Nikon COOLPIX P520 Brief Review


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  • 42x zoom
  • Built-in GPS
  • Wi-Fi WU-1a accessory (not included)
  • 18.1 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • Release Date: 2013-01-24
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX P520
42x zoom; Built-in GPS; Wi-Fi WU-1a accessory (not included); 18.1 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor; Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
By , Last updated on: 6/21/2014

Nikon's P510 was one of our favorite long zooms of 2012; we expect it's successor, the P520 to be a top performing superzoom as well. There's just a few minor updates to the already great model, adding a few megapixels and making it compatible with a wi-fi add-on (purchased separately). Full HD video, great low-light performance and a solid 42x zoom make this model a top competitor in the category.

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Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

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