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Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)

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  • Powerful 42x zoom that lets you shoot amazing close-ups
  • Built-in GPS records the location of each shot you take
  • Wi-Fi WU-1a accessory (not included) allows you to easily share your shots anytime anywhere
  • 18.1 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional image quality and enhanced low-light performance.Record videos in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound.
  • What's in the box:UC-E6 USB Cable, EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger, AN-CP21 Strap, LC-CP24, Lens Cap, NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM.
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Color Black Black Black Black
Optical Zoom 42 multiplier x 42 multiplier x 30 multiplier x 42 multiplier x
Viewfinder LCD LCD None LCD
Max Resolution 18.1 16.1 16 16
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/100/30/25p) 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (15, 30fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30fps)
Image Stabilization Optical Optical Unknown Optical
Battery Description Nikon EN-EL5 Lithium-Ion battery EN-EL5 4 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium) EN-EL5
Display Size 3.2 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Dimensions 3.31 inches x 4.92 inches x 4.02 inches 3.31 inches x 4.83 inches x 3.87 inches 2.99 inches x 4.37 inches x 3.35 inches 3.27 inches x 4.72 inches x 4.02 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution 18.1 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 16 megapixels 16.1 megapixels
Optical Sensor Technology CMOS Information not Provided CMOS CMOS
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

This Nikon Coolpix P520 18.1-megapixel digital camera features optical lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization for clear images. The built-in GPS and POI (points of interest) let you create fun photo journals.

From the Manufacturer

Superior image quality yet compact and portable, an Advanced Performance COOLPIX camera is perfect for memories captured in an instant yet cherished for a lifetime. State-of-the-art technologies, superb optics and impeccable style and design come together to make a COOLPIX Advanced performance camera second to none.

42x zoom power, professional-quality photos and videos, endless capabilities. For those seeking a comprehensive compact camera for zoom, image quality, versatility and technological innovation, look no further than the COOLPIX P520. Create pro-caliber photos and Full HD 1080p videos from mind-boggling distances, even in extremely low-light conditions. Track your travels and explore points of interest with built-in GPS. Take control of your vision with full P, S, A, M exposure modes. Add the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and share your shots in an instant, or control the camera with your compatible smartphone or tablet. From its superb 42x zoom NIKKOR glass lens and 18.1-megapixel low-light CMOS image sensor to its D-SLR-inspired design and 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD, the COOLPIX P520 delivers the pinnacle of performance and zoom.

Get close from afar

Catch views you may not have seen before in your photos.

Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have made Nikon famous. The COOLPIX P520 features a 42x zoom NIKKOR lens that takes you from wide-angle group shots to telephoto close-ups in an instant. And don't worry about a little camera shake—lens-shift Vibration Reduction helps keep the shot steady even when your hands are not.

See where you've been

Built-in GPS with Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals

Relive the excitement of your travels in a whole new way. The COOLPIX P520 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way! Share your journeys on Google Earth™, Google+™, and other social media sites or with the included Nikon View NX2 software. Built-in GPS helps you navigate unfamiliar destinations, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks. The COOLPIX P520 is the ultimate travel companion!

Share to your compatible smartphone or tablet

Compatible with the WU-1a wireless mobile adapter for anytime, anywhere sharing

Connect the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone, tablet or any compatible Wi-Fi® enabled device. Use your smartphone to instantly upload your shots to the web or email them to a friend. Install Nikon's free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility and remotely control the COOLPIX P520—see what the camera sees from your smartphone or tablet and fire off shots!

Superior low-light performance

High-performance CMOS image sensor lets you shoot without a flash

Imagine being able to shoot without a flash at weddings, concerts, parties—anywhere your flash normally fires. You won't have to interrupt a moment to capture it, and your photos and HD videos will look more natural and true to your memory. The COOLPIX P520 performs so well in low light situations that, in most cases, using the flash is optional. Of course, when the lighting is extremely poor and you need a flash, it'll be there.

Record superior videos

1080p Full HD videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies

If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX P520 delivers. 1080p Full HD means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then connect to an HDTV and watch your videos come alive. A built-in mic records high-quality audio in stereo. Your videos will look and sound phenomenal.

