Nikon Coolpix S510 review

Review Date : Mon, 17 Dec 2007

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Nikon Coolpix S510
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The 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S510 was, at the time of launch, Nikon's smallest compact to feature Vibration Reduction optical image stabilisation.

Pros: Overall speed, image quality, finish
Cons: Fiddly operation

Rapid Response

The S510’s main shouting points are its size and optical image stabilisation, and with an Expeed processing engine in the driving seat, the camera also boasts ISO 2000 capabilities and the ‘world’s fastest response among competing 8MP models with optical image stabilisation’.


Encasing all this is a brush-finished stainless steel body with the rear playing host to a 2.5in LCD screen and control wheel, the latter speeding up navigating menus and images. Start-up and focusing times are indeed prompt, though the latter’s hastiness can sometimes struggle to lock onto a subject.

Image Quality

Images in general are very impressive. Edge-sharpness is superbly controlled, with corner sharpness faring only marginally worse, while the overall level of detail and absence of fringing produce clean and punchy images.


Great images, lens-based VR and stylish design, with only minor niggles

Lens Reviews

Price as reviewed



Design 17/20
Image Quality 18/20
Performance 18/20
Value 17/20
Features 17/20
Overall Score 87%