Nikon Coolpix P310 Review

4.0
April 5, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

*When the aperture value is set to f/1.8 (largest aperture), the fastest shutter speed is 1/1600 second. When the aperture value is set to f/8 and the zoom is at the maximum wide-angle position or moved one increment to the telephoto position, the fastest shutter speed is 1/1600 second (except during S and M modes).

**Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.

***When recording a single movie.

Product name COOLPIX P310
Type Compact digital camera
Effective pixels 16.1 million
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.79 million total pixels
Lens 4.2x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length 4.3-17.9mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-100 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
f/-number f/1.8-4.9
Construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Digital zoom Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 200 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction Advanced Lens shift
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range (from lens) [W]: Approx. 30 cm (1 ft) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 60 cm (2 ft) to infinity Macro close-up mode: Approx. 2 cm (0.8 in.) (at a wide-angle position) to infinity
Focus-area selection Face priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual with 99 focus areas, subject tracking, target finding AF
Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Media Internal memory (approx. 90 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG 3D pictures: MPO Sound files (voice memo): WAV Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels) 16 M 4608 x 3456 8 M 3264 x 2448 4 M 2272 x 1704 2 M 1600 x 1200 VGA 640 x 480 16:9 12M 4608 x 2592 16:9 2M 1920 x 1080 3:2 4608 x 3072 1:1 3456 x 3456
Shooting Modes Auto, Scene (Scene auto selector, Close-up, Portrait, Food, Landscape, Museum, Sports, Fireworks show, Night portrait, Black and white copy, Party/indoor, Backlighting, Beach, Panorama, Snow, Pet portrait, Sunset, Special effects, Dusk/dawn, 3D photography, Night landscape), P, S, A, M, User settings
Continuous Shooting Single (default setting), Continuous H (Pictures are continuously shot at about 7 fps), Continuous L (Up to about 30 pictures at about 1 fps), Pre-shooting cache (Up to 20 frames at up to 15 fps), Continuous H: 120 fps (60 frames at about 1/125 s or faster), Continuous H: 60 fps (60 frames at about 1/60 s or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16, Intvl timer shooting
Movie HD 1080p(fine) (default setting): 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 1080p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 720p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540: 960 x 540/approx. 30 fps, VGA: 640 x 480/approx. 30 fps, HS 120 fps: 640 x 480/approx. 120 fps, HS 60 fps: 1280 x 720/approx. 60 fps, HS 15 fps: 1920 x 1080/approx. 15 fps
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) Auto (auto gain from ISO 100 to 1600) Fixed range auto (ISO 100 to 400, 100 to 800) Hi 2 (equivalent to 12800) (High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Metering 224-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot
Exposure control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, motion detection, exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed Auto mode, scene mode 1/2000* to 1 s 1/2000* to 2 s (Tripod in Night landscape scene mode) 4 s (Fireworks show scene mode) P, S, A, and M modes 1/2000* to 8 s (when ISO sensitivity is set to 100 in M mode: including when set to Auto or Fixed range auto) 1/2000* to 4 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 100, 200, or 400 in P, S, or A mode, and when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200 or 400 in M mode) 1/2000* to 2 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 800) 1/2000* to 1 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 1600, and when set to Auto or Fixed range auto in P, S, or A mode) 1/2000* to 1/2 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 3200 or Hi 1) 1/4000 to 1/125 s (Continuous H: 120 fps) 1/4000 to 1/60 s (Continuous H: 60 fps)
Aperture Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Range 14 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Self-timer Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.5 to 6.5 m (1 ft 8 in. to 21 ft) [T]: 0.5 to 2.5 m (1 ft 8 in. to 8 ft 2 in.)
Flash control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI output Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminal Audio/video output; digital I/O (USB); HDMI Mini Connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
Supported languages Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (included) AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Charging time Approx. 4 hours (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-69P and when no charge remains)
Battery life (EN-EL12) Still pictures**: Approx. 230 shots Movies***: Approx. 1 h 5 min (HD 1080p(fine) (1920 x 1080))
Tripod socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 103.0 x 58.3 x 32.0 mm (4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 in.) (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 194 g (6.9 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with terminal cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD
Optional accessories Battery Charger MH-65, AC Adapter EH-62F

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