COOLPIX P520

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Overview

Unleash your creativity with the COOLPIX P520, the bridge camera with a 42x super zoom. With a NIKKOR lens that offers an astounding 24–1000mm wide-angle to super telephoto coverage, this 18-megapixel camera gets as close as you like to the action.



The backlit 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and advanced lens-shift vibration reduction enable steady shots in any light, while the vari-angle LCD monitor provides the perfect high-resolution view from any position.

One-touch Full HD movie mode makes switching to filming movies instantaneous and built-in GPS includes 'geotags' in image data. Use the optional Wi-Fi dongle to transfer images and movies to your smart device*.



The COOLPIX P520 — Zoom beyond your expectations.

 

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Key features

Astounding NIKKOR 42x optical zoom lens (24–1000mm)

Extend your range from powerful wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage. Four ED glass elements minimize chromatic aberration.

Astounding NIKKOR 42x optical zoom lens (24–1000mm)

Back-illuminated 18 MP CMOS sensor

With each pixel receiving more light, this highly sensitive image sensor works with the EXPEED C2 processor to deliver clear shots in any light.

Back-illuminated 18 MP CMOS sensor

Advanced lens-shift VR: second-generation vibration reduction enables slower shutter speeds (up to four stops), while ‘Active mode’ even delivers clear shots from moving vehicles.

Full HD (1080/60i) movie recording with stereo sound: a dedicated video-record button makes it easy to begin filming and you can also take still photos while filming.

Vari-angle 8.0-cm (3.2-in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor: to take shots from any angle. This high-resolution screen, as featured on professional Nikon D-SLR cameras, boasts an anti-reflective coating and offers superb color reproduction.

Wi-Fi compatible: use Wi-Fi to transfer your high-quality images and movies to your smart device* via an optional Wi-Fi dongle (WU-1a).

Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS): record the exact latitude and longitude of images as a ‘geotag’, review point-of-interest (POI) information in playback, or retrace your route via computer.

Auto HDR mode: combines two shots taken at different exposures during a single shutter release to create an image with wide dynamic range and rich color gradation in any situation.

Macro mode: allows you to focus on subjects really close-up (effectively from just 1 cm distance) to capture the smallest of details.

Easy Panorama 360°/180°: pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.

3D shooting mode: create a 3D image of any still subject to be played back on 3D-enabled TVs and computers.

Customizable function button: allows you to bypass the menu by creating shortcuts to your favorite camera settings.

Advanced movie features: use the optical zoom with autofocus when recording and film in slow or fast motion (up to 120 fps). Record movies in iFrame format and use the built-in HDMI connector to view them.

High-speed continuous shooting: shoot up to 7 frames at full resolution at 7 fps, or up to 30 full-resolution shots at 1 fps.

Mode dial: with manual exposure modes (P/S/A/M) and User mode with which you can recall your preferred camera settings instantly.

19 scene modes: automatically optimize the camera settings for popular photographic styles, effects and locations. Achieve great shots just by selecting the mode that matches your situation.

Fast and accurate AF: when you want to capture complex subjects, you can shoot in manual focus with a 99-point autofocus system for extra-sharp results.

Subject Tracking AF: achieve sharp shots of subjects that can’t or won’t stay still. Subject Tracking AF keeps the camera focused on a selected subject even if it is moving around.

Retouch menu: enhance your photos in-camera with a range of filter effects. Options include Selective Color, which converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of color to an area of your choice, and Cross Screen, which lends a starry effect to bright objects.

EXPEED C2: Nikon’s fast and powerful image processing system enables high-speed operation, enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

 

* Requires installation of the Nikon ‘Wireless Mobile Adaptor Utility’ application (iOS and Android™ compatible) on your smart device.

