Nikon Coolpix P520 - A Pretty Good Update Version Of P510 (Part 2)

8/12/2013 9:25:03 AM


The additional image samples and the product images are available in the database of the device. You can add your own judgment, images and product review.


Testing samples

Testing samples

Images have good exposure with excellent color reproduction. The portrait has perfect skin tone and doesn’t have red-eye when using the flash.

Lens quality

Testing samples

Testing samples

The images are pretty detailed at both ends of the camera, but they seem a little soft. The lens has min focusing distance of only 1 cm which allows impressive macro shooting.

ISO image noise level

ISO testing image

ISO testing image

Noise is low at ISO 80, 100 and 200, but there’s a small gap in the detail at ISO 400. The lost details becomes a little worse at ISO 800 and one more time it’s the same at ISO 1600, with the images become a little softer at this setting. One more time, there’s noise increment of the images at ISO 3200, but the image quality remains pretty well. when shooting in P/S/A/M mode which you can use the Hi1 settings, this setting is equivalent to the ISO 6400 standard, but the image quality is pretty bad, so, it’s best to avoid it, unless you’re shooting images to share on the web.

White-balance performance

White-balance testing images

White-balance testing images

Under our incandescent light, auto white balance (AWB) creates a suitable image with the details having very soft colors, with the incandescent preset performing slightly better. Under the fluorescent light AWB delivers an amazing result, with all of the 3 fluorescent preset modes creating images with a cast of detailed colors.

Panorama mode

Panoramic shooting has plenty of detail and they’re well-stuck together.

Panoramic shooting

Panoramic shooting

Digital filter

Digital filter

Digital filter

P520 has some special effect, with the examples for the each effect above.


Nikon Coolpix P520 is available on the market with the price of 440$. You can buy other cameras with 50x optical zoom, such as Canon PowerShot SX50 HS pricing at 525$, Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 450$ and Sony Cybershot HX300 600$. Fujifilm FinePix S8500 available at 375$ has 46x optical zoom and FinePix HS50 42x has the price of 610.5$. Olympus SP-820UZ is also for sale at 283.5$ and has 40x optical zoom.

You will also need to buy a memory card and a sleeve or bag to keep your camera safe and protected – depending on our full instruction to buy the camera bag.


Nikon Coolpix P520 is a pretty good update version of P510, but we’re kind of having a little bit of surprise when seeing that the optical zoom hasn’t been expanded to 50 times to compete with the cameras having bigger zoom from Canon, Fuji and Sony. The sensor has been increased to 18 megapixels and the screen is 3.2 inch big besides, there’s not many changes, you will also realize the particular packing method, DSLR camera style, without sophistication. If you’re trying to capture a fast moving object at far distance, you need to try your best because the focusing process is slightly slow when at longer length. But for other cases, P520 will result in stunning images which make you extremely proud. Nikon Coolpix P520 appearance receives high recommendation.      


·         42x optical zoom lens

·         LCD Vari-angle display

·         Recording Full 1,080p HD with stereo sound

·         Built-in GPS

·         Min focusing distance of 1cm

·         Auto HDR mode

·         Easy Panorama 360°/180°

·         7 fps continuous shooting  

·         The grasping points are made from rubber

·         Pretty good image quality and color reproduction

·         2-year warranty mode


·         EVF is too small and resolution is too low

·         Too low battery life expectation

·         Slow shutter speed and focusing process

·         Purple fringing and chromatic aberration appear when shooting at far distance

Technical standards


·         Max lens aperture: f/3 - f/5.9

·         35mm equivalent: 24mm - 1000mm

·         Optical zoom: 42x

Image sensor

·         CCD pixels: 18Mp (Megapixels)

·         Pixels (W): 4896

·         Pixels (H): 3672

·         Sensor type: Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)

·         Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch

·         Sensor size (width): no data

·         Sensor size (length): no data

·         Aspect Ratio: 4:3; 16:9, 3:2, 1:1

LCD screen

·         LCD screen: 3in   

·         Screen res: 921,000 dots

·         Screen touch: no 

Focusing process

·         Focusing mode: Autofocus, Face Detection, AF Tracking

·         Min Focus: 1 cm

Brightness adjustment

·         Shortest shutter speed: 1/ 4,000 sec

·         Longest shutter speed: 4 seconds           

·         Light mode: Program, Scene modes, Manual, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority

·         Format: Centre-weighted-Average, Multi Pattern, Spot

·         ISO light sensitivity: 100-12800

·         White balance: auto, manual, outdoors/ daylight, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, Flash

·         Exposure Comp:   +/-2    

Shooting option

·         Continuous shooting: 120fps


·         Movie mode: yes

·         Res: 1,280 x 720 720p, 1,920x1,080, 640x480 VGA

·         Video FPS: 120

·         Stereo sound: yes

·         Video close-up zoom: yes

Other features

·         Stabilization: yes


·         HDMI: yes

·         USB: USB 2

·         Wifi: no


·         Memory card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC

·         File type: JPG

Power source

·         Battery type: EN-EL5

·         CIPA Rating: 240

Shipping with the box

·         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, ViewNX 2 Installer CD

·         Reference Manual CD


·         Weight: 555g        

·         Width: 119.8mm

·         Height: 82.9mm

·         Depth: 1022mm


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