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First Look: Nikon Coolpix P510

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First Look: Nikon Coolpix P510

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The Nikon Coolpix P510 is easy to recommend for its features, photos, and performance, but the usefulness of a 42x zoom lens is debatable.

Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET. And if you are a fan of compact cameras with long zoom lenses, you're gonna wanna check this out. It's the Nikon Coolpix P510 and its lens goes from an ultra wide angle, 24 millimeters to 1000 millimeters. That's a 42X Zoom. Now, what can you do with a lens like that? Well, you can take pictures of... no, not that one... of squirrels. You can take pictures of squirrels or ducks or the observation deck of the Empire State Building from 10 blocks away. Well, you get the point. It's very long lens. Unfortunately, well the camera shooting performance over all is very quick, when the lens is fully extended focusing can be very slow and a couple times while I was shooting video, it wouldn't focus at all. That said, pulling the lens back some still gives you quite the zoom. That can also let you set a starting focal length for when you start up the camera. Along with that tucked in is a bunch of manual controls for color, noise reduction, and sharpness which is great for anyone that likes to find tuning the results and you get a lot of shooting modes for snap shooters as well as more advanced users. Full HD and slow motion video capture. All kinds of great settings. Other hardware features include this nice 3-inch LCD, a secondary zoom rocker on the lens barrel and built-in GPS for Geo Tagging photos. As for photo quality, it is much improved from its predecessor, the P500 but still little lacking of it's higher ISOs. So not the best for low light but still very good over all. But really, it's all about the lens. So if you wanna be the one in the room with the longest zoom, you'll want this. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Nikon Coolpix P510.

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