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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix P520 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
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.
You can connect Coolpix P520 to compatible devices via USB none port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Significant Advantages
|Announced||Jan 29, 2013|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||125 x 84 x 102 mm|
|Battery Life||200 shots|
|Battery Type||200 shots|