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Ilse Jurriën : February 3th 2012 - 22:35 CET
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NikonNikon P510 digital camera : Just a week prior to the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show in Japan, Nikon introduces a new super-zoom camera. The Nikon Coolpix P510 is the successor to the hugely popular Coolpix P500, which represented a landmark in the history of the Coolpix series with the highest zoom ratio ever. The Nikon P510 offers an amazing 42x optical Nikkor zoom lens that reaches a powerful 1000mm super-tele focal length, down to a 24mm wide-angle. The new Nikon Coolpix camera offers the same lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function for camera shake compensation (equivalent to a four-step increase in shutter speed), as the newly launched Coolpix P310, and is also equipped with a GPS function.

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510 camera
The Nikon Coolpix P510 is a compact, high-power zoom camera with an even greater zoom ratio that covers angles of view for a broad range of focal lengths, beginning at the wide-angle 24 mm to the telephoto 1000 mm. An excellent performer with unparalleled range, the compact Coolpix P510 boasts a 42x zoom, a tiltable high resolution 921K-dot LCD monitor and Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound. The tiltable LCD monitor of the Nikon P510 makes it easy to take shots from above or below to get a different perspective. Built-in GPS records the exact location where a picture was taken as a geotag in the photo data.

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16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P510
The Nikon Coolpix P510 packs a 16-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and advanced lens-shift vibration reduction for significantly less noise with shooting at high sensitivities. This results in the beautiful images with little noise that users expect, even with shooting in dimly lit surroundings. The Nikon P510 also offers a noise reduction burst feature that utilizes an automatic image overlay technology, which is applied with shooting in Night Portrait, Backlighting, and Night Landscape scene modes, to produce images with minimal noise

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Nikon Coolpix P510 test photos
Nikon published two test photos on its Imaging website. Download the Nikon P510 test photos to judge the image quality yourself.

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Picture Control feature on the Nikon P510
The Coolpix Picture Control, not available with the camera's predecessor, has been built into the Nikon Coolpix P510. This feature can be used to adjust the vividness of colors or degree of sharpening applied to images prior to shooting according to the type of subject or scene, shooting conditions, or intent. Coolpix Picture Control can be used in all four exposure modes - [P] programmed auto, [A] aperture-priority auto, [S] shutter-priority auto, [M] manual - the Nikon Coolpix P510 offers four preset picture controls; 'Standard', 'Neutral', 'Vivid' and 'Monochrome' and six options for fine tuning Picture Controls.


Nikon Coolpix P510 Target Finding AF
The Target Finding AF feature on the Nikon Coolpix P510 predicts the portion of the scene on which focus should be acquired and then selects the appropriate focus area and focus area size. This capability is clearly exhibited with shooting of smaller subjects such as flowers, food, and the like. As the Nikon P510 automatically specifies the active focus area in accordance with the size of the subject, photos will always be in clear focus.

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Full HD video recording with the Nikon P510
One-touch access to the video mode means you can switch easily from taking still pictures to videos in Full HD (1080p) with stereo sound. Optical zoom and autofocus functions are still available when recording a video, and the Nikon Coolpix P510 can record in slow or fast motion using speeds of up to 120 fps (VGA). Movies can be shot in iFrame format and a built-in HDMI connector lets you connect the camera directly to an HDTV, to view photos and films straight away with family and friends.

Nikon P510 test photos

Photo features on the Nikon Coolpix P510
The Nikon Coolpix P510 offers plenty of advanced photo features to make beautiful pictures without effort. The Auto HDR mode capture images with impressive tonal detail in any situation. The Nikon P510 camera combines two shots taken at different exposures during a single shutter release to create an image with wide dynamic range and rich colour gradation. In High-speed continuous shooting mode the Nikon Coolpix P510 can shoot up to 5 Full-resolution shots at 6 fps, or up to 30 full-resolution shots at 1 fps. In addition, the new Nikon camera also integrates a panorama mode and a 3D shooting mode.

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Nikon Coolpix P510 photo retouch menu
The Nikon Coolpix P510 is equipped with a built-in retouch menu to enhance your photos in-camera with a range of filter effects. The Nikon P510 includes options such as Selective Color, which converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of color to an area of your choice, and Cross Screen, which lends a starry effect to bright objects.

Nikon Coolpix P510 review

Transfer photos wireless with the Nikon P510
The Nikon Coolpix P510 is compatible with Eye-Fi X2 (or later) cards, making it possible to transmit your digital photos (in JPEG format) wirelessly to your mobile phone or personal computer, and then connect to the Internet to take advantage of Nikon’s photo sharing service, my Picturetown to back-up your images safely and securely.

Nikon Coolpix P510 price & availability
The Nikon Coolpix P510 comes in three trendy colors, black, dark grey and red. Included Nikon Coolpix P510 accessories are the EN-EL5 battery, EH-69P AC adapter, View NX2 software, LC-CP24 lens cap, AN-CP21 neck strap and an Audio/Video cable and USB cable. The Nikon Coolpix P510 will be available from March 2012 for an estimated retail price of €430 Euro in Europe. Prices may vary from country to country.

Nikon Coolpix P510 digital camera

Nikon Coolpix P510 review
Once we get our hands on a Nikon Coolpix P510 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures and videos, followed by an in-depth Nikon Coolpix P510 review. In the meantime entertain yourself with our Nikon Coolpix P500 review and learn more about the capabilities of a Nikon Coolpix P-Series camera or download the free brochure about all the newly launched Nikon Coolpix cameras.

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