Nikon Coolpix S520 review

Review Date : Mon, 5 May 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S520
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The 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S520 is a style-led compact with a 3x optical zoom and Vibration Reduction among its features.

Pros: Sturdy design, good operational speed
Cons: Image quality generally poor

The Coolpix S520 is one of Nikon’s latest ‘Style’ compacts, seeing an 8MP sensor paired with a 3x optical zoom lens. ISO capabilities stretch from 64-2000, with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction and D-lighting helping images out.

At around 22mm thick it’s not the slimmest of compacts, but its brushed aluminium front and sturdy overall construction give it a feeling of solidity.

Image Quality
Image quality is rather disappointing. Centre sharpness is satisfactory but this drops off towards edges and corners. The lens also exhibits signs of barrelling, and noise plagues shadow areas at low sensitivities. Green fringing can also make itself known, with the camera’s only saving grace being in its generally sound metering system.


The S520's images sadly do not match its stylish form and make it rather poor value for money.

Lens Reviews

Price as reviewed



Design 18/20
Image Quality 14/20
Performance 17/20
Value 15/20
Features 17/20
Overall Score 81%