Nikon P510, P310

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Coolpix P510

Nikon picks a pair of potent performers, the Coolpix P510 and P310.

The company says the P510 breaks the zoom barrier. Uh huh. How does 1000 mm on the long end sound?

The P510 has a 42x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens, the equivalent of 24-1000 mm.

Couple that with optical Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization and Nikon’s Expeed C2 high-performance digital image processing engine and you do, indeed, have a potent performer.

Photographers are given increased stability with the additional zoom control located on the side of the lens barrel.

The P510 includes an advanced 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and high-speed continuous shooting (up to 5 images at full resolution in approximately one second), backed up by fast autofocus.

This camera also comes with built-in GPS capabilities, Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound (with zooming possible during recording with AF).

The P510 has a 3-inch high-resolution, vari-angle monitor.

The new P310 achieves superior image quality in low-light settings, says Nikon, by leveraging the 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, wide ISO range up to 3200 (Hi1 6400 equivalent) and a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens.

Coolpix P310

The P310 fights blur by incorporating advanced optical VR image stabilization.

Scene modes include Advanced Night Portrait mode, Night Landscape mode and Backlight/ High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. The Advanced Night Portrait mode combines consecutive images of the background while the subject is captured using the flash, and Night Landscape mode combines a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed and produces a single image with reduced noise. The Backlight HDR mode merges images of the same scene at different exposures to achieve a single image with broad range of tonal detail.

The camera also offers P/S/A/M shooting (program, shutter- and aperture-priority, and manual), plus a new Zoom Memory function that enables the selection of popular prime focal lengths during shooting.

Through an easily accessible top-mounted control wheel, users are able to adjust shutter speed, aperture and other settings. Also included are special effects and filter effects that can be added to photos in-camera.

To facilitate easy composing, viewing and playback, the P310 features a 3-inch high-resolution LCD screen.

The camera can capture Full HD (1080p) video at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with AF and stereo sound, and allows for the use of the optical zoom while recording. The camera also lets users edit movies in-camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P510 – available in black, red or silver – is scheduled to be available in March at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $449.95.

The P310, in black only, is scheduled to be available in mid-March at an MSRP of $349.95.

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