Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix P310
Pocket able and compact, Nikon Coolpic P310 is for amateurs and pro’s alike. The camera gloats with great processing abilities and even more fine features. First and foremost the camera’s 4.2x optical zoom with a 24 – 100 mm focal range and a maximum f/1.8 – 4.9 apertures works magic. This comes with Vibration reduction that helps kick out blurs and maintains focus. Further the camera is fully capable of recording full HD 1080p videos with sound and allows you to make in camera changes to the video with features like Slow or fast motion etc. It has a 16 MP CMOS sensor, and ISO sensitivity ranges from 160 to 6400. More over the P310 can take 5 continuous shots in 1 second, giving you the idea of how quick the EXPEED C2 processor is. Both the picture quality and video quality is exceptional, at the end of the day that is all a user looks for. That’s not the end to it, for viewing you can use the beautiful 3 inch 920k dot LCD screen. Particular features like AF are fast and appropriate. Lastly, the camera comes with other enjoyable features such as HDR mode, Panorama, 3D shooting mode, Retouches, Advance Movie features. The camera is available in black and white. It’s an overall a beautiful camera to have and even more fun to use.
Design and Build Quality
In terms of looks Nikon Coolpix P310 is very much identical to it’s counterpart P300, with just the addition of the function button on the main of the camera. The design is the same small and funky, very compact and easily carry able. Looks very vintage with its rigid appeal., It sizes 103.0mm x 58.3mm x 32.0mm and weighs approximately 194 grams with battery and memory cards included. The camera hence forth is easy to slide in to your pocket and don’t even feel heavy in the hands. The camera is smaller than its market rival Panasonic Lumix LX5 and even Olympus XZ-1 but is bigger than Canon PowerShot S100. It is available in Black and white color options.
Focus and Face Detection
The focus system is a definite plus to this brilliant camera. Nikon Coolpix p310 comes with a wide range of focus settings that include Face priority, Target finding AF and Subject tracking. In Subject tracking the camera takes incisive pictures of the desired subject, especially those who don’t stay put, kids etc. So you can take photos easily without the havoc of coping up to the subject. The AF is made of 99 point, effective as it is, it gives you fine pictures
Lens and Image Stabilization
Confined in the camera is a beautiful and much effective f/1.8 maximum aperture, 24 – 100 mm (i.e. 35mm format equivalent) zoom Nikkor glass lens. The lens utilizes high refractive index glass elements so to bring you acute photos with sharp contrast. Nikon Coolpix P310’s lens’s aperture is quick and can zoom to a good 4.2X optically. The wide angle brings about the availability of capturing vast areas photos and good indoor shooting. The camera encompasses the advanced Lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization system, this is Nikon’s second generation vibration reduction system that is designed specifically to recompense for camera shakes by helping realizing the equivalent use of sudden shutter speed. Within this mode you can chose to alter the shutter speed to four stops slower. There is no dedicated switch to activate or deactivate it but can be accessed through the menu. It does give you sharp resulting photos with good quality
Screen and Menus
Nikon Coolpic P310 comes with a gorgeous and striking 3 inch 921,000 dots LCD screen. This encompasses most of the camera’s rear and also comes with an anti reflective coating so to counter clear viewing. The high resolution works greatly and seems to be better than Sony WX150 in the market, which in its own good but Nikon’s a tad edgy. The menu is pretty good and provides easy maneuvering for even the beginners. It’s color display is pleasing to the eyes, and can be accessed via the buttons traditionally placed on the screen left and top.
Nikon Coolpic P310 supports standard SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards and uses EN- EL12 battery, charges via an AC adapter and can last on a full charge for about 230 shots.
Via a dedicated button, Nikon CoolPix P310 can capture full high definition 1080p videos in QuickTime format. User has been given the freedom to zoom in and out as per their will while recording and the noise of the lens motioning is barely noticeable. The quality at the end is pretty impressive with precise coloring. You can get creative with your videos and shoot movies in Slow or Fast motions. If liked, you can also put in special effects such as Dreamy nostalgic, Sepia or Selective colors for things to prep up. This is always fun to play with no matter if you’re an expert or just a beginner. You can replay the videos on the 3 inch LCD or onto an HDTV because of the given mini HDMI port .
From Nikon Coolpix P310 you can expect high quality images with brilliant clarity and color; this is all due to the successful 16.1 megapixels backside illumination CMOS image sensor. The continuous shooting ability is all thanks to the CMOS image sensor, it heightens the performance at night to give you fine detailed pictures. High speed continuous shooting adds up to you taking 5 shots at 6fps in an estimated 1 second or 30 full resolution shots in 11fps. The camera also caters a good ISO range that helps you immensely take pictures especially with low lit conditions. You can also access the in camera noise reduction feature to bring about the fineness in the pictures.
The lens of Nikon Coolpic P310 is fast and sharp, with the high ISO performance being very good. The PASM control layout is appreciable and complements the overall pleasant designing of the camera. The LCD is another plus.
With Nikon Coolpic P310 You encounter a slight shutter lag. The zoom range is sort of limited as well. Plus, there is a certain lack of Raw capture.