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.
Another great camera from Nikon
I have had a Nikon Coolpix S600 for 5-6 years now and it has been my go to camera to have around because of it's handy size and it has never let me down, except that recently the zoom function is intermittently working. So, I decided to replace it with the S9500 and just got it this past week and really wanted to put it through the paces a bit to see how functional it would be around town and in the field.
22x optical zoom, GPS capability
In summary, this is a great camera for those already familiar with the Coolpix range of compacts and looking for something that brings those 2013 spices to the table with a solid CMOS sensor.
The Nikon S9500 is not the camera for professional photographers looking for a pocketable carry-around camera, though, and the lack of manual controls and raw file format capture are enough to drive you to other products. But it does come in red.
Lots of zoom in a pocketable body
If you're looking for a travel camera, but prefer one which you can carry in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is worthy of consideration. It has a versatile 22x optical zoom lens, ideal for landscapes and zooming in for close-ups. The GPS lets you geotag your images and then you can then share them to a mobile device using the Wi-Fi for editing and uploading to Facebook etc. Image quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough and the camera is available for a very fair price.
I wanted a simple point and shoot with great zoom better than my smart phone for when I'm in the back at school functions, concerts and want a nice zoom length, and have the ability for great outdoor shots in the woods and this camera delivers. Love the size, fits great in my hands as well. I love the zoom being on the top as well as on the size, plus the 1080p hd video is awesome.
8fps burst and lots of other continuous modes, 180 and 360 degree panoramas
Like its predecessor, the Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a no-frills budget point-and-shoot superzoom. It's uncomplicated, easy to use and provides a zoom range that's more than long enough for most subjects. But just because you're not interested in manual control doesn't mean you don't want other things, like the ability to share your photos over Wifi. On a budget model aimed at casual snappers this is a serious shortcoming.
Good value, Big zoom option, Sharp results usually
Though you won't be able to fit the Nikon L820 into the pocket of your jeans without a rather uncomfortable and unsightly squeeze, the body is sized to fit into a roomier jacket pocket. You could wear it on a strap around your neck, perhaps, but then it may just appear to casual passers-by that someone has shrunk your DSLR in the wash. Either that or you're a giant by comparison.
Good image quality
The Nikon Coolpix L820 packs plenty of zoom and image quality is good. If you like shooting wide landscapes, you'll appreciate the wide 22.5mm lens, you can also zoom in to isolate your subject. It is quite heavy, but the screen has a decent resolution and the hand grip is rubberised. We also like the full 1080p HD video recording, battery life, 8 fps continuous shooting and the range of colours available.
Very Good Camera for the price
Overall this camera has lived up to what I expected from it. It is a very good camera for a casual photographer like myself. Awesome optical zoom (I'm amazed by what they can fit into the slim cameras nowadays). It takes amazing pictures. And it does really well in low lit areas.
My only complaints are that you have to charge the battery while it is in the camera, and the WIFI capability drains a lot of power when used.
Lovely little camera to hold and use
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.
Wi-Fi connectivity, Easy to use, Tracking AF
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.
Available in a good range of colour
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.
Good performance, Wi-Fi remote control from smartphones
The Nikon COOLPIX S6500 is a good performer as far as the image quality is concerned. The colours are accurate and the photos are fairly detailed. It starts up very fast and is quick at taking successive photos. It has a fairly powerful 12x zoom and image stabilisation that works. Various filters allow you to play around with your creativity. Wi-Fi functionality lets you transfer photos to a smartphone or control the camera from it.
Image quality is great
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.
Decent amount of zoom
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.
Good camera, could use some updates
Overall this camera takes awesome photos. The in camera features are great as well. My only problem is that in order to review your photos you have to turn on the camera you just can't press the review button. When you do take a photo it takes forever for the preview to disappear. You can either have it on or off. With canon it gave you the option of 1,2 or 3 second preview.
