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Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (OLD MODEL) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Nikon COOLPIX P520 18.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 334 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 7.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photo4.9   above average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Setting4.6   above average
Size4.6   average
Zoom4.5   above average
Video4.4   average
Image4.3   average
Screen4.3   above average
Battery4.0   above average
Lens3.5   above average
Speed3.4   below average
Focus2.4   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Lost half of a wedding when battery failed with assist battery source attached."
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"Only battery life is unpredictable."
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"Battery life was usually good, but went dead without any warning."
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"Has major issue with just shutting down for no reason, battery is good etc."
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"It works great and battery lasts forever."
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"Good points: 42X optical zoom, easy to use, easy to use menu system, good photo quality, decent video quality, takes SD cards, great rubberized hand grip, dual zoom levers, decent battery life and very little shutter lag."
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"It's has a pretty good battery life, too."
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"I especially appreciated that the batteries lasted for many pictures! "
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Focus

Focus:
"It's my first bridge camera, and I can not be more comfortable, but after reading other reviews and try the product, I can say that has some trouble focusing and the zoom speed is not the best."
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"Camera has been very good until yesterday when viewfinder failed to focus."
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"My only complaint would be that it is still sometimes difficult to focus see what you are trying to get a pic of, either with the view finder or LED screen."
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"When zooming in, the focus is not as good as it could be , I have taken a couple of thousand photos"
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"Even has the manual focus my husband wanted for some weird reason."
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"The negatives, as others have pointed out, are that the focus is a tad slow and it feels a little cheap and plasticky."
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"Sharp optics - but what good are they if the focusing metering is too screwed up?"
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"They were wonderful and all in PERFECT focus."
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"Camera has been very good until yesterday when viewfinder failed to focus."
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"The telephoto lens is unbelievable; it is rare for a picture to be out of focus at any distance."
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"The auto-focus is wonderful for people who have difficulty with manual focus."
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Image

Image:
"The zoom on it is impressive, but the sensor just can't capture a good image."
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"The image quality was poor, the zoom was difficult to control, the image was blurry at high magnification, and there was an excessive time delay between consecutive shots."
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"I was very confused that this and other comparable cameras didn't have Image Stabilization, especially with such a powerful zoom lens."
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"The autofocus is just not very accurate, and 80% of the time the images come out just a tiny bit off."
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"My problem so far with this camera is the poor quality of the image through the viewfinder and the method they have chosen to use it ."
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"The quality of the screen and Photo is indisputable, and the GPS works great."
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"Good points: 42X optical zoom, easy to use, easy to use menu system, good photo quality, decent video quality, takes SD cards, great rubberized hand grip, dual zoom levers, decent battery life and very little shutter lag."
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"I got many extremely great photos with my Nikon P-510 camera.....so far, the photo qualities with the P-520 seems identical to the P-510....considering it should since the lens & zoom are identical."
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"I have taken just a few indoor and a handful of outdoor photos & photo quality seems just as good as the P-510 was....which is a good thing."
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"Photo quality is rather good.....so far."
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Lens

Lens:
"The only criticisms are (a) the lens cover is sort of cheesy, can only be properly attached when camera is turned off, pops off and falls on ground if put on while lens is extended and retracts when camera turned ; (b) when you correct a pic, a new corrected pic goes to the end of the slide show, and you have to delete the uncorrected one and then fiddle around to get the corrected one back in order; and not all photo suites will work with Nikon."
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"I used this camera for two months before receiving the LENS ERROR of death."
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"So to all those who whine and complain about the camera..... Sure it's not as good as a 15000 slr w a 800mm lense, that you can then switch to a 29mm lense when you want a scenic view, but common this costs 350.If you don't believe me, the pics on the link below were take about 15-20 yards away- you can see the dried salt on the terns nostrils- that's good enough for me."
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"Unfortunately, this model does not have interchangeable lenses."
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"Other thoughts:* Some reviews state that you absolutely have to take the lens cap off before powering on the camera to prevent the lens zoom motors from grinding and generating an error."
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"The telephoto lens is unbelievable; it is rare for a picture to be out of focus at any distance."
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"It has good resolution and a decent zoom lens which makes the documentation easy."
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"I was looking for a good camera with a 42x zoom lens for my private investigation business."
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"No fussing with lens changing."
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"Love the 42X Zoom Lens, compact good battery life with rechargeable lithium batteries, red case instead of black, etc."
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Light

Light:
"Low light capabilities and zoom are impressive."
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"Love the zoom and quality at all light levels."
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"It could be better in low light conditions but overall Im really satisfied with it."
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"Low light capabilities are unbelievable."
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"very light and takes above average pix with a great optical zoomI own several more expensive Nikons and this one is a great surprise as to the picture quality and simple to use."
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Photo

Photo:
"When zooming in, the focus is not as good as it could be , I have taken a couple of thousand photos"
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"When it worked, I was very happy with the performance and quality of photos."
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"This camera is almost perfect, the photos are always excellent, the speed for the zoom is very good, the grip it offers is very good, you are never afraid it will fall from your hand, the weight is perfect, finally I could mention a thousand things in favor of this camera except that sometimes even when in open field it does not mark the coordinates."
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"It can be used in the basic, simple modes and still get great photos."
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"Takes beautiful photos."
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"I got many extremely great photos with my Nikon P-510 camera.....so far, the photo qualities with the P-520 seems identical to the P-510....considering it should since the lens & zoom are identical."
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Photography

Photography:
"Very nice camera for general walk-around photography but disappointing for wildlife, unless subject is stationary."
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"I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who is serious about photography and who doesn't have $600 to drop on a DSLR."
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"Makes learning photography fun."
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"I think it is a great camera for learning about photography and all the settings and options available on high-end cameras."
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"Very nice camera for general walk-around photography but disappointing for wildlife, unless subject is stationary."
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"I gave this camera to my girlfriend and she loves it, it's a very good product, we are not photography pros but I think this is an excellent product."
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Price

Price:
"Not too mention it was an amazing price on Amazon."
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"So once the manager agreed to sell it to me for the incorrect price, I got comfortable, whipped out my cell phone and came here and started reading reviews."
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"takes good pictures and the price was reasonable"
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"By the way I love the very low price also."
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"Great bargain at this price."
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"It is amazing I am so happy with this product, Definitely worth the price"
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"I sent them EPICDEALS an e-mail and this is the response:we sell new camera in bulk pack that's way they are in whit box and how we can sell them ata lower price if you do not like it and want to send it back we can send you out a USPS lable and we will pay to get the camera back but the camera in new in white box thats how we can get it at a lower price and please let us know what you wold like us to do to keep you happy with usObviously, not a reputable dealer."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not at all happy with picture quality"
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"I was really frustrated with poor quality pictures on my phone."
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"I haven't used the viewfinder enough to know if it's of any practical use since the regular LCD screen is of such high quality (921K dots), but I can say that it's hard to look through it since it really forces me to squint out of one eye pretty tightly."
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"My problem so far with this camera is the poor quality of the image through the viewfinder and the method they have chosen to use it ."
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"When it worked, I was very happy with the performance and quality of photos."
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"Good quality pictures and videos."
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"Great picture quality."
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"But the picture quality is spectacular and it's just the right size for the casual photagrapher."
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"Photo quality is rather good.....so far."
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Screen

Screen:
"Also my box came in all damaged up like someone tried beating it up and I was even scared to open it because I though the screen might be cracked, but it was fine inside."
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"I haven't used the viewfinder enough to know if it's of any practical use since the regular LCD screen is of such high quality (921K dots), but I can say that it's hard to look through it since it really forces me to squint out of one eye pretty tightly."
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"The variable screen protector is excellent, and really protectors screen from scratching and damage."
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"decimals format.3) Would like to see the GPS info available for display on the screen, as well as being added to the picture."
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"Plus a screen that rotates for best view."
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"The quality of the screen and Photo is indisputable, and the GPS works great."
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"Going from pictures to video is simple and easy, and the flip screen is a great extra that I love."
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"This is very easy to use, has an LCD screen and view finder."
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Setting

