfect compromise.
I chose the Nikon because the superior quality in every Nikon other product I have bought has always been immedeatly apparent and the P510 does not dissapoint, I have the vibration reduction (VR) function on some of my SLR lenses so I was already aware of its advantages photographing at extreme zoom ranges.
16 megapixels? well theres all sorts of ideas upon how many megapixels you may need, personally for normal photoraphs I think 12 megapixels is loads, trouble is you pay for extra megapixels in storage space, but worse still in processing time, 16mp pictures are noticably slower to send to my printer than 12mp.
I found the eyepiece small and difficult to use and instantly missed my SLR, if you are looking at this camera rather than a compact then you probably take your photography a bit more seriously than most and I would urge you to look at an entry level Nikon SLR above this, it will cost a little more but you will find it more comfortable, faster and easy to use, dont forget SLR's have a fully automatic mode too!
If you are looking at this camera for the same reasons as me then go for it! early results are impressive, it is not as fast and comfortable to use as an SLR but it will be perfect for my forthcoming holiday.
Some of the critics mention shortcomings in its performance at extreme zoom ranges, seems OK to me, if you are taking photo's with this camera, chances are they are for the family album and they will look great, if you are taking photo's for publishing in a magazine where slight imperfections matter then you probably wont be using a camera like this anyway.
UPDATE 5th AUGUST 2012
Just come back from the holiday for which this camera was bought, I am even more impressed with it than I was before, the results in auto mode are incredible, using the effects mode for sunsets captured some amazing pictures, the best photo's I have taken this year have been with this camera.
What I cannot get my head around is it's 1000mm equivalent optical zoom, to achieve this with an SLR you would have to spend around £5000-00p, yet here it is for £400-00p???? and the results are really good, I took a photo of a Sparrow at 1000mm, without a tripod, it was good enough for printing at A3 and easily as good as some of the photo's you might see in the text books, (even if I do say so myself!!).
The ONLY downside of this camera is it does not have a 'burst' mode, it would be no good for photographing fast moving objects, it is slower to react than my SLR's, you would really struggle to capture fast moving objects and despite my successful Sparrow photograph, capturing moving wildlife is not easy.
There is nothing quite like putting my D7000 into 'machine gun' mode and firing off 6 frames per second for capturing fast jets or racing cars, the SLR eyepiece is far superior too, making moving objects easier to follow, having said that the P510 has made me wonder if I really do need the new Nikon D800?
149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for wildlife,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Gunmetal (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Lugging around a DSLR with a long telephoto lens can be very tiring but I like to have a camera with me every time I go out. I bought one of these P510s a few weeks ago when they were first introduced. I didn't really know what to expect. It sounds great on paper but was the blurb too good to be true? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. My first few shots of greenfinches at my back garden bird feeder were superb - and they were hand held. I couldn't hand-hold my DSLR with a 500mm lens like that. It needs a monopod or tripod. The P510 is very easy to use and has most of the features of my Nikon DSLRs. The only slight drawback is that the speed of focusing is slower than my DSLR and telephoto. Fine if the subject is sitting still but not so good if it is moving. It won't replace my DSLR completely but as a 'second camera' to have with me all the time, it is excellent.
111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait!,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I'm so pleased I hung on for the release of this camera having nearly bought a different one a couple of months ago. It is my first Nikon, having had Fujifilm cameras before which I did really like but the lure of having an obscene 42 x optical zoom was just too tempting! Even at full zoom you get nice clear shots and the whole camera just seems to be much more user friendly than my trusty old Fujis. It probably hasn't quite got such a solid feel to it as I was expecting and is very light, but seems well built and looks great. The separate button for video shooting is a real advantage, just hit it and you are shooting straight away. It takes great HD footage although can struggle to autofocus sometimes in video mode once you get towards full zoom. Anyway, it's all about that 42x zoom really isn't it! I read some 'expert' opinions before the camera was released saying that it would struggle to give good results on full zoom. It doesn't, it's great! Go buy one!
Update: Having used the camera for a few weeks now, I am also getting autofocus problems that some other reviewers have reported. For this reason, I would probably drop a star from 5 to 4 in rating. It tends to happen most in lower light levels, on long zoom. As I have already mentioned, it is very poor autofocusing when zooming in video capture mode, even when zooming slowly. However, I am still very pleased in general and have got some great shots at full zoom! I would still recommend.
69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon pull off a superb bridge camera with unbeatable reach,
I've never owned a Nikon before and all my previous cameras have been compacts so this was a bit of a sea change for me. I'm not a lover of bulky cameras and am a firm believer in the old adage 'the best camera is the one you have on you', so DSLR and bridge cameras have never really appealed. Nevertheless, I often found I just needed more reach, even though I've been using the 16x Panasonic TZ20.
