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Nikon Coolpix S520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Nikon Coolpix S520. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the performance and design. The portability and size are also appreciated, but there are some less positive views about the viewfinder and zoom.

usability, size, portability, design, performance

screen, memory, storage, zoom, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Nikon Coolpix S520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. Many are negative about the price and memory.

usability

memory, price

50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Nikon Coolpix S520 digital camera

 

While most manufacturers continue to push the megapixel count in every digital camera they release, Nikon has opted for lucky 8 with the S520, but should you? The Nikon S520 might be a simple point and shoot, but it's one that impressed us.

Simple to use, good image quality

Design bog standard, not many features beyond core set

The Nikon S520 might be a simple point and shoot, but it's one that impressed us.

May, 2008

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Nikon Coolpix S520 review

 

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

Jun, 2009

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Nikon Coolpix S520 Review

 

The Nikon Coolpix S520 is an 8 megapixel digital camera that can slip into a pocket. It has a 3x optical zoom lens plus features such as image stabilisation and automatic red eye fix.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Nikon Coolpix S520

 

The Nikon Coolpix S520 is a pocket sized camera. It is available in black, silver and plum. Features include 8 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens and image stabilisation. It is an easy to use snapshot camera.

Ease of use - small size

Scenic shots - start up time and shutter lag

This is a small snapshot camera, available at the cheaper end of the market. It is easy to use and has an unfussy design. Picture quality was mixed in my tests.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Nikon COOLPIX S520

 

The Nikon S520 won't win any competitions for offering the most features, being the smallest and lightest, or having a bargain price tag, but it does offer a compelling mix of simplicity, attractive looks and most importantly good image quality.

A good compact camera that won't disappoint

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Nikon CoolPix S520

 

Sitting towards the middle of the company's new compact range, Nikon's S520 is a solid if slightly uninspiring camera. Its 8-megapixel sensor captures...

Fairly good overall image quality, looks good, simple interface

Some noise issues at higher sensitivities, yellows are a little inaccurate, slow at times

Nikon's CoolPix S520 doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. It provides decent image quality, a simple set of features and has a nice design, but it does have some speed problems and the pictures aren't perfect.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Trenholm (cnet.com.au)

Nikon Coolpix S520

 

Despite its suave looks, the Nikon Coolpix S520 is a safe pair of hands rather than a glamorous catch. A light feature set and an absence of sexy characteristics mean it fails to stand out on any criteria except price — but it is a solid-gold bargain.

Acceptable image quality ; Affordable price point

Counter-intuitive menu/mode buttons ; Underwhelming screen ; Light on features

With capable if uninspiring image quality in a solid, compact frame, the S520 ticks the point-and-shoot boxes. At this great price we struggle to find a better competitor, but the Sony Cyber-shot W120 seems to have a broader feature set. We'd recommend...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : digitalcameraroundup.com (digitalcameraroundup.com)

Elegant 8 megapixel ultra-compact with optical image stabilization

 

What you get with the Coolpix S520 is a elegant, small and handy aluminum-bodied 8.1 megapixel camera that emphasizes style and technology. It's small enough to fit anywhere, yet has a large but not very hi-res 2.5-inch LCD that remains quite readable...

Elegant aluminum design, Very small and handy, Optical lens-shift image stabilization, Face recognition mode, Voice recording, Full speed VGA movies with sound

Relatively low res display, Only 23MB internal storage

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : jonathanb (dcamerareview.com)

Nikon Coolpix S520

 

The slim, ergonomic COOLPIX S520 boasts a streamlined profile, 8 effective megapixels, a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization, and a quality-crafted aluminum body. Style-conscious consumers will love the S520's...

Style-conscious consumers will love the S520's design, in addition to the latest Nikon technologies that make this camera compact, easy to use, and capable of capturing breath-taking images. Additionally, the S520 adds the "Food Mode" to its existing...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Nikon Coolpix S520

 

The slim, ergonomic COOLPIX S520 boasts a streamlined profile, 8 effective megapixels, a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization, and a quality-crafted aluminum body. Style-conscious consumers will love the S520's...

The Nikon Coolpix S520 will have a retail price of $229.95 when it hits stores in March

Jan, 2008

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