Setting:
"Even using the lowest ISO setting, the noise levels are unacceptable."
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"It probably best to use the Sports setting with a single shot sequence instead of doing multiples if you're working with quick moving subjects."
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"The fireworks setting is amazing."
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"I'm just not that savvy with shutter speeds, apertures and such but the automatic setting takes a pretty great shot of just about everything."
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"I think it is a great camera for learning about photography and all the settings and options available on high-end cameras."
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"It's easy to get started quickly with the auto setting."
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Size

Size:
"I had broke my small Coolpix and needed a good camera to travel with."
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"I had broke my small Coolpix and needed a good camera to travel with."
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"It is a small camera, but even with large hands I was able to manipulate it easily."
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"But the picture quality is spectacular and it's just the right size for the casual photagrapher."
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"The small camera was great for being able to take pictures whenever and where ever I went."
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"It's always difficult to get good pictures in the school gym because of the size of the room and the lighting."
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Speed

Speed:
"It's my first bridge camera, and I can not be more comfortable, but after reading other reviews and try the product, I can say that has some trouble focusing and the zoom speed is not the best."
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"It does take a bit of studying to figure out the sports feature for fast action and I don't love it for sunsets, but that's just user error I know."
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"The negatives, as others have pointed out, are that the focus is a tad slow and it feels a little cheap and plasticky."
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"What Nikon needs to work on IMMEDIATELY:Autofocus: Often fuzzy, almost always slow, somewhat unpredictable, sometimes balky."
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"Also, the impressive zoom is not so impressive with regard to its speed, either its lens speed (f 3.0-5.9) or autofocus speed (fairly slow but not quite horrible)."
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"This camera is almost perfect, the photos are always excellent, the speed for the zoom is very good, the grip it offers is very good, you are never afraid it will fall from your hand, the weight is perfect, finally I could mention a thousand things in favor of this camera except that sometimes even when in open field it does not mark the coordinates."
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"Great camera ,I absolutely live it and the shipping was fast !"
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"I'm just not that savvy with shutter speeds, apertures and such but the automatic setting takes a pretty great shot of just about everything."
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"I was able to take completely clear stills of the countryside from a 185 MPH high speed train."
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Video

Video:
"You can only control snapping the picture but not be able to control taking video."
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"The only thing I was disappointed with is the video function of the camera."
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"When taking videos, the camera does not focus well when panning to different subjects at varying distances from the camera."
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"This problem does not affect traditional movie recording, focus works fine when you are behind the camera shooting a subject in front of you."
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"WHAT NIKON DID WRONG:The Nikon has focus problems when using the self timer and in movie mode."
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"Good quality pictures and videos."
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"You can take excellent pictures form distance, and the video is absolute great."
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"This is not case when using the video, I have had the zoom at its full 42x and the video comes out great."
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"Good points: 42X optical zoom, easy to use, easy to use menu system, good photo quality, decent video quality, takes SD cards, great rubberized hand grip, dual zoom levers, decent battery life and very little shutter lag."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It's my first bridge camera, and I can not be more comfortable, but after reading other reviews and try the product, I can say that has some trouble focusing and the zoom speed is not the best."
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"If Nikon comes out with a new camera with the same or better zoom capabilities that solves the softness problem I will defiantly be buying another camera from Nikon."
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"The zoom on it is impressive, but the sensor just can't capture a good image."
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"Other thoughts:* Some reviews state that you absolutely have to take the lens cap off before powering on the camera to prevent the lens zoom motors from grinding and generating an error."
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"However, the problem is they don't zoom, or don't zoom very far."
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"The powerful zoom - nice, but I almost never need it that extended out."
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"This camera is almost perfect, the photos are always excellent, the speed for the zoom is very good, the grip it offers is very good, you are never afraid it will fall from your hand, the weight is perfect, finally I could mention a thousand things in favor of this camera except that sometimes even when in open field it does not mark the coordinates."
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"Good control locations and versatile zoom."
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"Easy to operate with a great zoom."
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"Low light capabilities and zoom are impressive."
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