Nikon Coolpix P520 Advance Point and Shoot

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Nikon Coolpix P520 Advance Point and Shoot
  • 18.1 Megapixels
  • 42x Optical Zoom
  • 2x Digital Zoom
  • CMOS, 1/2.3 inch Sensor
  • 4.3 - 180 mm (35 mm Equivalent to 24 - 1000 mm) Focal Length
  • Image Stabilizer
  • Macro Mode Present
  • Self Timer Functionality
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Product Rating (Based on 30 votes)
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Image qualitygood
Video qualitygood
Battery lifeSo-so
Designgood
DurabilitySo-so
Speed So-so
7 Product Rating
Are you a photography enthusiast? Have you planned of upgrading from your previous point-and-shoot to a new and better camera? Do you like getting really close to distant objects? Do you want more manual control on the pictures you click than a conventional point-and-shoot? If the answer is yes, then dear reader Nikon P520 might be the camera you need.

This camera has many pros and as everything has, some cons as well. But don´t let that disappoint you. This camera has a quite appealing personality.

Throwing some light on its pros.
The camera has an incredibly long zoooom capability (Some extra O´s for that ). With 42X you can have something distant magnified in your viewfinder beautifully, something you cant possibly see with your bare eyes(And the quality isn´t distorted; GOOD NEWS!). Well that´s the main attraction of the product.
Talking about others, the camera can do incredibly well in the macro range, can take some quality videos in 1080p full HD.
The camera further has many capabilities and settings that can further enhance your photography experience. Selective colour, manual shutter speed and aperture controls, manual focus are just to name a few.

Some of the few cons of the camera are its image quality, slow focus time and dim light photos. This camera comes with most of the features of an entry level DSLR but there is only one thing where it lags behind, that is the image quality. It is mainly because of the small sensor size 1/2.3´´. In dimly lit conditions, photography can be a disappointment sometimes. But the camera provides a solution to that. Upto 8´sec shutter speed. You just need to keep the subject still.

Finally,
I spoke about some of the pros and cons of the camera.
Overall speaking it is a very good camera, better that some entry level DSLRs in many ways. No different lens requirements for both macro and telephoto. Well that´s quite enough to save some serious amounts of cash. The photo quality is good, it´s just that when you crop the pic it does not retain its original sharpness. But if the picture matters to you then this is a perfect choice.

Happy buying.
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The advance point and shoot range from Nikon is definitely one of its finest. Advanced point and shoot cameras are perfect for people who are unwilling (or like me – just plain lazy) to learn how to use a DSLR. I recently bought a Nikon P520 after comparing many cameras in that price range and deciding that it was the best one.

The stand out feature of this camera is its zoom, 42x optical zoom is no joke by any standards. Also, since it’s optical zoom and doesn't involve stretching any pixels like in digital zoom, the quality of the photos remains unchanged. And at a glorious 18.1 megapixels, you’ll want that. The image quality is fantastic, the auto exposure exposes the photos perfectly, and the auto focus does a good job of focusing at moderate levels of zoom, however, at high levels of zoom I find that the auto focus takes an inordinate amount to focus properly, but when it manages, the quality is amazing.

The best part is that you can use the auto mode when you just want to sit back and take some good pictures, however, if you’re feeling a bit experimental, this camera allows you do full manual. In full manual, you gain an amazing amount of control over the pictures, with a bit of practise you can start taking some seriously good photos.

The video capture takes place in full HD, which is pretty good. But the icing on the cake are those two stereo microphones. They do an excellent job of editing out wind noise, which is absolutely essential in outdoor video.

The battery life is so-so on the device, it lasts for around four hours on a full charge, which is decent if not excellent. For long outdoor picture trips I would highly recommend a battery pack.

The design of the camera is one of its strong points, the rubberized grip makes it easy to hold even with one hand. The build is fully plastic, but I think that it’s more of an advantage than a disadvantage actually, the camera already has some weight to it and the plastic in the construction helps it from becoming too heavy. Also, the plastics used are of good quality and give the camera quite a premium feel.

The camera is quick to start up and there usually isn’t much delay in taking photos. However in the auto mode at high zoom the camera does take quite a bit of time to focus.

