Nikon P510
Superzoom Camera
vs Nikon P520
Superzoom Camera

The Guys say...

The P520 maintains the body design and lens of the P510 -- both cameras have the "small DSLR" bridge form factor and both use a 42x, f/3-5.9 powered zoom lens. The P520's nominally higher megapixel count does not translate to sharper images or better image quality, however. The P520's 3.2" viewfinder is larger than that of its predecessor, but other than these small differences the cameras are more or less the same. Wi-Fi is available on the P520, but you'll need to buy an add-on -- it's not built-in to the camera. This does not feel like much of an upgrade.

What’s good about the Nikon COOLPIX P510

Best price $469
  • 20% more battery life 240 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better light sensitivity by 1 f-stop 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

What’s good about the Nikon COOLPIX P520

Best price
  • Higher sensor resolution 18.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Has longer exposure available 8 seconds vs 4 seconds
  • Newer camera February 2013 vs April 2012
  • Has Wi-Fi photo upload capabilities P510 does not have Wi-Fi

What the Nikon P510 and Nikon P520 have in common

  • Weigh about the same 19.6 oz vs 19.4 oz
  • Similar Body sizes 65 in³ vs 68 in³
  • Similar street prices $469
  • Similar image sensor size 28 in²
  • Similar viewscreen resolutions 921k dots
  • Similar optical zoom range 42.0×
  • Same viewscreen size 3.0″ vs 3.2″
  • Same quality video capture 1080p 30fps
  • Similar continuous shooting speed 7 shots per second
  • HDR processing
  • HDMI port
  • 3D capture
  • panorama mode
  • GPS tagging
  • flip out viewscreen

What’s missing from both the Nikon P510 and the Nikon P520

  • No waterproof housing
  • No external microphone jack
  • No RAW capture
  • No hot shoe

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