18.1 Megapixels
42x zoom
3.2″ LCD

Full (1080p) HD recording
Full HD movie recording

The COOLPIX P520 features a 42x wide-angle zoom with lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) and ACTIVE mode. The large 3.2″, 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor provides greater flexibility to compose shots comfortably from various shooting positions. Easily share your images to your favourite social media sites using the WU-1a wireless mobile adapter (optional).

42x zoom

The COOLPIX P520 comes packed with a huge 42x wide-angle zoom lens. To enhance image clarity there is in-built Vibration Reduction (VR) and ACTIVE mode to minimise image blur.

High-Res images

With 18.1 Megapixels you’ll be taking beautiful high-resolution photos in no time. Plus with a high-sensitivity Backside illumination CMOS image sensor amazing quality is retained even in low-light scenarios.

Optional Wi-Fi®

It’s easy to share great memories with the optional WU-1a wireless and Wireless Mobile Utility App available from Google Play&trade: or App Store.

Built-in GPS

You can easily record and store the locations you take photos with the built-in GPS. The COOLPIX P520 comes with a pre-populated database of 1.86 million points of interest, so you can find where you are in no time.

Features List

Other great features:

  • EXPEED C2 image-processing engine
  • COOLPIX Picture Control
  • Scene auto selector
  • WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter support
  • 19 optimized scene modes
  • Full HD 1080/60i (or 50i) movie recording
  • Manual focus available

Tech Specs

Product name P520
Type Compact digital camera
Number of effective pixels 18.1 million
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 18.91 million total pixels
Lens NIKKOR lens with 42x optical zoom
Focal length 4.3-180 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-1000 mm lens in 35mm 135 format)
f/-number f/3-5.9
Construction 14 elements in 10 groups (4 ED lens elements)
Digital zoom magnification Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2000 mm lens in 35mm 135 format)
Vibration reduction Lens shift
Motion blur reduction Motion 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 selection Face priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center (wide, normal), manual with 99 focus areas, subject tracking, target finding AF
Viewfinder Electronic 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)
Monitor 8 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
Media Internal memory (approx. 15 MB)
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
File formats Still 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 Modes Auto, 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 Shooting Single (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
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)
Metering mode Matrix, center-weighted, or spot
Exposure control Programmed 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)
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed 1/4000

  • – 1 s
  • – 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.
Aperture Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Range 10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Self-timer Durations of 2 or 10 seconds can be selected
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 control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Flash exposure compensation In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between -2 and +2 EV
Interface Hi-Speed USB8
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI output Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminal Audio/video output; digital I/O (USB)
HDMI mini connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
GPS Receiver frequency 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), geodetic system WGS 84
Supported languages Arabic, 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 sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (included)
AC Adapter EH-62A (available separately)
Charging time Approx. 4 h and 30 min (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-69P and when no charge remains)
Still pictures Approx. 200 shots when using EN-EL5
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)
Weight Approx. 550 g (1 lb 3.5 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Supplied accessories Camera 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 accessories Battery Charger MH-61, AC Adapter EH-62A, Hand Strap AH-CP1, Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a

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“With its staggering 42 times optical zoom lens, there are few things out of the reach of the Nikon Coolpix P520. Even a mountain lion on the move in fading light at dusk several hundred metres away is within range for this superb compact”

Yahoo!7 Total Travel

Rated 4.5/5 stars
A great camera that enabled me (a novice photographer) to return from my holiday with some pretty amazing photos. I didn’t want to give this one back.
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The COOLPIX P520 is available in stores with a 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty.