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Nikon Coolpix L120

Great photos and superb HD movies begin with Nikon's high power 21x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. This powerful zoom lens, with a 25-525m...

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Review of "Nikon Coolpix L120"

published 19/03/2012 | themacstuff2008
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"Great value camera for the casual photographer"

I bought one of these to replace a Fuji bridge camera because of some positive reviews of the image quality. I remain rather perturbed at the lack of adjustment potential - it is more or less entirely automatic, with adjustment of the ISO setting and exposure compensation the only real options. You can also choose vivid colour, B&W if you like or use one of the scene modes. After the multi adjustments possible on the Fuji and even on my compact, I am a bit disappointed, but also interested to see where the money was spent.

First the automatic works very well, it seems to focus and expose very accurately without you needing to agonise over whether to use spot metering and averaged focusing or vice versa. Its happy to choose the ISO setting as well. It is pretty good and even ISO 1600 is quite useable. There are several really good features. One is the image stabilised lens with 25-525 equivalent zoom. It is an excellent lens with good sharpness and contrast throughout the range. Two is the sensor which produces nice clean images with lovely colour. Three is the build quality which is very high, this does not feel like a budget camera. Four, it doesn't look like a budget camera either, it looks like a serious Nikon, and so do the pictures it takes. I can't catch it out yet - the electronics seem cleverer than me... On reflection ...be honest with yourself...how often do you turn your camera off auto? And if you do, how often does it ruin the shot instead of improving it? Five, the LCD is superb with excellent visibility and high definition.

It is however too simplistic, and it does not even give a readout of the settings on review of the pictures, but it is an excellent auto camera and good value (but beware - the price fluctuates a lot). I just ask myself..who is the target buyer for this camera, and why did Nikon skimp on a bit more control which is very cheap to put into software? I can answer the first part - someone who wants a high quality camera that looks and feels expensive, and takes excellent pictures with no effort from the photographer except composing the shot.

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Product Information : Nikon Coolpix L120

Manufacturer's product description

Great photos and superb HD movies begin with Nikon's high power 21x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. This powerful zoom lens, with a 25-525mm range equivalent, closes the distance between you and your subjects. Capture your son firing off the game-winning lacrosse shot or your daughter's first ride on a two wheeler. Whether it's a panoramic shot of the entire family on a favorite sledding hill, or a photo of your children playing in the backyard, you'll shoot effortlessly and accurately with the COOLPIX L120. If you're new to photography, no worries, this camera has intelligent features to help you out. Five-way VR Image Stabilization uses sensor shift to minimize the effects of camera shake, virtually eliminating blurred images. Trick-or-treating with the kids? The COOLPIX L120 has a high ISO speed up to 6400 to capture fast moving or low-light scenarios.

Product Details

Product Description: Nikon Coolpix L120 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 14.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 21 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 94.5 mm - f/3.1-5.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA lithium battery ( optional ) ¦ 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, Composite video/audio, HDMI

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Colour: Black, Red

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.9 cm x 7.8 cm x 7.7 cm, 11 cm x 7.8 cm x 7.7 cm

Weight: 431 g

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: VMA740E6, L120 Black, VMA741E6, L120 Red, 26253, CoolPix L120

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Black, Red

Sensor Resolution: 14.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 14,480,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 14,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Optical Zoom: 21 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, Composite video/audio, HDMI

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Digital Video Format: H.264

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Available Body Colours: Black, bronze, red

Image Colour Disclaimer: The image of the product displayed may be of a different colour

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200 (3Mpix), ISO 6400 (3Mpix), ISO auto (80-800)

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 4 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Lens System

Type: 21 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 94.5 mm - f/3.1-5.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 25 - 525mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 1cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 12 elements

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Auto mode

Additional Features

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, display brightness control, digital image stabilization, 720p HD movie recording, digital image stabilization (video mode)

Continuous Shooting Speed: 0.7 frames per second

Display

Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 921,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Nikon ViewNX 2

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Included Accessories: Carrying strap, lens cap, USB cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA lithium battery ( optional ) ¦ 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 102 MB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 4320 x 3240 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1024 x 768 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4224 x 2376 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080

Video Capture: H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.9 cm, 11 cm

Depth: 7.8 cm

Height: 7.7 cm

Weight: 431 g

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

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