Summary Nikon P510

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Specifications Key specs
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Screen size
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Screen resolution
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Wide angle
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Movie format
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Nikon Coolpix P510Nikon Coolpix P510


Nikon has replaced the Coolpix P510 with the P520.

Nikon Coolpix P520
Nikon Coolpix P520 announced January 2013
Screen size Much larger screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen

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  • Manual focus
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The Nikon P510 vs other recent digicams

Wide angle Great wide angle lens Help
24 mm
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
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The Nikon P510 vs other recent super zooms

Size Quite small Help
Professional size (120×83×102 mm)
Weight Light Help
555 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Very inexpensive Help


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The Nikon P510 vs other recent digicams

Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
7 fps
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Thickness Thick Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Announced Old Help
February 2012
Popularity Not so popular Help
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The Nikon P510 vs other recent super zooms

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.7 MP
Battery life Very short battery life Help
200 shots
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
8 seconds


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gina (4:34 PM, October 27, 2014)
I purchased this and used it one time at a football game. I wanted to take pictures at halftime but when I tried to zoom in it took so long to focus that I gave up. Not one usable photo.This camera is going back.
Confused. (11:15 AM, June 01, 2013)
I have to make a choice between P510, D3100 and D5100. Which one should I go for? For me, image quality is my biggest priority. Help?
Avatar for Loopy Cooney Loopy Cooney (4:42 PM, May 12, 2013)
It does have an external flash
Avatar for Loopy Cooney Loopy Cooney (4:39 PM, May 12, 2013)
My battery holds up well. It just takes lousy pics
Avatar for Loopy Cooney Loopy Cooney (4:38 PM, May 12, 2013)
DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
Avatar for Loopy Cooney Loopy Cooney (4:36 PM, May 12, 2013)
This camera sucks. I purchased this camera awhile back and it takes fuzzy pictures. My Cannon was a much better camera and for less money, This one is way over priced. I'm really surprised I bought Nikon for the name...First mistake. Never again
Jack Smith (5:29 PM, March 27, 2013)
I have a nikon p510, awsome camera but i was looking at a nikon p310 which is just like this in a compact camera, but i am looking to buy a compact camera thet i can just "point and shoot" and is not complicated, Would the p310 be a good point and shoot camera?
Avatar for Moe Eqbal Moe Eqbal (7:08 PM, February 25, 2013)
Bought this for a cousin, not impressed at all. It is just a point and shoot with a giant zoom thats all. plus it comes loaded with features such as GPS and dual stereo microphone for eg, which dont contribute anything to the quality of the picture. My old pocket size Canon S100 used to produce much better photos.
Avatar for Jan Jan (4:26 PM, August 25, 2012)
Great Camera---you need to have an extra charged battery--and when you zoom in all the way--it sometimes takes a moment to focus--otherwise--amazing shots--quick shutter--and as a bridge before getting a DSLR heavier, bulkier alternative--the NIkon P510 is AMAZING! Just came back from an African Safari and took fantastic pix!
Farhan231158 (4:15 AM, July 06, 2012)
 would u plz tell me about the focusing..??
C.J. (1:11 AM, June 08, 2012)
I love this camera! The distance on the lens is amazing; it's even crystal clear when fully zoomed out. Image stabilization is great. The GPS works. You can also purchase an eye-fi card for sharing photos via. FB (or other sites). It is awesome in low light conditions. Note: I bought a 16GB card to go with it, that only gives you 29 minutes of HD recording time (more than enough photos though). If you plan to use this for HD recording, get a larger memory card. Hopefully, I can return the memory card I bought. I would definitely recommend this camera for an amateur photographer that wants to go beyond your basic pocket size point & shoot but not head into the SLR range. 
Avatar for SockCucker SockCucker (4:03 PM, June 01, 2012)
The reviews I saw show the G12 and G1x to have much better image quality than this or any super zoom. Apple and Oranges though. You guy the P510 and SX40 for the zoom first and image quality second.
Madhavm98 (8:17 AM, May 27, 2012)
i am a 9th grader and after a lot of research and i chose to buy NIKON P510 and it seems that i have made the right choice. I like clicking photos and i am very happy with the results. the HDR, flash, everything is awsm and i image stabilization is gud too. 
Tia (2:27 PM, May 26, 2012)
hey, can you please help me which one to choose, canon powershot g12 or this p510? looking forward to hearing from you ?!
Avatar for Kwee-Chang Kwee-Chang (1:44 AM, May 15, 2012)
I have a coolpix P510. It stated in the manual, and I have tried it. See attached pages.
The information at is incorrect.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:44 PM, May 14, 2012)
@yahoo-2CULGITBV4TKD4MJ4LLBUMDI4E:disqus are you sure? Nikon says this camera has 1/2000" 
Avatar for Kwee-Chang Kwee-Chang (10:25 AM, May 14, 2012)
The Max Shutter speed should be 1/4000" instead of the stated 1/2000"
Augustin Man (6:44 PM, May 03, 2012)
As the sensors of the two cameras  (Canon SX40 and Nikon P510) are the same type and size, how can you explain the notable difference in noise?
Leonarde (4:12 PM, May 01, 2012)
Because it won't take an external filter.
Jim (10:12 PM, April 07, 2012)
I have one, yes it's good.
The stabilisation is excellent, I get consistently good results hand held at full zoom.
The GPS works, not much more I can say on that, it doesn't need to do any more than work.

