Nikon® P510 review, 8.0 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
The Nikon P510 is a record-breaker in the compact camera category. It holds the tile for the longest optimal zoom available on the market. The camera has 42x zoom, which blows the rest of the competition out of the water. The zoom isn’t the only feature on the camera that’s worth having, however. Read on to findo out some of the good and bad about this camera.
Nikon P510 advantages
The P510 has a lot of features that you’ll like:
- Massive zoom: Obviously, the main draw of this camera for many people is going to be the zoom feature. You can’t get this much zoom in any other model, and the closest we could find is the P510’s predecessor, the Nikon P500. The P500 has a 36x optical zoom, and the closest Canon can come is the PowerShot SX40 HS with 35x. If you want zoom in an easy-to-handle package then this camera is for you.
- LCD screen: The 3-inch LCD on the P510 shows your images in great detail, but that’s not the only reason to love it. The screen is mounted to the camera on a bracket that allows for a nice range of movement. You’ll be able to set up shots and shoot video with no problem on on the P510.
- GPS tagging: You’ll also get GPS tagging with the P510, which is a nice feature to have. If you take this camera on a trip you won’t have to worry about recreating the route you took after the fact. You can just plot out the GPS data and it will show you exactly where you were when each frame was captured.
Nikon P510 disadvantages
The P510 has some shortcomings:
- Aperture: As you know, the aperture of a lens refers to how big the hole that’s letting light is. The lower the aperture, the bigger the hole and the more light can come in. On the P510, the aperture goes from 3 to 5.9. The 5.9 end of the range is when the camera is zoomed all the way in, which can cause some problems. It’s not a deal killer, but you’ll definitely need a lot of light if you’re going to be using the zoom feature to the max.
- Autofocus: The P510 also suffers from a malady that strikes many superzoom models when it comes to autofocus. Again, when you’re zoomed all the way in on something it might take a bit longer for the auto focus to do its job. It won’t be an issue at wider angles, however.
The Nikon P510 is a great compact camera with a ton of zoom. The P510 is also affordable, unlike some of its bigger brothers in the DSLR category. If you’re looking for a lot of zoom with a solid set of features then the Nikon P510 is for you.