For those about to stalk: The 42x Nikon Coolpix P510

Just when you thought a compact camera lens couldn't get any longer, Nikon takes it up a notch.

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For those after the absolute longest lens on a compact camera, meet the new Nikon Coolpix P510.

At roughly the same size as its 36x 22.5-810mm predecessor, the P500, the P510 packs a 42x 24-1,000mm lens.

The P510 also gets a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and built-in GPS for geotagging photos. Everything else looks to be the same as the P500, but I'm sure there's probably one or two new shooting options. And here's hoping Nikon used one hell of an image stabilization system, too.

In other news, Nikon's fast-lens compact, the P300, gets a minor update, too. The P310 gets the same 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor in the P510, but otherwise looks to be the same as the P300, including its f1.8 ultrawide-angle lens. There is at least one new shooting feature, though. Nikon added a Zoom Memory function that lets you select popular prime lens focal lengths during shooting.

Both cameras will be in stores in February with the P510 selling for $429.95 and the P310 for $329.95.

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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