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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

81%
Overall score:81%
Features:85%
Value:75%
Performance:85%
Image Quality:70%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Sturdy design, good operational speed

Cons:

  • Image quality generally poor

Product:

Nikon Coolpix S520

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£160.00

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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.

Verdict

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

Full Specification

Memory Card:
SD/SDHC + 23MB internal memory
Flash Modes:
-

White Balance:
-
ISO Range:
64-2000

Metering System:
-
Exposure Modes:
-

Shutter Speeds:
-
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
2.5in, 153k-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Lens:
5.7-17.1mm (35-105mm)

Sensor:
8.29mp, 1/2.5-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 8.29 million
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Power:
Li-ion Battery
Dimensions:
94 x 53 x 22.5mm

Weight:
115g
Other:
-