Nikon is showing off a pair of new point and shoots in London today, the Coolpix P510 and P310. Both were announced yesterday, but we've now had a chance to spend some time with the units. Sadly neither had a battery so there wasn't a chance for us to see how well they really performed, but since this is shipping hardware we've now got a better idea of how they feel.
The P510 sports an extraordinary 42x zoom (equivalent of 24-1000mm) paired with a 16.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. The other stand-out feature is the display which can articulate in two directions vertically, allowing you to always get the best viewing angle for your shot. It feels incredibly solid in the hand, with no hint of a creak even in the complex display hinge. Controls are akin to what you'll find on Nikon's SLR range: a thumb wheel allows you to control exposure, with a chunky dial on top adjusting shooting modes. Another nice touch is the duplicated zoom control — one in the traditional position surrounding the shutter button, with another on the lens barrel which allows for a stable, comfortable grip.
The P310 bears the same sensor inside a far more pocketable body, though can only offer a 4.2x optical zoom as a tradeoff. Despite the boxier design, it's still comfortable to hold, with buttons easy to find while shooting and a custom function button conveniently placed below the retracting zoom. The rear of the camera's dominated by a 3-inch display, though unlike the P510 this one's firmly fixed to the body. Similarly to the P510, build quality feels excellent, though it's hard to tell how it will be to shoot with without the lens extended.
Both cameras will be in stores on March 22nd at £399 (about $630) for the P510 and £299 (about $475) for the P310.