- Focal Length: 24 - 1000 mm
- Resolution: 16.1 MP
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Optical Zoom: 42x
- Digital Zoom: 4x
- Type: Point & Shoot
- Battery Type: Li-ion
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD with Anti-reflection Coating
Replacing the successfully selling P 520 is the all-new P 530, a new addition to the Nikon’s super zoom bridge camera family. These performance cameras from Nikon keep getting better and better. The cool Pix P530 from Nikon is a popular P-series range. It has various noticeable features to give competitors a run for their money. The camera flaunts a super zoom (42X Stabilized range) and a built in 16.1 Megapixel High sensitivity CMOS Sensor that has an ISO range of 100-6400 and the ability to shoot full High Definition videos at 1080p. The camera is a replacement of the CoolPix P520. The new P530 retains the 24-100mm f3-5.9, which has been adapted from the previous models and the Lens Shift Vibration is another essential feature that helps retain sharp photos. The new replacement offers better resolution under the camera’s bonnet.
The camera is built keeping a DSLR in mind and helps the photographer feel comfortable while shooting semi/professional photos. Another change is the screen that is different than the CoolPix P520, the previous camera had a tilt screen (vari angle) apparently consumed a little too much of space, and so Nikon goes back to placing a hinged screen at the rear of the camera. The new screen measures at 3.0 inches, which remains brighter, but it is a little smaller than the previous model and it carries the same 912k-dotresolution. There is an electronic viewfinder that helps monitor the image performance. There are dedicated manual modes just like the previous models. The camera also features a built in GPS receiver and geo tagging options with location information. Sadly, there is no Wi-Fi but, the camera is compatible with Nikon’s Wu-1A Wi-Fi dongle, it comes in handy. Born a market leader and a crowd puller, the CoolPix P510 was pretty famous, the Cool Pix P530 carries the same legacy as the P520, by carrying the longest optical zoom range among competitors.
Nikon has worked on a few flaws found on the P520 and bought the P530, thecamera has a lens shift VR system and the Active shooting mode that takes care of the image blur issues. The 42X optical zoom is larger than life and it is complimented with a 24-1000mm in a 35mm lens just like the P520 (it is a little sad to know that there haven’t been undulating changes, the changes are very minimal), the aperture of f/3 helps shoot wide-angle images and zooms in telephoto of f 5/9. Nikon should have improved on the lens and the optical zoom feature a bit.
The camera has downgraded the pixels with a 16.1 MegapixelCMOS Sensor. The camera doesn’t follow the usual ongoing trend of latching in a compact camera and compromising with big sensors to help increase the quality of the images but, it seems like a reduction in pixels, and some sort of cost cutting punishment to the customers. The backlit sensor helps in managing the noise quite well and offers pristine quality High Definition Video with stereo sound. The ISO sensor ranges from 100 to 6400 that bring out a substantial difference in shooting during low light conditions, and the option of extending the ISO depending on the Hi1 or Hi2 settings. An EXPEED C2 processing engine that performs adequately well considering the size of the camera. The continuous 7 fps shooting is just the same as the P520 (Continuous H) but, there is a new addition, the continuous L option has a frame rate for continuous shooting about 1fps and the maximum goes up to 200 fps. There is a Pre-shooting cache which has a frame rate for shooting 15 fps and the maximum goes to 20 fps, there is a continuous H:120 fps that allows 120fps and maximum 60 continuous shots , there is a BSS (best shot selector)and a multi shot 16 interval time shooting setting.
The 3.0-inch LCD screen is smaller than the previous P520 and retains the same 921k-dot resolution, it is a high-resolution screen that maintains the same friendly user experience and makes the images sharp, bright and clear. The camera smartly senses and recognizes landmarks with a built in GPS monitor. Once the software is installed, the geotagging feature gets activated and images can automatically be sorted, and uploaded on the basis of the tagging.
The body of the P530 is lighter than ever and it doesn’t feel like a toy, Nikon has built a better-looking body for this new camera. The camera’s body is 3mm narrower and shallower than the previous model, it is lighter than before the previous version weighed 56 grams heavier, but this camera weighs in a total of 494 grams. The cool finish and the lightweight,makes it look very attractive for its size. There is a dedicated rubber grip on both the ends of the camera that makes it secure to hold and comfortable to use
This camera is built primarily for manual usage and make users do the math of photography; it relies majorly on manual settings unlike most cool Pix camera alternatives. It is a daunting device for those who aren’t comfortable with the basics and essentials of photography. The buttons pretty much remain in the same place as the previous models, the shutter release and zoom ring is found up top on the camera, there is a customizable function button that allows users to toggle between single and continuous shooting mode. The function button and power button are practical neighbors and this might be a confusing for first time users.
The Nikon P530 is a manual performer and relies mostly on manual controls, although there is a dial mode built on the camera, it too has a few nibbles and a few disappointing factors. This camera allows users to switch between modes and choose between aperture/shutter modes instantly. Users can feel a lot more engrossed with the manual settings.
There is a missing eye sensor under the viewfinder on the P530; you have to press a button to power up the viewfinder and repeat the same to turn on the LCD screen. Nikon has not added in the feature again, this is the same on the P520, The GPS also plays spoilsport when users click photos at the same location, the GPS pretty much gives up. These might just be minor bumps compared to the excellent quality it builds up. The inbuilt AF system is quite prompt and performs really well, a bit slow during low light conditions but that is not disappointing at all. There is a dedicated video recording button too. The performance of the camera is purely based on the comfort of the user. Sure, Nikon has powered the camera with a powerful processor and a few manual friendly features; it is up to the users to fully comprehend and utilize the features to judge the performance.
The user is the best judge to derive the best results; the P530 has 8 special effect filters and 21 scene modes apart from the general modes like landscape, portrait, night landscape etc that have a dedicated space on the mode dial. The images seem pretty decent for a camera belonging to the Cool Pix range, however, the new camera has lesser pixels than the previous model and chromatic aberrations are evident. Being a manual performer, the proper functioning of the exposure composition, shutter speed, aperture and ISO is completely up to the user.
Ok, so it is a shame that this camera is just an extended arm of the P520 and we don’t quite see too many additions except perhaps the obvious weight reduction, a better body and a fixed LCD screen, there are a few technical advancements that don’t really register as exceptional, but if you are a pro photographer who doesn’t like a bulky DSLR, this might be your photography experiment partner.
Nikon Coolpix P530 Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix P520
Nikon Coolpix P600
Nikon Coolpix L830
Sony Cybershot DSC HX300