Pre-PMA 2008: The Coolpix S520 is a 8.0 megapixel, 3x zoom compact with lens-shift stabilization. It's also rather dinky and cute if that sways your decision one way or the other. A 2.5" screen with 153k dots occupies the rear of the camera along with the typical Coolpix array of buttons and you can choose your favorite three scene modes to store for quicker access. Obviously an array of colors will be available if the pictured 'Urban Black' doesn't tickle your fancy.

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Nikon COOLPIX S520

Elegant design, quality finish and unique advanced functions take the effort out of taking beautiful pictures

January 29, 2008, Tokyo — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX S520, a stylish new camera that pushes the level of photographic performance, operating ease and design elegance to new heights. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX S520 makes it easier to express individual expression in beautiful fashion.

The COOLPIX S520 offers 8.0 effective megapixels of sharp resolution, quick response, and maintains image quality and clarity with sensitivity settings as high as ISO 2000. It also includes the clarity and precision of a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens featuring Nikon's optical lens shift VR image stabilization.

Unique new functions for the COOLPIX S520 provide easier ways to express the scene and organize results. Food mode is a new scene mode selection enabling beautiful close-ups of food at high ISO settings in restaurants and other locations where flash photography is not permitted. Another new feature allows users to select their favorite three of the 16 available scene modes to appear in the Mode menu for easier access. Easy in-camera image organization allows favorite pictures to be saved to individual albums. And new viewing options include Face Zoom-in, which allows quick zooming in on and switching between faces during playback, to ensure that all subjects in the frame are captured clearly.

The COOLPIX S520 is housed in a quality-crafted aluminum body that fits comfortably in the hand. From the hairline treatment on the face to the clean design of the back and cable connectors hidden along the bottom, the compact body conveys functional beauty and classic camera appeal. The COOLPIX S520 will be available in a choice of Light Bronze, Urban Black, Purple, Pink, or Magenta body colors*.

*Color availability may vary according to region.
Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Nikon COOLPIX S520 Feature Highlights

Proven lens shift VR image stabilization
Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) is field proven technology originally developed for Nikon SLR camera lenses. The VR system counteracts camera shake in lower light or when shooting moving subjects, providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three steps slower without blurring the picture. Active full time, VR also stabilizes images displayed on the 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor for easier framing and more reassured shooting.

ISO 2000 capability provides extended shooting range
Extended light sensitivity range with manual settings up to ISO 2000 makes it easier to take great-looking pictures in lower lighting conditions, or to capture moving subjects with outstanding clarity. Automatic sensitivity control is also available, freeing you to concentrate on the shot while the camera selects the optimal setting across a range between ISO 64 and ISO 1600. And the image processing engine preserves high image quality even when shooting with high ISO settings, thanks to enhanced noise reduction and an improved signal-to-noise ratio.

Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor for quality viewing and menu operation
The COOLPIX S520 has a high quality 2.5-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating for better display in bright situations. Improved shooting displays with revised icons and information feedback help make framing and shooting easier.

Nikon COOLPIX S520 Other Features

  • Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
    Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting
  • 1:1 size format with black or white borders available on playback
  • Macro shooting from as close as 15 cm (5.9 in.)
  • Three movie modes with sound, plus time-lapse movie mode
  • Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • Approx. 23 MB of internal memory
  • USB connectivity
  • PictBridge support

Nikon COOLPIX S520 specification


• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 8.29 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes 3264 x 2448 (High: 3264/Normal: 3264), 2592 x 1944 ( Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 ( Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV: 640), 3200 x 1800 (16:9), 2448 x 2448 (1:1)
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 35-105 (35mm equiv.)
• 5.7 - 17.1 mm
• f/2.8 - 4.7
Image stabilization • Lens-shift VR
Conversion lenses no
Focus distance • 50cm (1 ft. 7.7 in.) to infinity (∞)
• Macro close-up mode: 15cm (5.9 in.) to infinity (∞)
ISO sensitivity ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain ISO 64 - 1600)


LCD monitor 2.5-in., approx. 153k-dot, TFT LCD
Connectivity USB
Storage • SD/SDHC card
• Approx 23MB internal memory
Power • Li-ion battery (EN-EL10)
• AC Adapter EH-62D (optional)
Weight (no batt) 115 g (4.1 oz.)
Dimensions 94 x 53 x 22.5 mm (3.7 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.)