Nikon have recently announced two new point-and-shoot cameras, which are the P310 and the P510. These cameras belong to Coolpix P series, which include a line-up of multi-function, high-performance compact digital cameras that offer full scale photographic capabilities. Based on last year’s P300, the P310 features the same fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, as found on its predecessor. The P510 is built on last year's model, the P500 and the latest version features a 42x optical zoom lens that covers angles of view for a broad range of focal lengths.

The upcoming Coolpix P510 and P310 cameras

The upcoming Coolpix P510 and P310 cameras

Nikon claims, “Both the P310 and P510 are also equipped with a backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.1-million pixels for significantly less noise with shooting at high sensitivities. This results in the beautiful images with little noise that users expect, even with shooting in dimly lit surroundings. They also offer a noise reduction burst feature that utilizes automatic image overlay technology, which is applied with shooting in Night Portrait, Backlighting, and Night Landscape scene modes, to produce images with minimal noise.”

Apart from this these cameras also feature lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) functionality which Nikon claims capture offer “sharper images with less blur, even with hand-held shooting. This optical vibration reduction is effective not only with still-image shooting, but also with recording of full-HD movies.” The P510 and P310 feature full-HD movies 1080p video recording capabilities with stereo sound. The lens-shift vibration reduction function and optical zoom can be applied during movie recording, and Special Effects can be applied to movies as well.

Here is a glance at the highlighted features of the Nikon Coolpix P510:

  • 16.1 MP CMOS sensor
  • 42x optical zoom
  • f/3-5.9
  • 3-inch vari-angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • 90 MB of internal memory
  • Lens shift type Vibration reduction
  • ISO Sensitivity 100 – 3200
  • Dimensions are 119.8 x 82.9 x 102.2 mm
  • Weighs approximately 555 g

Here is a quick look at the features of the Nikon Coolpix P310:

  • 16.1 MP CMOS sensor
  • 4.2x optical zoom
  • f/1.8-4.9
  • 3-inch vari-angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • 90 MB of internal memory
  • Lens shift type Vibration reduction
  • ISO Sensitivity 100 – 3200
  • Dimensions are approximately 103.0 x 58.3 x 32.0 mm
  • Weighs approximately 194g

These cameras will be available from this month with the P510 being priced at approximately Rs. 21,539 ($430) and the P310 being retailed for approximately Rs.16,530 ($330). For more information on the Coolpix P510, click here and on the P310, click here.

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