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Nikon P520 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 18.1MP 42x Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Four industry awards
Good quality pictures
Good features
151 Reviews + 4 Awards
onfoto.ru Best Design toptenreviews.com Bronze PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

Three expert review sites all endorsed this Nikon camera. This camera received an Ephotozine "Highly Recommended" award and the writer at review website PhotographyBlog.com gave it a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement. This high megapixel digital camera also received an Onfoto.ru "Best Design" award.

The author at review websites Toptenreviews.com decided that this camera was good and gave it their "Bronze" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Nineteen experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews have rated this Nikon camera on average 76%.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, P520 owners rated this digital camera 90%. Over 72% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 25,534 user and expert reviews (including 3,033 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 97% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon P520 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX300 is also worth considering.

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4896 X 3672 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon P520 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a 4896 x 3672 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). The worst still image resolution of all high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera is 640 x 360 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Nikon P520 is a digital camera that takes 200 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera is 8MB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 1.3GB. At only 15 megabytes, the Nikon P520 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Ten customers agreed that the Nikon P520 had good technical guidance. Newegg.com wrote “Included manual was very helpful” nonetheless they scored it 1 stars. Simon said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Would appreciate comprehensive instruction book without the need to down load over 200 pages off the internet”. Three years ago C. Brooks wrote “It also comes with a 'quick start guide" which is useful” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner mentioned that it had good customer support. Newegg.com mentioned “Good customer support” in their review of the Nikon P520.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon P520 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 400, 800 and 3200 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon P520 has an HDMI. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Nikon P520 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon P520 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon P520 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Flash

Has a Pre-Flash

The Nikon P520 has a pre-flash, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had gps. Alant gave it a score of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “It is ready to use very quickly including the gps capability”. Alant also wrote “I have not found this to be a problem, even with the gps on all the time” in their review.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon P520 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the NEX-7 ($883.13), and the ILCE-5000 + E PZ 16-50mm + E 55-210mm both from Sony or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon P520 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon P520 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon P520 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also support Wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, or the Sony Alpha A5100L.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera, the Nikon P520 does not feature bluetooth.

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Good Quality Pictures

Fourty-seven customers who bought the Nikon P520 agreed that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Trustedreviews.com gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote “Photos look good” in their review of this digital camera. Paul Jersey rated it 8 stars and he said “The zoom is outstanding, I took a photo up on dartmoor for a church on a hill, some two miles away”. Pat he said in his review of this digital camera “He has identical model and has taken some amazing photographs of hovering buzzards showing every feather detail yet high in sky”.

Five people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Panos gave the product a rating of 7 stars and mentioned “I was very excited when i start shooting with that pretty camera.” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Robin O'neill mentioned in his review of the Nikon P520 “I preferred this Nikon to the current Canon Powershot SX50 as it has more megapixels”. Jr wrote on Amazon.co.uk “So far I have only used it at 8MB resolution which is sufficient for my current needs”.

Three customers who bought this digital camera thought it was good in low light. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote four years ago “While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole”. In the same month Doris mentioned “Is especially good in low light areas (twilight etc) where results are brilliant” and rated it 7 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce clear pictures. Three years ago Lyn said in her review of this digital camera “The Zoom on this camera is amazing! The clarity when zoomed is imcredible” and scored it 7 stars.

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Good Video Capture

Six people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Mr. Michael Welsh said in his review of the Nikon P520 on Amazon.co.uk “In movie mode it takes a second or so to kick in so you could lose a vital bit of spur of the moment action” and scored it 5 stars. Tyra Morrison wrote “It's perfect for filming videos and blogging (which is why I bought it)!” in her review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 7 stars. James said on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Great zoom and brilliant HD video”.

Good Screen

Eleven customers agreed that it had a good screen. Newegg.com wrote “Boot screen in 10 seconds fully populated”. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on expert website What Digital Camera “A clearly effective VR system and an excellent LCD screen to recommend it” in their Nikon P520 review. Expert website Cameralabs.com said “It has a bigger, more detailed screen than most a”.

Three customers who reviewed the product thought it had a good viewfinder. Doris gave it a rating of 6 stars and she mentioned in her review of the Nikon P520 on Amazon.co.uk “Useful viewfinder which enables elimination of 'sloping seas! On auto setting”. J.p.h Yorkshire rated it 5 stars and said “I prefer to use a viewfinder rather than a screen, first of all this gives me more definite composition”. J.p.h Yorkshire also mentioned “Another reason why I prefer the viewfinder is that I need reading/close up spec's” in their review.

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Good Quality Lens

Fourty people concluded that this digital camera had a good zoom. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com scored it 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The device has an amazing 42x optical zoom and strong resolution so you can print out high-definition photos”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “The Coolpix P520 is a strong Nikon camera with powerful zoom that takes pristine images” in their review. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert review site Expert Reviews “A massive zoom at a competitive price.” and gave the Nikon P520 a score of 6 stars.

Three people thought it had a good image stabiliser. Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It has an excellent LCD screen and the image stabilisation systems do a fine job of preventing camera shake” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Cameralabs.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon P520 on Camera Labs “Its 42x zoom lens is one of the longest optical zooms around and combined with the excellent Vibration Reduction optical stabilisation produces great results” and scored it 6 stars. Mr P Joss mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Very steady image stabilization”.

Three owners said in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Dee he wrote “The lens cover is easily knocked off, leaving the lens, which is close to the front of the camera, vulnerable to damage” in his Nikon P520 review.

One customer concluded that it had a good autofocus. Derek mentioned “Once one has got round the focus foibles I think the bird pictures in poor light I have achieved are very good” in his review of this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Flash

One person wrote in their reviews that the Nikon P520 did not have a good flash. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “If you add more than one of these to a system you need to flash the bios on the card or you will get an "out of memory" error”.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera is 16x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. When compared to other digital cameras of this age and spec that we have assessed, the Nikon P520's optical zoom of 42 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera range from 18mm to 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. At 1,000 millimeter, the Nikon P520 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Nikon P520 has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only 3) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Across all the high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 4.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Cameras of this type and age have digital zooms of between 2x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 33x. At only 2 times zoom factor, the Nikon P520 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the DMC-TZ60 (4x), or the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (4x) both from Panasonic or the Sony ILCE-5000 + E PZ 16-50mm + E 55-210mm (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon P520 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might also want to consider including the Lumix DMC-TZ40, or the Lumix DMC-CM1 both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Nikon P520 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Nikon P520 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon P520 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon P520 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.2 inches, the Nikon P520 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera. The smallest display diagonal of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 2.5" and the largest is 4.8".

Alternative 3.2" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Pentax K-3 ($887.43), or the Nikon D610 + AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR + AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED + 32GB which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Samsung NX300 (3.31"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 (4.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon P520 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras of this spec and age is 460 pixels and the highest is 6,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 921 pixels, the Nikon P520 has a very low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Five owners agreed that this digital camera had a good battery life. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said “The slim battery lasts for just 200 shots, less than half that of most of its competitors; there's no accessory shoe for external flas” in their review of the Nikon P520. Four years ago Raven mentioned in her review of this digital camera “One thing I should mention, is the battery indicator on the camera”. Raven also mentioned “It indicates full battery then after a couple of frames the camera indicates battery exhausted” in her review.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon P520 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon P520 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 60Da, or the Sony ILCE-7R.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon P520 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of this age and spec. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Nikon digital camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 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 camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. Atrev wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Zoom lens reasonably quiet and AFC works well even under pressure for quick shot of moving subjects - animals”.

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon P520 features voice recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon P520 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eleven owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was compact. Expert website Toptenreviews.com wrote “The Coolpix P520 from Nikon gives you a nice answer to a compact bridge camera with some of the benefits you would find in SLR cameras”. Four years ago Whatdigitalcamera.com said on expert review site What Digital Camera “The incorporates a 42x optical zoom lens which provides an effective focal range of 24-1000mm, making it the most powerful Coolpix compact to date” and scored it 7 stars. Photographyblog.com wrote in their Nikon P520 review “The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a mechanically-stabilized 42x optical zoom that offers a massive focal range of 24-1000mm” .

Nine owners agreed that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Blair 49 rated it 7 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Having used heavy metal 35mm SLR's for many years with huge interchangeable lenses this new breed of bridge camera is a revelation to me”. Christopher Bailey gave the product a score of 7 stars and he said on Amazon.co.uk “Meanwhile my family members with Nikon D200 and D300s were dragging around their bulky DSLR camera systems” in his review of this digital camera. Clive Orchard said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “This fulfills all my expectations and could even take the place of my DSLR which is much bigger and heavier to carry around” and scored the product 7 stars.

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was lightweight. Raven said “This is my first Nikon and it is small and lightweight, have no problems with controls etc” in her review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Ramon Rios-Torres he said “Easy to use lightweight and very complete”. Tone1428 said four years ago “It is very lightweight, takes great pics” and rated the product 8 stars.

Two people wrote that this digital camera was easy to carry around. Bob Todd rated the product 8 stars and he mentioned “It is light and easy to use”. H. G. C. Keenan wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Great pictures, easy to carry, good pictures in low light although still to get the hang of Panorama pictures” and gave it a score of 8 stars.

One owner who purchased the product reckoned that it was thin. One owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was thick.

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Average Weight

The Nikon P520 has a pretty standard weight (550 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Design

Easy to Use

Twenty-five customers reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use. Newegg.com mentioned “Easy to use interface, setup my raid 5 easily” yet they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Cnet.com said on expert website CNET.com “The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results”. Three years ago Paul.a mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “They are both easy to use and useful”.

Three customers concluded that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Four years ago Wildbird rated it 7 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “He was right and the fact that the P520 updates the viewfinder screen is an improvement to the P510( he says) This camera is light, comfortable, has many extra functions”. J.p.h Yorkshire gave the product a rating of 8 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “This is very comfortable to handle”. Four years ago Hazeld rated it 9 stars and said “This camera looks beautiful and feels really good to hold” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers considered that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. C. Brooks wrote “The menu will allow you to change most settings quickly and with little fuss”. C. Brooks also mentioned “The in camera menu is easy to use” in their review. M. D. rated the product 5 stars and said “It is a joy to use and has enough settings, as well as full manual options to keep both novices” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners concluded that it was easy to setup. Newegg.com said “Great interface, easy to setup” in their review of this digital camera. Doris wrote “I found it very easy to set up” in her Nikon P520 review and rated the product 9 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-six owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on Trusted Reviews “What is the Nikon Coolpix P520? Bridge cameras, which combine advanced manual controls and superior image quality into a compact shell, have always been popular, particularly among enthusiasts”. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned “Fine picture quality” . Whatdigitalcamera.com said “The Nikon COOLPIX P520 is an overall capable compact, with a reasonable standard of image quality” in their review of the Nikon P520.

Good Looking

Eight owners considered that the product was good looking. Newegg.com said in their review of the Nikon P520 “Box has pretty colors - unit may have worked”. Pat mentioned on Amazon.co.uk three years ago “It is exactly what I ordered beautifully packed, delivered on time” in his review of this digital camera. Robin O'neill mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “A really useful additional camcorder style zoom control on the side”.

Two customers who purchased it thought it was well designed. Four years ago Reviewed.com wrote “Its 42x zoom design, capable of a whopping 1000mm (equivalent) at full telephoto, crammed previously inconceivable reach into a remarkably compact package.”. In the same month Alan Bullock wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The P520 is a good design, has lots of features, is well made” and scored it 8 stars.

Two owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was neat. Mr. Matthew Mckinnon said on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “It fits neatly in your hand” in his review of this digital camera. Blair 49 said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “So just recently I purchased an immaculate almost new red P520 for £175 from that well known auction site” .

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Robust

Eight owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Mvm wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Also editing features built in and change of button configuration which makes operation much more user friendly”. Salsagirl123 said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “It its light weight yet sturdy and well made” . Blair 49 wrote “The camera does not 'per se' have wi-fi capability built in” in their review of the Nikon P520.


Features

Good Features

Eleven customers said in their reviews that it had good features. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I didn't need to install a driver in Linux since I'm not using the card's raid features” but in spite of that they scored it 1 stars. Raven she said “The features are amazing”. Raven also mentioned “One of the best features of the the camera is the wireless” in her review.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon optical2x, 999p520b
Barcodes 00018208263974, 00018208263981, 00018208933808, 00018208933846, 00018208933891, 05053973580272, 05742220203322, 08033737551950, 08033737552896, 08033737552902, 08431016655212

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