Nikon zoom in with P520 and L820 superzoom bridge cameras

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nikon-coolpix-p520.jpgTwo new superzoom bridge cameras from Nikon will be snooping their way onto paparazzi wish-lists following today’s unveiling of the Nikon Coolpix P520 and Coolpix L820.

Looking first at the P520, it’s an 18MP snapper using a BSI CMOS sensor, with a whopping 42x optical zoom lens.

Featuring advanced lens-shift vibration reduction, the P520 offers both full manual and semi-automatic modes. Auto HDR shooting combines two shots at different exposures for richer colours and contrast, while a high speed shooting mode lets you capture 10 images at seven frames per second at a full resolution, or 30 shots at full resolution at one image per second. 99 point Autofocus is included, along with subject tracking auto focus.

On the rear of the camera sits a 3.2 inch 921k dot LCD screen that can tilt and twist for shooting at awkward angles, and the camera also offers full HD video recording along with GPS tracking. An option Wi-Fi dongle for beaming snaps to a smartphone or tablet will also be available at launch.

Expect to pay £399.99 when the P520 launches in February.

Moving on to the Coolpix L820, it’s a 30x superzoom aimed more at casual photographers. It features a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor with a 3 inch rear LCD screen, and is designed for easy point-and-shoot image capture thanks to Easy Auto modes and automatic blur and shake compensation.

Portrait mode captures photos when subjects smiles and avoids shooting when a subject blinks, but those smiles may be a little hard to come by considering the L820 is powered by four AA batteries. No word on pricing or availability for the L820 yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Gerald Lynch