Summary: We have owned several Nikon cameras, and this is the 1st one we did not like. I returned it. 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. The menu for advanced functions was not intuitive and was not easily accessed. The paper manual that came with the camera was brief and did not direct you to the complete 240 page manual online.
Summary: This is the second Nikon camera that I have to return. The first one was a Coolpix S9500 that started locking up constantly. So I went for what I expected to be a better camera: the P520. It looked very promising, good zoom range, auto and manual settings, GPS, large lens, etc. But after using it for a while, I started noticing that things don't work as advertised. Sometimes the camera just did not want to start when pushing the ON button.
Pros: good optics good display good ergonomics
Cons: refuses to start sometimes slow start-up time slow focus often problems focusing
Summary: A friend let me demo his Nikon P510 (I think it was) for some airshow pics about a year ago. The camera had a very tough time locking focus on ANYTHING moving or still. Bizarre. Nevertheless, I decided on buying the upgraded Nikon P520 in hopes that my friend's camera was somehow defective. Sadly, this camera is exactly the same. Very disappointing. Even if you get lucky and the auto focus locks in where you want, many of the images are soft. Color is decent.
Summary: Nikon did just about everything right with this camera except the image sensor. The myriad functions are a delight....but useless with such poor image quality. Even using the lowest ISO setting, the noise levels are unacceptable. Some of the noise problem is the inferior jpeg compression used in the camera and to add insult to injury, there is no RAW image option. If an indistinct, poorly detailed image is acceptable to you, then you will love this camera!!
Summary: When pressing the on/off button it does not always come on. Also, after pressing the on/off button to turn camera off, it will not always turn off. You have to remove the battery to get it turn off. I have missed many a picture because of this. When shooting, the shooting button does not always work. You have to press it numerous times to get it to work. The picture quality is ok - but not great. This is actually the second Nikon I have owned.
Summary: I'm very disapointed with this camera. Lots of electronics but poor lens. Its hard to accept that nikon do this. I have an old digital Fugifilm with 10 years old and the image quality its not so far from this. I send it back to purchase another nikon, more expensive but I'm shure with better quality.
Summary: I'm so disappointed with the life on these batteries that if I went out for the day I would need at least two spare batteries it will be very nice if there was a more powerful battery than you supply the poor quality shoulder strap and carrying case really downgraded the camera