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Nikon Coolpix P610 Review

Reviewed: the Nikon Coolpix P610 features a 60x optical zoom lens, built in Wi-Fi and GPS as well as fullHD video recording.


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The Nikon Coolpix P610 was announced in February 2015 and is a bridge camera which features a 60x optical zoom lens, tilting LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. The P610 updates the P600 and is available in black and red for around £336.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Features

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The Nikon Coolpix P610 has a 16.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-1440mm. There is optical image stabilisation to help reduce blur and camera shake, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm for macro shots and the P600 can shoot full-resolution images at 7 fps for up to 7 shots.

The P610 has an auto mode which adjusts the settings automatically for the detected scene, with the camera choosing from 19 scenes. There is an auto HDR mode which combines two different shots taken at different exposures, the Easy Panorama mode shoots 360° and 180° panoramas by simply panning the camera. There are new bird-watching and moon photography scene modes available. 

The P610 has a 3.0 inch 921k dot vari-angle LCD screen and a 0.2 inch 921k dot EVF. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allowing you to use a smartphone or tablet as a remote control or so you can edit and share your images. You can also use the built-in GPS to geotag images. Images can be edited via playback using the retouch menu where there is a number of effects such as soft portrait and photo illustration.

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Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound and optical zoom available. You can also record fast or slow motion videos.

Key Features

  • 16.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 60x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-1440mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3.0 inch 921k dot vari-angle LCD screen
  • 0.2 inch 921k dot EVF
  • Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • ISO 100-6400, Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 12800) available when using High ISO monochrome
  • 1cm minimum focusing distance
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto HDR mode
  • Easy panorama
  • Available in red or black

Nikon Coolpix P610 Handling

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The Nikon Coolpix P610 looks and feels like a small DSLR camera. It has a decent sized rubberised handgrip, with a rubberised patch on the rear for your thumb and another rubberised area on the other side of the camera - all of which aids grip.

On top of the camera is the mode dial which includes access to the PSAM modes as well as auto, scene, effects, landscape, night portrait and night landscape. There is also a user settings mode so you can save your preferred camera settings. Also on the top is the zoom rocker, shutter release, on / off and fn buttons. The function button can be set to change the ISO, white balance, drive mode and more. On the side of the camera is a button which releases the pop-up flash, just down from there on the lens is a lever which offers an alternative way to adjust the optical zoom, as well as a snap back zoom button that zooms the lens out so you can find your subject again if you've lost it.

Buttons on the rear include display, movie record, playback, menu and delete. The camera also features an eye-sensor so that it can automatically switch between the rear screen and EVF. There is a dial to adjust shutter speed and / or aperture depending on which mode you are in. There is also a d-pad which had a rotating wheel for cycling through the menus. You can use the d-pad to access exposure compensation, macro mode, self-timer and the flash.

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The 3 inch screen can rotate to many angles, assisting when shooting with the camera high up or low down in particular. It has an excellent 920k dot resolution and is easy to view in bright sunlight thanks to its anti-reflective coating. When you fold the screen away the EVF automatically activates. The EVF is bright and comfortable to use, and has an increased resolution of 921k.

Battery life is rated at 360 shots according to CIPA test results, which is good for a bridge camera. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response   <0.05s
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.15s
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.25s
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   1.4s
Shot to Shot without Flash   1.1s
Shot to Shot with Flash   1.4s
Continuous Shooting H   7fps (7 shots)


The continuous H records in full 16.1 megapixel resolution, whereas 120fps and 60fps modes record VGA and 2 megapixel images respectively.
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Nikon Coolpix P610 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with good colour. You can change the colour saturation of the images by using the picture control option, such as vivid and monochrome. Portrait shots have good skin tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash. As the ISO setting increases the amount of detail recorded drops.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail whichever end of the lens you are shooting at, and the image stabilisation system does a good job when using the long end of the optical zoom. There is a little purple fringing, particularly towards the corner of the frame, but it is generally kept low. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm which allows for a good macro shot.

Nikon Coolpix P610 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - ISO100, ISO200, and ISO400 all produce good sharp images which aren't overly affected by noise. At ISO800 images become a little soft, with more detail lost at ISO1600. More detail is lost at ISO3200, but the images produced are still useable, with a noisy image produced at ISO6400.

Nikon Coolpix P610 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well, although there is a slight colour cast, and there is an AWB "Warm" mode that can be used if you want to capture the atmosphere. Better results are achieved using the incandescent preset. The AWB performs well when shooting under the fluorescent lights, the fluorescent preset takes a picture with a strong magenta cast.

Panoramic | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panoramic | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good, and well stitched together, although the resolution is a little low.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of picture effects you can choose from to change the colour in your images. There are also a number of special effects, which have included a number of examples above.

Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good and the focus adjusts quickly when zooming in and out. The noise of the zoom can be heard, but it is faint. Timelapse video creation is a cool feature, which we used to create a timelapse of the recent Solar Eclipse, which you can see on our YouTube channel.

Value For Money

The Nikon Coolpix P600 at is available for around £330, and offers both Wi-Fi and GPS. Alternative ultra-zoom cameras to look at include the following:

Nikon Coolpix P900, 83x optical zoom, vari-angle screen, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, £499
Canon Powershot SX60 HS, 65x optical zoom, vari-angle screen, Wi-Fi, £340
Sony Cyber-shot H400, 63x optical zoom, CCD sensor (720p video), £169
Samsung WB2200F, 60x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC, £269
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72, 60x optical zoom, £210 
Olympus Stylus SP-100EE, 50x optical zoom, dot-sight, £210
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V, 50x optical zoom, tilting screen, Wi-Fi, GPS, £299
Fujifilm FinePix S1, 50x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, weather sealed, £265

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Verdict

The Nikon Coolpix P610 is this years update to the Nikon Coolpix P600, and little has changed between the two models, with the addition of GPS, as well as NFC to make it easier to connect the camera to your smartphone. The 60x optical zoom lens is no longer the longest optical zoom lens available in an ultra zoom bridge camera, with the Nikon Coolpix P900 offering a huge 83x optical zoom lens. However, if you still want your camera to be portable then the Nikon Coolpix P610 is a stylish and well designed camera with good handling and ergonomics.

Few cameras offer both Wi-Fi and GPS built-in, and the Nikon Coolpix P600 also offers good image quality with good exposure and colour. There are lots of other features such as the EVF with eye-sensor, a vari-angle LCD screen, and NFC, all making the P610 worth its price tag. Some users may be put off by the lack of RAW shooting, but for most people this isn't a factor that should deter you from the camera.


 
   
  The Nikon Coolpix P610 updates an already impressive camera, with the addition of GPS, NFC making the camera better than ever.   
     

Nikon Coolpix P610 Pros

60x optical zoom lens
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with eye-sensor
Rotating LCD screen with an excellent resolution
Full HD video recording with stereo sound
1cm minimum focusing distance ideal for macro shots
Plenty of rubberised areas to aid grip
Wi-Fi and NFC
Good image quality
Timelapse video creation
GPS built-in

Nikon Coolpix P610 Cons

Panoramas could have more detail
No RAW shooting

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Nikon Coolpix P610 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.3 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent24mm - 1440mm
Optical Zoom60x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Manual
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion EN-EL23
Battery Life (CIPA rating)360shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsLens Cap LC-CP29 (with cord), Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23, Charging AC Adapter EH-71P4, USB Cable UC-E21, Camera Strap
Dimensions
Weight565g
Width125mm
Height85mm
Depth106.5mm

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sasan 7 36 England
23 Apr 2015 7:52AM
Still prefer canon sx50 because of lower MP & lower noise

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