Very, very good but not 'great'. 24mm-1,000mm lens, Wi-Fi & GPS but no RAW
For the price, this is an excellent camera. Not a "great" camera, but a very, very good one. I would consider it high end for the average consumer, with features superior to almost all other point-and-shoots in its price range: Wi-fi capable (ability to connect to iOS and Android devices for viewing/sharing your photos and videos via the optional WU-1a adapter), built-in GPS (to geotag your photos), 18MP CMOS sensor, a zoom lens with incredible focal range (24mm-1,000mm), and 1080 HD video.
Video is surprisingly smooth and sharp in the top 1080/30p mode
While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shootersâ??the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball games and soccer practicesâ??the P520 is an extremely capable camera that can capture shots few other cameras in its price range can manage.
Flexible LCD screen
While the P520 continues to offer a very well rounded package, with SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, a flexible and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and optional wi-fi, full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom, we can't help but feel a strong sense of deja vu.
Excellent VR optical stabilisation, Built-in GPS with POI database
The Nikon COOLPIX P520 has a lot to offer. Its 42x zoom lens is one of the longest optical zooms around and combined with the excellent Vibration Reduction optical stabilisation produces great results. It has a bigger, more detailed screen than most and other features like the built-in GPS, effects filters, Easy panorama, and a wealth of video modes make it a good buy that's competitively priced.
Articulating, high-res screen
What we have here is another very capable bridge camera from Nikon. Unfortunately, while the Nikon Coolpix P520 is an excellent and versatile all-round performer, ultimately there's nothing to get overly excited about, and it is not the best option currently available on the market.
If you're looking for something with a large zoom range, but with more flexibility, take a look at the Canon SX50 HS.
First class LCD screen, Very good value
There's no debating that the P520 is a capable compact. Photos look good, it has an excellent LCD screen and the image stabilisation systems do a fine job of preventing camera shake. It's also keenly priced, but this comes at the mercy of the fit and finish, and irritating lack of a viewfinder eye sensor.
If these issues aren't of concern to you, the P520 is a capable and good value camera, but it doesn't shine in any particular department.
Full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound
The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a decent update to the P510, but we're a little surprised to see that the optical zoom hasn't been extended to 50x to compete with those cameras with more zoom from Canon, Fuji and Sony. The sensor has been increased to 18 megapixels and the screen is bigger at 3.2 inch. Other than that, not much as changed, you're still getting a featured packed, DSLR style camera, without the bulk.
Affordable compared to rivals
All things considered and the P520 is, in general, a decent superzoom camera. We like the small size, big zoom range, image stabilisation and new vari-angle screen - but even all that's just not enough to see it prevail as a class leader.
And that's the thing really: the P520, despite its small advances compared to its predecessor, remains a touch behind much of the competition.
Coolpix P520 offers an articulated, large, and sharp LCD
It's a really good ultra zoom camera. The drawbacks are pretty minor if you're someone who's in the market for a model with a big zoom. Although the P520 doesn't provide significant advantages over last year's P510, it is a pretty nice upgrade to the Coolpix P500, and it's well worth considering as investment upgrade for fans of that model.
So far I'm loving it!
I love the nikon feature of taking a video of my two little ones and being able to also take still photos. One of the features that most appealed to me and it works great! With big moments like their first steps, you can have a video and stills. Genius! The s1 is my favorite so far bc of that feature, as well as it being smaller and lighter.
Small size, attractive appearance
The Nikon 1 S1 is an attractive camera that I enjoyed using for the most part. It's conveniently small and lightweight. It has very good performance and excellent image quality, even at high ISOs. However its video was disappointing due to a consistent jittering effect. Also, it lacks several features present in the 1 J3, which is not that much more expensive.
Good image quality
Despite the fact that it's small, the Nikon 1 S1's image quality is excellent and certainly worthy of consideration for first time CSC owners. If you're an existing Nikon user, you might want to think about this either as a backup for a DSLR or a companion to a smaller compact camera.
