Nikon Coolpix P520 review

42x optical zoom bridge camera put to the test

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As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon P520, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon P520 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

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

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Full ISO 80 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

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ISO 80, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom42x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesHDR, 3D Shooting, Motion Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Subject Detection
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)550 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height84.1 mm
Width125.2 mm
Depth101.6 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 180 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP520
Product NameCoolpix P520 Bridge Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control
  • Manual
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA252E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Unleash your creativity with the COOLPIX P520, the bridge camera with a 42x super zoom. With a NIKKOR lens that offers an astounding 24-1000mm wide-angle to super telephoto coverage, this 18-megapixel camera gets as close as you like to the action.??

The backlit 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and advanced lens-shift vibration reduction enable steady shots in any light, while the vari-angle LCD monitor provides the perfect high-resolution view from any position.

One-touch Full HD movie mode makes switching to filming movies instantaneous and built-in GPS includes 'geotags' in image data. Use the optional Wi-Fi dongle to transfer images and movies to your smart device*.??

The COOLPIX P520 - Zoom beyond your expectations.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix P520 Bridge Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Lens Cap LC-CP24 (With Cord)
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery EN-EL5 (With Terminal Cover)
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year