First Look: Nikon's Coolpix P520 is all-around very good package
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First Look: Nikon's Coolpix P520 is all-around very good package

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While not without shortcomings, the 42x zoom Nikon Coolpix P520 has a lot to offer including some very nice photo quality.

Hi, everyone. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET, and this is a look at the Nikon Coolpix P520, the company's top full-size megazoom. It's a 42x zoom lens, was once the longest available when it debuted on the P510. However, Canon, Fujifilm and Sony now have 50x zooms in their lineup. So, if you must have the longest lens available, this isn't for you. That said, the 24- to 1000-millimeter zoom is plenty of range, and I doubt you'll be kicking yourself for not going with another model. Well, not for the zoom at least. The camera doesn't have some higher end features like a hotshoe or mic input or raw capture, and you have to have some patience when it comes to focusing with the lens zoomed in. Also, Nikon removed a button for switching between the electronic viewfinder in the flip-out LCD. So you now have to flip over the screen and close it to turn on the EVF. If none of those things buggy though, this is a pretty nice camera with a lot of shooting options and some excellent photo quality, even in low light as long as you don't need to enlarge photos to its full 18-megapixel resolution. Plus, it has built-in GPS and you can add a Wi-Fi adapter so you can wirelessly connect to iOS or Android devices for viewing or sharing your photos. All in all, a very good package if you're looking for more of point-and-shoot experience than a digital SLR. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Nikon Coolpix P520.

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