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Technical Specifications

Product nameP520
TypeCompact digital camera
Number of effective pixels18.1 million
Image sensor1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 18.91 million total pixels
LensNIKKOR lens with 42x optical zoom
Focal length4.3-180 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-1000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
f/-numberf/3-5.9
Lens construction14 elements in 10 groups (4 ED lens elements)
Digital zoom magnificationUp to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reductionLens shift
Motion blur reductionMotion detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF)Contrast-detect AF
Focus range[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.5 m (5 ft) to infinity; Macro close-up mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) (at a wide-angle zoom position) to infinity (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus-area selectionFace priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center (wide, normal), manual with 99 focus areas, subject tracking, target finding AF
ViewfinderElectronic viewfinder, 0.5 cm (0.2-in.) approx. 201k-dot equivalent LCD with the diopter adjustment function (-4 to +4 m-1)
Frame coverage (shooting mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Monitor8 cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, Vari-angle TFT LCD
Frame coverage (shooting mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Storage mediaInternal memory (approx. 15 MB); SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File systemDCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
File formatsStill pictures: JPEG; 3D images: MPO; Sound files (voice memo): WAV; Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)18M [4896 x 3672]; 8M [3264 x 2448]; 4M [2272 x 1704]; 2M [1600 x 1200]; VGA [640 x 480]; 16:9 13M [4864 x 2736]; 16:9 2M [1920 x 1080]; 3:2 [4896 x 3264]; 1:1 [3672 x 3672]
Shooting ModesAuto, Scene (Scene auto selector, Portrait, Sports, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Panorama, Pet portrait, 3D photography), Night landscape, Landscape, Backlighting, Special effects, User settings, P, S, A, M
Continuous ShootingSingle (default setting), Continuous H (Up to 7 pictures are continuously shot at a rate of about 7 fps), Continuous L (Up to 30 pictures are continuously shot at a rate of about 1 fps), Pre-shooting cache (frame rate: up to 15 fps / number of frames: up to 20 frames), Continuous H:120 fps (60 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/125 seconds or faster), Continuous H:60 fps (60 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 seconds or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16, Intvl timer shooting
Movie1080(fine)/30p (default setting): 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 1080(fine)/25p (default setting): 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 25 fps, 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 1080/25p: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 25 fps, 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 60 fps, 1080/50i: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 50 fps, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 720/25p: 1280 x 720/16:9/approx. 25 fps, iFrame 540/30p: 960 x 540/16:9/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540/25p: 960 x 540/16:9/approx. 25 fps, 480/30p: 640 x 480/4:3/approx. 30 fps, 480/25p: 640 x 480/4:3/approx. 25 fps, HS 480/4x: 640 x 480/4:3, HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720/16:9, HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080/16:9
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)ISO 80 - 1600; ISO 3200, Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 6400) (available when using P, S, A or M mode); ISO Hi 2 (equivalent to ISO 12800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Exposure metering modeMatrix, center-weighted, or spot
Exposure controlProgrammed auto (with flexible program), shutter priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (-2.0 EV - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
ShutterMechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter speed1/4000 * - 1 s; 1/4000 * - 8 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 80 or 100 in P, S, A or M mode) * When the aperture value is set between f/6.6 and f/8.3 at the wide-angle end.
ApertureElectronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Aperture range10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Self-timerDurations of 2 or 10 seconds can be selected
Flash range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)[W]: 0.5 - 8.0 m (1 ft 8 in. - 26 ft); [T]: 1.5 - 4.5 m (5 - 14 ft)
Flash controlTTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Flash exposure compensationIn steps of 1/3 EV in the range between -2 and +2 EV
InterfaceHi-Speed USB
Data Transfer ProtocolMTP, PTP
Video outputCan be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI outputCan be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminalAudio/video output; digital I/O (USB); HDMI mini connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
GPSReceiver frequency 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), geodetic system WGS 84
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sourcesOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (included); AC Adapter EH-62A (available separately)
Charging timeApprox. 4 h and 30 min (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-69P and when no charge remains)
Battery life ¹Still pictures: Approx. 200 shots when using EN-EL5
Tripod socket1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 125.2 x 84.1 x 101.6 mm (5.0 x 3.4 x 4.0 in.) (excluding projections)
WeightApprox. 550 g (1 lb 3.5 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Temperature0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesCamera Strap, Lens Cap LC-CP24 (with cord), Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (with terminal cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD
Optional accessoriesBattery Charger MH-61, AC Adapter EH-62A, Hand Strap AH-CP1, Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a
 

¹ Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.