Nikon Coolpix P520

Last Updated (27 August’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Digitalcamerainfo

Nikon Coolpix P520 is a 18.1MP Back Side Illuminated CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 42x Optical Zoom and 2x Digital Zoom. It features 4.3-180mm f/3-5.9 NIKKOR Zoom Lens, 24-1000mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length, EXPEED C2 Image Processing Engine, 3.2-inch Vari-angle 921K-dot LCD Monitor, Full HD 1080/60i Video Recording with Stereo Sound, GPS Records the Location of Each Shot, Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, and Optical VR Image Stabilization System.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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Nikon Coolpix P520 Reviews

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“the minimum ISO has dropped from 100 to 80. Combined with the new 1/4000sec maximum shutter speed, this should make things easier on bright daylight shooters. Continuous shooting has been improved to 7 frames per second, and full-HD video can now be captured at 1080/60i, in addition to 1080/30p.”
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Photographyblog reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P520 offers the same incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm as its predecessor. Remarkably it’s still possible to hand-hold the camera in good light and achieve sharp pictures thanks to the excellent vibration reduction system, although you really need to use a tripod or other support for consistent results.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good megazoom. It doesn’t have the higher-end features or deeper controls of the Fujifilm HS50EXR, Panasonic FZ200, or Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, but if you don’t need or want those, it’s not an issue.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“There’s no debating that the P520 is a capable compact. Photos look good, it has an excellent LCD screen and the image stabilisation systems do a fine job of preventing camera shake.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“On the top deck, there’s a built-in, popup flash, but no hot shoe. There’s also a Mode dial providing access not only to a range of creative options, but also allowing for fully manual shooting, letting you control your images and match your artistic vision.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“If you’re wanting to shoot fast moving objects far into the distance you may struggle as the focus is a little sluggish at the longer lengths. But other than that, the P520 will take some excellent pictures that you’ll be extremely proud of. The Nikon Coolpix P520 comes highly recommended by ePHOTOzine.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Techradar reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“The huge zoom range makes this a great bridge camera for the travelling photographer. Autofocusing, including macro focusing, is accurate, making it possible to photograph subjects from flowers to far-away wildlife well.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix P520 and writes;
“The Nikon COOLPIX P520 is an overall capable compact, with a reasonable standard of image quality, a clearly effective VR system and an excellent LCD screen to recommend it. It’s also currently priced around £80-90 less than rival models, although this is perhaps reflected in its finish and the quality of its electronic viewfinder.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Nikon Coolpix P520 Features

The Nikon Coolpix P520 combines an 18.1MP CMOS sensor and a 4.3-180mm f/3.0-5.9 NIKKOR lens for producing high-quality still photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. It also has a 42x optical zoom which provides a wide to super telephoto focal range, and the 2x digital zoom allowing you closer to your subject. The lens has a VR (Vibration Reduction) technology which effectively compensate the camera shake effect and enhance the image clarity. You can use ACTIVE mode of the lens which able to minimize image blur when shooting from a moving subject.


This camera allows you to record Full HD 1080/60i Video with Stereo Sound at 60 frame per second. There is a 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor with 921K-dot resolution which easy for composing and reviewing your photos and videos from various shooting positions. Nikon Coolpix P520 also offer Auto and Manual Controls, including COOLPIX Picture Control, scene auto selector and 19 optimized scene modes.


In addition, Nikon Coolpix P520 also offer built-in GPS which allows it to quickly record, store and confirm the names of shooting locations where you take pictures. The camera also compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter which lets you share your photos and videos online or control the camera with a compatible smartphone or tablet.


Nikon Coolpix P520 Features:

+ 18.1MP Back Side Illuminated CMOS Sensor

+ 4.3-180mm f/3-5.9 NIKKOR Zoom Lens

+ 24-1000mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length

+ 42x Optical Zoom and 2x Digital Zoom

+ EXPEED C2 Image Processing Engine

+ 3.2″ Vari-angle 921K-dot LCD Display

+ Full HD 1080/60i Video with Stereo Sound

+ GPS Records the Location of Each Shot

+ Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

+ Optical VR Image Stabilization System


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1 Comment »

Comment by Jeff Solley
2013-03-07 13:40:03

I had to replace my Fuji 9000 which I dropped into the river. Ruined permanantly. This camera is smaller and harder to handle. This is not a camera for capturing sports action. The Fuji zoom was manual and much easier to adjust. This also lacks RAW, which is a shame, because the images are just a bit soft and JPEG leaves less room for manipulation and sharpening. Still, unless you like to print up 8 X 10 images frequently, you will appreciate the enormous versitility of the long zoom, and the images are quite passable- far better than you ever got with your old 35mm film SLR.


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