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Nikon with 42X Zoom does the job,
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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.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2012 20:53:03 BDT
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Posted on 1 Apr 2012 20:53:50 BDT
What's the autofocus like, is it fast or sluggish? How does the AF perform at full or near-full zoom? I'm thinking of getting one of these to replace my Fuji HS10, which is an excellent camera but has a pretty poor autofocus system and nearly useless manual focus (mainly due to the dreadful viewfinder and fiddly manual focus ring). What is the EVF like?
Any info greatly appreciated. (sorry for the barrage of questions)
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 11:22:24 BDT
P. Lee says:
Hi Big Hair. I was anticipating the P510, until I saw some YouTube examples of the zoom in action with movies. It hunts for focus in a disturbing way when zooming and panning. I wrote to Nikon about this, and they said it was normal behaviour. Which killed the camera for me as I wanted the movie option to be flawless.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 14:59:10 BDT
I am going to use it for stills (although the main reason I haven't used the Fuji HS10 for video is that it is pretty poor - mainly due to the jerky manual zoom). I need to be able to zoom for bird pictures and to 'get up close' for flower and plant macros.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 15:23:24 BDT
F. M. Tulley says:
At full zoom, the autofocus overshoots a bit then backs up to the correct position. If you then re-focus on the same subject is quickly readjusts. At x18 zoom it seems to be the same quick response as my Panasonic FZ18. The EVF seems ok. I don't take movies. I'm off now to photograph orchids with it, hopefully.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 16:14:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2012 16:15:36 BDT
Sounds good, any chance of some pics posted? I'm drooling at the prospect of buying this camera and it's payday tomorrow...
Oh - any chance you could check out the manual focus? Sorry to be a pain.
ps - good luck with the orchids!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 17:49:30 BDT
F. M. Tulley says:
Manual focus can be adjusted with rear 'selector switch' or side of lens up/down switch. It is a little bit fast for the final tweak, but I will probably get used to it.
I have put four sample pix on my Mark Tulley section of flickr. I hope you can find them. They are straight from the camera, 16M pixels at Normal quality setting. You can;t get RAW from this camera but I didn't use it on the FZ18 anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 18:15:54 BDT
Thanks again for your help, I'll have a look on Flickr - with you on the RAW files, I soon found that the jpgs from the Fuji were as good as I could achieve by hand-crafting the RAWs.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 18:17:07 BDT
P. Lee says:
Thanks for those samples Mark.
The link for others, is http://www.flickr.com/photos/fmtulley/
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 18:47:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2012 18:48:24 BDT
Found your pics - the Dunnock certainly demonstrates the P510's AF and IS at max zoom - many thanks. Anyone thinking of buying this camera should check out Mark's pictures - they say far more than any other source I have found to date....