Coolpix range of cameras is pretty cool among point and shoot enthusiasts. Here is a review on the pocket friendly Coolpix P 310 compact camera that boasts innovation with creativity the Nikon way.
The Nikon P310 offers a modest 24-100mm focal range with 4.2 x optical zoom. The camera features a 16.1MP CMOS sensor and its zoom covers a 35 mm equivalent focal range of 24-100 mm. The camera has a fast maximum aperture and has focal range that equates to a maximum aperture of f/1.8. This maximum aperture isn’t available throughout the full focal range, however, and decreases to f/4.9 at the telephoto end of the zoom. The P310 has EXPEED processor that delivers clear shots in all lights. The camera is a sleek point and shoot companion and snaps decent images on the go. A pleasing factor regarding the lens is the addition of Nikon’s advanced lens-shift Vibration Reduction system. The system is in its second generation and, Nikon claims; lets the user utilize shutter speeds of up to four stops slower than the usual. The P310 boasts a sensitivity range of ISO 160 to 6400. The native ISO on this camera ranges originally from 100 to 3200. But, the sensor has extendable settings labeled Hi 1 and Hi 2, which allow the photographer to shoot at ISO settings of 6400 and 12800 at full resolution. This camera allows the user to control its aperture settings manually. The P310 features program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes. This isn’t to say that the camera is solely aimed at the advanced shooter though, as the P310 also features an Auto shooting mode and, as is becoming standard on compact cameras these days, a Scene auto selector shooting mode as well. The camera also has various creative PASM shooting modes that are a thrill to use. Additionally, this camera uses full 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound and slow and fast motion movies. It also has a burst mode of 5 continuous shots at 6 frames per second. What’s more exciting is the fact that this camera has 99-point autofocus system. One of the more interesting shooting modes includes 3D image capture. The camera’s 3D capture mode combines two separate image taken from different positions through one lens, allowing images to be displayed on 3D TVs, although this is reasonably considered to be the lesser of the 3D capture modes.
Design and Display:
The camera strikes a perfect balance with the top end cameras and the troopers. First off, the camera measures 58.3 x 103 x 32 mm and carries a combined weight of around 6.9 ounces. The high-end feature set in this camera’s sensor continues on the back of this camera. The model features a striking 3-inch display. This is no ordinary display; it is a 921-k dot LCD that comes with an anti-reflective coating. The resolution that the screen carries places this camera towards the high-end market. The camera comes powered with a Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-ion battery pack. This battery lasts for 230 shots.
Overall, this is a premium camera and consists of great features. Additional features such as Wi-Fi, GPS could have upped the competition.