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Nikon 520 Digital Camera

18.1MP 42x CMOS Jun 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Get Close From Afar Capture distant images with a 42x wide-angle to telephoto NIKKOR glass zoom lens. Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that... More
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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Nikon cameras and also specifically for Nikon bridge camera digital cameras and found that in both cases Nikon had good ratings compared to other brands.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon 520 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of this spec and age do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HX100V[pl_613234_price], and the DSC-HX200[pl_1475281_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Sony DSC-HX400[plb_2173117_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the 520 is 2.7" and the largest is 3.2". With a display diagonal of 3.2 inches, the Nikon 520 has a very large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the 520.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon 520 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the 520 which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Sony HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon 520 supports wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which support wi-Fi currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm S1[plb_2145007_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6[plb_2147791_price].

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 42 times zoom factor, the Nikon 520 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the 520 range from 1.3x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 32x.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Fujifilm S1[plb_2145007_price] (50x) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 520 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the 520 also have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the S1[pl_2145007_price], or the S8200[pl_1565851_price] both from Fujifilm.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon 520 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 520.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon L830[plb_2169291_price].

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Fairly High Megapixel

Bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have megapixels of between 12MP and 21MP, and the average megapixel is 16MP. The Nikon 520 has one of the higher megapixels (18.1 megapixels) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000[plb_2413606_price] (20.1MP), or the Leica V-Lux[plb_2538670_price] (20.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Has Two Image Editings

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of image editing modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings Crop and Rotating are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and spec. This Nikon digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of a similar age and type to the 520.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the 520 is 1,600 and the highest is 26,000. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 12,800, the Nikon 520 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the 520.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 520 is 500,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon 520 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

The Nikon 520 has one of the more total megapixelss (18.91 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the 520 range from 12MP to 22MP, and the average total megapixels is 17MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Nikon 520 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon digital camera also support a video resolutions of 960 x 540 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 520.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This camera supports a MOV video formats supported, which is the most frequently supported video formats supported on bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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TFT Display

The Nikon 520 has a TFT display which is better than most digital cameras of this age and spec. Most digital cameras of this age and spec have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all digital cameras of this age and type.

The worst display across comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of power sources than most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Nikon camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of audio formats than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Nikon digital camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC and WAV are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the 520 is 93. The Nikon 520 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s (only 80) amongst cameras of this age.

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Very Fast Camera Shutter Interval

At only 0.142 seconds, the Nikon 520 has a quite fast camera shutter interval compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average camera shutter interval of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.5s.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon 520 does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the 520 also do not support video capability.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 520, the Nikon 520 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Nikon 520 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 2x, the biggest is 210x, and the average digital zoom is 13x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the FinePix HS30EXR[pl_2071810_price], or the HS30[pl_1334661_price] both from Fujifilm or the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price].

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price] (4x and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-FZ330[pl_2981228_price] (4x and higher rated) both from Panasonic.

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Only Features Two Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon 520 is more than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 520. The flash modes "Pre-flash" is also featured on this camera.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon 520 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 2272 x 1704, 3264 x 2448 and 4864 x 2736 and 4896 x 3672. Across all bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the 520 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 4608 x 3456.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of shooting modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras that have been available for more than two years. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a Shutter priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Manual" are also found on this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Across all the cameras of a comparable type and age to the 520 the internal memorys range from 8MB to 200MB. With an internal memory of only 15 megabytes, the Nikon 520 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the 520.

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Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Nikon 520 is a camera that takes 200 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Features One Image Quality Adjustment

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly featured image quality adjustment is Contrast, but this image quality adjustment is not featured on this Nikon camera. The image quality adjustments Brightness are also featured on this camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 8 seconds, the Nikon 520 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the 520. The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2s and the longest is 120s.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the 520. The image formats supported "MPO" is also supported by this camera.

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Only One Number of Batteries Supported

The Nikon 520 is a one number of batteries supported digital camera. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago have between one and three number of batteries supporteds.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 520

Released Over Three Years Ago

This bridge camera camera has been on the market for over three years.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the P600[pl_2176383_price], or the L830[pl_2169291_price] both from Nikon.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Nikon 520 has a relatively typical weight (550 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX40 HS[plb_124816_price], or the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price].

If the sensor type of this bridge camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-H300[plb_1611594_price] (CCD), or the Kodak Pixpro AZ251[plb_2452647_price] (CCD).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Custom Colour
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Direct Printing
Brightness Adjustment
Altimeter
Barometer
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

21 July 2014

Aparat z matryc? 18,9 Mp, wy?wietlaczem 3,2 cala i zoomem optycznym 41,7x. Oprócz zdj?? umo?liwia te? rejestracj? wideo w maksymalnej rozdzielczo?ci 1920 x 1080 pikseli.OpisSpecyfikacja i wyniki...

Capable 42x optical zoom range
Big, detailed 3.2 in articulated screen
Excellent VR optical stabilisation
Built-in GPS with POI database
The Nikon website has classes, videos, articles and an app to help you learn more about photography
Slow handling and writing to card
Poor battery life
No built-in Wifi
No hot shoe
No RAW mode

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 999p520b
Barcodes 00018208263967, 00018208263974, 00018208263981, 00018208933808, 00018208933846, 00018208933891, 05053973580272, 05742220203322, 08033737551950, 08033737552896, 08033737552902, 08431016655212
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