Very, very good but not 'great'. 24mm-1,000mm lens, Wi-Fi & GPS but no RAW
For the price, this is an excellent camera. Not a "great" camera, but a very, very good one. I would consider it high end for the average consumer, with features superior to almost all other point-and-shoots in its price range: Wi-fi capable (ability to connect to iOS and Android devices for viewing/sharing your photos and videos via the optional WU-1a adapter), built-in GPS (to geotag your photos), 18MP CMOS sensor, a zoom lens with incredible focal range (24mm-1,000mm), and 1080 HD video.
Video is surprisingly smooth and sharp in the top 1080/30p mode
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.
Flexible LCD screen
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.
Excellent VR optical stabilisation, Built-in GPS with POI database
The Nikon COOLPIX P520 has a lot to offer. Its 42x zoom lens is one of the longest optical zooms around and combined with the excellent Vibration Reduction optical stabilisation produces great results. It has a bigger, more detailed screen than most and other features like the built-in GPS, effects filters, Easy panorama, and a wealth of video modes make it a good buy that's competitively priced.
Articulating, high-res screen
What we have here is another very capable bridge camera from Nikon. Unfortunately, while the Nikon Coolpix P520 is an excellent and versatile all-round performer, ultimately there's nothing to get overly excited about, and it is not the best option currently available on the market.
If you're looking for something with a large zoom range, but with more flexibility, take a look at the Canon SX50 HS.
First class LCD screen, Very good value
There's no debating that the P520 is a capable compact. Photos look good, it has an excellent LCD screen and the image stabilisation systems do a fine job of preventing camera shake. It's also keenly priced, but this comes at the mercy of the fit and finish, and irritating lack of a viewfinder eye sensor.
If these issues aren't of concern to you, the P520 is a capable and good value camera, but it doesn't shine in any particular department.
Full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound
The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a decent update to the P510, but we're a little surprised to see that the optical zoom hasn't been extended to 50x to compete with those cameras with more zoom from Canon, Fuji and Sony. The sensor has been increased to 18 megapixels and the screen is bigger at 3.2 inch. Other than that, not much as changed, you're still getting a featured packed, DSLR style camera, without the bulk.
Affordable compared to rivals
All things considered and the P520 is, in general, a decent superzoom camera. We like the small size, big zoom range, image stabilisation and new vari-angle screen - but even all that's just not enough to see it prevail as a class leader.
And that's the thing really: the P520, despite its small advances compared to its predecessor, remains a touch behind much of the competition.
Coolpix P520 offers an articulated, large, and sharp LCD
It's a really good ultra zoom camera. The drawbacks are pretty minor if you're someone who's in the market for a model with a big zoom. Although the P520 doesn't provide significant advantages over last year's P510, it is a pretty nice upgrade to the Coolpix P500, and it's well worth considering as investment upgrade for fans of that model.
Images are pretty good
For £170, the features on the Nikon Coolpix S6400 are pretty good. You get a decent lens, a nicely designed compact with a glossy exterior and a touch-screen on the back. The deal breaker will be whether you think the image quality is good enough to pay out the money for.
Easy touchscreen, Range of filters
The Nikon Coolpix S6400 is one of the more expensive compact cameras of its class on the market, but its speed, image quality and range of options help justify its position.
If you're looking for a fun, carry-everywhere camera, whether that's for a beach holiday or a children's birthday party, the Nikon Coolpix S6400 won't let you down. Just make sure you have a spare battery.
Fast high-speed shooting, Decent image quality
The Nikon Coolpix S6400 packs a fast rate of high-speed shooting and decent image quality into a compact camera. It also has a decent optical zoom range, with a responsive touch screen and is available in a good range of colours. We think it's a little highly priced, particularly as a spare battery is almost certain to be a must with a life expectancy of just 160 shots per charge.
Decent photo quality, Curvy body is different
The Nikon Coolpix S6400's curvy body is one of its few distinctions. It does a decent job of taking photos, but its interface and other quirks don't make it a particularly endearing camera to have and to hold.
