Nikon Coolpix P520 Review

Overall 37
Imaging 9
Features 29
Size 71
Price 0

Main Features

  • 18.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3.2″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 125 x 84 x 102 mm
  • Weight: 550 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon P510.
  • Replaced by Nikon P530.

Nikon Coolpix P520 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix P520 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jan 29, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 18.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product P510 and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one P510.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #197 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1085 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix P520 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix P520 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix P520 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix P520. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520 has the following external dimensions 125 x 125 x 102 mm (49.21 x 33.07 x 40.16″) with the weight of 550 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix P520, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix P520 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 102mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix P520 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix P520 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix P520 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix P520 — 200 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix P520 — 102 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix P520 — 550 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P520 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P520 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix P520 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix P520 boasts of a resolution of 18.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix P520 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix P520. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix P520 features a 18.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix P520 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix P520 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix P520

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix P520 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix P520 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Coolpix P520 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix P520 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix P520, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files.

Nikon Coolpix P520 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon Coolpix P520 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix P520 to compatible devices via USB none port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix P520 provides a shooting life of 200, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Coolpix P520 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix P520 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix P520’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix P520’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix P520 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix P520 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P520 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P520 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix P520 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P520 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P520 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (125 x 84 x 102 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Nikon Coolpix P520 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P520 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P520 can be called a 78 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (125 x 84 x 102 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (200 shots)

Nikon Coolpix P520 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P520 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P520 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (550 g)
  • Big size (125 x 84 x 102 mm)

Nikon Coolpix P520 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P520 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P520 can be called a 12 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.16 x 4.62 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (18 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Nikon Coolpix P520 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix P520
Announced Jan 29, 2013
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.46 mm2
Sensor Resolution 18.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4896 x 3672
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB none
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 550 g
Physical Dimensions 125 x 84 x 102 mm
Battery Life 200 shots
Battery Type 200 shots
Battery Model EN-EL5
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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