My nikon coolpix p520 won't turn on

June 7, 2017 at 04:29:51
Specs: Macintosh
Hello! I have a nikon coolpix p520, and it won't turn on. It is a couple of years old, but it has always worked perfectly fine. I got a new battery and then it worked again, but now it won't turn on yet again, even if i charge it over night. When I charged it it beeped on the light turned on, does anyone know what I could do to make it work? I really need it this summer...

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June 7, 2017 at 06:53:38
Generally it seems that the Nikon Coolpix series (and possibly one or two others from Nikon) are prone to sudden death failures...

Nikon cameras appear fairly often with the problem - "it won't switch on..." - and as best I can recall there is seldom a fix... Possibly a Nikon dealer or service depot may be able to help; but invariably the cost of repairs these days almost outweighs the cost of a new/replacement camera?

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February 21, 2018 at 06:32:18
I had the same problem and I went to

I download new firmware from Nikon http://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.c...

My old one was 1.0 the new firmware is 1.1 so I downloaded new firmware as zip file to my desktop,then I click on it and its open as folder,inside that folder another folder call "firmware" and I copy that folder and paste to sd card that I was using inside my p520 Nikon camera.Make sure that You format sd card by Your camera before You connect it to Your computer/laptop.After copy that firmware to my sd card<i put it back to my camera and switch on and I follow instructions as I pposted in Youtube link above.
Now my camera is working and switch on and off without problems :)
I hope that my information will help :)

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February 21, 2018 at 11:28:12
That's all well and good if the camera still works but the OP said their camera won't turn on. How are they going to upgrade the firmware or format the SD card in the camera if it won't turn on?

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August 21, 2018 at 04:44:20
Mine also just died. Nothing nada. New battery, new cable. It is completely dead????


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August 21, 2018 at 09:06:52
This is an olde thread/post... However... From the number of similar posts here recounting similar problems with the Coolpix... It appears the Coolpix ain't so "cool". They have a high failure rate; and Nikon appear to be not very interested in it al, or overly concerned. Based on those assorted posts I'm less and less inclined these days to consider buying any Nikon digital camera.

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August 21, 2018 at 12:54:06
What I ended up doing was taking it to a photostore and told them my problem. They figured out that the battery was able to charge in an external charger, and then used in the camera. So the problem was in the cable, or the connection between the cable on battery inside the camera

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August 21, 2018 at 13:42:25
Thank you for the feedback.

Your trip to store was a good move, as they obviously had the means to check as you describe. Did they test, using a cable they know to be good, to charge the battery installed in the camer?

Also are they, and you, sure the battery contacts are firm, solid, and clean; and that the built-in contacts inside the camera are also clean - and do make secure, proper contact with the battery?

It’s not uncommon for cables to fail at one end or the other; usually where the cable emerges from the connector. Less committed n are internal connections - but not unknown.

For what it’s worth, very few who come here seem to find a way to resolve the problems with the Coolpix. You’re one of the very few little lucky to do so.

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October 13, 2018 at 01:46:49
Mine died... Then it revived for like 1 morning. Then I tried to on it 2 days later, it died again. I had my batteries charged with an external charger as I experienced my old and original batteries getting bloated up and stuck in the camera.. So I bought new batteries that are compatible to the camera and they worked great for a year or 2. But now my camera can't turn on anymore even when the new batteries are fully charged (not bloated). I'm so sad now... T_T I want my camera to work again... T_T I love the zoom so much....

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January 7, 2019 at 15:08:06
I know this is post old but I just wanted to share my experience as it may help someone out there. I thought my Nikon Coolpix p520 camera died last year. What would occur is that when I input the usb cable (that came with the camera) directly from my PC and attempted to turn on the camera, the on button would glow green but then make a quick buzz noise and shut off. At first I thought this was a battery issue so I bought a new battery... but still the same issue persisted so I thought the camera died and I put it away.

Well today I can finally say that I resolved the issue. it turns out the USB cable when plugged from my PC into the camera wasn't properly charging the camera like it used to. I wasn't aware of this for quite some time until today when I decided to plug the usb cable (that came with the camera) directly into a power outlet using my samsung galaxy phone usb fast charger bit... lo and behold no more buzzing noise and it started charging again via flashing.

Then once I let it charge for about 30 mins, I attempted to turn the camera on and voila! It turned on again.I know this sounds stupid easy and I'm sure everyone's camera is in different condition or facing different issues but I thought this could help someone out who may be facing a similar issue like I did. I don't understand why Nikon didn't provide a plug bit with the usb cable, maybe to save money? Anyway, hopefully this helps someone out there.

Thanks for your time and good luck.

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January 7, 2019 at 15:40:36
Thank you for the information; it may indeed be useful pointer for someone in the future.

It's odd but so often pholks don't think to try another cable, or a different usb power source.

Have a good 2019 and beyond; and enjoy taking lots of top class photos too.

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March 10, 2019 at 09:24:33
Well this group sure covered a range of options. Very helpful! I'd like to add one after trying most of the suggestions which, alas, didn't work but did set me to starting over prior to what I thought I'd have to do... replace this 5 year old, nearly $500 camera. Grrrr no more Nikon! after loving the brand for, no kidding, 50 years.
Rereading the manual, I came across a part I didn't know I had - a little wall plug in adapter for USB to camera (like the Samsung above, great suggestion but didn't work for me in recharging, but did work to get the on-button ring lite to slow pulse) that thank god I still had in my box of 20 years worth of computer/tech orphan do-dads.
Well that got the actual charge lite to pulse for the first time in all my tries. And eureka!! after the prescribed 4.5 hrs the camera was fully back to work.
I tried everything but a new battery as a) I didn't want to do that after reading a number of sites that suggested camera failure was very common and b) the battery wasn't that old as I just replaced it recently (on that note, rereading the manual I guess voided my warranty by having bought a not-Nikon brand battery so thought maybe I screwed things up myself) so I wasn't excited about the new battery thing but probably would have tried that once I got over being mad at Nikon.
So you all probably tried the wall plug in charger adapter, but if you haven't - well here's another try.

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April 1, 2019 at 16:57:00
I had trouble charging my p520 nikon camera when plugged into the wall socket ,I was looking to replace the battery,is gave it one more try,plugged into my PC charging happily now

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April 3, 2019 at 07:24:13
I tried a wall socket with USB charger built in, no good, however my iPhone 7 plug in charger worked, must be some thing to do with the current available from usb source

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