The Good Give the Nikon Coolpix P520 plenty of light and it can turn out some excellent photos throughout its 42x zoom range. It has a lot of shooting options for those who like to fiddle with settings or straight snapshooters; a nice flip-out rotating LCD; and built-in GPS and support for Nikon's Wi-Fi adapter for use with Android and iOS devices.
The Bad Its autofocus system is slow when the lens is zoomed in, especially when compared with other models in its class; battery life is short; and the camera feels cheaply constructed.
The Bottom Line More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.
All-around very good megazoom
Editors' note: Several of the design, features, and shooting options are identical between the Nikon Coolpix P520 and the Coolpix P510 we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some deja vu when reading the same sections below.
For the Coolpix P520, Nikon's flagship megazoom, very little has changed from its predecessor, the P510. Nikon put in a new 18-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, but it has the same 42x, f3.0-5.9, 24-1,000mm lens. The bulk of its other features remain unchanged, too.
That's not a bad thing since that's still one of the longest zoom lenses available, and the P510 had a nice helping of shooting options to keep even experienced shooters happy.