Reliable image quality
There's an awful lot to like about the Nikon 1 S1 - it's fast, takes good photos and is easy to use. It's also reasonably priced, which assuming it comes down in price as time goes by, will make it absolutely bargain in future. Its Achilles heel, and why it doesn't walk away with a Recommended Award, is the loss of detail and so-so low-light performance in comparison with rivals.
Extend lens to switch on, close to switch off
While the Nikon 1 S1 may be the smallest mirrorless camera from Nikon, it also comes with a rather limited 2.5x optical zoom kit lens, that isn't very wide (30mm equivalent) nor does it give much telephoto reach (74mm equivalent), it also lacks image stabilisation, and for roughly £70 more you can purchase the higher specification Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm VR lens, or the J2 with twin lens kit for £429 (while still available).
Compact body, Decent image quality
If you can't afford a J3, look this way. It may sport a lower-resolution sensor, coarser LCD and plastic body, but the S1 matches its more expensive siblings in many respects. Think with your head rather than your heart and you'll see it's a good deal with much to offer.
Fast AF, Stable and clear screen
With its speedy AF system, prompt shot-to-shot times and respectable overall image quality the Nikon 1 S1 is a welcome addition to the CSC sector, even if it doesn't really stand out from its J-series siblings for any particular reason. Having only recently been launched it's a little on the pricey side, but its price is slowly dropping - once it falls below the £400 it'll be a steal.
Snappy performance when shooting with the viewfinder
If you're looking for an entry-level digital SLR that's very easy to use, look no further than the Nikon D3200. It takes nice-looking photos (just keep an eye on the exposure), offers a feature set that'll please consumers (and maybe a few enthusiasts), and it's small and light enough to carry around every day.
Highest-resolution APS-C DX format Nikon DSLR,
With its huge 24 megapixel sensor, the entry-level D3200 instantly becomes the highest-resolution APS-C DX format Nikon DSLR, and it offers more pixels than any competing manufacturer too. Compared to the 18-month-old D3100, Nikon has managed to simultaneously increase the pixel count by a massive 10 megapixels and yet still maintain similar quality at higher sensitivity settings, which is no mean feat.
24 Megapixel CMOS sensor
With its predecessor, the D3100, Nikon pushed both the price and feature set of its entry-level DSLR a notch above what was available from the competition, most notably Canon. The D3200 increases both of thoses gaps, costing around forty percent more than Canon's EOS T3 / 1100D, but offering so much more that its closest rival is really the upper entry-level T2i / 550D.
Well-balanced noise reduction at higher sensitivities, decent noise levels
All in all the Nikon D3200 is a through and through solid entry-level camera that offers good image quality, decent performance and intuitive operation. However, compared to some of the competition it does lack in the feature and innovation department and if you like playing with the latest digital helpers and gimmicks there better options available in the Nikon's price bracket.
Excellent guide mode, 24MP sensor, Full HD video
A camera with 24 million pixels at the entry level is pretty extraordinary, and it's pleasing to note that the extra pixels don't come at the cost of a reduction in image quality.
For beginners looking to get a bit more creative with their photography, Nikon's innovative Guide Mode, brought over from the 3100, is a real boon, while of course the Nikon D3200 includes options for those wanting to explore manual and semi-manual exposure modes further down the line.
Excellent image quality
The Nikon D3200 is a likeable entry-level DSLR that offers with all the basic functionality first-time DSLR buyers will need, all neatly wrapped up in a relatively small and easy-to-use package. Our only concern is that, at around £550, the D3200 does face some pretty stiff competition from slightly older but more strongly featured DSLRs such as the Nikon D5100 and Canon 600D, both of which offer a bit more room to grow your skills with.
Excellent image quality
The D3200 is like a souped-up D3100 thanks to its excellent 24-megapixel sensor. Images are great, but the high asking price and lesser performance than (cheaper) middleweight DSLRs may confuse prospective buyers. The D3200 does usher in a new level of image quality to the entry-level market, but it's not without a few shortcomings.
Enormous, class-leading 42x zoom range
Nikon is once again clearly positioning themselves at the front of the ultrazoom arms race, though it's a strategy we don't always approve of. In our experience, optical zoom often has an inverse relationship with image quality. And although we won't know for sure until we take this camera into the lab, the P500 did lag behind a few models that kept their zoom ratios relatively modest. Other than that, very little has changed here since the P500, but we like what changes do exist.
EVF and articulated, hi-res 3.0-inch monitor
Nikon recently introduced two new Coolpix cameras and although they show no resemblance whatsoever to each other, they are remarkably similar. Both digicams share identical GPS systems, identical EXPEED C2 image processing engines, indentical 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensors, the same lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) system, and identical 3.0-inch 921k-dot flip-out LCD monitors. The most significant differences between the two cameras are in their physical sizes and their zoom lenses.
Fully Automatic and Manual controls
Nikon's new CoolPix P510 is an amazing super-zoom camera that boasts a class-leading 42x optical zoom lens reaching to a 35mm equivalent of 1000mm! It also sports various other high-end features like the 16-megapixel Backside Illuminated CMOS imaging sensor, Lens Shift VR image stabilization, 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution and slew of creative scene shooting modes. The new larger sensor also brings with it better image quality than the previous P500 model.
Incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm
The Nikon Coolpix P510 ups the ante in the ultra-zoom camera stakes by offering an incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm. Remarkably it's still possible to hand-hold the camera in good light and achieve sharp pictures thanks to the excellent vibration reduction system, although you really need to use a tripod or other support for consistent results.
Very capable optical image stabilization system
The P510 surprised us. It's not perfect, but it did exceed our expectations in some important respects. If you don't need the incredibly long reach of the P510's 24-1000mm zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is arguably a better buy (it offers superior high-ISO image quality and has the distinction of offering Raw capture) but if you want a small, portable, affordable super-zoom for travelling and everyday photography, and you don't mind being limited to JPEG capture, the Nikon Coolpix P510...
Superb macro pictures
The differences between the P510 and its predecessor are very subtle, but Nikon have boosted the lens to 42x optical zoom and upgraded to a 16.1 megapixel sensor. It is a feature packed camera, which delivers impressive results. This is a fantastic option if you are looking for a DSLR style camera, as it has many of the features and appearance, without you requiring to carry around a bag full of lenses, although if you are a current P500 user, it's unlikely you get value for money by upgrading.
Huge zoom range
On paper the 24-1000mm (equivalent) zoom sounds rather special. It's got the range, but getting the results at the longer focal range is another matter. The camera is an improvement over the P500 model, largely thanks to the vibration reduction technology, though the 16.1-megapixel sensor and overall performance aren't standout in their class and the basic viewfinder is in need of an upgrade.
Faster overall; Very good image quality
There are upgrades and there are updates, and the Nikon P7100 seems more like a much-needed update to a camera that was great, but not quite up to its full potential. The P7100 delivers greater speed where it's needed, and the optical and image quality are about where you'd expect given the high quality of its predecessor.
Lots of physical controls
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is big on image quality and manual controls, although it comes at the cost of size and weight. The camera will appeal to you if you are an enthusiast who doesn't always want to lug a D-SLR around, but is a tough sell if you're looking for a compact and sleek point-and-shoot.
Excellent hands-on interface
To be clear, the Nikon P7100 stands on its own merits. Its score's 8.1 at the time of publication, puts it a hair ahead of the Canon G12 and Olympus XZ-1, and not far at all behind the Fujifilm X10 or Canon S100's should make that obvious. But if Nikon can boost the next iteration's speed and give it a faster lens, it may well be sitting at the top of next year's heap.
Excellent image quality and superior noise performance at high ISO settings.
