Nikon Coolpix P520 Review

4.0
April 29, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

¹ Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.

Product name P520
Type Compact digital camera
Number of effective pixels 18.1 million
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 18.91 million total pixels
Lens NIKKOR lens with 42x optical zoom
Focal length 4.3-180 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-1000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
f/-number f/3-5.9
Lens construction 14 elements in 10 groups (4 ED lens elements)
Digital zoom magnification Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction Lens shift
Motion blur reduction Motion detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range [W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.5 m (5 ft) to infinity; Macro close-up mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) (at a wide-angle zoom position) to infinity (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus-area selection Face priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center (wide, normal), manual with 99 focus areas, subject tracking, target finding AF
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder, 0.5 cm (0.2-in.) approx. 201k-dot equivalent LCD with the diopter adjustment function (-4 to +4 m-1)
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Monitor 8 cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, Vari-angle TFT LCD
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Storage media Internal memory (approx. 15 MB); SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG; 3D images: MPO; Sound files (voice memo): WAV; Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels) 18M [4896 x 3672]; 8M [3264 x 2448]; 4M [2272 x 1704]; 2M [1600 x 1200]; VGA [640 x 480]; 16:9 13M [4864 x 2736]; 16:9 2M [1920 x 1080]; 3:2 [4896 x 3264]; 1:1 [3672 x 3672]
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, P, S, A, M
Continuous Shooting Single (default setting), Continuous H (Up to 7 pictures are continuously shot at a rate of about 7 fps), Continuous L (Up to 30 pictures are continuously shot at a rate of about 1 fps), Pre-shooting cache (frame rate: up to 15 fps / number of frames: up to 20 frames), Continuous H:120 fps (60 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/125 seconds or faster), Continuous H:60 fps (60 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 seconds or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16, Intvl timer shooting
Movie 1080(fine)/30p (default setting): 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 1080(fine)/25p (default setting): 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 25 fps, 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 1080/25p: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 25 fps, 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 60 fps, 1080/50i: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 50 fps, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 720/25p: 1280 x 720/16:9/approx. 25 fps, iFrame 540/30p: 960 x 540/16:9/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540/25p: 960 x 540/16:9/approx. 25 fps, 480/30p: 640 x 480/4:3/approx. 30 fps, 480/25p: 640 x 480/4:3/approx. 25 fps, HS 480/4x: 640 x 480/4:3, HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720/16:9, HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080/16:9
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) ISO 80 - 1600; ISO 3200, Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 6400) (available when using P, S, A or M mode); ISO Hi 2 (equivalent to ISO 12800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Exposure metering mode Matrix, center-weighted, or spot
Exposure control Programmed auto (with flexible program), shutter priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (-2.0 EV - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 * - 1 s; 1/4000 * - 8 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 80 or 100 in P, S, A or M mode) * When the aperture value is set between f/6.6 and f/8.3 at the wide-angle end.
Aperture Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Aperture range 10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Self-timer Durations of 2 or 10 seconds can be selected
Flash range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.5 - 8.0 m (1 ft 8 in. - 26 ft); [T]: 1.5 - 4.5 m (5 - 14 ft)
Flash control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Flash exposure compensation In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between -2 and +2 EV
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI output Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminal Audio/video output; digital I/O (USB); HDMI mini connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
GPS Receiver frequency 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), geodetic system WGS 84
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (included); AC Adapter EH-62A (available separately)
Charging time Approx. 4 h and 30 min (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-69P and when no charge remains)
Battery life ¹ Still pictures: Approx. 200 shots when using EN-EL5
Tripod socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 125.2 x 84.1 x 101.6 mm (5.0 x 3.4 x 4.0 in.) (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 550 g (1 lb 3.5 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Temperature 0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Camera Strap, Lens Cap LC-CP24 (with cord), Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (with terminal cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD
Optional accessories Battery Charger MH-61, AC Adapter EH-62A, Hand Strap AH-CP1, Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a

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