FROM a distance, taking shots of an interesting subject through a camera empowered with less zoom capability is a big problem for everyone, whether pro or just an amateur point-and-shooter like me. Good thing digital camera brands like
Following its P510 predecessor, the P520 in all aspects is the prototypical "superzoom" camera, which for me is the most powerful in its category. Thanks for its huge 42x optical zoom Nikkor lens, it is capable to cover the wide-angle 24mm to a whopping super-telephoto 1000mm in 35mm terms.
For a shooter with a shaky hand issue like me, blurred photos are always a top concern for me after taking images manually. But
As the improved version of P510, one of its notable upgrades is the backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 18.1-million pixels. With such an improvement, P520 gets light more efficiently for superior high-speed processing performance. Equipped with advanced noise-reduction technologies, it handles noise well, as well as offer full HD video capture with stereo sound.
The camera also offers superior basic performance and a variety of advanced features, including a 3.2-inch vari-angle TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle, a comfortable grip, and a mode dial that includes all the PASM modes along with a custom user setting.
Nikon Coolpix P520 boasts of a movie recording function capable of recording1920x1080 60i or 50i movies. This is easy to achieve simply by pressing the camera's movie-record button. Moreover, you can express your own individual intent with movie recording and editing using functions like HS Movie, with which movies are played back in 1/4- or 1/2-speed slow motion, or 2x-speed fast motion, or the movie pause function, with which recording of a single movie file can be paused and then restarted (within 5 min.).
One more exciting feature of the P520 is the built-in GPS. Apart from tagging your photos with geo-location data, it has a points-of-interest database that automatically recognizes landmarks when used with the supplied software. A-GPS files can be downloaded to lessen GPS satellite acquisition time when the camera is turned on for smoother operation.
Design-wise, I love that the materials of P520 is mostly textured polycarbonate, with a few glossy plastic touches. Its construction is a cut above most compact cameras. What's more, it is light, thus making it easy to use.
I like that the flip screen which makes it so easy to take a shoot from different angles. That's the biggest improvement for the P-Series. In addition to the rotating four-way dial/control pad, a dedicated command dial makes it easy to adjust the shutter speed and aperture if shooting in manual mode. I appreciate the dedicated video button, too. Just like the Quick Menus found on other cameras, there's also a Function button that can control nine different settings.
Of course, after shooting, uploading the photos comes next. So the ability of P520 to drop the photos onto my iPhone using the WU-1a adapter enables me to upload as fast as I could to social networking sites, and back it up to the phone's memory sans the need to lug around a laptop computer. The Nikon Coolpix P520 is indeed a small yet powerful tool to any amateur or pro photographer out there.
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