Nikon Coolpix P520 in the Test

Parallel to the L class L, the P class of Nikon Megazoomer has undergone a facelift. The new name is Nikon Coolpix P520. What does the bridge camera in terms of image quality?

Bridge cameras look very similar to SLRs, this also applies to the Nikon Coolpix P520 . Not only the shape, weight with about 550 grams and the arrangement of the controls show the relationship to the big brothers and sisters.

The surface of the camera the Nikon Coolpix P520 is smooth and polished. The vigorously trained grip that is right but with a deliciously catchy material covered. Also in the place where most of the thumb against presses, a friction brake is attached. The digital camera is this very well in the hand and also anxious users can confidently trust the good grip.

The main command dial is strongly gekordelt and tired of locks. Another adjustment wheel on the right side of the Nikon Coolpix P520 is smooth, so menu items are controlled, or set. All keys ports, on the back of the camera have a border that protects the keys against accidental pressing. The marking of all control elements is clear.

No wish remains open

The menu of the Nikon Coolpix P520 is very extensive. The command dial with the settings for P, S, A, M, U, as well as other six positions divided the vast range of technical possibilities. The mode then decides how the respective menu. This variant is useful and enables short routes within the sub-menus.

Faster settings through the Fn key at the top of the camera next to the shutter release can be altered. Different functions can be associated with this button then immediately applied to the display. For advanced photographers, no wish remains open in terms of setting.

The new Nikon offers in this camera now also the ‘ picture control ‘ functionsmenu: Settings for standard, monochrome, neutral and brilliant. The values for sharpening, contrast, saturation – in settings are preset even monochrome filter effects and proton – and stored can depending on the choice. These functions were previously subject to the menus of the thick SLRs.

Brilliant display, nice viewfinder

The display of the Nikon Coolpix P520 measures 3.15 inches (8 centimeters), has 307.000 RGB pixels and can be swivelled. You can side swing out when needed or twist, and attach to the back of the camera. The high resolution brings a brilliant sharpness, colors and contrast are very well rendered, writing and symbols are clear. The brightness is adjustable in five stages.

With the Nikon Coolpix P520, you can shoot even in unfavourable light conditions even if the display shines and reflects. As a versatile camera do without a viewfinder ? He has a resolution of approx. 67,000 pixels of RGB and a side wheel to the diopter compensation. The same figure as usual on the display, including all symbols and writings of the menu is displayed in the viewfinder. The viewfinder aperture is a help about 9 x 10 mm tall and the hardship even for eyeglass wearers. A light pixel grid is visible if you look into the viewfinder.

Mega zoom for near and far

The Nikon Coolpix P520 Mega zoom begins with a focal length of 24 mm and ranges up to 1,000 mm (KB). That was until recently still record, meanwhile, other cameras offer an even larger zoom range. But nobody actually needs more.

The brightness in wide-angle is 3.0 and the 5.9 long focal length, therefore is the Nikon Coolpix P520 for special tasks, and even more distant objects can be recorded screen. Animal photographers can keep the available working distance. And if it’s not about long distances: macro images are possible from 1 cm distance . At such a low shot distance, but then the question arises after the lighting of the object, because the large lens diameter covers simply to small objects.

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How to where

Practically on the Nikon Coolpix P520 is the integrated GPS modulethat immediately distinguishes the paintings with the coordinates of the Aufnahmerorts. Series creates the digital camera with up to 7 frames per second, when the autofocus she afford a bad slip-upbut: 0.6 in wide angle and 1.5 seconds in the tele are totally unworthy of this camera.

A Wi-Fi module is available as optional accessory for 50 euro, accommodate the other manufacturers in the housing. Otherwise, the camera is clean and looks very solid. It is available in the case colours black, anthracite and Ruby red.

The backside illuminated CMOS sensor has a resolution of 18 megapixel. The Center resolution is at ISO 100 and wide-angle 1576 LP/Bra (edge waste on 1.097 LP/BRA), falls at ISO 400 already under the 1,100 LP brand – for such a sensor rather a low value. The vote is much more restrained and better than with the Nikon Coolpix L820 (Test). Thus the noise already at low sensitivity is visible, but the images look alive and balanced. You should avoid the ISO settings from ISO 800 but also here better.

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Review conclusion

The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very solid camera with good facilities, the poor autofocus costs but points in the overall standings.

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