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Nikon COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Red)

B&H # NICPP520R Mfr # 26398
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Product Highlights
  • 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

The red Nikon COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera features an 18.1MP CMOS sensor and a 4.3-180mm f/3.0-5.9 NIKKOR lens for capturing high-quality still photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. The 42x optical zoom offers a wide to super telephoto focal range, and the 2x digital zoom gets you even closer to the action, even from far away. Track your travels and explore points of interest with the built-in GPS, which records the location of each shot. Plus, an optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter allows you to share your shots or control the camera with a compatible smartphone or tablet (sold separately).

Back Side Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor
18.1 effective megapixels provide plenty of power to deliver high-resolution images, and the backside illuminated CMOS image sensor receives more light than conventional sensors to record higher quality images, especially when taking pictures in Night landscape mode using the consecutive shot combining technology.
42x High Power Zoom with Lens-shift VR
The 42x zoom opens up a range of possibilities and shooting perspectives for you to explore. To enhance image clarity, lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction) reliably compensates for camera shake, which is more likely to occur when shooting at or around the 42x zoom setting. ACTIVE mode can be used to minimize image blur when shooting from a moving vehicle or any other unstable position, stabilizing both captured and viewfinder images.
3.2" Vari-Angle LCD Display
The 3.2" LCD display features 921K-dot resolution, and its Vari-angle design allows you to monitor and compose shots comfortably from various shooting positions.
Full HD 1080/60i Video with Stereo Sound
In addition to high-quality still photographs, the COOLPIX P520 can capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 60 interlaced frames per second. Moreover, the built-in microphone enables stereo audio recordings.
Built-in GPS Recording
With an onboard database of about 1.86 million Points of Interest, built-in GPS gives you extensive capability to quickly record, store and confirm the names of shooting locations where you take pictures. The recorded GPS information can be displayed on the "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" map view or ViewNX 2. Note: in some sales areas, the POI function is not available.
Support for WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
The COOLPIX P520 is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately). Using the WU-1a allows you to share your shots online or control the camera with a compatible smartphone or tablet.
Designed for Optimal Control and Operability
Assign frequently used functions to the Function button for quick one-touch access. Feel how the ergonomic handgrip maximizes comfort and minimizes camera shake, complementing other features that ensure handling stability, such as the Side zoom control.
Auto and Manual Controls
The COOLPIX P520 employs a combination of auto and manual controls, including COOLPIX Picture Control, scene auto selector and 19 optimized scene modes. Exposure modes include Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual. Manual focus is also available.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 18.91 Megapixel
Effective: 18.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC, WAV
Max Resolution 18MP: 4896 x 3672
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens NIKKOR, 14 elements in 10 groups
EFL: 4.3-180 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1000 mm)
Aperture: f/3 (W) - 5.9 (T)
Filter Thread Not Specified By Manufacturer
Zoom Optical: 42x
Digital: 2x
Focus Range Wide: 1.64' (50 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 6.7' (2.04 m) - Infinity
Macro: 0.39" (1 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 80-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200-12800)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 8 - 1/4000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes 3D Photo
Back Light
Beach
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Dusk/Dawn
Fireworks
Food
Landscape
Museum
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Panorama
Party/Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
Snow
Sports
Sunset
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Burst Rate Up to 7 fps at 18 MP for up to 7 frames
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Interval Recording Yes
Remote Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Flash
Flash Modes Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 26.25' (0.5 - 8.0 m)
Telephoto: 4.92 - 14.76' (1.5 - 4.5 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 15MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 15 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480: 120 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
960 x 540: 30 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Recording With Video + Voice Memo, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +4 m
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 3.2" LCD Swivel (921,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n via optional adapter
Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
Power
Battery 1x EN-EL5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1100mAh
AC Power Adapter EH-69P (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.3 x 4.0" / 125.2 x 84.1 x 101.6 mm (excluding projections)
Weight 1.21 lb / 550 g (with battery and SD memory card)

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NikonCOOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (53)
  • Zoom range/performance (50)
  • Easy to use (48)
  • Large clear LCD (39)
  • Image stabilization (35)

Cons

  • Short battery life (14)
  • Lag / shutter delay (9)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Travel (41)
  • Family photos (39)
  • Wildlife (34)
  • Low light (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (24), Casual photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good camera but not perfect

I purchased this in red just to make it easy to spot. This camera is very lightweight but it does have a lot of features. Overall I like this camera. It isn't stunning...Read complete review

I purchased this in red just to make it easy to spot. This camera is very lightweight but it does have a lot of features. Overall I like this camera. It isn't stunning in its abilities but the real reason for this camera is the long lens. That 1,000 mm zoom is great but does have limits. If you are using the zoom to bring something close to you that isn't actually very far away (think a picture of wildlife that would run away if you got close) it works great. If on the other hand you are trying to zoom into something that is a mile away then you need to realize that any atmospheric disturbances will be amplified as well.

What I like:
Massive zoom lens (28-1000) in 35mm equivalent.
Camera feels comfortable in my hands. It is small when I try to hold it like a SLR but it is still comfortable.
Having a zoom control on the lens barrel.
GPS.
Image Quality is good (not as good as the P7700 but good non the less).
Having both the eye level viewfinder and the back display option.

What I dislike:
Only shoots jpeg (no Raw capture).
Sometimes images are softer then I feel they should be.
Some purple fringing along objects in the sky.
When shooting in continuous shutter release mode, the time stamp on the photo is from the time the image is saved, not the time the image was captured.
The sound quality on movie recording has a lot of background noise.
Only has built-in flash.

