42x superzoom Nikon Coolpix P520 announced

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Nikon recently announced several additions to its roster of Coolpix models, including a fresh pair of superzoom cameras. The higher-end model, the Coolpix P520, packs a powerful 42x optical zoom.

The focal length of its NIKKOR glass lens ranges from 24mm to a whopping 1000mm (35mm equivalent). The lens also features vibration reduction (VR), with a special function for shooting moving subjects called Active Mode. Matched with its 18.1-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, the P520 attempts to give users sharp, high-quality images even when shot at a distance or in low-light conditions.

The P520 features full manual controls for more advanced camera users who want total control over their image settings, while its Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are meant to appeal to those who love sharing photos instantly through mobile devices. This camera is compatible with the separately sold Nikon WU-1a wireless mobile adapter which, when paired with the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application, allows you to send photos and videos wirelessly to any compatible mobile device.

Other features include Full HD (1080p) video recording and a dedicated movie recording button on the body. Nikon also throws in a 3.2-inch swivel LCD monitor that can help when shooting at odd angles.

The Coolpix P520 will be available next month and will retail at USD $449.95 (PHP 18,306 via direct conversion). No word yet on when it will hit our shores. It comes in three colors—black, red, and dark gray.