Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX P520 is an overall capable compact, with a reasonable standard of image quality, a clearly effective VR system and an excellent LCD screen to recommend it. It’s also currently priced around £80-90 less than rival models, although this is perhaps reflected in its finish and the quality of its electronic viewfinder. Still, if these issues are of no concern it’s definitely worth adding to the shortlist.
Pros: GPS system can work well (if tended to), excellent LCD, price, overall image quality
Cons: GPS can deliver erroneous results (and sometimes none at all), build quality
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P520 was announced in January 2013 and is a bridge camera with a 42x optical zoom lens, 18 megapixel backlit COMS sensor and a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD screen.
Pros: 42x optical zoom lens, Vari-angle LCD monitor, Full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, Built-in GPS, 1cm minimum focusing distance, Auto HDR mode, Easy Panorama 360°/180°, 7 fps continuous shooting, Plenty of rubberised grip, Decent image quality and colour reproduction, Two year warranty
Cons: EVF is quite small and has a low resolution, Battery life expectancy is a little low, Slowish focusing and shutter response, Purple fringing and chromatic aberration in images when shooting at long lengths