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Nikon Coolpix P520vsSony NEX-3NL

Nikon Coolpix P520

50

Overall Score

50

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and multi award winning compact digital camera
83
Reviews
238 Reviews + 4 Awards
72
Features
Good Features
35
Age
3 Years Old
50
Overall Score
Average
Compact 18.1MP 42x Yes Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Camera Type Compact
Megapixels 18.1MP
Optical Zoom 42x
Image Stabilizer Yes
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony NEX-3NL

51

Overall Score

51

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and classic MILC camera
86
Reviews
125 Reviews
75
Features
Good Features
33
Age
4 Years Old
51
Overall Score
Average
MILC 16.1MP 4912 X 3264 Pixels CMOS Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixels Maximum Image Resolution Sensor Type Release Date
Camera Type MILC
Megapixels 16.1MP
Maximum Image Resolution 4912 X 3264 Pixels
Sensor Type CMOS
Release Date Dec 2013
Nikon Coolpix P520

50

Overall Score

50

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and multi award winning compact digital camera
83
Reviews
238 Reviews + 4 Awards
72
Features
Good Features
35
Age
3 Years Old
50
Overall Score
Average
Compact 18.1MP 42x Yes Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Camera Type Compact
Megapixels 18.1MP
Optical Zoom 42x
Image Stabilizer Yes
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony NEX-3NL

51

Overall Score

51

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and classic MILC camera
86
Reviews
125 Reviews
75
Features
Good Features
33
Age
4 Years Old
51
Overall Score
Average
MILC 16.1MP 4912 X 3264 Pixels CMOS Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixels Maximum Image Resolution Sensor Type Release Date
Camera Type MILC
Megapixels 16.1MP
Maximum Image Resolution 4912 X 3264 Pixels
Sensor Type CMOS
Release Date Dec 2013

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Reasons For

Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
5 Reasons For
Higher Megapixels
The Nikon Coolpix P520 is an 18.1MP digital camera. That's 2MP higher than the Sony NEX-3NL (16.1MP).

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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Larger Display Diagonal
Nikon Coolpix P520 is 3.2" screen. That's 0.2" larger than the Sony NEX-3NL (3").

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

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50% Higher Display Resolution
The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 460,200 pixels higher than the Sony NEX-3NL (460,800 pixels).

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

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Better User Reviews
The Nikon Coolpix P520 has an average user review score of 91% based on 138 reviews, whereas the Sony NEX-3NL has an average rating of 86% (based on 53 reviews).
Better Brand
Nikon digital cameras have an average rating of 88.7%, but Sony has an average rating of 88%.
8 Reasons For
12,800 Higher Maximum ISO Sensitivity
The Sony NEX-3NL is a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P520 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (12,800 lower).

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

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Lighter
The Sony NEX-3NL is a 210g digital camera. That's 340g lighter than the Nikon Coolpix P520 (550g).

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

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280 More Battery Life
The Sony NEX-3NL takes 480 battery life, however the Nikon Coolpix P520 only takes 200 battery life.

