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Is the Nikon P510 the Best Compact Travel Camera?

Updated on July 9, 2013

Compact Travel Camera Has GPS and the World's Longest Optical Zoom

When you're going on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you want a camera that is going to help you record those special moments forever. The Nikon Coolpix P510 could very well do that better than any other compact camera on the market. With built-in geotagging, the world's longest optical zoom lens and a host of other features, this may be the ultimate camera for recording great vacation photos and videos. Take a look below to see what makes the Nikon P510 stand out from the crowd.

(Image of Nikon COOLPIX P510 provided by amazon)

Nikon Coolpix P510 - Geotagging, amazing zoom and panorama mode are perfect for travelers

  • "If you want a small, portable, affordable super-zoom for travelling and everyday photography... the Nikon Coolpix P510 should be high on your shortlist." - dpreview

Compact cameras can be divided into two groups - truly "compact" pocket-sized models that typically have fewer features in a smaller body and larger models that have more advanced features but are still smaller than most DSLRs. The 16.1 MP Coolpix P510 falls into the second category. It's not a point-and-shoot you can stuff in your pocket, but it does pack a big punch in a small body that measures just 5 x 8 x 7 inches.

The most appealing aspect of this camera for travelers is the zoom lens. With a 42x zoom (the 35mm equivalent of 24-1000mm), the Nikon P510 currently holds the title of the compact camera with the longest optical zoom. So whether you're on an African safari or walking through the bustling streets of Paris, you'll be able to bring your subjects closer. With a single camera and a single lens, you can capture wide angle landscape shots, as well as up-close shots of distant subjects. And the camera will later help you remember where you took every incredible shot. With a built-in GPS system, the Nikon P510 can automatically add geographical information to your image files, and you can later use these geotags to recreate every step of your adventure with Nikon's my Picturetown, Google Earth or Nikon View NX2 software.

The incredible zoom and GPS tagging alone make this a great choice for travelers, but the Nikon Coolpix P510 also includes other great features such as 1080p HD video with stereo sound, continuous shooting up to 5 frames per second, a 3-inch LCD monitor, Easy Panorama mode, 20 scene modes and much more.

For travelers looking for a compact camera with the flexibility to capture scenes both near and far, the Nikon Coolpix P510 is a dream come true.

Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)

Product description: For the outdoor photographer, the COOLPIX P510 puts you where you need to be. Bring your subjects up close and personal, with an incredible zoom range of 24-1,000mm. Spontaneous action is captured sharp and clear with optical VR Image Stabilization and amazingly fast autofocus. Every image and Full HD (1080p) movie dazzles when produced by the advanced 16.1 MP CMOS sensor.


Need a Smaller Travel Camera? - Try a rugged model for adventure

Sometimes size matters. If size, weight and durability are more important in your choice of travel cameras than the ability to zoom in on a distant object, you might want to consider one of the new "rugged" models. These cameras are light and compact enough to fit into a pocket and tough enough that you can take them on just about any adventure. Rugged cameras are waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, dustproof and some even have GPS. The Panasonic DMC-TS4 shown below is just such a camera. You'll never need to worry about getting caught in a downpour with this camera or dropping it on the floor of a bumpy tourist bus, and you'll get great photos and videos.

Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Blue)
Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Blue)

Product Features:

- With waterproof performance to a depth of 12m equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard, the DMC-TS4 supports active shooting on a beach, underwater or in a pool. If the camera gets dirty, soil and dust can be washed off by using water.

- The DMC-TS4 is shockproof from a height up to 2m in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock" test standard. It lets you shoot actively while moving around with the camera in one hand.

- The DMC-TS4 is dustproof equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard. While hiking or playing sports, fine dust particles can enter through gaps in the camera body and cause malfunction. The DMC-TS4 can be used in these activities without problems.

- With freezeproof to -10 degrees C, the DMC-TS4 supports shooting while skiing, snowboarding or skating.

- The DMC-TS4 is specially designed for active outdoor use. It adopts GPS, compass, altimeter and even barometer to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. The barometer also works for indicator for depth underwater.


How Close Can You Get with 42x Zoom? - Check out the end of this video to see the zoom capability of the P510

This video is just over a minute long and shows a pretty bird sitting on a branch. There's nothing particularly spectacular about the video until you get about 55 seconds into the video and the camera starts to zoom out. Then you'll see just what the P510 can do.

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