Nikon Coolpix L820 (Plum)
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc. Part number: 26404
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CNET editors' review
price range: $169.95 - $344.69
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 09/18/2013
The good: The Nikon Coolpix L820 has better features than you'd expect for its price, including a 30x zoom lens, a high-res 3-inch LCD, and a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. It's one of the few cameras that is powered by AA batteries.
The bad: The L820's autofocus performance is on the slow side when the lens is zoomed in or in low light or indoors. Shooting performance is not quite fast enough for fast-moving kids and pets.
The bottom line: For those who value a long zoom lens, AA batteries, and saving a few bucks, the Nikon Coolpix L820 might be your point-and-shoot.
From someone whose used the camera for a while
by By-John on September 26, 2013
Pros: Excellent pictures, excellent color and clarity
Very well low light conditions
Battery life is decent
Nice video mode
Easy to use
Cons: LCD hard to see in bright sun with sunglasses
No external flash mount
No view finder
Summary: There's already a specs & technical data sheet in the information section. You want to know HOW WELL this camera performs, and you can't find that out from ...
Summary: There's already a specs & technical data sheet in the information section. You want to know HOW WELL this camera performs, and you can't find that out from someone who's just taken it out of the box yesterday. I've gone through 3 sets of rechargable batteries with mine. You'll want rechargable 2000-2200mAh NH batteries. The L820 is very busy doing a lot of stuff for you so yes, it eats batteries. You won't mind when you see the pictures, and now I'll tell you why.Edit:
First off, if this is your first "Wide-Angle to 30x OPTICAL Telephoto" lens, like they say at K-Mart, "You're gonna ship your pants!". There's no way to write what kind of reaction you're going to have. "Amazing" doesn't even start to cover it. I took a shot across a lake at full telephoto, which is combining 30x optical and digital zoom. There was a dude on the other side shoreline with a bucket. I never saw him with my eyes. The picture showed him as if he was 15 feet away from me. I could read the emblem on his shirt! Is this the most amazing thing about the camera? No.
I'm an oil painter of illusion and fine realism. The most annoying aspect of using photography as reference material is, having to un-flatten the 2D image a camera produces. Perspective, range, compression; all manner of photographic distortion occurs. I'm here to tell you, this CMOS-senor and processor gets it closer-to-realism than I thought possible! The best part about this camera is, the pictures look far more REAL than any non-DSLR I've tried (Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung). This quality is so huge! You'll read a lot of griping about not having a through-the-lens. The picture quality is well-worth not having it! Going even farther, the Nikon L820 takes actual 3D photos. Yes, needing the glasses kind of 3D...which are printed to PLAIN PAPER. I've done one. It's trick and cool.
I'm not done with the list of out-of-this-world incredible this camera does but, this is a review, not a thesis. For brevity, allow me to address some of the negative reviews I've read with suggestions. Yes, throw the lens cap away. It's a pain in the neck but, you were going to lose it anyway. It's an a-u-t-o-matic camera ma'am \ sir. That means it's doing everything for you so yes, if you're trying to film the Daytona 500 or your hyperactive kids, you MUST learn how to use this camera in Manual Mode. It does have the shutter speed and ISO you need but, you must either allow time for the camera to do it or, do it yourself. In all fairness, I've gotten into a couple of minor arguments with the auto-focus taking MACRO shots.
Ah wow! I forgot to add how incredible this thing is close-up! It's got a Wide-Angle lens which is far better than the point-n-shoot offers. No more, "Okay everybody scrunch in a little closer to get in the picture". Plus! I've taken great manual pictures < 1" away from the lens. Finally, I can take pictures at night, in my house, with only TV lighting the room and, they come out AS BRIGHT AS daylight. No grainy "aw shucks" disappointments. I took a picture of my dog on the bed, no overhead lighting, at night, for a test and yes, daylight results AND...I could read the title of a book across the room in the photo! Now, let's speed through the compressed list of unbelievably excellent on this camera: 1080i 30fps video in full stereo. I got the 32gb SD card and it tells me, "30 mins" of HD video. It counts like Microsoft tells time so, it's a lot long I'm told in newsgroups.
