Nikon COOLPIX P530 Brief Review


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  • 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 42x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.5-5.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • 7 fps burst mode
  • Contrast-detect autofocus
  • Lens shift vibration reduction
  • Macro mode for focusing as close as .4 inches from lens
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 3” LCD screen
  • Full HD video 1920x1080 at 30p
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 240 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-02-13
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX P530
Nikon's lesser super zoom still packs some power with the P530.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Nikon's P530 is essentially a dialed down version of their P600. The two cameras have the same sensors and speed (7 fps burst), the main differences are in the lenses. The P530 uses a 42x optical zoom (compared to the P600's 60x) and can also handle close-ups at about .4 inches from the front of the lens (compared to the P600's .2 inches). Except for a little shorter battery life and the different lenses, the two cameras are very similar. The P530 will cost you about $50 less retail, so it's up to you if the added zoom is worth that much to you. Its predessor, the P520, was one of our favorite extended zooms last year, but the category is becoming increasingly competitive.

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