Richard Sibley tests the Nikon Coolpix P310, Nikon’s latest advanced compact with 16.1-million-pixel sensor and 24mm f/1.8 lens

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Although Nikon’s Coolpix P310 camera may resemble Canon’s PowerShot S compact models, there is one significant difference – the Coolpix P310 cannot shoot raw images.

However, it does have other attractive options for the photographer who demands a high-quality compact camera.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Our verdict
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  • Angus Clacher

    A couple of practical points.

    It only shoots up to 12fps. With auto focus on, with the shutter speed slower than 1000th of a sec, or low light it slows down a lot

    The AF now works to f8. Firmware update.

    The metering is really good.

    It lets you pass off JPEGs and keep your RAWs

    The improvement in ISO noise is two stops for JPEGs only 1 stop for RAWs.

    The AF points are all still pretty close to the centre. Moving subjects are still best tracked here. You can put a moving subject on one of the intersections of the lines of thirds but AF performance is not as good.

    Best lenses 16-35 f 2.8, 50 f1.4 not the 1.2, 70-200 f2.8 and 400 f2.8.

  • Andy Goloskof

    THis advert for a Canon product as good as it is is getting a little boring. Are youu trying for a record regarding product placement?


    Sounds really good if I had the money to buy one I would but it still sounds great and I love Canon.

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  • Michael Dobson

    This sounds a very impressive camera, though admittedly as this reports states,it should be given the price tag! My only real complaint with this model, bearing in mind it’s currently Canon’s flagship SLR, is it’s inability to properly autofocus a lens when using an aperture of smaller than f5.6. Nikon have obviously produced an impressive flagship SLR with their 36MP sensored full frame model, however I wonder how much of the MP rating sensor is for marketing purposes rather than any real practical use? bearing in mind it’s comparatively sluggish FPS continous shooting capability, in comparison to the 1DX model.Unless your into a lot of cropping for portraiture and landscape work, where is the need for 36MP?! As the reviewer (quite rightly in my opinion)states, I would rather have an 18MP or even 23MP sensor and maintain an impressive burst rate and picture quality as with this model. On a much more minor niggle level, I was hoping to be reading a report like this with a total score of 95%+, though I guess this camera must be an extremely capable model.It one that I have definately had my eyes on since hearing of it, I shall just have to wait and see whether Canon bring anything else out to better this model when I’m evetually in a postion to have the funds available to purchase this one. As it stands currently, if I were in a position to purchase a professional standard SLR, this would definately be my first choice. Sorry Nikon, but your inclusion of such a huge MP sized sensor obviously plays a significant part in rendering your maximum burst rate as sluggish in comparison and for me, I’d rather have the slightly lower MP and higher burst rate for my uses, but as they say, each to their own!

  • Ron May

    You folks make it very difficult and annoying to read the reviews on your site when you cover up parts of it with “NEWSLETTER” subscription form and the “LATEST ISSUE” form. Furthermore, there does not appear to be any way to remove them from the web page so that I can read the entire article. Thought you might want to know. Very frustrating… Cheers.

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