Summary Nikon P520

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Specifications Key specs
Help 41.7x
Screen size
Help 3.2"
Help f/3
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Wide angle
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Movie format
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Nikon Coolpix P520


Nikon has replaced the Coolpix P520 with the P530.

Nikon Coolpix P530
Nikon Coolpix P530 announced February 2014
Battery life Longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures

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The Nikon P520 vs other recent digicams

Wide angle Great wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Screen size Huge screen Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
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The Nikon P520 vs other recent super zooms

Size Quite small Help
Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
Weight Light Help
550 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Very inexpensive Help


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The Nikon P520 vs other recent digicams

Size Slightly large Help
Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Thickness Thick Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
7 fps
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Announced Old Help
January 2013
Popularity Not so popular Help
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The Nikon P520 vs other recent super zooms

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Battery life Very short battery life Help
200 shots
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
8 seconds
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.7 MP
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable


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Nikon Coolpix P520
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Fazal Fariz (7:10 PM, May 09, 2014)
It has a Digital viewfinder.. It doesn't have the optical viewfinder..
Avatar for marinespl marinespl (10:44 PM, December 26, 2013)
It does.
BBT (3:32 AM, December 11, 2013)
Does not look like it has a viewfinder to me
woodieray (10:43 PM, November 30, 2013)
OK, the description above your comments says it DOES have a flipout screen.
And, it says it does not have an external flash, that means a place to mount an external speedlight. It does not have one. It does have a built in flash.
Avatar for Eleanor Milne Eleanor Milne (2:44 PM, March 19, 2013)
it definetly has a flash aswell- I used it yesterday whilst testing it out in John lewis!
mrbharat (5:27 PM, February 08, 2013)
Nikon p520 definetly has a flipout screen. how can snapsort make such silly mistake.