The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a DSLR-style digital bridge camera, known as a "superzoom" because of its extreme optical zoom range of 60x. Unlike a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, the P610 does not have interchangeable lenses; therefore, it may not meet the needs of a professional photographer. However, if you are a hobbyist or neophyte photographer looking for a relatively low-priced camera that's easy to use, the P610 might be just what you're looking for. With that said, however, you should know what to expect before you buy.

Nikon Coolpix P610


Advantages Of The Nikon CoolPix P610


1. Preview Options

2. Smart Features

3. Ergonomics

4. Zoom

5. Simplicity

6. Customizability


Disadvantages Of The Nikon Coolpix P610


1.Size

2.Construction

3.Low Light

3.Diffraction

4.Lack of RAW Format


Other Features


The Nikon Coolpix P610 has other features that don't rate strongly as either strengths or weaknesses, including:

Nikon Coolpix P610
  • Panoramic Mode: The P610 has the capability to take a full panorama of 360 degrees or a half-pan of 180 degrees. The tradeoff here is that the resolution sizes are relatively small.
  • Video Capture: Video recording is available in full HD, and there are some different modes that can be applied, such as filters and time lapse. The limitations of shooting still images, like the perils of low-light conditions, still apply when shooting video, but the movies generally look realistic and smooth on TV.


Reviews From Users


Nikon Coolpix P610

Among the professional photographers who have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P610, the consensus seems to be that while it's not great, it is good. However, they are looking at it from the expert point of view and may not be considering the needs and wants of the average or amateur photographer.

On Amazon, the P610 has 207 individual customer reviews and an average rating of 4.3 out of 5. Specifically, 70% of the respondents gave five-star reviews, 17% gave four stars, 4% gave three stars, 3% gave two stars, and 6% gave a one-star review. Many of the negative reviews relate not to the camera itself but to customer service problems with the sellers. In other cases, reviewers complain about inherent issues that they would have known about if they had researched beforehand, such as the image becoming grainier on zoom or the camera not functioning well in low light.

However, some of the negative reviews on Amazon raised some valid concerns that the prospective buyer would do well to consider before making a purchase. One problem repeatedly reported is a defect resulting in the LCD screen not working or going black. Another point frequently raised is low battery life. The manufacturer's webpages about the P610 tout its long battery life, but take those assertions with a grain of salt. The Coolpix is running both an electronic viewfinder and an LCD screen, which can drain batteries quickly, although the automatic eye detection feature may help preserve battery life.


Final Impression

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While it's worthwhile to keep these complaints in mind, overall most buyers seem satisfied with their Nikon Coolpix P610, finding it to be a good value for the money. You can expect to pay up to $500 for the P610, a midrange price for a camera of this caliber. If you decide to buy the P610, be mindful of its limitations, and research sellers before you buy so that you won't be shortchanged should your camera turn out to be defective.


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