The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a massive 42x optical zoom: the lens stretches from 24mm to an astounding 1000mm equivalent. It's the first camera to break the 40x mark and the first to reach a four-figure focal length. That spec alone will put it at the top of plenty of shopping lists, especially among amateur sports photographers and wildlife buffs.It has plenty of the other trappings that come along with high-end superzooms, too. It's built around a 16-megapixel backside illuminated sensor, which enables a five frames-per-second high-speed shooting mode and 1080p HD video, and could contribute to quick autofocus and good indoor and low-light image quality.
Other features include a 3-inch, tilting LCD, an electronic viewfinder, full manual control, and on-board GPS. Image stabilization is included as well, though it'll need to be pretty strong to steady such a long zoom lens.
This is the second year in a row that Nikon has held the longest-zoom title. Last year's Coolpix P500 topped the charts with its 36x optical zoom. The P510 will hit shelves in March for $429.95 in black and red.