Nikon COOLPIX P310
- Resolution: 16.1
- LCD Size: 3"
- Shutter: 8 ~ 1/2000 sec
- Price: $269 - $329/£199 - £289
Nikon's COOLPIX P310 is the less impressive of the two additions to the COOLPIX line announced earlier this year. It replaces the P300 with a few enhancements and a pretty decent price. The COOLPIX P310 makes a great compromise for the amateur photographer who wants more than a point-and-shoot but less than a complicated high-end pro camera.
It's important to note that Nikon is marketing the COOLPIX P310 as a point-and-shoot for serious minded photographers. Its wide-angle lens and buffet of manual control options seems to justify that strategy. For those who don't want to think about setting up the perfect shot the camera works very well in full auto mode. For those who want the convenience of a point-and-shoot but the option to set up shots manually, there's plenty to choose from. It is the best of both worlds.
We were quite pleased with the image quality, though we probably shouldn't have been given the reputation of Nikkor lenses. The camera held up very well in a variety of lighting conditions in both indoor and outdoor environments. There was some noise under low light, but nothing out of the ordinary. On the downside the COOLPIX P310 is a bit larger than we would have hoped for a point-and-shoot. We're also not all that impressed with the positioning of the controls.
Advantages: lots of options for advanced users; point and shoot automation; great MSRP; wide aperture lenses; very good picture quality.
Disadvantages: bulky and uncomfortable (this seems to be a normal problem with Nikon); limited zoom; strange positioning of controls; slower speed than we expected; pronounced shutter lag.
Price and Availability: the Nikon COOLPIX P310 is currently available in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia - other markets will vary; US price: $269-$329; UK price: £199-£289
Release Date: February 1, 2012
- Megapixel Count: 4/5
- Lens: 5/5
- Shutter Lag & Sensor Size: 3.5/5
- Flash: 4/5
- Memory Card: 5/5
- Resolution: 16 mp
- Kit Lens: Nikkor 4.2x xZoom lens
- View Finder: None
- LCD Size: 3"
- ISO: auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200
- Shutter: 8 ~ 1/2000 sec.
- Max Aperture: F1.8-F4.9
- Dimensions: 103 x 58 x 32 mm (4.06 x 2.28 x 1.26")
- Weight: 194 g (6.84 oz)
- MSRP: USD $329.95
- Availability: North America, Europe, Australia, Asia
- General Information: lack of GPS and WiFi limits use as a pro point-and-shoot; high refractive index lens and built-in lens shield are nice additions
- Image Sensor: BSI-CMOS 16 mp
- Image Capture: JPEG format; 9 res. options
- Video Capture: H.264, iFrame, MPEG-4 format; 7 res. options
- Optics: 4.2x xZoom lens; focal length 24-100 mm
- Auto Focus: yes; with face and contrast detection, tracking, 30 cm range
- Display: 3" TFT LCD
- Exposure and Flash: ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps); built-in flash with slow-sync, red-eye reduction
- Image Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC; 90 MB internal
- Connectivity: high speed USB, HDM, composite video/audio
- Power: Nikon EN-EL12 Li-ion rechargeable battery
- Software: Nikon ViewNX 2, drivers & utilities