Nikon P610

Nikon Coolpix P610 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1440mm (F3.3-6.5) lens
  • 565g - 125 x 85 x 107mm
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Replaced the Nikon P600
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P610 summary

Nikon P610 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally released on February of 2015. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Nikon launched this camera in order to update the older Nikon P600 (Read Full Comparison)

The P610 is positioned #29 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #455 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should look at our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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Nikon P610 family

The Nikon P610 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can view all past and current models alongside key specs.

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P610 vs P520
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P610 vs P510
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P610 vs P500
Nikon-Coolpix-P100 front thumbnailNikon P100
P610 vs P100
Nikon-Coolpix-P90 front thumbnailNikon P90
P610 vs P90
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P610 vs P80

Nikon P610 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Nikon P610 based on aspects which are generally considered essential in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
display is selfie friendly
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sized screen (3 inches)
great zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
includes face detect focus
includes tracking focus
NFC support
relatively wide (24mm)
screen articulates
very good screen resolution (921 thousand dots)
very long zoom (1440mm)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW files
heavier than competition in class (565g)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no external flash support
no headphone socket
no mic socket
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Nikon P610 Sensor info

The spec of the sensor in the Nikon P610 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the P610's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The P610 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P610 dimensions

Nikon P610 weighs about 1.25 lbs (565 grams / 19.93 oz) and features external dimensions of 125mm x 85mm x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Nikon P610 is more heavy in comparison with its rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Nikon P610 with a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix P610 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button design on the P610.

Nikon Coolpix P610 topview buttons dials

Nikon P610 Lens info

The P610 provides a built in lens and it has a focal range of 24-1440mm making it a 60.0 x zoom which is amazing and does make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 and that's fairly slow and not great in low light conditions and you will find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to up the ISO causing noisy photographs. On the tele end, 1440mm is great zoom and comes to f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon P610 Connectivity

The P610 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon P610 Video info

The max video quality in the Nikon P610 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance for quality and file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The camera does not have a mic and headphone socket which means that you have little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to have a look at another model if you want good audio in your video clips.

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Nikon P610 Weather Sealing

Nikon P610 does not include environment proofing so wet conditions could damage the camera.

Nikon P610 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon P610 comes with a 3 inch fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits and group photos when necessary. Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon P610 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be rather valuable.

Nikon P610 Shutter info

Nikon P610 has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon P610 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon P610 boasts only integrated flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon P610 Autofocus info

Nikon P610 boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be useful for people photography.

It also features Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Nikon P610 has the ability to use manual focus if required for low light scenarios or you want more exact focus control.

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Nikon P610 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL23) for the Nikon P610 is fashioned to last for 330 clicks according to the CIPA requirements which is about average when compared to its competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the maximum (600) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the best battery life:

Nikon P610 for specific kinds of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Nikon P610 for specific kinds of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon P610

The Nikon P610 has a points tally of 44 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really very good for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
includes face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Nikon P610 as a Street photography camera

Having a moderate score of 50, the Nikon P610 is fairly acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than others (565 grams)

Nikon P610 Sports photography features

A decent sports photography points total of 53 means the Nikon P610 is relatively appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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long zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Nikon P610 Travel photography info

Portability is super important in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon P610 gets a nice 62 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent pick for your travels.

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decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (24mm)
long zoom (1440mm)
heavier than competition (565 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Landscape photography with Nikon P610

When you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Nikon P610 and it's average grade of 50 for a landscape camera is fairly adequate amongst it's competitors.

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you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Nikon P610 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon P610 is relatively suitable for vlogging as it delivers a decent rating of 59.

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really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have external mic support
heavier than competition in class (565g)

Nikon P610 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the P610, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram just below gives you an overview of the P610 compared to it's top scoring competitors suggested above.

Following are several cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix P610
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1440mm (60.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.50 m
Flash modes
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/100/30/25p)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
565 gr (1.25 lb)
125 x 85 x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2")
Battery life
330 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Pricing at release