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is a more refined and crucially faster version of the model that it replaces, with an even better handling experience, quicker startup and autofocus times, and much more responsive RAW mode than before.
Not all of the cameras in its class are quite so large though
Certainly not small enough to fit in a shirt or trouser pocket, the P7100 isn't much smaller than some interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. What the P7100 has which these cameras do not though is a versatile built-in lens, covering a range of 28-200mm (equivalent).
Offers a superb level of manual control
The number of upgraded features in comparison to the older model it replaces may not be numerous, but the changes that have been made are very significant. The combination of superb image quality and total manual control, along with a much-improved - dare we say - snappy performance, leaves a lasting impression.
Plenty of physical controls incl. dual control dials
Not only is the Nikon P7100 the equal of the current Canon PowerShot G12, in many ways it's superior. For a start it's cheaper, offers a wider focal range, while the LCD monitor is larger and sharper too. Of course it's not perfect; the 720p HD movie mode is a bit measly, the optical viewfinder is a bit poky, and while the sluggish performance issues of the P7000 have been improved on, the P7100 still isn't going to win any prizes for speed.
Wide angle 7.1x optical zoom
Thankfully I didn't experience any of the problems that we had with the P7000, so it looks like Nikon has looked at all the feedback and made sure that these problems don't continue into the P7100. The camera has quick focusing and shutter response, although continuous shooting is a little slow. With baggy pockets the camera will fit in your trousers which makes taking it with you easy, and the amount of zoom available and ability to shoot RAW is a nice bonus.
Compact, stylish, generally solid body
Overall, the Nikon 1 J1 ($650) is a pretty good interchangeable lens camera, though it's definitely more for those who lean toward the beginner end of the spectrum. I figure that most of those folks will just put it into Scene Auto Selector mode and let the camera do the rest. The camera's fast autofocus system (in good light), Full HD video recording, and minimalist interface should keep Nikon's target audience pretty happy. Enthusiasts are another story.
Good camera for beginners
The J1 may only be the junior member of the Nikon 1 family, but its significantly cheaper price and more targeted approach make it a better choice than the V1 for compact camera users looking to upgrade to a more advanced system. It is still expensive though compared to rivals like the Sony NEX-C3, Olympus E-PM1 PEN Mini and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really worth the price of admission.
Very good, print-ready JPEGs - nice color reproduction, and a good balance of NR/detail
Many photographers within Nikon's sizeable user base had been eagerly anticipating the camera giant's move into mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and a lot of them reacted with disappointment when the curtain parted on the 1 System in late 2011. Despite containing some very interesting technology, the 1 J1/V1 are clearly intended to appeal to upgraders from lower-level compact cameras.
Delivers class-leading shooting speeds
The Nikon J1 is a stylish looking compact system camera that delivers class-leading shooting speeds, super-efficient AF performance and vibrant, punchy images. However, given the highly competitive nature of the CSC market this isnâ?? t really enough to elevate it above its peers and many rival CSCs simply offer richer feature sets and better value for money. Itâ?? s good to finally see Nikon in the CSC market, and the J1 certainly shows some promise, but itâ??
High speed shooting at 60fps
The Nikon 1 J1 is the more compact, and more stylish looking camera from the Nikon 1 series available in five different colours, with matching lens colours. With a smaller sensor than the Micro Four thirds system, it allows smaller lenses, and the 10 megapixel sensor achieves an amazing 60fps shooting, high speed video and full HD recording.
Easy to use
The Nikon 1 J1 is a great point and shoot system camera providing ease of use, image quality in a compact body and as with the V1, it represents a bold and brave step by Nikon into the compact, mirrorless system camera market. But while the J1 is significantly less expensive than the V1 it's still not cheap at Â£549 for the 10-30mm zoom single lens outfit or Â£699 for the dual lens kit tested here.
