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- Nikon Coolpix P510
- The 42x-zooming Nikon P510 boasts the world's longest zoom range and the longest focal length.
Nikon Coolpix P510 Digital Camera Review$429.95
The P510 records 1080p video at 30 frames per second in the h.264 compression standard. There are two 1080/30p quality levels. It can also record at 720p, iFrame, and VGA, as well as several high frame-rate settings. Find out how the performed in our video image quality test./r:link_to_content
Users can adjust exposure compensation prior to filming, but that's pretty much the only manual control we found that made a difference, and it's locked in once the clip starts.
Auto mode is effective; there are keys for triggering autofocus or locking the auto-exposure.
The full 42x zoom range is available during filming. The speed at which the lens extends is significantly slower than it is for still-photo shooting, but it adds a nice cinematic effect.
Autofocus can get wonky, particularly as the focal length extends, but it's pretty effective by still-camera standards.