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Nikon Coolpix P520 review

42x optical zoom bridge camera put to the test

Nikon Coolpix P520 review

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Some examples of image smoothing can be when viewing the image at 100%, however at normal printing and web sizes it's not too much of a problem.

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Colours are represented well by the Nikon Coolpix P520, being vibrant without being overly punchy.

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The wide angle (24mm-35mm equivalent) of the Nikon P520's lens at the widest point of the optic provides a lot of scope for capturing wide-angle shots, such as landscapes.

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Macro focusing enables you to get really close to the subject and fill the frame. It also results in a pleasing shallow depth of field effect.

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Cross Process is one of the filters that can be found in the Effects section on the mode dial. Compare this image with a standard image shot below.

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The same scene as above, but without any filter used.

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High contrast monochrome suits a number of different subjects - including, but not limited to, landscapes.

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Other creative functions include the ability to capture 16 frames in one shot.

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The 24mm end of the telephoto optic enables capturing of a wide-angle of view.

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Compared with the far telephoto end of the optic, image stabilisation has also done a great job of keeping everything sharp here.

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Similarly, shot at the far end of the telephoto optic, the camera has produced a detailed image with a pleasing shallow depth of field.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
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
Flash Memory Capacity15 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL5
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height84.1 mm
Width125.2 mm
Depth101.6 mm
Autofocus Points99
Focal Length4.30 mm to 180 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsWAV, AAC
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP520
Product NameCoolpix P520 Bridge Camera
Product LineCoolpix
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.

Battery Life200 Shot
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
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker