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Nikon P520

Nikon P520 Digital Camera


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Nikon P520
Nikon COOLPIX S9500
Nikon COOLPIX S6500
Nikon Coolpix L320
Nikon Coolpix P7700
Nikon P520 Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Digital Camera
Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix L320 Digital Camera
Nikon P7700 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
Aug 2012
Camera Type
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact, SLR-like (bridge)
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
41.7 x
22.0 x
12.0 x
26.0 x
7.1 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
12.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CCD
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
7.66 mm
7.66 mm
7.66 mm
7.66 mm
9.5 mm

  • More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.


  • While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shootersâ??the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball games and soccer practicesâ??the P520 is an extremely capable camera that can capture shots few other cameras in its price range can manage.


  • While the P520 continues to offer a very well rounded package, with SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, a flexible and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and optional wi-fi, full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom, we can't help but feel a strong sense of deja vu.


  • With its long lens and compact size, plus extras like built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is a very good point-and-shoot travel companion.


  • Nikon's Coolpix S9500 is a fully loaded pocket camera with a huge zoom range and a sharp lens, but it doesn't quite edge out our Editors' Choice.


  • Ultimately the Nikon Coolpix S9500 offers a versatile zoom lens, good image quality and performance, and enough interesting features to be deserving of your consideration, especially if you don't mind the lack of manual control.


  • There's enough on the camera to help you out in almost any situation with some other stuff to help improve the quality or look of the pictures after you've taken the shot. The Nikon Coolpix S6500 is a much improved camera and one that you should really take a look at.


  • With a current street price of around £150 / US$170 / AU$215, the Nikon Coolpix S6500 is good value for money for those photographers who understand the advantages of a compact camera over a smartphone camera.

    The Wi-Fi functionality and 12x optical zoom lens make it an ideal companion to take with you on your travels. However, more advanced photographers may be a little frustrated by the lack of manual exposure control.


  • If the S6500 is appealing to you because of the 12x optical zoom lens there are many cameras available for less with this amount of zoom. If Wi-Fi is a must have for you, then the S6500 is a good option. There's always going to be a premium to pay for a Wi-Fi enabled compact. It is basic - you can transfer pictures from camera to you iOS or Android phone / tablet or use it as a remote release. The battery is rated at just 150 shots, which is disappointing as you'll use a fair amount on the Wi-Fi.


  • We had a great time using the Nikon Coolpix L320 during the test. The screen makes the pictures look great on the back which doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to look good at home, but they do from the L320. If you're a travelling photographer that needs a high zoom all-rounder, but you don't have the money to get a high spec model, then the L320 should suit your needs perfectly.


  • The Nikon Coolpix L320 is a decent enough camera if you want a model with plenty of optical zoom but have a limited budget. There is some issues with images being blurry in the corners, our review sample had even more blur in the top left hand corner. If you mainly share your images on the web then the quality shouldn't be an issue, particularly as colour reproduction is good.


  • It's a solid enthusiast "compact" that will please a lot of shooters, but the Nikon Coolpix P7700 doesn't quite deliver at midrange ISO sensitivities and its image-processing overhead might annoy impatient photographers.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P7700 has the longest zoom lens of any point-and-shoot camera in its class, but the lens should be stopped down to increase sharpness.


  • We wouldn't recommend this camera to everyone. If you're looking for a point and shoot that's a cut above the rest but won't intimidate with too many control options, we'd suggest the G15 or RX100. If you want something smaller that still packs excellent image quality, something like the RX100 or the upcoming Fuji XF1 might fit the bill. But if you want the complete package, look no further: the P7700 is the best we've seen.


Top 5 standard point and shoot nikon digital camera:

  1. Nikon P520 Digital Camera
  2. Nikon Coolpix S9500 Digital Camera
  3. Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Digital Camera
  4. Nikon Coolpix L320 Digital Camera
  5. Nikon P7700 Digital Camera