Nikon Coolpix P520 Digital Camera, Gray - BUNDLE - with 16GB SDHC Card, Camera Pouch, High Capacity Spare Li-Ion Battery, New Leaf 3 Year Extended Warranty, and Adorama 3" LCD Screen Protector

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About Nikon P520

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.

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.

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!

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 and see what the camera sees from your smartphone or tablet and fire off shots!

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.

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (9),Image stabilization (9),Zoom range/performance (9),Large clear LCD (8),Easy to use (7),Good in low light (6),Nice body color (6),Compact (5),Short lag time (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
Short battery life (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (9),Family photos (8),Low light (8),Travel (8),Sports/action (7),Wildlife (7),Video (4),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7),Casual photographer (3)

Nikon P520 Features

  • Don't sweat a little camera shake: Lens-shift Vibration Reduction helps keep the shot steady, even if your hands are not. Say goodbye to blurry photos, shaky videos and tripods.
  • Take control of your vision: When you want to take control of exposure, the COOLPIX P520 is ready. Select from P/S/A/M exposure modes and the creative options will seem endless.
  • Gain new perspectives: Use the 3.2-inch ultra-high-resolution (921,000 dot) Vari-angle LCD monitor to capture some really unconventional angles.
  • Freeze action in its tracks: When the action speeds up, simply hold the shutter button and fire off up to 7 continuous shots per second. Catch views you may not have seen before in your photos.

Nikon P520 Specifications

Compact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels
18.1 million
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Total Pixels
18.91 million (approx.)
42x optical Zoom, NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Focal Length
4.3-180mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-1000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number
Lens Construction
14 elements in 10 groups
Lens Zoom
Digital Zoom
Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration Reduction
Lens-shift VR
Motion Blur Reduction
Motion Detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-area Selection
Auto (9-area automatic selection)
Center (wide, normal, spot)
Face priority
Manual with 99 focus areas
Subject tracking
Target Finding AF
Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 5 ft. (1.5 m.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: [W]: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity
Focus Lock
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
9 area automatic selection, 99 area manual selection
Electronic viewfinder, 0.5 cm (0.2-in.) approx. 201K-dot equivalent LCD with the diopter adjustment function (-4 to +4 m-1)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture) (shooting mode)
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture) (playback mode)
Monitor Size
3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Type
Vari-Angle TFT-LCD with 5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution
Monitor Frame Coverage (shooting mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
Monitor Frame Coverage (playback mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
Storage Media
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Internal Memory
EXIF 2.3
DPOF and MPF compliant
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
Full HD: 1920x1080 / 60i
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 50i
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HS 1920x1080 / 15fps
HS 1280x720 / 60fps
HS 640x480 / 120fps
iFrame 540: 960x540 / 30fps
VGA 640x480/ 30p
VGA 640x480/ 25p
Voice Memo Function
Image Size (pixels)
4896 x 3672
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 80-3200
Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) (available when using P, S, A, or M mode)
Hi 2 (equivalent to 12,800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Fixed range auto (ISO 80-400, 80-800)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity
Highest ISO Sensitivity
Exposure Metering
Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
aperture-priority auto
exposure bracketing
shutter priority auto
Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto
Scene Modes
Back Light
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Fireworks Show
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Pet Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
3D Photography
In-Camera Image Editing
Filter Effects
Print Order
Quick retouch
Rotate image
Skin softening
Slide Show
Small Picture
Sequence display option
Choose key picture
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 EV in steps of 1/3
Exposure Bracketing
White Balance
Preset Manual
Auto 1
Auto 2
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000-1 sec.
1/4000 * - 8 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 80 or 100 in P,S, A or M mode)
Continuous Shooting at Full Res
Up to 7 shots at approx. 7 frames per second
Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Aperture Range
10 steps of 1/3 EV
Can be selected from 10 or 2 seconds duration
Built-in Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Built-in Flash
HDMI Output
Can be selected from:
I/O terminal
Audio/video (A/V) output
Digital I/O (USB)
HDMI mini connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
Wi-Fi Functionality
Yes (Built-in)
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Portugese (Eurpean and Brazilian)
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-69P and plug adapter (supplied)
Charging Time
4 h and 30 min (when using Charging AC Adapter EH- 69P and when no charge remains) (Approx.)
Battery Life (shots per charge)
200 shots
Operating Temperature
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Dimensions (HxWxD)
3.4 x 5 x 4" (84 x 125 x 102mm)
19.4 oz (550g)

Nikon P520 Reviews

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Reviewed by 11 customers


Quite a lot to like for the price


from Saint Martin, Caribbean.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased for when I need to travel light. Works well as a bridge camera. Feature-packed. Panorama works well. Macro can get very close. In Manual can start at 80 ISO. Continuous burst of 7/sec for action captures the shot well. I would have liked 50x on a non-DSLR, but they never claim it to be DSLR. Full zoom is a little blurry on the edges, but a crop soon fixes that. 1080p @ 60 is quite acceptable, but since I only bought it for stills, its a bonus. Overall, it is a good entrant by Nikon. Tip: order some spare batteries and an external charger. To save battery I turned off GPS.


Great little camera


from Kansas  -  Pro Photographer

I use this camera to photograph jet engine conditions. When dealing with customers and conditions this camera does the job. It's easy to use but also gives you the ability to control each situation whether it be light or speed you need. Also video capable with a great resolution .


Good Find


from Ft. Myers, Fl.  -  Casual Photographer

Very Happy


Great bridge camera


from Shreveport, LA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I own a Nikon SLR, and several point and shoot cameras. This bridge camera is great for most of what I do. I wish had bought this before my last point and shoot. It's too bulky for a pants pocket, but works well in a jacket pocket. The quality is good enough for large 20x30 prints in most situations. Wish it had RAW capability, but they have save something for the P530 I guess.


I would buy this product again


from Pontiac; Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this product in my work environment; I am a Quality Engineer and I take pictures of the parts that have defects and send the back to our production facility. The Macro images are perfect and I can get an up close picture in Detail and it is lightweight. This Camera is so Good my company Quality Manager is buying 4 more of this same camera From Adorama. I have had this camera for only a month and have no negative comments at this time.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great price


from Seattle Wa  -  Casual Photographer

I have been shopping for a Nikon coolpix P5xx series camera for quite some time. A friend suggested Adorama. I had never heard of Adorama befor. I was very pleased with the purchase price plus I ended up getting a newer version of the camera I was looking for and a package deal which included a bag, extended warranty, spare memory card and battery and screen protectors. Im very happy wiyh the Coolpix P520, the controls are intuitive and the camera is comfortable in your hands and it has a solid quality feel to it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent, It is what Nikon says, Almost


from Northglenn, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it as an amateur photographer. It can take excellent Pictures of the Moon. It takes low light pictures. Zoom is incredible. 100% zoom - pixel level requires Tripod of high light levels, but 18mp*42 zoom is 4000 mm. I love it. Negatives: JPG algorithm. Normal is horrible, fine is bad. Nikon, it is only software- At least Give us a raw mode. Focus- at 42 zoom infinite focus is problematical Work around; press shutter key 1/2 aiming at something closer (than the Moon) and then back at your target, or down multi-function button and choose infinite- the mountain. If scene is very bright, use the thumb wheel to choose exposure mode -+ 1 I have taken pictures of flying birds and airplanes through the open sun roof. Real life Pics from ordinary people, facebook- P520 I did buy my wife one also!


Excellent Superzoom


from Brighton, Co.  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is easy to use, takes great low light pictures, has a fast shutter release, and surprisingly good optics for a 42x zoom. The directions tell the owner to charge the battery in the camera (which takes time away from usage taking pictures), but I bought a separate charger from Adorama which solved the problem.


I would recommend to a friend


from Winston-Salem  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice and light for birds


Great Sensor


from Brighton, Co  -  Photo Enthusiast

The best part of this camera is that the sensor produces an image with lots of detail. Also, the optics are surprisingly good for a camera with a 42x zoom. The shutter release is fast for a non-DSLR, and the camera can be operated with one hand. The "P" setting is displayed well for easy access. The foremost problem is that the battery has to be charged in the camera. Buy a backup battery! Another problem is that the menu and CD are written for geeks. This camera has features like "panorama" that are lost in the menu. Also, there is no way to attach a filter. Overall, this is a great camera but could be redesigned with more input from consumers.

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