Nikon Coolpix S520 review
Review for: Nikon COOLPIX S520 8.0 MP Digital Camera - Urban black
The Nikon Coolpix S520 is an 8 megapixel digital camera that can slip into a pocket.
The COOLPIX S520 offers 8.0 effective megapixels of sharp resolution, quick response, and maintains image quality and clarity with sensitivity settings as high as ISO 2000. It also includes the clarity and precision of a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens featuring Nikon's optical lens shift VR image stabilization and automatic red eye fix.
Nikon COOLPIX S520 Feature Highlights
- Proven lens shift VR image stabilization
Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) is field proven technology originally developed for Nikon SLR camera lenses. The VR system counteracts camera shake in lower light or when shooting moving subjects, providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three steps slower without blurring the picture. Active full time, VR also stabilizes images displayed on the 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor for easier framing and more reassured shooting.
- ISO 2000 capability provides extended shooting range
Extended light sensitivity range with manual settings up to ISO 2000 makes it easier to take great-looking pictures in lower lighting conditions, or to capture moving subjects with outstanding clarity. Automatic sensitivity control is also available, freeing you to concentrate on the shot while the camera selects the optimal setting across a range between ISO 64 and ISO 1600.
- Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor for quality viewing and menu operation
The COOLPIX S520 has a high quality 2.5-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating for better display in bright situations. Improved shooting displays with revised icons and information feedback help make framing and shooting easier.
You can choose your favorite three scene modes to store for quicker access.
When compared with other small, snapshot cameras the Coolpix S520 is reasonably priced. One of its main strengths is the fact it is easy to use.
Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom)
When I have tested Nikon digital cameras in the past it has often struck me how bright the pictures are. This is normally a big plus point. With this photo, the Coolpix S520 has gone way over the top. It has really struggled with the lighter areas of the photo. This has wiped out a lot of detail on the boats. It has also affected the colours with some blue lines taking on a green tinge.
All three of my portrait test shots produce much improved results when compared to the more demanding scenic shots. In the outdoor portrait colour, lighting and focusing are all about spot on.
There is good news and bad news when it comes to the macro shot. The good news is that the shot is bright and clear. The bad news is that the Coolpix S520 can only focus from 15cm away from the subject. Compared with other cameras that is not very close. My test shot has been cropped for display.
Pros: Ease of use and small size
Where it could improve: Scenic shots - start up time and shutter lag.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S520 is aimed at people with a smaller budget who are looking for a simple, snapshot digital camera. The camera performed well in many areas such as the colours it produces. Against that, it struggled with my scenic shots and there was a noticeable delay in taking a picture. Elegant design, quality finish and unique advanced functions take the effort out of taking beautiful pictures.
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