Summary: Picture quality off the charts with "hidden" values most folks with just call "great pictures". Telephoto and Wide-Angle shots offered rival those of cameras over $400. That's value! Eats batteries. The software is EXCELLENT. BUY THIS CAMERA!! You can't spend twice the money and get a better camera.
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Updated on Dec 24, 2013
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The best Camera I ever saw for that low price.
by Cranky_Brainiac on December 15, 2013
Pros: The most complete Video options on a digital photographic camera including Full HD and High Speed (Separated).
Excellent Pictures in dark conditions,Very good speed in day light.
Plenty of Scene options.
Very Good AF and Zoom speed.
Cons: No cons, it really worth every single dollar you pay for it
Summary: It is one of those cams you have to explore and expect the best in every par. Getting in mind how cheap it is, you'll be surprised in good ...
Summary: It is one of those cams you have to explore and expect the best in every par. Getting in mind how cheap it is, you'll be surprised in good manner with this beauty, it is versatile enough to cover the expectations of an aficionado or a professional who need a cheap auxiliary camera, it is perfect for vacations of every day use. Light weight, AA Batteries, so wherever you go, you'll never will run out of battery, no charger to forget or loose.
I really, really, really recommend it.
- Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
- Part number: 26404
- Description: Enjoy point-and-shoot ease and exceptional image quality in an ergonomic design. A powerful 30x zoom NIKKOR glass lens and low-light CMOS sensor deliver beautiful 16.0-megapixel photos and Full HD 1080p videos from a distance, even in low light. Capture outstanding photos and Full HD 1080p videos from a distance, even in low light, with the COOLPIX L820. Its superb 30x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens has both super-telephoto and wide-angle capabilities - zoom in for highly detailed closeups, or zoom out and bring the whole scene into the frame. A 16.0-megapixel low-light CMOS image sensor helps you shoot natural-looking, crisp photos at parties, weddings, concerts and more; and its ergonomic design features a larger grip and 3-inch LCD for maximum shooting comfort, speed and control. From family reunions to travel, you'll bring home amazing memories with ease.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Plum
- Resolution 16 megapixels
- 3D Technology Yes
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Total Pixels 16,790,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 16,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 30 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- AE/AF Control Face-priority AF
- Face Detection Face-priority AF function,
Blink Detection technology
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
- Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO auto (125-3200),
- Exposure Metering Center-weighted,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Black and white copy,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 4 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 30 x x Zoom lens - 4 mm - 120 mm - F/3.0-5.8
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 22.5 - 675 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 12 elements
- Features ED glass
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 19.7 ft : ISO auto ( Wide lens ),
5 ft - 19.7 ft : ISO auto ( Tele lens )
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Smart Portrait System,
Display brightness control,
Best Shot Selector (BSS),
Cropping an image,
Scene Auto Selector,
Exif Print support,
Motion Detection Technology,
1080p Full HD movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Composite video/audio output
- Software Nikon ViewNX 2
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Included Accessories Carrying strap,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 4 x AA Alkaline battery ( Included ),
4 x AA Lithium battery ( Optional ),
4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( Optional )
- Battery Life Details Photo shooting ( Alkaline batteries ),
Photo shooting ( Lithium batteries ),
Photo shooting ( NiMH batteries )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 4608 x 3456,
JPEG 3264 x 2448,
JPEG 2272 x 1704,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 4608 x 2592
- Video Capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080,
H.264 - 1920 x 1080,
H.264 - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 640 x 480,
H.264 - 320 x 240,
iFrame - 960 x 540
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.3 in
- Depth 3.3 in
- Height 3 in
- Weight 16.6 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 0 - 85% (non-condensing)
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
Specs: Full body,
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
Specs: Full body,
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
Specs: 16 megapixels,