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Nikon Coolpix P520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 783 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the screen and image quality. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the memory and sensor. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and build quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P520 (Dark Grey)


Editors' note: Several of the design, features, and shooting options are identical between the Nikon Coolpix P520 and the Coolpix P510 we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some deja vu when reading the same sections below.

Give the Nikon Coolpix P520 plenty of light and it can turn out some excellent photos throughout its 42x zoom range. It has a lot of shooting options for those who like to fiddle with settings or straight snapshooters; a nice flip-out rotating LCD; and...

Its autofocus system is slow when the lens is zoomed in, especially when compared with other models in its class; battery life is short; and the camera feels cheaply constructed.

More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P520 Preview


Not ready for a dSLR, but still want the flexibility and capabilities of a long telephoto zoom lens, then check out Nikon's new Ultra Zoom Coolpix. The P520 boasts a 42x optical zoom lens good for a crazy 24mm-1000m zoom range (35mm equivalent). It...

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Nikon COOLPIX P520


The Nikon COOLPIX P520 is a super-zoom camera with a 42x stabilised range and an 18.1 Megapixel sensor. Launched in January 2013, it replaces the COOLPIX P510, which remains in the Nikon product line-up. The newer P520 retains the earlier model's...

Capable 42x optical zoom range ; Big, detailed 3.2 in articulated screen ; Excellent VR optical stabilisation ; Built-in GPS with POI database

Slow handling and writing to card ; Poor battery life ; No built-in Wifi ; No hot shoe ; No RAW mode

The Nikon COOLPIX P520 has a lot to offer. Its 42x zoom lens is one of the longest optical zooms around and combined with the excellent Vibration Reduction optical stabilisation produces great results. It has a bigger, more detailed screen than most...


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Nikon Coolpix P520


Nikon rests on its laurels as the competition zooms on by.

While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shooters—the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball...

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Nikon Coolpix P520


Nikon is one of the biggest names in photography and you will be pleased with the Coolpix P520. It is an effective medium ground camera if you don't want to fork out hundreds of dollars on a SLR camera, but want more features than a pocket camera. It...

The Nikon website has classes, videos, articles and an app to help you learn more about photography

Burst mode allows for only seven photos in one sequence

It may not have many SLR features, but the Coolpix P520 is a strong Nikon camera with powerful zoom that takes pristine images.

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Nikon Coolpix P520


It was love at first sight!

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"I returned it for a REFUND"


I took it out into the field at Hawk Mountain and the camera's performance was unacceptably sluggish. The image processing "lag time" was AWFUL even with a Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC 95mb/s. The autofocus was both noisy & slow...also very inaccurate...

Lightweight, GPS, WiFi capable (with accessory)

Shutter "Lag Time", Slow auto-focus, too many on-screen menus (not enough buttons)

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"Does every thing well, except the JPG algorithm."


The JPG algorithm has only 2 settings, Bad and Very bad, or Fine and Normal. I took a long distance photo on a cloudy/foggy day with the jpg set to fine. The photo came out as expected- foggy. There were some jpg contours, but not really noticeable. Of...

Zoom is fantastic. Anti-shake enables almost full zoom hand held. In bright sunlight everything is great.

JPG algorithm needs Nikon's very fine and raw settings, or make the normal setting very fine and raw the second.

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Amazon review summary for Nikon Coolpix P520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix P520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Great camera w\/super zoom\/macro


Loaded with all the needed features

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time","Small \/ Compact

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL5


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes