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Nikon 520 Digital Camera

18.1MP 42x CMOS Jun 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Get Close From Afar Capture distant images with a 42x wide-angle to telephoto NIKKOR glass zoom lens. Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that... More
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28 Reasons For

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 15,245 user and expert reviews for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically for its bridge cameras.

Quite Big Normal Focusing Range (wide)

The smallest normal focusing range (wide) of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.05m and the biggest is 0.8m. The Nikon 520 has a fairly big normal focusing range (wide) (0.5 meters) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon 520 has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the 520 which do not have a GPS (satellite).

Other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-HX400[plb_2173117_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the 520 range from 2.7" to 3.2", and the average display diagonal is 3". When compared to other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago, the display diagonal of the Nikon 520 of 3.2 inches is one of the largest.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon 520 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price].

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon 520 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the 520 do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the 520 the optical zooms range from 1.3x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 32x. At 42 times zoom factor, the Nikon 520 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the 520.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Fujifilm S1[plb_2145007_price] (50x) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 520, the Nikon 520 has a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon L830[plb_2169291_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon 520 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the 520.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6[plb_2147791_price].

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Quite High Megapixel

The Nikon 520 has one of the higher megapixels (18.1 megapixels) amongst bridge cameras of this age. The average megapixel of cameras of a similar spec and age to the 520 is 16MP.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000[plb_2413606_price] (20.1MP and higher rated), or the Leica V-Lux[plb_2538670_price] (20.1MP and higher rated).

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Nikon 520 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Nikon camera. The image editings Crop and Rotating are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Nikon 520 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (1,000 millimeter) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 520 range from 100mm to 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 750mm.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the 520. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon 520 is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the 520.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Nikon 520 has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s (12,800) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the 520 is 1,600, the highest is 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 7,700.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago is 460 pixels and the highest is 1,500,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon 520 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the 520.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 18.91 megapixels, the Nikon 520 has one of the more total megapixelss amongst bridge cameras of this age. The average total megapixels of cameras of this age and type is 17MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Nikon 520 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of this spec and age. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Nikon digital camera. In addition, this camera support a video resolutions of 960 x 540 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 520.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This camera supports a MOV video formats supported, which is the most frequently supported video formats supported on digital cameras of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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TFT Display

The Nikon 520 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the 520.

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Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC and WAV are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

At only 80, the Nikon 520 has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years. The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of bridge cameras that are a similar age to the 520 is 64 and the biggest is 400.

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Very Fast Camera Shutter Interval

At only 0.142 seconds, the Nikon 520 has a quite fast camera shutter interval compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the 520. Cameras that were released more than two years ago have camera shutter intervals of between 0.14s and 4s.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the 520, the Nikon 520 does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Canon SX40 HS[plb_124816_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the 520, the Nikon 520 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of cameras that are a comparable age to the 520 is 13x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 210x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Nikon 520 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the 520.

Other 2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price], or the Sony DSC-RX10[plb_2051754_price].

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price] (4x), or the Lumix DMC-FZ330[pl_2981228_price] (4x) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

The Nikon 520 has a fairly small normal focusing range (tele) (only 1.5 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the 520. The average normal focusing range (tele) of cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 520 is 2.4m, and the normal focusing ranges (tele) range from 1.3m to 5m.

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Only Features Two Flash Modess

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the 520. The flash modes "Pre-flash" is also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon 520 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most bridge cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 2272 x 1704, 3264 x 2448 and 4864 x 2736 and 4896 x 3672. Across all bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the 520 the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on bridge cameras that have been available for more than two years. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a Shutter priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on cameras that are a similar age to the 520. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Manual" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 15 megabytes, the Nikon 520 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to the 520 have internal memorys of between 8MB and 200MB.

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Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Nikon 520 is a digital camera that takes 200 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Features One Image Quality Adjustment

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly featured image quality adjustment is Contrast, but this image quality adjustment is not featured on this Nikon digital camera. The image quality adjustments Brightness are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 2s to 120s. At only 8 seconds, the Nikon 520 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 520.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Nikon 520 has a greater number of supported image formats than most bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the 520. The image formats supported "MPO" is also supported by this camera.

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Only One Number of Batteries Supported

The Nikon 520 is a one number of batteries supported digital camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 520

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Nikon released the 520.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62[plb_1884253_price], the Nikon Coolpix P530[plb_2240483_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 550 grams, the Nikon 520 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 520.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many bridge cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at including the SX40 HS[pl_124816_price], or the PowerShot SX530 HS[pl_2697682_price] both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Kodak Pixpro AZ251[plb_2452647_price] (CCD).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Custom Colour
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Direct Printing
Brightness Adjustment
Altimeter
Barometer
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

21 July 2014

Aparat z matryc? 18,9 Mp, wy?wietlaczem 3,2 cala i zoomem optycznym 41,7x. Oprócz zdj?? umo?liwia te? rejestracj? wideo w maksymalnej rozdzielczo?ci 1920 x 1080 pikseli.OpisSpecyfikacja i wyniki...

Capable 42x optical zoom range
Big, detailed 3.2 in articulated screen
Excellent VR optical stabilisation
Built-in GPS with POI database
The Nikon website has classes, videos, articles and an app to help you learn more about photography
Slow handling and writing to card
Poor battery life
No built-in Wifi
No hot shoe
No RAW mode

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 20 November 2008 by Robert F.
(Verified Purchase)

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Inexpensive
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4 SATA II Ports
PCI-E 1
It works
I have 3 issues with this controller
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The card does not like Vista's sleep. After resuming from sleep, the buzzer beeps constantly and it gives warnings that the drives have failed. I had to disable the buzzer on the card by removing the
Still waiting 4 help 2 get this card 2 working. Asus or Highpoint, help please, still waiting. . I hope 2 get this working if i can find the right people that know what 2 do and i'm not a dunce either
Tech suckport didn't have a clue. Never responded directly 2 my question of eliminating the 2 looong delays when booting. one delay is about 25 seconds. When asked if delays be reduced if u don't boot
Reviewed 13 February 2014 by Mrs. Dawn Tufnell
(Verified Purchase)

My husband loves his camera and it goes nearly everywhere with us. It is a neat size so not cumbersome. Picture quality great. Easy to use so even I can take photos, he is more clued up and attend... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers 999p520b
Barcodes 00018208263967, 00018208263974, 00018208263981, 00018208933808, 00018208933846, 00018208933891, 05053973580272, 05742220203322, 08033737551950, 08033737552896, 08033737552902, 08431016655212

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