High-resolution images, full HD video
Just like its very similar predecessor, the Nikon Coolpix P310 is a good compact camera for users looking for high-resolution images, full HD video and a degree of creative control. If you also want good results in low-light, RAW format as well as JPEG, and easier access to key settings, there are better options from other manufacturers.
Affordable price compared to other advanced compact camera
The P310 offers an improved feature set compared to a regular point-and-shoot - offering something for snapshooters who want to learn more about photography through the camera's manual modes. However, the image quality limitations mean DSLR users might want to look at its more expensive peers if they want a pocket camera.
Good LCD screen
The Nikon P310 is a 16.1MP advanced compact with a 4.2x optical zoom. Given that it costs close to £300 you would be entitled to expect something above the ordinary. Whether it's a headline-grabbing zoom, bombproof construction or a generally high specification, compacts costing this much really need to offer something extra to justify the added expenditure. The P310 just about manages this with its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, full manual control and 921k-dot LCD screen.
Excellent value for money
The Nikon Coolpix P310 is an extremely versatile camera which packs a lot of features in to a body small enough to fit in your pocket. There is very little to fault, the 4.2x optical zoom lens being quite limited given there are now cameras with a massive 42x optical zoom. There isn't the option to shoot in RAW either, but there are full manual controls, the f/1.8 maximum aperture lens and full 1080p HD video recording.
Decent AF with lots of options including user-defined point, detailed images, close-up macro mode, lots of movie capture control
By logic we weren't sure we'd like the P310 that much. The "small" size sensor is a letdown, but then it does make it both smaller and cheaper than its established competitors. We do like it; in fact the more we used this camera the fonder we grew of it. Images are decent given the small sensor size, there's plenty of focus, zoom and movie control and that f/1.8 aperture at the wide-angle setting is great to have.
Good low-light performance
Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least £300. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance, you won't find a lower-priced option than the Nikon Coolpix P310. It requires you to make some compromises: You have to do without a RAW-shooting mode, a big sensor, and a long-zoom lens, and you'll have to wait for Night Landscape shots and high-definition videos to save.
Image quality is good
The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a truly small compact digital camera with efficient photographic controls. It delivers excellent results thanks to an ultra-bright F/1.8 lens which lets it photograph the same scene at lower a ISO than most other cameras. The ultra-wide angle optical zoom lens starting at 24mm makes it a great compact for architecture and indoor photography.
Excellent macro capabilities
Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least $400. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance, you won't find a lower-priced option than the Nikon Coolpix P310. It requires you to make some compromises: You have to do without a RAW-shooting mode, a big sensor, and a long-zoom lens, and you'll have to wait for Night Landscape shots and high-definition videos to save.
Enormous, class-leading 42x zoom range
Nikon is once again clearly positioning themselves at the front of the ultrazoom arms race, though it's a strategy we don't always approve of. In our experience, optical zoom often has an inverse relationship with image quality. And although we won't know for sure until we take this camera into the lab, the P500 did lag behind a few models that kept their zoom ratios relatively modest. Other than that, very little has changed here since the P500, but we like what changes do exist.
EVF and articulated, hi-res 3.0-inch monitor
Nikon recently introduced two new Coolpix cameras and although they show no resemblance whatsoever to each other, they are remarkably similar. Both digicams share identical GPS systems, identical EXPEED C2 image processing engines, indentical 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensors, the same lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) system, and identical 3.0-inch 921k-dot flip-out LCD monitors. The most significant differences between the two cameras are in their physical sizes and their zoom lenses.
Fully Automatic and Manual controls
Nikon's new CoolPix P510 is an amazing super-zoom camera that boasts a class-leading 42x optical zoom lens reaching to a 35mm equivalent of 1000mm! It also sports various other high-end features like the 16-megapixel Backside Illuminated CMOS imaging sensor, Lens Shift VR image stabilization, 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution and slew of creative scene shooting modes. The new larger sensor also brings with it better image quality than the previous P500 model.
Incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm
The Nikon Coolpix P510 ups the ante in the ultra-zoom camera stakes by offering an incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm. Remarkably it's still possible to hand-hold the camera in good light and achieve sharp pictures thanks to the excellent vibration reduction system, although you really need to use a tripod or other support for consistent results.
Very capable optical image stabilization system
The P510 surprised us. It's not perfect, but it did exceed our expectations in some important respects. If you don't need the incredibly long reach of the P510's 24-1000mm zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is arguably a better buy (it offers superior high-ISO image quality and has the distinction of offering Raw capture) but if you want a small, portable, affordable super-zoom for travelling and everyday photography, and you don't mind being limited to JPEG capture, the Nikon Coolpix P510...
Superb macro pictures
The differences between the P510 and its predecessor are very subtle, but Nikon have boosted the lens to 42x optical zoom and upgraded to a 16.1 megapixel sensor. It is a feature packed camera, which delivers impressive results. This is a fantastic option if you are looking for a DSLR style camera, as it has many of the features and appearance, without you requiring to carry around a bag full of lenses, although if you are a current P500 user, it's unlikely you get value for money by upgrading.
Huge zoom range
On paper the 24-1000mm (equivalent) zoom sounds rather special. It's got the range, but getting the results at the longer focal range is another matter. The camera is an improvement over the P500 model, largely thanks to the vibration reduction technology, though the 16.1-megapixel sensor and overall performance aren't standout in their class and the basic viewfinder is in need of an upgrade.
Purse sized proportions and cute styling
Nobody is making a claim for the Nikon Coolpix S01 being a serious photographic tool. We're always told a large-ish sensor, large-ish lens and therefore large-ish camera makes for optimum quality images, and none of those are the case here. Nor, despite the glossy metal exterior, would the £120 to £150 price tag indicate that this is much more than a bit of a toy.
No white balance or ISO controls
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is certainly stylish, and its size makes it extremely portable - a pocket camera even when you don't have any pockets.
There's something refreshing about having a basic point-and-shoot camera, a simple creative tool that enables you to focus solely on composition and capturing the moment. Such is the strength of the iPhone and other smartphone cameras.
So while we're willing to overlook the lack of certain commonly used controls, we just can't overlook image quality.
Really tiny body, Good amount of built-in memory
The Nikon Coolpix S01 clearly isn't designed to be the best camera in the world but it is the ideal camera for those who are keen on their tiny gadgets or who want to carry a camera in their tiny handbag etc. Images aren't of a good quality, but they'll look fine if you're sharing them on sites such as Facebook. The Nikon Coolpix S01 will struggle to appeal to those which decent cameras on their smartphones, but we're sure it'll have an appeal to some looking for a small camera.
Extremely small, Good colour reproduction
A true spy gadget, the Nikon Coolpix S01's image quality is better than its size or price might suggest. Until you get one in your hands, it's difficult to imagine quite how small it is. Think of it as a competent, carry-anywhere alternative to a smart phone's built-in camera.
Good build quality, Compact size
Despite its matchbox size, the construction and engineering that have gone into the 10 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Coolpix S01 means that it looks and feels of high quality. This is still a Nikon camera after all and the brand doesn't do throwaway.
The cute-sy design, rounded edges and available colour range (hunt down the mirrored version if you can) suggest to us that the camera is aimed perhaps more at women than men, and younger ones at that.
Reproduction of colours was very good
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is more about form than function, and it commands a hefty premium for its diminutiveness. Priced at Rs 8,950, it costs more than twice entry-level digital camera. However, the latter are more feature rich and take better photos and videos. We aren't saying you should keep away from this tiny shooter. It's cute and funky, isn't it? If style (unique in this case) is of utmost importance, make this camera your pocket buddy right away! Also, it would make a sweet gift.
No manual operation, Heats up while shooting video
When you consider its size and the amount of goodies it packs into a small frame, the Nikon COOLPIX S01 is an average performer. The camera follows the point-and-shoot camera philosophy to the letter. While it is very easy to use for someone who is new to the world of cameras, a more experienced user will feel frustrated due to the lack of manual controls. However, adding wireless connectivity would have helped it compete better against camera phones.
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