Nikon Coolpix P610 review

A 60x optical zoom and full manual control make this a solidly specced bridge camera

Nikon Coolpix P610

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We've carried out lab tests on the Nikon P610 across its ISO range for resolution. We've also picked out three of its chief rivals so that you can compare their performance directly.

The rivals we've chosen are:

Sony HX400V: One of the better bridge cameras around right now, with a 50x zoom offering good performance at both ends of the range. You can't shoot raw files, though.

Canon SX60 HS: Canon's top bridge camera has a 65x zoom, fully articulating rear display and can shoot raw files.

Panasonic FZ1000: We've also included the Panasonic, even though the zoom range is shorter, because it has a much larger 1-inch sensor – and this has a dramatic impact on the image quality.

We test camera resolution using an industry-standard ISO test chart that allows precise visual comparisons. For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our camera resolution test process.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon P610 resolution test chart

Analysis: The Nikon P610 and Canon SX60 show identical results right up to IS1600. The Canon offers better resolution at ISO 3200. Both are slightly better than the Sony HX400V up to this point, though the differences are small and you might not notice in everyday photography.

These results are what we've come to expect from cameras with 1/2.3-inch sensors. These sensors can give acceptable results at low ISO settings but the quality quickly falls away further up the ISO range.

The figures from the FZ1000 are very different. Its larger sensor gives it a clear resolution advantage at low-medium ISO settings, and at higher sensitivities the gap grows larger still. The FZ1000 is more expensive and has a shorter zoom range than other bridge cameras, but the jump in quality makes it worth it, and that's why the FZ1000 is currently our top bridge camera.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.