So when Nikon brought out the longest zoom lens to date with the whopping 42x zoom I was intrigued. But then I was concerned that Canon seem much more established in this market with a greater following, and their image quality on the SX40 has been reviewed to be marginally better, albeit with a 35x zoom. But then the FZ150 seems to have been put ahead of both the Nikon and Canon for speed and quality among other things. But there was simply no way I was happy to suddenly go up from a pocket-sized 16x zoom to a bridge camera offering me 24x, it just didn't appeal that much. I may well have been happy with the Canon, but have to say I'm a bit disappointed in their LCD screen which should really have been upgraded by now, and I think more effort could have been put into updating the camera when the SX40 was launched, but it did offer some advantages and the articulated screen is a great tool. For me it came a close second.
Ultimately though, if I was going to cart a bridge camera around I wanted the best zoom there is. But was that at the risk of compromising everything else? Absolutely not, this really is a superb camera, capable of heart-stopping shots, hand-held at a 1000mm - an incredible feat by any standard. Not having used Nikon before I found the menus and buttons incredibly intuitive, easily finding my way around pretty much from the start. Someone else mentioned they'd found the camera to be very 'user-friendly' and I guess that's a perfect way of describing it.
I'm learning increasingly when looking at reviews that faults and criticisms, however often repeated, are not necessarily as meaningful as might be thought. Maybe it's all about context. If criticisms are made from someone expecting DSLR-like performance; well they perhaps need to be treated as unrealistic. I've found no evidence of sluggish focus - in fact I've been bowled over by its responsiveness, even at the far end of telephoto. Start up is as quick as you could wish for. Build is fine, might not be quite as robust as the Sony seems to be, but then the images and processing from Sony were just not my thing, so it's all about what your highest priorities are. But the Nikon certainly feels solid enough, great to hold and as mentioned earlier, is one of the more compact bridge cameras, despite that long zoom!
I've got no problem with the battery life but bought a non-Nikon spare for a few pounds from AAA via Amazon (which I can thoroughly recommend) so I'm more than happy with that.
But ultimately it's all about the images, and I have to say I'm completely delighted with the results. I'm still dumbfounded by the stabilisation technology necessary to successfully produce pin-sharp images at a 1000mm, yet somehow Nikon have pulled it off; hats off to them there. Colours are wonderful and I really like the wide scope for in-camera editing. I'm taking wildlife pictures in the main, alongside wild flower images, for which the macro and tilting screen have performed admirably. But best of all the camera is a real joy to use, to hold, and to have around, and that's all you can really ask for in a camera.
So if you've been wondering whether that zoom is too good to be true, or if you might be compromising on other features and performance, then rest assured, this is the real deal - the Nikon P510 is a camera capable of exceeding your expectations. I'm new to Nikon, but glad I've joined the party!
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera but a little sluggish,
Trevor - Wigan
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Camera,
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I've done a lot of research into cameras available at the moment, and did settle on a olympus which I ended up returning as was so disappointed in the zoom and delay inbetween photos. So decided to wait until this one was released, rather than buy the P500, and it was well worth the wait, looks great being in red, gets lots of attention. Great zoom, focus fabulous, quick on images, I've taken some amazing shots with it already. Chuffed to bits!!
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get close!,
The Nikon Coolpix P510 is available in three finishes; red, gun metal grey and black. I chose the black model as I think it looks the part. It is very silky to the touch and the main handling parts have a nice rubberised finish which adds to the grip. The camera is light and the design gives excellent and easy handling. I also find it a beautifully balanced little bridge camera. Apart from the zoom lens, it has a really clear, high resolution 3 inch monitor which makes framing and playing back your shots a pleasure. The monitor is easily moved about to allow for unusual shooting positions. If the monitor is difficult to see in bright conditions, you can change to an electronic viewfinder to frame your pictures. While it is not as good as the viewfinders fitted to Nikon DSLR's, it is an extremely handy piece of gear. The focus on the viewfinder can be easily adjusted by a little diopter fitted at the side of it. The camera has the usual Nikon first class finish and the controls are very intuitive to use; especially if you have used other Nikon cameras.
Overall, this Coolpix gives you an awful lot of camera for your money. It has, for example, a range of shooting options. Although I intend to shoot mostly in the Auto mode for ease of use, it offers both aperture and shutter priority settings and full manual control if desired. It also provides a range of pre-set scene settings which are worth exploring. And while I intend shooting stills, it has an excellent range of video options. It also has a neat pop-up flash unit and, if you don't know where you are, a GPS for pin-pointing your location. Personally I like to keep my photography simple, but should you tend to be a bit of a geek, you will not be disappointed with the full range of features this little beauty has on offer.
You will need to buy a memory card, which is easily fitted, and the battery took about 2 hours to fully charge. The battery is supplied, but I would recommend you consider getting a spare as, from personal experience, you will take lots of pictures with the P510. You might also think about getting an optional battery charger as this will allow you to keep using the camera while charging up any spare battery.
To protect the camera while carrying it about, you should consider getting a good bag. I bought a Lowepro Apex 100 AW which fits the P510 like a glove.
If you register your Coolpix with Nikon you will get an extended warranty. At the same time you should order a printed manual. The camera is supplied with a limited quick start guide and an excellent electronic manual, but these are of little use in the field.
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