Nikon P530

Nikon Coolpix P530 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1000mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 494g - 123 x 84 x 98mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Succeeded the Nikon P520
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P530 overview

Nikon P530 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally released on February of 2014. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Nikon launched this camera as a way to improve the older Nikon P520 (Read Full Comparison)

The P530 is scored #84 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #584 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon P530 family

The Nikon P530 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Nikon-Coolpix-P1000 front thumbnailNikon P1000
P530 vs P1000
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P530 vs P610
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Nikon-Coolpix-P600 front thumbnailNikon P600
P530 vs P600
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Nikon-Coolpix-P520 front thumbnailNikon P520
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P530 vs P510
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P530 vs P500
Nikon-Coolpix-P100 front thumbnailNikon P100
P530 vs P100
Nikon-Coolpix-P90 front thumbnailNikon P90
P530 vs P90
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Nikon P530 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Nikon P530 based on features which are usually viewed as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
great min ISO (100)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
incredible zoom range (24-1000mm 41.7 x zoom)
offers face detection autofocus
offers tracking autofocus
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
relatively wide (24mm)
very good screen resolution (921 thousand dots)
very long zoom (1000mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external microphone support
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
more heavy than competition (494g)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
terrible battery (240 CIPA)
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Nikon P530 Sensor details

The sensor size on the Nikon P530 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. This ISO can also be extended digitally to a high of 12800. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the P530's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The P530 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P530 dimensions

Nikon P530 is 1.09 lb (494 gr / 17.43 oz) and features external measurements of 123mm x 84mm x 98mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 3.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Nikon P530 is weightier compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Nikon P530 alongside a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix P530 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the P530.

Nikon Coolpix P530 topview buttons dials

Nikon P530 Lens specs

The P530 provides a built-in lens and a focal range of 24-1000mm making it a 41.7 x zoom which is amazing and is going to make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f3.0 and that's somewhat slow and not very good in low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also have to up the ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. With the tele end, 1000mm is fantastic zoom and comes at f5.9 making it very sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon P530 Connectivity

The P530 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and sometimes alter settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon P530 Video specs

The maximum video resolution on the Nikon P530 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance in quality versus file sizes but FULL HD won't give you much room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket which means you get no control over your audio. It is probably best to find a different model should you need good audio in your video clips.

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Nikon P530 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Nikon P530 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Nikon P530 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon P530 has got a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon P530 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders are very handy in sunny outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Nikon P530 Shutter specs

Nikon P530 is able to shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Nikon P530 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon P530 has got only in-built flash without external flash ability.

Nikon P530 Autofocusing specs

Nikon P530 has got just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be helpful for taking photos of people.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Nikon P530 comes with manual focus in case it is required in low light occasions or you need more accurate focus control.

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Nikon P530 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL5) for the Nikon P530 is fashioned to last for 240 photographs according to the CIPA requirements making it lower as compared with its competition. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Nikon P530 for varying categories of photography

The following chart displays a overview of the Nikon P530 for varying categories of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon P530 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon P530 has a points tally of 44 which is awful, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the option to use external flash.

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has manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Nikon P530 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a awful rating of 44, the Nikon P530 is not acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
more heavy than average in class (494g)

Nikon P530 as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography score of 48 means the Nikon P530 is reasonably suited for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (24-1000mm 41.7 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (240 per charge)
no phase detect AF

Nikon P530 Travel photography advice

Weight is pretty crucial in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon P530 gets a modest 52 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly adequate to buy for your travels.

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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (1000mm)
missing Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (240 CIPA)
more heavy than competition in class (494g)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

Nikon P530 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Nikon P530 and it's awful score of 45 for a landscape camera is not acceptable within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
terrible battery pack (240 CIPA)
no Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Nikon P530

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon P530 is not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a awful score of 27.

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fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have external mic support
heavier than average (494g)

Nikon P530 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the P530, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph underneath offers you an overview of the P530 versus it's top scored rivals suggested above.

Following are additional cameras you may look at as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix P530
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1000mm (41.7x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
8.00 m
Flash modes
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/100/30/25p)
Max video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
494 grams (1.09 lbs)
Physical dimensions
123 x 84 x 98mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 3.9")
Battery life
240 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at launch