Overall, at this price range I think that the Nikon P520 is easily one of the best advanced point and shoot cameras out there.
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Nikon Coolpix P520 Advance Point and Shoot Specifications

General
Camera Type Point & Shoot
Display
LCD Display TFT LCD Monitor with Anti-reflection Coating
Screen Size 3.2 inches
Image Resolution

Image Resolution

Resolution of a camera refers to the tiny units or pixels that digital images are composed of. Greater the pixel count, greater is the native size of the picture or greater is the amount of detail captured in the picture.

Range: Image resolution usually lies between 2200000 dots to 20000000 dots for standard cameras.

921000 dots
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
View Finder Type

View Finder Type

A viewfinder is what you look through to compose, focus or take a picture. On analog cameras, the viewfinder is an eye-sized window that must be pressed against the face. Point-and-shoot digital cameras these days use small LCD screens that are viewed several inches from the eyes.

Professional photographers generally prefer a viewfinder instead of the LCD screens because it lets them focus on framing the picture. In addition, the LCD screen can become very washed out in bright sunlight, making it almost impossible to frame the picture.

Electronic viewfinder, 0.5 cm (0.2-inch)
Interface
Audio Video Interface Audio / Video Output (NTSC, PAL)
USB

USB

USB connectors are used for connecting cameras with other electronic devices such as TVs, laptops, Printers, tablets, disk drives and network adapters.

Range: Presently there are USB 1.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 available in standard laptops. USB 3.0 reduces power consumption and provides faster data transmission rates as compared to USB 1.0 and USB 2.0.

Hi-speed USB
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity

ISO Sensitivity

ISO refers to sensitivity of the image sensor to light. ISO setting allows you to easily select the correct sensitivity, to get the best image under difficult conditions.

Lower ISO setting is good when there is adequate light available. A higher ISO setting is required while taking images in the dark. For instance, ISO 100 would be used in bright sunlight, while ISO 400 or above would be used in low-light conditions for greater sensitivity.

Range: ISO sensitivity for digital cameras normally lies between 100 and 3200.

ISO 80 - 3200, ISO 3200
Exposure Metering System

Exposure Metering System

Exposure metering system refers to the way in which cameras determines the exposure i.e. the total amount of light allowed to fall on the image sensor during the process of taking a photograph.

Multi-zone metering mode is also called matrix, evaluative, honeycomb, segment metering, or esp (electro selective pattern) metering and is the standard metering setting on many cameras. In this setting, the camera measures the light intensity in several points in the scene, and then combines the results to find the settings for the best exposure.

Matrix, Center Weighted, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed

Minimum Shutter Speed

Minimum shutter speed is the fastest shutter speed a camera can achieve. It is used to take sharp photographs of moderately fast subjects under normal lighting conditions.

Range: Minimum shutter speed for a standard camera lies between 1/6000 s to 1/1200 s.

1 sec
Maximum Shutter Speed

Maximum Shutter Speed

Maximum shutter speed is the slowest shutter speed a camera can achieve. It is used for taking sharp photographs of immobile subjects under bad lighting conditions with a tripod-supported camera.

Range: Maximum shutter speed for a standard camera lies between 1/15 s to 1 s.

1/4000 sec
Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes

To have better control over your photographs, you can use different shooting modes offered in digital cameras - Auto Mode, Scene Mode, Movie Mode, Smart Portrait Mode, Sports Mode etc.

Auto mode combines the technologies of Scene Recognition and Face Detection, automatically determining the optimized settings for different scenes to ensure that every shot is perfect, regardless of the shooting environment.

Action or sports modes increase ISO and use a faster shutter speed to capture action whereas Landscape modes use a small aperture to gain depth of field.

Auto, Scene (Scene Auto Selector, Portrait, Sports, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk / Dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Black and White Copy, Panorama, Pet Portrait, 3D Photography), Night Landscape, Landscape, Backli
White Balance Modes

White Balance Modes

Digital cameras offer automatic white balance. This feature ensures that photos' colors are accurate and devoid of yellowish or bluish color which is produced by incandescent or fluorescent lighting.

Auto 1, Auto 2, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Physical
Dimensions 125.2 x 84.1 x 101.6 mm
Weight 550 g
Power Supply
Battery Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
Lens
Lens Type NIKKOR Lens
Effective Pixels

Effective Pixels

A Megapixel refer to a million pixels, which are dots of color that make up the clarity and definition of a photograph. A higher megapixels (MP) camera produces a higher resolution and more detailed image for you.

A higher MP camera doesn't necessarily translate into a higher quality image, other factors like image processing and sensors also play a role.

