Nikon Coolpix P520 review

42x optical zoom bridge camera put to the test

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon P520 with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Sony HX200V and Panasonic Lumix FZ200.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon P520 review

This chart shows that the Nikon P520's JPEG files have a similar signal to noise ratio to those from the Sony HX200V and Panasonic Lumix FZ200, and a weaker ratio than those from the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, at every sensitivity setting.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon P520 review

JPEG images from the Nikon P520 again show a weaker dynamic range than those from the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS at every ISO setting, but produce a similar dynamic range to those from the Sony HX200V and Panasonic Lumix FZ200.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
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
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 Address
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