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Fabulous with reservation,
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This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P510 Compact Digital Camera - Red (16.1MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer) (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......
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2012 18:37:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2012 18:37:52 BDT
You can use manual focus in "Programmed Auto" ("P") mode when shooting video. (Just press down on the dial when in P mode and select manual, before starting to film.) It's a little slow, but at least you have control over it.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 13:43:03 BDT
Can you easily track moving subjects using manual mode? I suspect not.
My thanks to the initial reviewer for highlighting the auto-focus issues.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 08:24:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2012 08:24:15 BDT
Not really, you do get better with practice, but if it's important you're probably better going for a Panasonic bridge (which have good video and AF though less zoom).
Posted on 8 Feb 2013 12:37:14 GMT
Yes, the auto focus is BAD when videoing - more noticeable when using the zoom.
Have a look on YouTube.
This one, which isn't mine by the way, demonstrates how bad it is very nicely.
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