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Nikon COOLPIX P520 26397 Black 18.1 MP 42X Optical Zoom Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

  • 1/2.3" CMOS 18.1 MP
  • 42X Optical Zoom
  • Wide Angle
  • Lens-shift VR
  • 3.2" 921K LCD
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 200shots
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General

Brand
Nikon
Series
COOLPIX P Series
Model
COOLPIX P520
Part#
26397
Color
Black
Dimensions (WxHxD)
5" x 3.4" x 4"
Weight
19.4 oz.
Type
SLR-Style

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Gross Pixels
18.91 MP
Effective Pixels
18.1 MP
Resolution
4896 x 3672
Image Stabilization
Lens-shift VR

Lens

Optical Zoom
42X
Digital Zoom
Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Wide Angle
Yes
Focal Length
4.3-180mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-1000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Aperture
f/3-5.9

Shutter

Shutter Type
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000-1 sec.
1/4000 - 8 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 80 or 100 in P,S, A or M mode)
Self-timer
2s or 10s

Focus

Auto Focus
Yes
Focus Area/Point
9 area automatic selection, 99 area manual selection
Manual Focus
Yes
Normal Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 5 ft. (1.5 m.) to infinity
Macro Focus Range
Macro close-up mode: [W]: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity

Flash

Flash Mode
Built-in
Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Exposure

Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
Aperture-priority auto
Exposure bracketing
Manual
Shutter priority auto
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Matrix
Center-weighted
Spot
Sensitivity
ISO 80-3200
Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) (available when using P, S, A, or M mode)
Hi 2 (equivalent to 12,800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Fixed range auto (ISO 80-400, 80-800)

White Balance

White Balance
Cloudy
Daylight
Flash
Fluorescent
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Auto 1
Auto 2

Viewfinder & Monitor

Viewfinder
Electronic viewfinder, 0.5 cm (0.2-in.) approx. 201K-dot equivalent LCD with the diopter adjustment function (-4 to +4 m-1)
LCD
3.2" 921K

Functions

Continuous Drive
Up to 7 shots at approx. 7 frames per second
Tripod Mount
1/4 IN Socket
Scene Modes
Back Light
Beach
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Dusk/Dawn
Fireworks Show
Food
Landscape
Museum
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Panorama
Party/Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
Snow
Sports
Sunset
3D Photography
HDTV Output
Yes

Recording System

Internal Memory
Approx. 15MB
Storage Media
SD / SDHC / SDXC Card

Movie

Movie Recording
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
Full HD: 1920x1080 / 60i
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 50i
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HS 1920x1080 / 15fps
HS 1280x720 / 60fps
HS 640x480 / 120fps
iFrame 540: 960x540 / 30fps
VGA 640x480/ 30p
VGA 640x480/ 25p
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080

Interface

USB
Yes
A/V Out
Yes
HDMI
Yes

Battery

Battery
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5
Battery Life
200shots

Feature

Features
Capture distant images with a 42x wide-angle to telephoto NIKKOR glass zoom lens.

Built-in GPS with Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals

Compatible with the WU-1a wireless mobile adapter for anytime, anywhere sharing

High-performance CMOS image sensor lets you shoot without a flash

1080p Full HD videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies

Packaging

Package Contents
Nikon COOLPIX P520 Digital Camera
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

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Nat N.
  • 4/22/2013 6:01:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Camera, But Not Great

Pros: 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 16 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 and the cannon produced about 9. 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 com eat your corn, or you can put together a time laps movie from the frames, or set it up to see what creature is dumping your trash cans. The possibilities are huge, 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.

Cons: What Nikon did wrong:

There are 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 detect my face after the movie is recording. I never had a camera this bad. You are forced to use manual focus. Focus works fine when you are behind the camera shooting a subject in front of you.

In order to use the 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 changed 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 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 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 has 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.

Other Thoughts: What Canon did right:

The super zoom is much more powerful, 50X vs 41X. The Canon lens is truly remarkable. You could 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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