The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a bridge/megazoom digital camera that features a 42x zoom with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system for steadying shots. It is built around an 18.1 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and allows for full control with PASM modes or full auto modes.
The P520 is popular with people looking for an all-in-one solution that is smaller than a DSLR. The P520 performs well, and higher ISO results are good–certainly capable enough for snapshots. However, we found the results from Canon’s smaller PowerShot SX280 to do better than the P520 at ISO 1600 and above. A close inspection (and we mean very close) of shots taken above ISO 1600 with the P520, images begin to degrade and are quite noisy. Of course if you are looking for snapshots, having the option to shoot at ISO 6400 can come in handy, but do not expect the images to be noise-free or perfectly clear.
Parameters for the sample images are listed below the images.
Studio Low Light Sample Images:
Photo Parameters: All photos were shot on a tripod at a 35mm equivalent of approximately 50mm and at an aperture of f/5.1. We then cropped the images slightly and reduced the image size to 20 inches wide by approximately 13.3 inches high, maintaining a native resolution of 180 pixels / inch.