Putting the u2018superu2019 in u2018superzoomu2019?: the Nikon P510 features a huge 24-1000mm zoom lens

The Nikon Coolpix P510 succeeds the P500,

and does so with a bang. The latest Coolpix superzoom has a 24-1000mm

(42x) optical zoom lens that puts other superzooms in the shade. The P510 adds much-needed lens-based images stabilisation too – a feature the previous P500 had lacked.

Figures

are one thing, of course, but the ability to shoot with a steady hand

at a 1000mm equivalent is no easy task, even with image stabilisation.

Having the focal length there may prove a lure to prospective punters,

but with a maximum f/3-5.6 aperture range, matching the exposure with a

fast enough shutter speed will require plenty of light. The camera’s

technical specification does show it’s able to shoot up to 1/4000th of a

second, yet only when shooting at f/8.3 – presumably due to the

electronic shutter kicking in (instead of the mechanical one) above a

certain (as yet undisclosed) shutter speed.

At the heart of the P510

is a back-illuminated, 1/2.3in, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor to capture all

the action. This includes stills from ISO 100-3200 (plus a Hi1, ISO

6400 equivalent setting) and HD movie clips at 1080p30.

As well as a 3in, tilt-angle, 921k-dot LCD screen on the rear, the P510

also includes a 0.2in, 201k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF). It’s a

shame the size and resolution hasn’t increased from the previous P500,

and yet to do so wouldn’t have come into the P510’s impressive £400

budget.

Available in either black, red or dark grey, the Nikon Coolpix P510 will be available from March 22nd.

We’ll be getting our hands-on the P510 later today, so keep posted for a first look…

  • Peter

    No mention of the appalling focus-hunting when using movie mode and the zoom. A deal breaker for me.