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

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Better for Portrait Photography
The Sony NEX-3NL is better for portrait photography than the Nikon Coolpix P520.
When ranking cameras for their skill in taking portrait photos, we’ve concentrated on several key attributes. The most important of these are image resolution, sensor size and image stabilisation. A larger image resolution means the portrait will be more detailed, while the sensor and stabiliser means that the portrait won’t be blurry at all. On top of that, a pre-flash can help reduce the chance of red eye, and smile detection can help find that perfect moment Finally, extras like a handheld remote control or a self timer can help with taking self-portraits and group shots.
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Better for Landscape Photography
The Sony NEX-3NL is better for landscape photography than the Nikon Coolpix P520.
When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph landscapes, we’ve concentrated on a number of key attributes. The most important of these is optical zoom capability, since it allows you to take detailed photos of particular parts of the landscape from a long way away and still have them come out in good detail. Weight and battery life are also very important, since you may be carrying your camera with your for a long time while walking around - you want it to be light enough to not be a hassle, and with a good strong battery, so it doesn’t run out of juice mid-way through the trip! Finally we have taken into account several important factors, such as environmental protection (especially water and dust resistance) and whether the camera comes with GPS, in order to pin-point exactly where you took the photo for later reference.
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Better for Everyday Photography
The Sony NEX-3NL is better for everyday photography than the Nikon Coolpix P520.
When ranking cameras for everyday use, we’ve concentrated on size and battery life, since you don’t want your camera weighing you down as you wander, and you definitely don’t want it running out of juice! Good optical sensor size and an image stabiliser are also important, since many of your photos will be taken with very short notice, and these will help reduce any instances of blurring in the photo. Finally, a moving display allows you to tilt the display up and down, in order to raise or lower the camera to find interesting angles, while still being able to see the display to frame the shot.
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Better for Sports Photography
The Sony NEX-3NL is better for sports photography than the Nikon Coolpix P520.
One of the most important attributes of a good sports photography camera is speed. The players at a game will normally be moving very fast, so you need a camera that will keep up with them and produce clean, unblurry photos. Therefore a fast shutter speed and an image stabiliser will allow you to react fast to sudden events without the end result turning into a blurry mess. Connected to this, a multi burst (or ‘motor drive’) functionality will allow you to take a larger number of photos in a very short space of time - therefore meaning you’ll have a large number of shots to choose from when selecting the perfect photo afterwards. Because you may be taking an awful lot of photos, a good battery life is very important too. Finally, weatherproofing is always a good idea - rain doesn’t always stop play, and you definitely don’t want it to stop your camera!
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Better for Wildlife Photography
The Sony NEX-3NL is better for wildlife photography than the Nikon Coolpix P520.
When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph wildlife, we've concentrated on a number of key attributes. Optical zoom is important to allow you to take clear, detailed photos of animals without having to get physically close to them. A high ISO sensitivity will help take cleaner photos in low-light conditions. Finally, since animals tend to move (and sometimes quite fast), we consider a trio of the camera's shutter speed, auto focus power and whether it has an image stabilisation system or not. All three of these will help you take crisper, cleaner photos of fast moving objects.
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Reviews & Awards

Awards

Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
4 Awards
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended onfoto.ru: Best Design PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended toptenreviews.com: Bronze
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Average Expert Rating

Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
Best
5 stars
7 reviews
4 stars
12 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
1 review
1 star
0 reviews
No reviews found

Average User Rating

The Nikon Coolpix P520 has better user reviews than the Sony NEX-3NL. The average user reviews score for the Nikon Coolpix P520 is 91% based on 138 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony NEX-3NL is 86% based on 53 reviews.
Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
Best
5 stars
100 reviews
4 stars
23 reviews
3 stars
8 reviews
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
4 reviews
5 stars
32 reviews
4 stars
11 reviews
3 stars
6 reviews
2 stars
1 review
1 star
3 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Nikon has a better average brand rating than Sony. The average brand rating for Nikon is 88.72% based on 43,186 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Sony is 87.97% based on 22,670 reviews.
Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
Nikon

89

89

Based on 43,186 reviews
Sony

88

88

Based on 22,670 reviews

Date Released

Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
47 months old Best 49 months old

Key Features

Megapixels

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

Display Diagonal

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Weight

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Review Analysis

Ease of Use

People thought the ease of use of both the Nikon Coolpix P520 and the Sony NEX-3NL was excellent.
Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • Easy to use lightweight and very complete…
    Ramon Rios-Torres - September 2014
  • Very handy to use and adds extra protection to the screen…
    MVM - January 2014
  • They are both easy to use and useful…
    Paul.A - January 2014
  • Easy to use…
    R Coultish - March 2014
  • It has hardly any manual control settings.
    UpNorth - January 2014
  • Is perfect for kids to use as well…
    UpNorth - January 2014
  • Good camera and easy to use…
    Simon - December 2013
  • The camera is easy to use.
    Mrs L Murray - November 2013
  • It is very difficult to use at anywhere near maximum zoom totally handheld, you do really need either a tripod or some other means of support to avoid the inevitable camera shake, my second point is that the auto focus is a bit slow to react to moving subjects…
    Alan Bullock - August 2013
  • The menu will allow you to change most settings quickly and with little fuss…
    C. Brooks - January 2014
  • It is recommended to learn how to use the manual functions as the auto settings don't always get great results…
    Richie G - January 2014
  • There are some great picture settings to make use…
    Richie G - January 2014
  • It has easy menu to navigate…
    Jacob Usenmez - January 2014
  • The camera is easy to use once of course you get used to the Menu system, which at times can be slightly confusing…
    Mr. Michael Aldrich - November 2013
  • After a short while its very easy to use and navigate around…
    Mr. Michael Aldrich - November 2013
  • The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie…
    Tuan - September 2013
  • Lovely to hold and use…
    Kc "crafty" - June 2015
  • Yet its just as simple to use when left in automatic settings…
    Shaun - December 2013
  • The movie mode is so easy to use as well with very good stereo sound picture quality quite reasonable…
    Pe James "pauluk" - February 2014
  • Is just as handy as a camera of a more professional quality…
    Jaxstaa92 - November 2014
  • Picture Quality

    Reviewers thought the Nikon Coolpix P520 picture quality was excellent, and thought the Sony NEX-3NL picture quality was very good.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • Fine picture quality…
    Cnet.com - April 2013
  • Photos look good…
  • The picture quality is amazing…
    Roxane - March 2014
  • Great camera takes brilliant pictures…
    Ms d jury - August 2015
  • He has identical model and has taken some amazing photographs of hovering buzzards showing every feather detail yet high in sky…
    Pat - January 2014
  • And takes excellent pictures day our night…
    R Coultish - March 2014
  • Awesome! Brilliant for bird photography!
    Kevin Sheesh - June 2017
  • It takes incredible photos with little effort…
    Seklof - November 2013
  • It handles dull light and is the perfect camera for the person who wants to take good photos without being a trained photographer…
    Seklof - November 2013
  • Excellent photos a little slow at focusing…
    C Hill - June 2013
  • Photography is a great habit for everyone…
    Techarena.in - August 2013
  • Takes amazing pictures and is so worth the money…
    Lilly35 - September 2013
  • The picture results are very good…
    Richie G - January 2014
  • Photos are great quality…
    Tristan - June 2013
  • Don't make my amateur mistake of shooting in P mode unless you're a pro, photos came out all blurred…
    Tristan - June 2013
  • All other shooting modes work just fine…
    Tristan - June 2013
  • The high pixel count is a waste of time the image on my example it was just was not sharp enough…
    P. Bailey - September 2013
  • There are some great picture settings to make use…
    Richie G - January 2014
  • The low light ability is very good (especially if you want a more natural light…
    WNS - April 2013
  • It is the image quality and performance that counts…
    MKP - April 2013
  • Product Quality

    Reviewers of the Sony NEX-3NL thought the product quality was excellent, and thought the Nikon Coolpix P520 product quality was very good.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • Fine picture quality…
    Cnet.com - April 2013
  • The picture quality is amazing…
    Roxane - March 2014
  • It its light weight yet sturdy and well made…
    Salsagirl123 - September 2013
  • Quality of photos is excellent, all round good bridge camera…
    Dee - April 2013
  • You can take top quality "point and shoot" snaps, or use the camera's features to get creative…
    Christopher Bailey - October 2013
  • Its lightness, ease of use, quality of pictures taken in all kinds of environments…
    Blair 49 - June 2014
  • As described pretty much, build quality is nice, surprising considering some reviews…
    Alecg - May 2013
  • The picture quality is superb…
    Geoffco - March 2014
  • Photos are great quality…
    Tristan - June 2013
  • Well Made Camera has its shortcomings…
  • Light and good image quality…
    Cc - December 2013
  • The movie mode is so easy to use as well with very good stereo sound picture quality quite reasonable…
    Pe James "pauluk" - February 2014
  • However, you do find ways of compensating and for those wishing to produce very good quality images (no comment on composition - only what the camera can achieve!) without lugging a heavyweight item around…
    Richard - January 2015
  • Great Camera, superb picture quality…
    WNS - April 2013
  • Was always disappointed with the picture quality…
    WNS - April 2013
  • Fantastic quality.
    M. Gledhill - July 2013
  • It's completely unlike the high quality of the rest of the camera…
    M. Gledhill - July 2013
  • The movie quality is great too, comes with a flash…
    Jaxstaa92 - November 2014
  • Features

    Reviewers thought the features of both the Nikon Coolpix P520 and the Sony NEX-3NL were excellent.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • One of the best features of the the camera is the wireless…
    Raven - March 2013
  • The features are amazing…
    Raven - March 2013
  • My only warning is that this is one camera that you really must download and read the 244 page users manual to get the best out of, if you choose to just do a quick set up and fire away you will miss many of it's incredible features, definitely a 5 * product…
    Paul.A - January 2014
  • Also editing features built in and change of button configuration which makes operation much more user friendly…
    MVM - January 2014
  • It is lighter & very easy to use with many additional useful features compared with the Canon…
    Geoffco - March 2014
  • It has many features…
    Lilly35 - September 2013
  • Also has top end features like micro adjustment for lenses which is used for front or back focus issues also white balance temp scale which are found on top end cameras…
    Pe James "pauluk" - February 2014
  • Robustness

    Reviewers thought the Nikon Coolpix P520 robustness was excellent, and thought the Sony NEX-3NL robustness was very good.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • Also editing features built in and change of button configuration which makes operation much more user friendly…
    MVM - January 2014
  • It its light weight yet sturdy and well made…
    Salsagirl123 - September 2013
  • This camera feels very solidly built for the price…
    UpNorth - January 2014
  • As described pretty much, build quality is nice, surprising considering some reviews…
    Alecg - May 2013
  • Well built and quality feel…
    Atrev - October 2013
  • Well Made Camera has its shortcomings…
  • Sturdy and well built…
    Richie G - January 2014
  • Built in flash not that strong Guide 4…
    Pe James - February 2014
  • A simple built in flash and a zoom rocker control next to the shutter release was an important need from usability perspective…
    MKP "Koray" - April 2013
  • Video Capability

    Reviewers of the Nikon Coolpix P520 thought the video capability was excellent, and thought the Sony NEX-3NL video capability was very good.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • The photos and video look very good so far…
    UpNorth - January 2014
  • 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…
    Mr. Michael Welsh - September 2013
  • OK for stills disappointing for video…
  • The movie mode is so easy to use as well with very good stereo sound picture quality quite reasonable…
    Pe James "pauluk" - February 2014
  • The movie quality is great too, comes with a flash…
    Jaxstaa92 - November 2014
  • Size and Weight

    Reviews for the Nikon Coolpix P520 mention that size and weight was excellent, but reviews for the Sony NEX-3NL mention that size and weight was only average.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • It's one of the only growing segments in the compact camera market, as users look for something much more advanced than their phone, especially in regards to zoom functionality…
    Techradar.com - April 2013
  • Easy to use lightweight and very complete…
    Ramon Rios-Torres - September 2014
  • Don't want to carry around lots heavy expensive equipment all day.
    Salsagirl123 - September 2013
  • It is light and easy to use…
    Bob Todd - December 2013
  • The Camera is very lightweight…
    Alexandra Gaspar - December 2013
  • Consequently it is especially ideal in those kinds of situations in which portable, lightweight equipment is preferred…
    Andrew McCann - February 2014
  • Great pictures, easy to carry, good pictures in low light although still to get the hang of Panorama pictures…
    H. G. C. Keenan - September 2013
  • Very lightweight to carry around also…
    Javea - December 2013
  • Compact too…
    James - December 2013
  • The Screen does take up room beneath the viewfinder It would be much better if the viewfinder protruded rearwards say about about 4 or 5 mm to clear the thickness of the screen…
    J.P.H Yorkshire - September 2013
  • Cameras today are evolving at great speed where everything looks to be going compact…
    Techarena.in - August 2013
  • A portable device which is easy to carry and capable of capturing memories forever…
    Techarena.in - August 2013
  • Is a lot less bulky…
    G. Johnson - January 2014
  • This is a great compact system camera and the power lens means it is indeed very compact…
    Tristan - June 2013
  • The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie…
    Tuan - September 2013
  • It is loose and independent from the camera, no where to secure, unless you put into your trousers pocket…
  • So it is very easy to loose…
  • The sharpness of the quality, you just need to decide whether you don't mind the extra bulk, compared to carrying around a compact camera…
    M. Gledhill - July 2013
  • A compact large sensor camera that ticks all the boxes…
    MKP "Koray" - April 2013
  • One of the major advantages of a compact camera is its much smaller size…
    Vinman666 - April 2013
  • Design

    Reviews for the Nikon Coolpix P520 mention that design was excellent, and reviews for the Sony NEX-3NL mention that design was very good.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • Competition in the bridge camera market at the moment is pretty fierce…
    Techradar.com - April 2013
  • Beautiful in design and ergonomic, includes several programs…
    LaGiò... - June 2016
  • The camera is nicely finished, works beautifully smoothly and quickly…
    Christopher Bailey - October 2013
  • This camera looks beautiful and feels really good to hold…
    HazelD - May 2013
  • Colour is gorgeous and it appears to be fantastic value for money…
    Julia Angell - August 2013
  • Physically the camera is beautiful…
    Richie G - January 2014
  • Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures…
    Kc "crafty" - June 2015
  • The quality and build of the camera is first rate, with a nice easy to use pop up flash incorporated into the neat body…
    Mr. Michael Aldrich - November 2013
  • Lens System

    Reviewers of the Sony NEX-3NL thought the lens system was excellent, and thought the Nikon Coolpix P520 lens system was good.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • A massive zoom at a competitive price.
    Expertreviews.co.uk - October 2013
  • The zoom on this is not correct…
    Sable - July 2013
  • The zoom is great…
    Sakazoke - August 2013
  • The zoom is phenomenal…
    LaGiò... - June 2016
  • This light weigh camera has the most amazing zoom ever…
    Seklof - November 2013
  • Love the zoom…
    Amazon Customer - March 2017
  • The lens seems very versatile with a powerful telephoto zoom…
    C. Brooks - January 2014
  • Excellent photos a little slow at focusing…
    C Hill - June 2013
  • The ease of the zoom lens was wonderful, taking from wide angle up to super telephoto…
    Doris - November 2013
  • The lens cover is easily knocked off, leaving the lens, which is close to the front of the camera, vulnerable to damage…
    Dee - April 2013
  • The 16-50 lens is good…
    Radoslav Atanasov - October 2013
  • This is a great compact system camera and the power lens means it is indeed very compact…
    Tristan - June 2013
  • Another problem is the powered zoom lens makes so much noise there is little point using it while filming…
  • The zoom is fairly bog standard…
    Kc "crafty" - June 2015
  • Also has top end features like micro adjustment for lenses which is used for front or back focus issues also white balance temp scale which are found on top end cameras…
    Pe James "pauluk" - February 2014
  • Not spend a few seconds attempting to focus before taking a lazy blurry photo of my daughters who've already run off to do something else…
    M. Gledhill - July 2013
  • The kit lens could be better…
    J. L. Testa - March 2014
  • It is the lens that take up the bulk of the weight…
    Roses - May 2013
  • Lens removal is easy…
    Roses - May 2013
  • You can focus using the rings on the lens for faster focusing or from a dial on the camera for a more controlled speed…
    Roses - May 2013
  • Price

    Reviews of both the Sony NEX-3NL and the Nikon Coolpix P520 mention that the price was excellent.
    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
  • It's also currently priced around £80-90 less than rival models, although…
  • It's also keenly priced.
  • This camera feels very solidly built for the price…
    UpNorth - January 2014
  • Don't want to carry around lots heavy expensive equipment all day.
    Salsagirl123 - September 2013
  • Good value for money…
    Sumy thomas - September 2013
  • If money is the first priority then this is probably the best camera for the price…
    Blingkingcat - May 2014
  • All in all great cameras for the price !
    Blair 49 - June 2014
  • Excellent camera for the price…
    C. H. Morris - September 2013
  • Excellent value for the price…
    Lesley2cats - October 2013
  • Expensive bit of fun…
    Eric Harlow - January 2014
  • Its cheap…
    Karfam - September 2013
  • For me, these are not deal breakers…
    MKP - April 2013
  • Value for money…
    Carht - December 2013
  • Great camera and well discounted at the moment seems a bargain a lot of bang for buck…
    Pe James "pauluk" - February 2014
  • Stepping up from mobile phones and cheap digital cameras…
    Shaun - December 2013
  • This appears to be a very good camera for the price…
    Shaun - December 2013
  • If you intend to travel with this camera, this is a really great deal, once this camera does not draw to much attention because of the size…
  • Unlike its more expensive siblings, there are no control dials located near the top plate of the camera so all adjustments must be made using the rear control dial…
    Vinman666 - April 2013
  • For the price it was more than OK…
    J. L. Testa - March 2014
  • Really great camera and great value for money when compared to other similar products…
    Colin Bird - November 2013
  • Specification

    Picture Quality

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Camera Type
    MILC
     MILC
    MILC
     MILC
    Megapixels 18.1MP
    BEST
    16.1MP
    Image Sensor Size 1" Unknown - Click to provide data
    Still Image Resolution
    4896 x 3672
     4896 x 3672
    4896 x 3672
     4896 x 3672
    Maximum Image Resolution
    4896 x 3672
     4896 x 3672
    4896 x 3672
     4896 x 3672
    Sensor Type
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    Image Formats Supported
    EXIF RAW
    JPEG XR JPEG
    RAW+JPEG
     EXIF
     RAW
     JPEG XR
     JPEG
     RAW+JPEG
    EXIF RAW
    JPEG XR JPEG
    RAW+JPEG
     EXIF
     RAW
     JPEG XR
     JPEG
     RAW+JPEG
    Image Sensor Size (W X H) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Total Megapixels 18.91MP
    BEST
    16.5MP
    Image Stabilizer Location
    Lens
     Lens
    Lens
     Lens
    Supported Aspect Ratios
    16:9,1:1
     16:9,1:1
    16:9,1:1
     16:9,1:1

    Lens System

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Optical Zoom 42x
    BEST
    Digital Zoom 2x Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Aperture Number 3
    BEST
    Maximum Aperture Number 5.9 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,000mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Lens Structure (elements/groups) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Diaphragm Blade 6 Unknown - Click to provide data

    Focusing

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
    Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
    spot centre weighted
    tracking contrast detection
    Spot Auto Focus Centre weighted Auto Focus
    Face detection Tracking Auto Focus
    Contrast Detection Auto Focus single
    continuous flexible spot
    Single Auto Focus Continuous Auto Focus
    Flexible Spot Auto Focus
     spot
     centre weighted
     tracking
     contrast detection
     Spot Auto Focus
     Centre weighted Auto Focus
     Face detection
     Tracking Auto Focus
     Contrast Detection Auto Focus
     single
     continuous
     flexible spot
     Single Auto Focus
     Continuous Auto Focus
     Flexible Spot Auto Focus
    spot centre weighted
    tracking contrast detection
    Spot Auto Focus Centre weighted Auto Focus
    Face detection Tracking Auto Focus
    Contrast Detection Auto Focus single
    continuous flexible spot
    Single Auto Focus Continuous Auto Focus
    Flexible Spot Auto Focus
     spot
     centre weighted
     tracking
     contrast detection
     Spot Auto Focus
     Centre weighted Auto Focus
     Face detection
     Tracking Auto Focus
     Contrast Detection Auto Focus
     single
     continuous
     flexible spot
     Single Auto Focus
     Continuous Auto Focus
     Flexible Spot Auto Focus
    Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
    Macro Focusing Range (wide) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Auto Focus (AF) Points 99
    BEST
    Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Focus Adjustment
    Auto Manual
    Auto/Manual
     Auto
     Manual
     Auto/Manual
    Auto Manual
    Auto/Manual
     Auto
     Manual
     Auto/Manual

    Light Exposure

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    ISO Sensitivity
    Auto
     Auto
    Auto
     Auto
    Light Exposure Modes
    shutter priority aperture priority
    Manual Shutter priority AE
    Aperture priority AE aperture priori
    Shutter priori AP
    M Auto
     shutter priority
     aperture priority
     Manual
     Shutter priority AE
     Aperture priority AE
     aperture priori
     Shutter priori
     AP
     M
     Auto
    shutter priority aperture priority
    Manual Shutter priority AE
    Aperture priority AE aperture priori
    Shutter priori AP
    M Auto
     shutter priority
     aperture priority
     Manual
     Shutter priority AE
     Aperture priority AE
     aperture priori
     Shutter priori
     AP
     M
     Auto
    Maximum ISO Sensitivity 3,200
    BEST
    16,000
    Minimum ISO Sensitivity 80
    BEST
    200
    Light Metering
    Centre-weighted Spot
    Evaluative (Multi-pattern) evaluative
    Multi-pattern
     Centre-weighted
     Spot
     Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
     evaluative
     Multi-pattern
    Centre-weighted Spot
    Evaluative (Multi-pattern) evaluative
    Multi-pattern
     Centre-weighted
     Spot
     Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
     evaluative
     Multi-pattern
    Light Exposure Correction
    ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
     ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
    ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
     ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
    Light Exposure Control
    Program AE Program
     Program AE
     Program
    Program AE Program
     Program AE
     Program

    Shutter

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Camera Shutter Speed 1s 1s
    Slowest Camera Shutter Speed 8s
    BEST
    30s
    Camera Shutter Interval 0.14s Unknown - Click to provide data
    Camera Shutter Type
    Electronic
     Electronic
    Electronic
     Electronic

    Flash

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Flash Modes
    Auto Fill-in
    Flash off Pre-flash
    Slow synchronization
     Auto
     Fill-in
     Flash off
     Pre-flash
     Slow synchronization
    Auto Fill-in
    Flash off Pre-flash
    Slow synchronization
     Auto
     Fill-in
     Flash off
     Pre-flash
     Slow synchronization
    Flash Guide Number Unknown - Click to provide data 6m
    Flash Exposure Correction
    ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
     ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
    ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
     ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)

    Video

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Maximum Video Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Video Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1280 x 720 960 x 540
    640 x 480 1440 x 1080
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     960 x 540
     640 x 480
     1440 x 1080
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1280 x 720 960 x 540
    640 x 480 1440 x 1080
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     960 x 540
     640 x 480
     1440 x 1080
    Motion JPEG Frame Rate 120fps Unknown - Click to provide data
    Video Formats Supported
    MOV MP4
    AVCHD AVC
     MOV
     MP4
     AVCHD
     AVC
    MOV MP4
    AVCHD AVC
     MOV
     MP4
     AVCHD
     AVC

    Audio

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Audio System
    Stereo
     Stereo
    Stereo
     Stereo
    Audio Formats Supported
    WAV AAC++
    .wav
     WAV
     AAC++
     .wav
    WAV AAC++
    .wav
     WAV
     AAC++
     .wav

    Memory

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Internal Memory 15MB Unknown - Click to provide data
    Compatible Memory Cards
    SDXC SDHC
    SD Memory Stick (MS)
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD
     Memory Stick (MS)
    SDXC SDHC
    SD Memory Stick (MS)
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD
     Memory Stick (MS)
    Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

    Display

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Display Diagonal 3.2"
    BEST
    3"
    Field of View 100% 100%
    Display Resolution 921,000 pixels
    BEST
    460,800 pixels
    Display
    TFT
     TFT
    TFT
     TFT

    Viewfinder

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Viewfinder Type
    electrical
     electrical
    electrical
     electrical

    Ports & Interfaces

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    HDMI Connector Type
    Mini
     Mini
    Mini
     Mini

