Nikon Coolpix P510

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Subject: Nikon Coolpix P510
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:52:38 +1000
No direct experience with this camera, but have used a number of super zoom cameras and they seem to have these characteristics in common. All are capable of taking good shots in good light, the last 10-25% of the zoom range tends to be a bit softer and the AF can hunt around quite a bit at the long end, unless the light is perfect. AF is really the only practical way to focus this type of camera, even if MF is an option it is rarely easy to use. But if you find a co-operative bird in good light you can get good results,

An alternative might be one of the new mirrorless camera systems. The Nikon V1 will allow you to use your nikon lenses with an adapter and maintain AF. It has a 2.7x crop factor so a 200mm is equivalent to 540mm. The reviews seem to indicate that it autofocuses quite well. The advantage is that it is much lighter than the SLR and you can use smaller lenses both of which reduce the overall weight.


Chris Ross

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