Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)

Nikon Coolpix P500

Powerful 42x zoom that lets you shoot amazing close-ups Built-in GPS records the location of each shot you take Wi-Fi WU-1a accessory (not included) allows you to easily share your shots anytime anywhere 18.1 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional image quality and enhanced low-light performance Record videos in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound

Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)

Features Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)

  • Powerful 42x zoom that lets you shoot amazing close-ups
  • Built-in GPS records the location of each shot you take
  • Wi-Fi WU-1a accessory (not included) allows you to easily share your shots anytime anywhere
  • 18.1 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional image quality and enhanced low-light performance.Record videos in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound.
  • What’s in the box:UC-E6 USB Cable, EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger, AN-CP21 Strap, LC-CP24, Lens Cap, NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM.
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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  1. D. Graves "Fine Books and More" says:
    176 of 189 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very, very good but not ‘great’. 24mm-1,000mm lens, Wi-Fi & GPS but no RAW., February 25, 2013
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    This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (Electronics)

    For the price, this is an excellent camera. Not a “great” camera, but a very, very good one. I would consider it high end for the average consumer, with features superior to almost all other point-and-shoots in its price range: Wi-fi capable (ability to connect to iOS and Android devices for viewing/sharing your photos and videos via the optional WU-1a adapter), built-in GPS (to geotag your photos), 18MP CMOS sensor, a zoom lens with incredible focal range (24mm-1,000mm), and 1080 HD video. For the price, that’s a nice set-up, a camera with advanced features with an excellent ease-of-use, requiring little knowledge of photographic techniques.

    Many of us, however, want to go beyond ‘picture-taking’ and seek an advanced camera that is not in an advanced price range. And this is where the P520 is attractive but, ultimately, falls a bit short of our desires. For example, there’s no RAW: your images are captured in JPEG only. There’s a decent pop-up flash but no hot shoe. Also, the impressive zoom is not so impressive with regard to its speed, either its lens speed (f/3.0-5.9) or autofocus speed (fairly slow but not horrible). However, it is a nice, glass, Nikkor lens; and, to be fair, it would be quite a feat to bring such a long zoom well under f/3, given the price range. Personally, I would have traded focal length for speed: yes, it’s impressive to go out to 1000mm, but I would have taken 800mm with an f/2.8-5.0 lens; though Nikon has built-in stabilization features for both photos and video (called ‘Active VR mode’ for video), you’re not going to do hand-held shots at that 1000mm focal length, especially video.

    Other aspects of the camera will please everyone: full manual exposure control along with multiple auto/semi-auto exposure modes, a nice and large tilting Vari-Angle LCD monitor, an excellent CMOS sensor (1/2.3 in.), and a nice weight and feel to the body. This last point is what drew me to the 520 in the first place: I just bought a P310 and although I love it, especially for its small size and portability (shirt pocket), I cannot get used to shooting outdoors with such a small camera. The 520 is just perfect; that solid DSLR feel but with a modest weight (20 ounces).

    Yes, I wish the P520 had a few more pro-like features but this is an excellent – almost but not quite great – camera. I’m giving it 4 stars for the reasons stated above. However, if you’re someone not interested in advanced photography and just want a very nice camera with higher-end consumer features, this is a 5-star camera.

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  2. NatNapoletano says:
    124 of 134 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Camera, But Not Great, April 19, 2013
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    Review of Nikon Coolpix P520 by Nat Napoletano

    Everything is relative so I will be comparing Nikon’s Coolpix P250 to its main competitor the Canon SX50 (they sell for the same price).

    WHAT NIKON DID RIGHT:

    Under ideal conditions, the 18.1 megapixel Nikon creates images with higher resolution than the Canon. My images shot at a resolution chart showed that the Nikon had a real resolution of about 12 megapixels (18.1 advertized) and the cannon resolved about 9 megapixels (12 advertized). But under actual conditions, in daylight, they both perform about the same because the Canon has a much better lens. When zoomed or at in high contrast situations, the Nikon makes larger files that are not as clear and sharp as the Canon and have some purple fringing around the edges when blown up.

    The image sensor in the Nikon is a newer technology and really does perform much better in low light.

    Nikon has a timer feature that I have found on no other camera. You can set it up to start snapping pictures every 30 seconds, or 1 minute or 5 minutes. This is very cool, you can set it on a tripod and take nature shots all night waiting for a deer to come eat your corn, or you can put together a time laps movie from the frames, or set it up to catch violators in the act. The possibilities are huge! Other cameras, including the Canon, won’t do this. (and it would have been so easy in their software)

    The viewing screen is big and bright. The best I’ve seen and much better than the Canon.

    Nikon has a built in GPS. I didn’t test it; I’ll never use it. Canon doesn’t have this feature.

    WHAT NIKON DID WRONG:

    The Nikon has focus problems when using the self timer and in movie mode. If you start the movie recording, and then step in front of the camera, it mostly focuses on the back wall and your face is fuzzy. The camera never seems to recover. This is very bad (come on Nikon). I have tried every combination of focus modes. Face detect doesn’t seem to work after the movie is recording. I never had a camera this bad. You are forced to use manual focus. This problem does not affect traditional movie recording, focus works fine when you are behind the camera shooting a subject in front of you.

    In order to use Nikon’s electronic viewfinder, you need to fold and tuck the flip out screen. This is a big nuisance on a sunny day going back and forth. Every other camera in the world changes displays using the display button; the Canon does. (and it would have been so easy to implement in Nikon’s software, the button is already there)

    The Nikon camera feels cheap. The lens rattles (but doesn’t exhibit any problems) and the flip screen doesn’t lock in place. The Canon feels solid as a rock.

    The charging system that ships with the Nikon uses a cable that charges the battery in the camera. This is a nuisance and I don’t need another charging unit with a cord to get tangled in the drawer. So you have to fork out another $30 or$ 40 for a charger and spare battery. The Canon ships with a nice charger that plugs into the wall and holds the battery.

    All outdoor images are slightly overexposed. This can be corrected by bumping down the aperture 2 stops when shooting, but what was Nikon thinking. The Canon is right on the mark.

    WHAT CANON DID RIGHT:

    The Canon super zoom is much more powerful, 50X vs 42X. The Canon lens is truly remarkable. You can photograph the moons of Jupiter on a clear night. I tested it next to the Nikon on distant road signs and you could read text from a mile away using the Canon. There was no comparison. The Nikon doesn’t have the range and the image was a little fuzzy at the longest extent compared Canon’s superior optics.

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  3. P. Petrasek "The Rev Photos" says:
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Trade Off, June 9, 2013
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    I use both a Nikon D80 and a D3, as well as a Nikon FE (film). But, when I go on trips and I am concerned about getting a picture quick I only take my Coolpix P520. The controls and capabilities on this camera have produced some marvelous pictures. And, rather than trying to figure which lens to use and changing out lens, I am able to take the fleeting picture. Sure the Coolpix P520 isn’t my Nikon D3. But, it certainly does take some very pleasing pictures. In fact,one of my pictures taken by the Coolpix P520 that was posted on line was even chosen as a “favorite” by a professional photographer. To say the least he was quite surprised when he noticed what camera I used. Sure the Coolpix P520 has its limits when you compare it to a DSLR like my D3. But, as is said: “There is a time and place for everything” – even in photography.

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