If it's battery life is short, as has been mentioned then they must be comparing it to the mighty, I've had no drama with mine, even with the GPS on I can manage a healthy session without problem. Anyway spare batteries are cheap so I don't see that as an issue for any camera nowadays.
The image quality is rather excellent for this class of camera, you don't get the lovely look from a large sensor camera but they can't zoom like a P510 does, it's all about compromises.
f_joker (0:56 PM, March 28, 2012)
can you tell me if the IS works properly in video mode (mechanical+digital)? Other cameras only use the digital IS in video, which makes long zoom (>400/500mm) usage impossible without a good tripod
Gastón (11:55 AM, March 20, 2012)
 I bought one for my father last week at Walmart. The image stabilization is excellent, at 42x with a 1/60 exposure you can get good pictures without blur, provided that you have at least not bad pulse.

The quality of the pictures is my main concern. Colours look good, but this isn't a real 16.1MP camera. The images get pretty noisy. I end up taking photos at 4MP, more than 4MP is just bigger images but same quality.

It has many effects, records nice videos, and in low light conditions is pretty decent, though it tends to get yellowish pictures.

It has a full manual option, good for taking pictures with blurred lights for example or under low light but with a tripod. The max aperture is 3.0 at 24mm, so don't expect to get the effect of focusing on one object and get the rest completely blurred, not even in macro mode.

The menus are pretty fast, but if you get pictures at 16MP with fine detail (max detail), when you're seeing them, they will take like 1 second to get from previsualization quality to full quality. Now, I'm taking pictures at 4MP, so that's not a problem, I can browse through my pictures fast, just a 1/4 of a second (I'm guessing here) to get from preview quality to full quality, so barely noticeable.

You can have a lot of fun with this camera, but it's image quality it's similar to my $140 dollars Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS.

I'd recommend the Canon SX40 HS over this one, it may have a 35X zoom but I it takes much better pictures, what's the use of having a 42x zoom while other cameras can get the same picture at 18x and then crop and get the same image quality?

Over the P500, the optical image stabilization is enough to justify the difference in price, the IS is really good in the P510, the problem is that Canon's IS is just as good. I haven't tried Panasonic's or Sony's superzooms, so I won't say anything about them.

Battery life is supposed to be weak, but I haven't experienced any problems at all, you can fool around with the camera for a couple of hours and it keeps going. Again, the Canon SX40 HS has a much bigger battery, twice as big I think.

One thing that's really good with this camera is it's feeling. It feels like it's made of really good plastics, it doesn't feel cheap at all. Everyone who saw it and held it was like "wow, this must cost like a thousand dollars". The grip is excellent too.

To sum up, like I said, it's a lot of fun to use, the LCD looks great and it's nice for filming. The thing is, for me, image quality on a camera is like sound quality on headphones, you can be the best at everything else, but if you're lacking on that point, all the other specs are pretty useless.

I'm waiting for a serious review in english, portuguese, italian or spanish (my native language). For those of you who are trying to find reviews, there are 2 i've found, but one is in German (from a Swiss site) and the other one I don't remember, think it's in Czech:

The picture of the building was taken at 1/125s, F5.9, 180mm(42x, equivalent to 1000mm), and ISO 800.
The one of the sky was just to show you that it was cloudy, and also because it's a pretty picture lol. That one was at 1/320s, F4.6, 7.7x zoom (33mm) and ISO 100.

Hope you find this review useful.
Avatar for Nicola Manini Nicola Manini (8:45 AM, March 19, 2012)
So this P510 should be around by now...
Does anybody own it? Is it good?
Is the image stabilization good?
Is the gps thing working?
I think this is what one should check to see if it's worth spending 100/120 euro more than the P500.
MM (5:26 AM, March 19, 2012)
Is it worth waiting for P510 over buying P500?
Dwardakls (1:32 AM, March 17, 2012)
 Canon SX40, better image quality, especially colors and noise. But that's talking about pictures and movies using it as a P&S