Steve’s Digicams has posted their reviewed on Nikon Coolpix L1, 6.0-megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom, a large 2.5-inch LCD, and writes:
“I was fairly satisfied with the overall image quality when using 6-Megapixel Fine mode. The metering system had a tendency to overexpose outdoor images by about 1/2 EV, although colors were nicely saturated. The L1 does not provide an exposure compensation adjustment, so you’ll have to accept the camera’s automatic exposure setting. Sensitivity is also set automatically; no manual adjustment is provided. Noise levels were very low at ISO 50, while ISO 100 produced a slight amount of noise in shadow areas. At ISO 200, noise is noticeable throughout the image. Chromatic aberration, aka “purple fringing”, was very well controlled, with only very slight amounts present around highlights.
Our indoor portrait images were sharp, well exposed and the skin tones look very natural. You can include yourself in group portraits thanks to the tripod socket and self-timer. Beginners will find the Portrait Assist modes handy, offering help with shot composition for several types of situations. The AF system worked well when shooting in low light conditions despite the absence of a focus-assist lamp. Nikons unique “Face-priority AF” portrait mode had difficulty with frame-filling head shots, but was otherwise effective. The redeye reduction flash mode was also very effective, helped by both the pre-flash and the camera’s automatic Red Eye Fix feature.”