Premium Accessories

WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

The WU-1a wireless mobile adapter allows you to automatically send great images to your smart phone and even use your smart phone to remotely capture images from selcect Nikon cameras. With an easy to use app, now when you can’t wait to share that great shot you don’t have to. Share it to your smartphone in a instant.
EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Nikon EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

The EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery allows you to take photos as many times as you can charge your battery

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 4 x 3.3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00B7O1CY6
  • Item model number: 26397
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 24, 2013

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379 of 399 people found the following review helpful By NatNapoletano on April 19, 2013
Color: Red
Review of Nikon Coolpix P520 by Nat Napoletano

Everything is relative so I will be comparing Nikon's Coolpix P250 to its main competitor the Canon SX50 (they sell for the same price).


Under ideal conditions, the 18.1 megapixel Nikon creates images with higher resolution than the Canon. My images shot at a resolution chart showed that the Nikon had a real resolution of about 12 megapixels (18.1 advertized) and the cannon resolved about 9 megapixels (12 advertized). But under actual conditions, in daylight, they both perform about the same because the Canon has a much better lens. When zoomed or at in high contrast situations, the Nikon makes larger files that are not as clear and sharp as the Canon and have some purple fringing around the edges when blown up.

The image sensor in the Nikon is a newer technology and really does perform much better in low light.

Nikon has a timer feature that I have found on no other camera. You can set it up to start snapping pictures every 30 seconds, or 1 minute or 5 minutes. This is very cool, you can set it on a tripod and take nature shots all night waiting for a deer to come eat your corn, or you can put together a time laps movie from the frames, or set it up to catch violators in the act. The possibilities are huge! Other cameras, including the Canon, won't do this. (and it would have been so easy in their software)

The viewing screen is big and bright. The best I've seen and much better than the Canon.

Nikon has a built in GPS. I didn't test it; I'll never use it. Canon doesn't have this feature.


The Nikon has focus problems when using the self timer and in movie mode.
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335 of 358 people found the following review helpful By D. Graves on February 25, 2013
Color: Black
For the price, this is a good camera. Not a "great" camera, but a fairly good one. I would consider it high end for the average consumer, with features superior to other point-and-shoots in its price range: Wi-fi capable (ability to connect to iOS and Android devices for viewing/sharing your photos and videos via the optional WU-1a adapter), built-in GPS (to geotag your photos), 18MP CMOS sensor, a zoom lens with incredible focal range (24mm-1,000mm), and 1080 HD video. For the price, that's a nice set-up, a camera with advanced features with a decent ease-of-use, requiring little knowledge of photographic techniques.

Many of us, however, want to go beyond 'picture-taking' and seek an advanced camera that is not in an advanced price range. And this is where the P520 is attractive but, ultimately, falls a bit short of our desires. For example, there's no RAW: your images are captured in JPEG only. There's a decent pop-up flash but no hot shoe. Also, the impressive zoom is not so impressive with regard to its speed, either its lens speed (f/3.0-5.9) or autofocus speed (fairly slow but not quite horrible). However, it is a nice, glass, Nikkor lens; and, to be fair, it would be quite a feat to bring such a long zoom well under f/3, given the price range. Personally, I would have traded focal length for speed: yes, it's impressive to go out to 1000mm, but I would have taken 800mm with an f/2.8-5.0 lens; though Nikon has built-in stabilization features for both photos and video (called 'Active VR mode' for video), you're not going to do hand-held shots at that 1000mm focal length, especially video.
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130 of 136 people found the following review helpful By E. Simonson on August 20, 2013
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Did a lot of research and read reviews as well as YouTube about this camera. Mostly very good comments.

Now that I have used this camera for a couple weeks I can say that I made a good decision in purchasing it.
I get all the manual control that I had on my old SLR camera,but with this camera it is a lot easier to use and do the the manual settings that I like.
One feature I wished it had is Stop Down Metering, I have found no camera of this type that offers this feature either so I didn't mark it down for this.

My pictures are very good and the video (which was not the reason I bought this camera) works great even at max zoom of 1000mm which allowed me to get fantastic videos at a recent outdoor concert, as long as I had good lighting the focusing worked great and was pretty fast.
The zoom works good and very smooth, the VR (Vibration Reduction) works way better than I imagined at the long Zoom range.

I have read some folks wished there was a button to switch between the EVF and the main viewing screen but I like the fact that when I fold the large view screen flat in it's storage area the EVF comes on automatically and when I unfold the large viewing screen it comes on automatically so I have no extra buttons to push.

I was concerned about the focusing of this camera as some have mentioned in that it sometimes will not focus sharply.
Now that I have this camera and am using it I have found that if I press down the shutter quickly I will sometimes get out of focus photos, but when I press the shutter button part way down (or maybe slowly) the camera has more time to get the correct focus?
I have found this seems to be the best method for sharp photos and I have not had any problems since.
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