Good zoom range, Compact, easy to grip body
When shopping around you can find the S9200 for £245, but retailers such as Curry's are charging £270. This makes it more expensive than the S9300 which you can get from Warehouse Express for £260, which has GPS. Thankfully, the S9200 takes pictures with good detail and colour reproduction and can shoot full resolution images at a fast rate, although noise is a problem from ISO 400 upwards.
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.
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.
Fast burst mode shooting
The travel-zoom category has seen increasingly tough competition in the last two years. What was once the province of kind-of-compact 10x zoom cameras is increasingly featuring ridiculous zoom ranges, and the 18x optical zoom S9300 may just be king of them all. With a body that could almost hide behind a deck of cards, the 9300 crams an incredible amount of hardware into what is essentially a pocketable camera.
Good value for the money
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 isn't a whole lot different than its predecessor. Aside from a new sensor and GPS, it's basically the same camera, with a very similar list of pros and cons. The body hasn't changed much, and that's generally a good thing. It's very compact and well put-together, save for the flimsy door over the memory card/battery compartment.
Easy to use
The S series of Nikon's Coolpix digital compact cameras are the Stylish options for the fashion conscious. They're still easy to use but have all sorts of extra modes and features to justify the upgrade from a cheaper model, which explains why GPS and Full HD video are included on the S9300. The part(s) of the Nikon Coolpix S9300 that we've been most impressed with throughout the entire test is the focusing system.
Pricy, Poor battery life
These problems, allied with the hefty price of Â£300/$350, make it hard to recommend the Nikon Coolpix S9300, despite its many strengths.
It's especially hard considering the fact that the Panasonic TZ30 costs just a little more in the UK, and the same in the US. The Panasonic TZ30 is smaller and lighter, has a better battery life, an even wider and longer zoom and more sophisticated video functions.
Stylish, well-built and easy to use
Overall construction is pretty good with the outer shell of the S9300 constructed from a mix of metal and tough plastic. In the hand the camera feels pretty solid, with a reassuring weightiness to it as well. In terms of size, the 18x zoom does mean that its overall dimensions are a little larger than a regular short-zoomed compact, however it still remains small enough overall to easily slip inside a coat pocket, or even a larger trouser pocket.
Good colour reproduction, Fast continuous shooting
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is one of the cheapest travel zooms with GPS and lots of zoom making it good value for money. It's available in a number of colours, with the red looking particularly stylish. The camera produces reasonably good image quality when using the camera at its lowest ISO settings with better results at the wider end of the zoom. It has a number of useful features including HDR, high speed shooting, scene modes and auto-scene detection.
Big zoom range
The S9300 isn't a bad camera. But then it's not a great one either, simply because the strength of the competition leaves it in the dust. No manual modes, a shorter zoom than the competition, limited battery life and poorer image quality than its predecessor are all points to consider. It just doesn't quite come together. Fine in isolation, but hard to recommend above what else is out there.
Great Camera, Great Photos & Great Price!
As an experienced DSLR photographer, I needed a small and simple do-all vacation camera that would work for both my wife and me. The Nikon L610 is a superb camera for its size and price and meets our needs perfectly. I suspect it will probably meet the needs of most casual photographers.
Surprisingly good handling
Nikon's latest release for the Coolpix L line is targeted at travelers with a very casual knowledge of photography. Its affordability is one of its greatest assets, but the 14x zoom, HD video recording, and 16 MP sensor certainly boost its value. There's a lot of reasons to look into this camera - it's compact, somewhat versatile, sturdy, and designed for travel but if you really want to capture the Colosseum in all its ornate splendor, and want serious control over how your image turns out,...
Compact body with a decent zoom range
In a market where cameras with 10x and more optical zoom available there needs to something which makes a camera stand out from the competition, whether it be features, image quality or price. Unfortunately there is nothing which we feel does for the L610, everything is average. Highlights include colour reproduction, 1cm minimum focusing distance and full 1080p HD video recording. We much preferred the Nikon Coolpix L310, it has more zoom and is priced nearer the £100 mark.
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