    Camera

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    White Balance
    Auto Manual
    Fluorescent Cloudy
    Daylight Incandescent
    Flash Shade
     Auto
     Manual
     Fluorescent
     Cloudy
     Daylight
     Incandescent
     Flash
     Shade
    Auto Manual
    Fluorescent Cloudy
    Daylight Incandescent
    Flash Shade
     Auto
     Manual
     Fluorescent
     Cloudy
     Daylight
     Incandescent
     Flash
     Shade
    Shooting Modes
    Auto Scene
    Movie Mo
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
     Mo
    Auto Scene
    Movie Mo
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
     Mo
    Photo Effects
    Black&White Solarisation
    Vivid
     Black&White
     Solarisation
     Vivid
    Black&White Solarisation
    Vivid
     Black&White
     Solarisation
     Vivid
    Self-Timer Delay
    Image Quality Adjustment
    Brightness Contrast
    Sharpness Saturation
     Brightness
     Contrast
     Sharpness
     Saturation
    Brightness Contrast
    Sharpness Saturation
     Brightness
     Contrast
     Sharpness
     Saturation
    Image Editing
    Rotating Crop
     Rotating
     Crop
    Rotating Crop
     Rotating
     Crop
    Camera File System
    Exif 2.3 DCF
    MPF DPOF
    Exif
     Exif 2.3
     DCF
     MPF
     DPOF
     Exif
    Exif 2.3 DCF
    MPF DPOF
    Exif
     Exif 2.3
     DCF
     MPF
     DPOF
     Exif
    Camera Playback
    Movie Single image
    Slide show Single
     Movie
     Single image
     Slide show
     Single
    Movie Single image
    Slide show Single
     Movie
     Single image
     Slide show
     Single
    Diopter Adjustment (D-D) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Scene Modes
    Backlight Beach
    Snow Close-up (macro)
    Cuisine Dusk
    Dawn Fireworks
    Landscape Museum
    Night Night portrait
    Night landscape Panorama
    Portrait Party (indoor)
    Sports Sunset
    Pet
     Backlight
     Beach
     Snow
     Close-up (macro)
     Cuisine
     Dusk
     Dawn
     Fireworks
     Landscape
     Museum
     Night
     Night portrait
     Night landscape
     Panorama
     Portrait
     Party (indoor)
     Sports
     Sunset
     Pet
    Backlight Beach
    Snow Close-up (macro)
    Cuisine Dusk
    Dawn Fireworks
    Landscape Museum
    Night Night portrait
    Night landscape Panorama
    Portrait Party (indoor)
    Sports Sunset
    Pet
     Backlight
     Beach
     Snow
     Close-up (macro)
     Cuisine
     Dusk
     Dawn
     Fireworks
     Landscape
     Museum
     Night
     Night portrait
     Night landscape
     Panorama
     Portrait
     Party (indoor)
     Sports
     Sunset
     Pet
    Languages Support
    DAN DUT
    ARA GRE
    CZE UKR
    THA NOR
    RUS ENG
    FRE DEU
    ITA JPN
    POR ESP
    SWE TUR
    HUN KOR
    RUM CHI (TR)
    CHI (SIMPL) DE
    EN ES
    FR IT
    NO RU
    CHI R
    I K
    JP PL
    SP SW
    TR
     DAN
     DUT
     ARA
     GRE
     CZE
     UKR
     THA
     NOR
     RUS
     ENG
     FRE
     DEU
     ITA
     JPN
     POR
     ESP
     SWE
     TUR
     HUN
     KOR
     RUM
     CHI (TR)
     CHI (SIMPL)
     DE
     EN
     ES
     FR
     IT
     NO
     RU
     CHI
     R
     I
     K
     JP
     PL
     SP
     SW
     TR
    DAN DUT
    ARA GRE
    CZE UKR
    THA NOR
    RUS ENG
    FRE DEU
    ITA JPN
    POR ESP
    SWE TUR
    HUN KOR
    RUM CHI (TR)
    CHI (SIMPL) DE
    EN ES
    FR IT
    NO RU
    CHI R
    I K
    JP PL
    SP SW
    TR
     DAN
     DUT
     ARA
     GRE
     CZE
     UKR
     THA
     NOR
     RUS
     ENG
     FRE
     DEU
     ITA
     JPN
     POR
     ESP
     SWE
     TUR
     HUN
     KOR
     RUM
     CHI (TR)
     CHI (SIMPL)
     DE
     EN
     ES
     FR
     IT
     NO
     RU
     CHI
     R
     I
     K
     JP
     PL
     SP
     SW
     TR
    On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
    DAN DUT
    ARA GRE
    CZE UKR
    THA NOR
    RUS ENG
    FRE DEU
    ITA JPN
    POR ESP
    SWE HUN
    KOR RUM
    CHI (TR) CHI (SIMPL)
    EN ES
    F
     DAN
     DUT
     ARA
     GRE
     CZE
     UKR
     THA
     NOR
     RUS
     ENG
     FRE
     DEU
     ITA
     JPN
     POR
     ESP
     SWE
     HUN
     KOR
     RUM
     CHI (TR)
     CHI (SIMPL)
     EN
     ES
     F
    DAN DUT
    ARA GRE
    CZE UKR
    THA NOR
    RUS ENG
    FRE DEU
    ITA JPN
    POR ESP
    SWE HUN
    KOR RUM
    CHI (TR) CHI (SIMPL)
    EN ES
    F
     DAN
     DUT
     ARA
     GRE
     CZE
     UKR
     THA
     NOR
     RUS
     ENG
     FRE
     DEU
     ITA
     JPN
     POR
     ESP
     SWE
     HUN
     KOR
     RUM
     CHI (TR)
     CHI (SIMPL)
     EN
     ES
     F

    Weight & Dimensions

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Weight 550g 210g
    BEST
    Height 84.1mm 62mm
    Depth 101.6mm 34.6mm
    Width 125.2mm 109.9mm
    Weight (including Battery) 550g Unknown - Click to provide data

    Battery

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Power Source Type
    Battery
     Battery
    Battery
     Battery
    Battery Supported 1 1
    Battery Type
    Battery Life 200 shots 480 shots
    BEST

    Operational Conditions

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Operating Temperature (T-T)

    Packaging Content

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Cables Included
    USB AV
     USB
     AV
    USB AV
     USB
     AV

    Other Features

    Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony NEX-3NL
    Camera Shutter Speed

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