42x Optical Zoom Makes Nikon’s P510 the Zoomiest Compact Camera Ever

By // February 6, 2012 // Posted in Cameras & Lenses, Gear & Equipment, Photography

Nikon’s new P510 superzoom crams 1000mm and 42x optical zoom of super telephoto capability into a compact camera, the longest optical zoom ever stuffed into a compact camera. The P500 the 510’s replacing is 36x, and Canon’s PowerShot SX40 HS comes in at 35x.

The other particulars include a 16.1MP BSI CMOS sensor, a f/3.0-5.6 NIKKOR lens that ranges from 24mm-1000mm (35mm-format equivalent) focal length, ISO to 3200, a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD screen, full 1080p HD video recording, built-in GPS, and 5fps continuous shooting. The 510 also has advanced optical vibration reduction to reduce blur (the P500 only had electronic VR) that’s in effect even while recording video.

It’ll be out in February for $430, and comes in red and black. [Nikon]

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Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder magazine and the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012). The second-generation native New Yorker cherishes her Sunday mornings hunkered down with The New York Times, fresh bagels and a great cup of coffee.

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