Range: Camera megapixels vary from 6 MP to 20 MP for standard cameras.

18.1 Mega Pixels
Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Through auto focus, camera will automatically identify the subject and make the necessary adjustments to get the best focus making it easier for the photographer. You don't have to make any adjustment manually to get the best focus.

Contrast Detect AF
Manual Focus Yes
Digital Zoom

Digital Zoom

Digital zoom is a digital process which simply 'enlarges' a part of the picture (subject), without bringing it 'closer'. Digital zoom is accomplished by cropping an image down to a centered area with the same aspect ratio as the original.

It is accomplished electronically, with no adjustment of the camera's optics, and no optical resolution is gained in the process. It results in loss of image quality.

2x
Optical Zoom

Optical Zoom

Optical zoom magnifies an image, bringing the subject closer while preserving the image quality. Optical zoom allows you to capture a more telescopic or wide-angle setting. Higher the optical zoom, better it is.

Range: Optical zoom lies between 4x to 21x for standard cameras.

42x
Sensor Type/Size

Sensor Type/Size

An image sensor is a device that converts an optical image into an electronic signal. Most of the cameras available in the market are equipped with a CCD sensor or a CMOS sensor.

Each has unique strengths and weaknesses giving advantages in different applications. Neither is categorically superior to the other, although vendors selling only one technology usually claim otherwise.

CMOS, 1/2.3 inch
Focal Length

Focal Length

The focal length (f value) is the distance, in mm, from the center of the lens to the focal point where the image is produced. Raising the f value magnifies the subject and shrinks the field of view (telescopic), while lowering the value shrinks the subject and enlarges the field of view (wide).

Range: The f value varies from camera to camera and differs for various shooting modes.

4.3 - 180 mm (35 mm Equivalent to 24 - 1000 mm)
Flash
Flash Range

Flash Range

Flash Range is the effective distance the flash light can illuminate the subject. Most digital cameras that have built-in flash are effective to about 12 to 15 feet. It varies by brand so check the specifications carefully.

0.5 - 8.0 m (W), 1.5 - 4.5 m (T)
Built in Flash

Built in Flash

Most of the entry level digital cameras come with a built-in-flash. A built in flash is important for taking shots such as indoor shots and evening shots when there isn't much light.

If you're buying a compact affordable camera then you should ensure you get a built-in-flash. Many higher end cameras do not come with built-in flashes and instead provide a hot shoe onto which you can add an external flash.

Yes
Continuous Shooting

Continuous Shooting

Continuous shooting operates when the shutter button is held down, several rapid-fire shots are taken in one motion. This feature is very useful for fast-moving action and you will find the feature on many of the value range cameras.

Yes, 7 Shots at 7 fps
Imaging
Image Size

Image Size

Image size reflects the resolution of camera. Greater the pixel count, greater is the native size of the picture, or, in effect, greater is the amount of detail captured in the picture.

4896 x 3672 Pixels
Image Format JPEG, MPO, DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF, MPF Compliant
Video Format MOV, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Audio Format WAV, AAC
Storage Media
Inbuilt Storage 15 MB
Upgradeable Memory Yes
Memory Card Type SD / SDHC / SDXC
Others
Self Timer

Self Timer

A built-in self-timer provides selectable modes for automatic shutter release. For instance, during flash photography, camera shake can be prevented by placing the camera on a stable surface and using the 2-Second Timer mode. When you want to appear with your friends in a group picture, the 10-second setting can be used.

Yes, 2 and 10 sec
Macro Mode

Macro Mode

Macro mode setting on a camera allows you to focus on subjects close to the camera lens. Macro mode is commonly used for photographing insects, flowers and any other small items that you want a close view of.

Range: The distance you can shoot in macro mode from varies for different cameras. Some cameras can focus when the lens is less than an inch away from the subject, while others may be an inch or further.

Yes, 1 cm
Face Detection

Face Detection

Face detection or recognition has become a popular feature of digital cameras. It helps the camera to identify the faces in shots and make the necessary adjustments and focus to ensure the best shot of the object. It detects facial features and ignores anything else, such as buildings, trees and bodies.

Yes
Image Stabilizer

Image Stabilizer

One of the major issues that you often come across with cameras is the problem of unclear, indistinct images. To minimize the problem, modern digital cameras come with image stabilization technologies that help create sharper, clearer images for you.

Yes

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