A great feature set with excellent image quality
Of course, this is a camera aimed at consumers, with the design choices that brings. Notably, Nikon hasn't included a screw-drive autofocus motor, or in-camera wireless flash commander functionality in the D5100, and for some photographers, that may cause them to look elsewhere. For its target market, though, the Nikon D5100 offers an approachable design that couples a great feature set with excellent image quality, and that combination makes it an easy choice for a Dave's Pick.
A streamlined shooting design for both photo and video
Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000.
In summary, I'm quite happy with the D5100. It provides the optimal balance of top image quality (even in low light), lightweight and compact (for a D-SLR) body, articulating display (the only D-SLR from Nikon to have this), and HD video (not perfect) that can leverage the outstanding collection of Nikon lenses (understanding that only AF-S lenses will autofocus).
Deciding Between the Nikon D5100, D7000, D3100, and D90
The Nikon D5100 brings the high quality 16.2 megapixel sensor, great low-light performance, and full HD video capability with all the frame rate options from the popular pro-sumer D7000 to the enthusiast level model - and then includes a fully adjustable side-mounted rotating screen to boot.
It's a good camera with a few reservations (especailly the HDR feature),
Although it "feels" like a toy after you hold the D7000, it is a well-built camera that takes excellent pictures and can do most of the same things the D90 and D7000 are capable of - you just have to hunt for the stuff you need. I do not like hunting for things when a photo-opportunity arises. The HDR feature is mostly useless and could potentially ruin some pictures. The swivel LCD may be useful for some but I did not like it.
Great Image Quality & Usability at an a Affordable Price
The image Quality from the D5100 is outstanding for the price. The features of the D5100 are easy to deploy in general photography, without the usual complexity of figuring how to deploy them. This is why I bought the camera. It's just easy to use the relatively advanced features.
Phenomenal Camera - Short Review,
Overall, I would recommend this to any amateur photographer looking for a tool that offers amazing flexibility and limitless creative options. With a little bit of practice, and a good basic book on photography (I use Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera) you will find that you can make pro-quality photographs with this amazing camera.
Nikon fans looking for an advanced enthusiast compact to compete directly with Canon's PowerShot S95 might feel a little let down by the Coolpix P300. It actually has more in common with Canon's PowerShot Elph 500 HS. That Canon has a slight edge in photo quality, but the P300 beats that camera in every other way. If you're after a point-and-shoot with some creative control and a fast lens, definitely check out the P300.
Returned the LX5 & S95...kept the P300
The P300 is great. Love the picture quality and video quality. Warning,
the video is jumpy on pans, this camera won't take the place of an HD
video camera, but it's great for a point and shoot. The direct video
button is great too. The lcd screen is beautiful. The camera turns on
and snaps very quickly. Shot to shot is excellent too.
If video as well as stills are important to you
I'm using this to post photos on the Web and occasionally make 4x6 prints, and also to shoot video from time to time. If I was looking for a primary camera to shoot serious still photos -- that is, if I didn't also have my DSLR -- I'd likely pay more and go with the S95. But as a casual supplement to a DSLR, I recommend the P300.
Small, light, attractive body
An extremely wide and long zoom, an easy interface, and very fast autofocus combine to make the Nikon Coolpix P500 an excellent companion camera. Shooting with the P500 reminded me of how much fun photography can be, and that's a nice intangible feature for a camera to have.
More photos this weekend...
My overall impression is very positive to this point. I wasn't expecting DSLR results in regards to picture quality and flexibility in various shooting conditions. This camera comes closer on both these aspects than I expected; and I'm carrying a LOT less gear and weight.
The Next Superzoom Bridge Camera
In conclusion, although the Nikon P500 may not be the ultimate bridge camera for everyone, but as a bridge model with such a massive zoom and generally clean and punchy output, the camera does alright in my book. With the exception of the horrifically slow auto-focus, the limited continuous burst and the limited shutter speed range, the camera shines in almost every department.
Noise reduction algorithm
So the Coolpix P500 performed horribly in our color accuracy test, especially for a Nikon. But here's the thing: during our time with the camera, the images produced were actually very attractive. If you'd handed us sample photos from this model before testing, we'd have predicted much higher scores. Sharpness is a little off in places, but overall we get the sense that this lens is of much higher quality than the competition.
