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.
Another great camera from Nikon
I have had a Nikon Coolpix S600 for 5-6 years now and it has been my go to camera to have around because of it's handy size and it has never let me down, except that recently the zoom function is intermittently working. So, I decided to replace it with the S9500 and just got it this past week and really wanted to put it through the paces a bit to see how functional it would be around town and in the field.
22x optical zoom, GPS capability
In summary, this is a great camera for those already familiar with the Coolpix range of compacts and looking for something that brings those 2013 spices to the table with a solid CMOS sensor.
The Nikon S9500 is not the camera for professional photographers looking for a pocketable carry-around camera, though, and the lack of manual controls and raw file format capture are enough to drive you to other products. But it does come in red.
Lots of zoom in a pocketable body
If you're looking for a travel camera, but prefer one which you can carry in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is worthy of consideration. It has a versatile 22x optical zoom lens, ideal for landscapes and zooming in for close-ups. The GPS lets you geotag your images and then you can then share them to a mobile device using the Wi-Fi for editing and uploading to Facebook etc. Image quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough and the camera is available for a very fair price.
Simple control layout, stylish looks
The J2 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-F3, Olympus E-PM2 PEN Mini, Samsung NX1000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really worth the price of admission.
Good screen, Quick start-up
The Nikon 1 J2 is likely to capitalise on the success of its predecessor, but it's certainly not worth existing users upgrading. For those looking for their first compact system camera, the Nikon 1 is a good investment, while those who already own DSLRs may like to consider it for a second camera.
High speed shooting at 60fps, High resolution screen
The Nikon 1 J2 is the more compact, and more stylish looking camera from the Nikon 1 series available in six 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.
Image quality is good enough
The Nikon 1 J2 is a subtle reworking of the original J1. A year has gone by since the original's launch, but this latest model isn't a big enough leap forward to warrant a brand new release.
The J2 still has its good points though: there's the hybrid autofocus system and fast burst mode; but the lack of an intuitive menu system for more demanding users and still no accessory port or hotshoe for flash or a viewfinder will limit the appeal for more demanding users.
Cool, compact body, Neat pop-up flash
Nikon has clearly taken an - if it ain't broke, don't fix it - approach to the 10.1 megapixel J2 compact system camera, which, while it doesn't make it an especially exciting model to review, you can see some sense in, particularly as Nikon is claiming its predecessor was the biggest selling model in its class across Europe.
Hybrid AF system
The first generation of cameras will always need some degree of tweaking before they really deliver what the user wants. While the J2 is a nice camera and offers some improvements over the J1, it doesn't feel like it has gone far enough to progress the Nikon 1 series. The J1 is, of course, the entry-level model and aimed more at the general consumer than the creative amateur. Hopefully, when the V1 is replaced, it will offer more.
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.
High-resolution images, full HD video
Just like its very similar predecessor, the Nikon Coolpix P310 is a good compact camera for users looking for high-resolution images, full HD video and a degree of creative control. If you also want good results in low-light, RAW format as well as JPEG, and easier access to key settings, there are better options from other manufacturers.
Affordable price compared to other advanced compact camera
The P310 offers an improved feature set compared to a regular point-and-shoot - offering something for snapshooters who want to learn more about photography through the camera's manual modes. However, the image quality limitations mean DSLR users might want to look at its more expensive peers if they want a pocket camera.
Good LCD screen
The Nikon P310 is a 16.1MP advanced compact with a 4.2x optical zoom. Given that it costs close to £300 you would be entitled to expect something above the ordinary. Whether it's a headline-grabbing zoom, bombproof construction or a generally high specification, compacts costing this much really need to offer something extra to justify the added expenditure. The P310 just about manages this with its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, full manual control and 921k-dot LCD screen.
Excellent value for money
The Nikon Coolpix P310 is an extremely versatile camera which packs a lot of features in to a body small enough to fit in your pocket. There is very little to fault, the 4.2x optical zoom lens being quite limited given there are now cameras with a massive 42x optical zoom. There isn't the option to shoot in RAW either, but there are full manual controls, the f/1.8 maximum aperture lens and full 1080p HD video recording.
Decent AF with lots of options including user-defined point, detailed images, close-up macro mode, lots of movie capture control
By logic we weren't sure we'd like the P310 that much. The "small" size sensor is a letdown, but then it does make it both smaller and cheaper than its established competitors. We do like it; in fact the more we used this camera the fonder we grew of it. Images are decent given the small sensor size, there's plenty of focus, zoom and movie control and that f/1.8 aperture at the wide-angle setting is great to have.
Good low-light performance
Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least £300. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance, you won't find a lower-priced option than the Nikon Coolpix P310. It requires you to make some compromises: You have to do without a RAW-shooting mode, a big sensor, and a long-zoom lens, and you'll have to wait for Night Landscape shots and high-definition videos to save.
Image quality is good
The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a truly small compact digital camera with efficient photographic controls. It delivers excellent results thanks to an ultra-bright F/1.8 lens which lets it photograph the same scene at lower a ISO than most other cameras. The ultra-wide angle optical zoom lens starting at 24mm makes it a great compact for architecture and indoor photography.
Excellent macro capabilities
Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least $400. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance, you won't find a lower-priced option than the Nikon Coolpix P310. It requires you to make some compromises: You have to do without a RAW-shooting mode, a big sensor, and a long-zoom lens, and you'll have to wait for Night Landscape shots and high-definition videos to save.
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.
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.
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