Nikon COOLPIX P510 42x superzoom and low-light P310 outed

Feb 1, 2012
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Nikon COOLPIX P510 42x superzoom and low-light P310 outed

Nikon has outed a new superzoom, the COOLPIX P510, pairing a 16.2-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor with a whopping great 42x optical zoom. Offering a 24-1,000mm focal range, the P510 uses Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization to keep shots steady at the higher-end of zoom, with 5fps burst shooting and integrated GPS. Meanwhile, there's also the Nikon COOLPIX P310 for those who can make do with a smaller zoom in the name of increased portability.

The COOLPIX P310 offers a 16.1-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that supports an ISO range up to 3200 (Hi1 6400 equivalent), paired with a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens. It packs VR image stabilization too, as well as a number of low-light modes including one which combines multiple shots with different settings to create an HDR-style image.

Photographers envious of their DSLR brethren can also make use of manual exposure control (P/S/A/M) on the P310, along with a Zoom Memory function that offers easy access to common prime focal lengths. On the back is a 3-inch 921k dot LCD display.

The COOLPIX 510 supports Full HD 1080p HD video recording, complete with stereo audio, and there's continuous auto-focus support too. It gets the same display as the P310, while the P510 also has two zoom controls: one on top and another on the lens barrel itself.

Nikon says the COOLPIX P510 will go on sale in February at $429.95 in either black or red. The COOLPIX P310 land at the same time, priced at $329.95, in black only.


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