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Nikon Coolpix P520 Advance Point and Shoot

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Tech Enthusiast
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 dont 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 Os 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 isnt distorted; GOOD NEWS!). Well thats 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 8sec 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 thats quite enough to save some serious amounts of cash. The photo quality is good, its 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.
Tech Junkie
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 its 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, youll 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 youre 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 its 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 isnt 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.
Tech Enthusiast
I bought this product 2 years ago and this is not DSLR/SLR type.. U cannot put extra lens to it.. I was worried in d beginning and thought of exchanging d product.. But the shopkeeper suggested me to use for 2 days and check if i still don't like , he asked me to return it.. Then i started using the product properly .. The picture clarity will be too good and the flash is too damn bright and u have option to change the shutter speed accordingly .. Battery life is also good and it gives 5 hours of life at a stretch. The video quality is also good and the focus length changing option is available in this product. 22k is suggestable for this product.. And optical zoom is high and the display resolution is high too totally the product is worthy and go for it .

Nikon Coolpix P520 Advance Point and Shoot Specifications

Camera Type
Point & Shoot
Model Name
Lens Type
Nikkor Lens
Effective Pixels
18.1 MP
Auto Focus
Contrast Detection AF
Manual Focus
Digital Zoom
Optical Zoom
Sensor Type/Size
1/2.3 Inches
Focal Length
4.3 - 180 mm (35 mm Equivalent to 24 - 1000 mm)
Aperture Range
F3 - F5.9
LCD Display
Screen Size
3.2 Inches
Image Resolution
921000 dots
Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD) @ 30 fps
Additional Display Features
Anti-reflection Coating
Supported Aspect Ratio
4:3, 16:9, 1:1
Audio Video Interface
A/V Output (NTSC or PAL)
USB Hi-Speed
Yes; HDMI Mini Connector (Type C)
Flash Range
Wide : 0.5 - 8.0m, Telephoto : 1.5 - 4.5m
Built in Flash
Continuous Shooting
Up to 7 Shots at 7 fps
Flash Modes
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 80-3200 / ISO 3200
Exposure Metering System
Center-Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed
1 sec
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4000 - 1 s 1/4000 - 8 s
Shooting Modes
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, Backlighting, Special Effects, User Settings, Program, Smart, Manual
White Balance Modes
Auto 1, Auto 2, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual
Image Format
Video Format
AVC, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4
Audio Format
125.2 (W) x 84.1 (H) x 101.6 (D) mm
550 gms
Storage Media
Inbuilt Storage
15 MB
Upgradeable Memory
Memory Card Type
Power Supply
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC Power Adapter
AC Adapter EH-62A
Self Timer
2 sec, 10 sec
Macro Mode
Yes, 1 cm (0.4 in.)
Additional Features
19 Optimized Scene Modes, 3D Shooting Mode, 5-level Brightness Adjustment, Auto (9-area Automatic Selection), Auto HDR Mode, Back-illuminated 18 MP CMOS Sensor EXPEED C2 Processor to Deliver Clear Shots, Center (Wide, Coolpix Picture Control, Customizable Function Button, EXPEED C2 Image-processing Engine, Easy Panorama 360 / 180, Electronic Viewfinder: 0.5 cm Equivalent LCD with Diopter Adjustment Function (-4 to +4 m-1), Focus-area Selection: Face Priority, Frame Coverage Playback Mode: 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Compared to Actual Picture), Frame Coverage Shooting Mode: 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Compared to Actual Picture), Full HD 1080 / 60i (or 50i) Movie Recording, Lens Construction: 14 Elements in 10 Groups (4 ED Lens Elements), Manual with 99 Focus Areas, Mode Dial, Motion Blur Reduction Motion Detection, Normal), Scene Auto Selector, Subject Tracking, Subject Tracking AF, Target Finding AF, Vari-angle TFT LCD, Wi-Fi Compatible, Wireless Mobile Adapter Support
In The Box
Camera Strap, Lens Cap LC-CP24 , Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 , Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD
Convenience Features
Delete Function
Supported Languages
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