Nikon COOLPIX P610 Brief Review



  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 60x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.5
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • ISO 100-Hi 1 (12,800)
  • Lens shift vibration reduction
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Manual modes
  • Macro shots as close as .4 inches
  • 7 fps burst mode (up to 7 shots)
  • Wi-fi
  • GPS
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 3” LCD screen
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • Li-ion battery rated at 360 shots
  • Weighs 16.4 oz. (565g)
  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon updates super zoom line with Coolpix P610
The camera giant makes a few minor updates to the popular Nikon Coolpix P610 super zoom.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/30/2015

Nikon's Coolpix P600 was a popular option thanks to the big 60x optical zoom lens. The camera giant makes a few marginal improvements with the introduction of the Coolpix P610, a solid-looking addition to the super zoom options.

The imaging technology remains largely unchanged in the new model, still sporting a decent 1/2.3" sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens with stabilization. The lens is a bit brighter on the wide end (f/3.3 vs. 3.5), though such a small difference probably won't be really noticeable. The camera has a 7 fps burst mode, good, though certainly not the best in class. We reviewed the P600 last year, and with the imaging specs the same, we expect similar performance--solid images at wide angle and macro perspectives, though a bit degraded image quality at the far end of that 60x zoom. Less sharpness at the end of a big zoom is a common issue for super zoom cameras, though options like the Fujifilm S1 performed a bit better at full zoom.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Vs. P600

The P610 does have a few advantages over its big brother, however. The biggest change is the addition of GPS, which allows users to geotag their shots and organize them based on location. GPS comes in handy for travel photography, though keep in mind for safety reasons it's best to turn the GPS off when shooting at home if you plan to share the images online--you don't exactly want computer savy strangers to be able to geotag the location of your home. But, for frequent travelers, it's nice to be able to organize your sightseeing right on the map. Video quality is a bit better on the P610, with a top frame rate of 60 fps for smoother footage over the older camera's 30 fps. A time lapse movie and sweep panorama mode is also included on the P610, as well as a better resolution for the electronic viewfinder.

The Nikon Coolpix P610 looks to be a solid option in the super zoom category. Based on our previous hands-on experience, it's not our favorite option on the market, but certainly doesn't disappoint either. The improvement in video quality and addition of GPS is nice to see, though it's certainly not a bad idea to consider saving some cash by going with the older model if those updates don't interest you.

The P610 will be available beginning on February 26, 2015 in black or red for a list price of $499.95.

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