Good color rendition
The Coolpix P500 is a logical extension of Nikon's product line in the superzoom compact digital ranks, dramatically expanding the focal range (both wide and long) and adding features over the P100 that it replaces. A slight increase in resolution is accompanied by what looks to be similar or slightly better low light ISO performance, so a net gain there.
Well designed, lightweight, easy-to-hold body
The Nikon Coolpix P500 illustrates a point I often make about the marketing-driven world of digital cameras. A camera can have the biggest zoom, the most pixels, or elaborate bells and whistles, but if can't take decent photos, who cares? The P500 is well designed and easy-to-use, but it needs a lot of work in the photo quality department before I start jumping up and down about it.
Amazing versatility from the 36x optical zoom lens
Nikon's CoolPix P500 sports an amazing 36x optical zoom Nikkor lens with sensor shift image stabilization, a 12.1-Megapixel backside illuminated CMOS imaging sensor, 1080p HD video capture and a high quality 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen. While this makes the camera one of the most versatile camera's available, its image quality is lacking. Because of this you might want to look at one of the other Mega-Zoom cameras on the market like the Fuji FinePix HS20EXR or the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
full manual shooting capability
It's easy to like the Nikon P7000--until you try to adjust something, then you want to find the camera processor's Turbo button to speed things up. The Nikon P7000's image quality and design are both very good, but its slow interface and questionable autofocus performance keeps it from being great. We think many people will use and love the Nikon P7000 for its image and optical quality alone, but we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the lack of responsiveness in its user interface.
Nice high ISO performance
The Coolpix P7000 slots into Nikon's compact line directly opposite the Canon G12, a wonderful camera that has the best image quality of any compact I've ever reviewed and which this site awarded an "Editor's Choice" designation. Tough neighborhood for any compact, and this review isn't meant as a direct comparison of the two, but let's face it: the G12 is the obvious yardstick for high-end compacts right now.
The Nikon P7000 is a serious camera for those serious about photography but don't want to commit to a DSLR.
There's a huge amount to love about the P7000. It's small, it's tough, the lens is cracking and it takes great pictures. The video mode might not be too much to write home about but at least it's HD.
The manual dials all over the camera are definite plus points, and for photographers who know what they're doing it's fast to use, making none of the compromises that normally afflict compacts.
There is, however, a huge but.
Nikon has pushed the boat out with features on the P7000 with an impressively large 10-megapixel CCD sensor, an optical viewfinder, a full range of manual exposure controls, a pop-up flash and 720p HD video recording. Performance could be better, at times the camera almost feels sluggish, but with a great autofocus system and superb image quality, it's an impressive compact camera.
top-notch picture quality
The P7000 is a great high-end compact that produces exceptional images. However, despite this trump card the slow RAW file write speed and subtle menu lag can prove a nuisance. The exposure compensation dial is slightly mis-placed next to the shutter, though the design is otherwise excellent thanks to all the controls being readily available. Brush these fairly small issues aside and the overall handling, design and feature set are superb.
DSLR owners will feel right at home behind the wheel of the Coolpix P7000, which offers great image quality to go along with those extensive imaging controls.
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 runs neck-and-neck with the Canon PowerShot G12 at the front of the pack when judged on manual controls and image quality. For most users, though, the G12's entertaining scene modes, better video performance, and impressive ease of use will give it a slight edge. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is sure to please more-seasoned, DSLR-savvy shooters who know how to handle it
Image quality is top-notch
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is an excellent digital camera with an extensive feature set and a great design to access most commonly used functions. It has very little direct competitors when counting either the reach of its lens or the inclusion of a hot-shoe. It is also the only compact camera to date to feature a digital-level or input jack for video sound. Even without the exclusivity provided by its feature set, the P7000 is highly competitive.
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