I reviewed the Nikon COOLPIX P510 when I went to St. Lucia in 2013, and photographed everything from hummingbirds to scenic landscapes. My post Hummingbird Closeups with the Nikon P510 is still a popular post today.
I took it out to the marsh today, even though I had my Nikon D7000 in my Jeep. It still is one hot little camera and one complaint from the time I got it is still the same. I have to carry three batteries because it goes through them too fast.
Since I reviewed it last, I found with using it more regularly that I am much better at capturing action, yet it still is a bit slow on auto focusing. There were a few shots I missed, that I would not have with my D7000.
It works pretty well in low light like the sparrow below. I used manual settings, but leaving it on the auto modes does a nice job as well.
I find it somewhat difficult to hold the P510 still when the lens is at full zoom and keep my subject framed, but again, I got better over time. The camera itself is a bit too light in weight.
The autofocus is slow where moving targets become a challenge. It just takes using the camera and getting the practice using it to make these more challenging shots. The image below is a bit grainy but I still got the goose in focus.
In fact, all the images in this post were at full zoom and when you consider that, it makes this camera a great little tool to have.
Generally, the image quality is good in everyday photos. You can see below that the subject is focused and the background nicely blurred. It really is handy to have a camera with a 42x zoom. It can reach subjects that I cannot with my 400mm lens. The image of the Flicker at the beginning of the post was at the top of a very tall tree and I would have had trouble getting that shot with the 400mm.
Look how the sensor handled a black bird. Black birds are harder to judge exposure.
The Osprey is blurry, but considering how far it was, I am amazed at what this camera can do.
This bird was the teeny dot in the last post, showing where it lives. I really zoomed.
Nice little camera, no?