At CES last last month, Videomaker awarded Nikon's D4 DSLR Best of Show for it's impressive array of features like an ISO range of 50 to 204,800, 1080p video with an uncompressed HDMI output, and an FX-format (36mm x 23.9mm) sensor. Like so many videographers and still shooters alike, we can't wait to start shooting with this powerful new camera. And now Nikon is introducing a number of new models to its Coolpix lineup to which video producers looking for affordable, easy to use, entry-level cameras should pay attention. Particularly, the Coolpix P510.
The P510, the replacement for the P500, boasts a 42x wide-angle NIKKOR lens (24-1000mm) with advanced optical image stabilization. The camera matches this lens with a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. And much like Sony's NEX3 and NEX5, Nikon's P510 3.0 inch (931K dot) LCD screen tilts up and down for improved viewing of shot composition.
And what about video?
The P510's video capability includes full HD (1080p) with stereo sound. The NIKKOR lens on this camera is capable of a whopping 42x optical zoom and this expansive zoom capability can be utilized when shooting video. The presence of VR image stabilization means that video should stay clear even when the zoom is pushed to the extreme.
This new camera, along with the rest of the upgraded Coolpix line, is now available. At an announced price of $430, the Nikon P510 looks to be a camera that both photographers and videographers alike may want to consider adding to their toolkit.