Nikon P520 Coolpix Camera

By Foxy | foxy | 27 Oct 2020


I have always had an interest in photography and recently bought myself the Nikon P520 second-hand to start my journey into the world of (hopefully) amazing photographs. As I learn more about photography I will create new articles to explain what I have learnt. Both for you, the reader, and myself to consolidate what I have learnt through 'playing' around.


The Nikon P520 Coolpix Camera

Nikon P520

(Ironically I had to take a picture of the camera with my phone!)


I was impressed when I received the camera. It feels solid and not particularly heavy to be a problem when I've been holding it for long periods of time. It has a 42x wide optical zoom with a 18.9 Megapixel resolution and can hold a normal SD memory card enabling a large capacity of photographs to be stored negating the worry of running out of space when I'm out taking the many, many pictures that I end up taking.

It has a 3.2" screen on the back which can be turned in various positions which I found very helpful for taking photographs that would otherwise be awkward to take. It can also be turned 180 degrees and put back into place so the screen is always visible and can show the details of the settings that I am using. If the screen has not been opened then the viewfinder will need to be used - very old school! :D

The battery is rechargeable via a USB cable so can be charged using the computer while also having the access to the photographs on the memory card. On the note of the storage of photos, the maximum resolution is 4896x3672 pixels and, although not ideal (but fine for a beginner such as myself), stores the photos in JPG format only (no RAW format).

The camera does come with a video mode giving options between Full HD 1920x1080p at 30fps to HS 640x480 at 120fps. This is probably not a function that I will use in the beginning but may be something that I consider later on when my skills have improved further. 

It comes with a lot of different scene modes ranging from food to landscape and even 3D photography (really need to try that one out). A shutter speed of 1/4000 to 8 seconds and a self-timer makes it ideal to get the picture you want. It of course has a flash for taking photos of the subject in low light, or to get a different effect.

From my point of a view as a noob, the amount of settings is mind-blowing (obviously not as many as a more professional camera) so in future articles as I learn what these are I will explain what they do and how they will affect the photos final look.

I am looking forward to seeing improvements in my photographs (and quite excited as well!) and hope that my articles will be as useful to some of you reading as they will be for me.

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