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Nikon Coolpix P520

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    • Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Red) - Not Machine Specific (COOLPIX P520(RD))

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  • 3.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Lens equipped with optical zoom of 42x, LCD monitor equipped with Vary-angle technology, HD quality movie recording having full 1080p feature and stereo sound, GPS that is built-in the product
    • The bad:
      The expectancy of battery life is little low, shutter response and focusing is a bit slow

    One of the leading manufacturers of camcorders and cameras, Nikon has currently announced their Nikon Coolpix P520 in January 2013. The main feature of a camera is its lens.

     

    With a lens equipped with optical zoom of 42x and with a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm which allows for impressive macro shots, a 3.2 inch vary-angle LCD screen and 18 megapixel backlit COMS sensor it is an updated version of their P510. One can get this camera in numerous colors such as silver, red and black. This camera comes with a 99 point autofocus system that ensures that one can take great images of moving objects.

     

    Often it happens that when we try to take pictures of moving objects we end up with a blurry image but not so with Nikon Coolpix P520. Moreover the subject tracking AF ensures that one can take sharp and clear shots. There are 19 scene modes from which one can select a mode while clicking a photo or can also opt for the manual exposure modes such as P/S/A/M. Nikon has also provided for other common features like the HDR, Easy Panorama modes. In fact they have also provided for the retouch menu where one can edit and add effects to the photo before taking out the print.

     

    One can find the display button, movie record as well as the dial for adjusting the shutter speed at the top of the camera. Nikon Coolpix P520 has also other features like playback, menu, delete. The rotating dial gives one the access to the flash, self-timer, exposure compensation and focus mode. Battery life is not that great and can last only a day of shooting if you take 240 shots. Carrying an extra battery is highly recommended. The camera comes with:

     

    • LC-CP24 Lens Cap (having cord)

    • A Camera Strap

    • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P

    • Li-ion Rechargeable EN-EL5 Battery (having terminal cover)

    • EG-CP16 Video Audio Cable

    • USB Cable UC-E6

    • Reference Manual CD

    • Installer CD ViewNX 2

     

    All in all, the decency of the product is beyond any question and it has not much to offer too. It is an up gradation of the P510. In fact, one can getter better cameras in this range with better focusing and image quality. Nikon Coolpix P520 is a DSLR styled camera, which does not have the bulk. This camera is ideal for those who want a DSLR but cannot afford it for its high price range. In short we can call this camera a lay man’s DSLR.