Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510






What could be better than a 36x zoom with a telephoto focal length of over 800 millimetres? A 42x zoom with 1,000 millimetres final focal length! Nikon sets this somewhat dubious record with the new Coolpix P510. As it is difficult to keep such a focal length free of camera shake in the hand, the image stabilizer is obligatory. Nikon again relies on movable lens elements, as according to Nikon the image stabilization by means of a movable sensor is not that effective. The enormous zoom, which already starts at 24 millimetres wide angle, throws its image onto a 1/2.3-inch small CMOS image sensor that is exposed from behind. It also has the ability to record movies in FullHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), including stereo sound and optical zoom capability. In VGA resolution, slow-motion movies at 120 fps are possible, but the P510 can also record time-lapse recordings.

The recording programs range from scene recognition and freely selectable subject programs to classic programs such as Aperture Priority or manual exposure. In this way, the photographer retains control over all important parameters if desired. Also helpful is the HDR mode, which automatically joins two shots together, the Sweep Panorama function or the 3D photo mode.

On the back is a three-inch (7.6 centimeter) color screen with a fine resolution of 921,000 pixels. This screen can be swivelled up and down by means of a folding hinge, which makes it easier to take pictures near the ground or across crowds of people. However, the electronic viewfinder only has 201,000 pixels. Also worth mentioning is the built-in GPS. It records the corresponding location coordinates for each recording. In addition, the camera offers a world map, which gives a rough idea of where you took your photos. The Nikon Coolpix P510 is available in black, red and anthracite since 2012 at a price of almost 430 EUR.

Nikon Coolpix P510 data sheet


Sensor CMOS sensor 1/2.3″ 6.2 x 4.6 mm (crop factor 5.6
)16.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 1.3 µm
Image formats JPG
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel)
Metadata DCF Standard
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 30 p
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) WAV


Focal length 24 to 1000 mm (35mm equivalent
digital zoom
Sharpness range 50 cm to infinity (wide angle
)220 cm to infinity (telephoto)
Macro area 1 cm (wide angle)
Aperture F3 (wide angle
)F5.9 (telephoto)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light

Viewfinder and monitor

Monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor with 921,000 pixels
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder available, dioptre compensation


Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 244 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 2 s (Automatic
)1/4,000 to 8 s (Manual)
Exposure control Programmed automatic, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Exposure bracketing function HDR function
Photosensitivity ISO 100 to ISO 1,600 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 6,400 (manual)
Remote access non-existent
Scene modes Fireworks, Landscape, Night scene, Portrait, Sports/action, Beach/snow, 0 additional scene modes
Picture effects Fish eye, Soft focus, manual, More Vivid, Normal, Portrait, B/W, Silhouette, Vivid, Drawing
White balance Automatic, Clouds, Sun, Flash light, Fluorescent lamp, Incandescent light, Manual
Continuous shooting 7 fps at highest resolution
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 s interval, special features: or 10 s (optional)


Flash built-in flash (hinged)
Flash range Guide number 9 (ISO 100)
Flash code
Guide number 9 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Automatic, flash on, flash off, red-eye reduction


Image stabilizer Sensor shift (optical)
Internal memory yes (90 MByte)
GPS function internal
Microphone Stereo
Power supply unit Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL5 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 3.7 V, 1,100 mAh)
Playback functions Red eye retouching, image index
Voice memo Voice memo (WAV format)
Face recognition Face recognition
Image parameters Noise Reduction
Connections Data interfaces: USBUSB type
: USB 2.0 High SpeedVideo output
: yes (HDMI output Micro (Type D))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod thread 1/4″
Special features and miscellaneous optical Image Stabilizer (Sensor Shift
)EXPEED-C2 image processorShake warning indicatorPortrait autofocuswith face detectionD-Lighting technology
for in-camera compensation between light and dark areas of the imageLong-term noise reductionSpeech memo functionSlow-and fast-motion video functionMotion detectionStereomicrophone

Size and weight

Weight 555 g (ready for operation)
Dimensions W x H x D 120 x 83 x 102 mm


standard accessory Nikon AN-CP21 Storage AccessoriesNikon
EG-CP16 Audio / Video CableNikon
EG-CP16 (old) USB CableNikon
EH-69P AC AdapterNikon
EN-EL5 Special Battery PackNikon
LC-CP24 (Lens Cap)
USB Cable UC-E6Camera Software
ViewNX 2 for Windows (XP/or higher) and for Macintosh (System X/or higher)
additional accessories Nikon EN-EL5 Special battery pack Nikon
MH-61 Charger for special battery pack Power supply unit
EH-62A Removable memory card
USB 2.0 High Speed

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