Summary:
As long as you don't expect DSLR quality or performance this is a very nice camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Polarizer - is NOT going to happen

This is an awesome camera, except for one thing, you can't add basic threaded external filters such as UV or the most important filter for outdoor use; the Polarizer, which is extremely annoying...Read complete review

This is an awesome camera, except for one thing, you can't add basic threaded external filters such as UV or the most important filter for outdoor use; the Polarizer, which is extremely annoying for anybody who wants to make nice outdoor, landscape or travel photos. You have to settle for marginal or mediocre at best. Which is the reason for a "3" rating, if this feature was available it would get a "5"
All this design and work goes into a camera of this caliber and it's like they intentially left this feature off so you wouldn't be satisfied with the ability to make really nice outdoor photos.

If anybody knows how you can add a filter (other than the bulky cokin option that is available but looks like due to the lens length it may not work either), let me know, because you can't find the solution anywhere in Nikons information, product manual, by googling it, or in the "accessories" on this web site, which if anybody would be able to show you how to do it and where to buy one you would think either Nikon or B&H could. The manual won't even tell you the thread size, as I don't believe it's designed for any threaded accessories, only for the lens cap that comes with the camera. Extremely frustrating for paying a decent amount of money and expecting a simple feature that would top this camera off and make it an exceptional camera.
The main purpose of buying a camera like this is the extreme wide range of lens capability, which is is then handicapped by no filter option.

Reviewed by 65 customers

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5.0

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By jj

from Newton, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom

Cons

  • None yet

Best Uses

  • All Uses Excellent

Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Silver):

I replaced my COOLPIX P510 with the P520. The improvement is unbelievable! And, I thought that i WAs getting excellent pix before.

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  • No

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5.0

The power of a DSLR with simplicity!

By KMS

from Naugatuck, CT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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
  • Not Too Big Not Too Small
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Red):

    I've just started getting into taking artistic and planned photos so I wanted something smaller but had the zoom, lens, power, and controls of a DSLR camera without the HUGE DSLR price. It's perfect for just about any kind of shot. Family photos, focus effects, low light settings,and flash settings..Its a huge bang for your buck :) Especially with the rugged case and SDHC card it came with.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome!

    By laine

    from Louisiana

    Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Silver):

    Love love love this camera!! Takes awesome clear pictures even when zoomed all the way in! Perfect camera to capture memories of my family :)

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    5.0

    Best camera!!!

    By Oaf

    from West islip

    Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

    I love the Nikon cool pix 520 easy to use and it works great

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    5.0

    greatest pictures ever

    By warthog

    from st louis mo

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

      Everything is great

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      • No

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      5.0

      great product

      By gio

      from Orlando Florida

      Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

      Awesome camera I recommend it to anyone who wants to take great pictures

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      5.0

      Excellent Product

      By Photos for Fun

      from York, PA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

        Easy to operate, many features, and picture quality is wonderful.

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        4.0

        Nice camera for family use

        By ric

        from Houston

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Silver):

        Just bought this before winter holiday, the camere is nice and easy to use, I like the GPS sensor. I wish it was faster to get the signal. it is light and handy.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great quality and value!

        By jinsihou

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

          I wanted to purchase a quality camera for using in my work as a field biologist, though I wasn't interested in getting an SLR (too much of a chance for destroying it out in the field). This model has been awesome so far, and also survived some foul weather without issue. I was really happy that B&H included the camera bag and the SD card as well - great customer service!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Fully pleased with my experience!

          By Doctor Ron

          from Oshkosh WI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Has a viewfinder
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Silver):

          I spent a lot of time deciding on the camera to buy and am very pleased with my choice. I also looked into the reputation of this business and found it to be well recommended by members of a photography group I have joined. I expect to be back!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent SuperZoom

          By PhotoPete

          from Binghamton, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

            Excellent image quality and relatively low noise for a non-DSLR camera. Plenty of features for the novice as well as experienced photographer. Online User Guide is thorough, well-written, and easy to use. All-around good choice for a superzoom.

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            4.0

            Great product for the price

            By woody

            from sarasota florida

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

              planning to vacation and need capability for wide angle and zoom. Surprised at ease of use and quality of

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              • No

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              5.0

              Fantastic!

              By JuJu

              from New Orleans

              Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

              Photos are great and love the size!

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I loved my new camera

              By A Palmier

              from Belo Horizonte - Brazil

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Silver):

              I loved my camera!!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Very good

              By Jacri

              from Chile

              Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Red):

              A good camera but the auto focus is really slow

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great camera

              By Big Mac

              from Ohio Valley

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

                Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

                Stills and videos are clear and vivid

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great camera at a great price.

                By PhotoMon

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I'm normally a Canon girl but this camera is wonderful. The zoom feature is percise and the focus is quick with a quality stabilizer. I'm very happy with this purchase.

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By Susan

                  from SC

                  Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Red):

                  Love it. I'm glad a held out and got the red camera.

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                  5.0

                  Great photographs right out of the box

                  By vince g

                  from East Coast

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to carry
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Easy To Use Right
                  • Excellent Images
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Chose this camera, even tho I love my Rebel XTi.... Wanted a longer zoom lens and the 520 gives me wht I need in zoom range, without much sacrifice in image quality. Have only had it for 2 weeks, but haven't gone back to the Rebel since I got it.

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                  4.0

                  A gift that was well received

                  By theusual154

                  from Somewhere outside of Atlant GA

                  Comments about COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I gave this camera as a gift to an expectant couple to take photos of their new baby (and their dog!). They love it and I've seen some of the shots, very good value for the money. Great step up from a cheap point and shoot or camera phone.

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