Nikon Coolpix L12

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (4 September’07)

The Nikon Coolpix S50C (announced 20 February’07) is a 7.1 million effective pixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom (35m equivalent: 35-105mm) with Vibration Reduction (VR), ISO setting 50-1600, PictBridge, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera measures 91 x 61 x 26 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1 in), weighs 175 g (6.2 oz) and it runs on AA (2) batteries.

OverallRating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Nikon Coolpix L12 Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“Macro mode is one of the hallmarks of the Coolpix line. Focus was hard to fix in Macro mode, but when I was able to do it, I had some fun. The stick shift is one example, the flower shots are more. Our Test Shots shot how well the L12 does with the flash in Macro mode, too. Surprisingly well. Macro really adds another dimension to the fun of owning a Nikon Coolpix, no matter your age.”
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DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“Camera performance was mixed. The camera’s startup, autofocus, and shutter lag speeds were about average. The camera had great difficulty focusing in low light situations, despite having an AF-assist lamp. Shot-to-shot speeds are okay if you’re not using the flash, but if you are, be prepared to wait up to five seconds before you can take another picture. The camera’s continuous shooting mode was decent, and battery life is above average if you put in some powerful NiMH batteries. ”
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Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“Image quality is good and there are plenty of scene modes (15 in all) to play with to help on more challenging situations. Shame though, there’s no proper manual control. Overall however, L12 is plagued by its sluggish performance and the lack of control over the ISO settings, which almost completely wipes out the benefit of VR. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Cameras.UK reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“Ease of use rating: Very Good – There isn’t much you should struggle with when using the Coolpix L12…The Nikon Coolpix L12 is a relatively inexpensive digital camera. The results of my tests suggest it is one of the better starter digital cameras on the market. I was particularly impressed with the sharpness of the photos. This camera has fewer features than similar models and this helps to make it easy to use. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“The bottom line – the Nikon Coolpix L12 is an average 7-megapixel compact digicam. While it does offer good image quality and plenty of useful features, the slow flash recharge time (which also effects shooting performance) and horrible noise in “Anti-Shake” mode really effect its overall curb appeal. With a price tag of US$199 or less, I feel the L12 only offers an Ok value for a 7-megapixel consumer model.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“Even though it includes features I was surprised to see on a budget camera, the Nikon Coolpix L12 simply has too many problems for me to recommend it. While face detection and optical image stabilization are both very nice, they can’t make up for the camera’s slow shooting, painfully long flash recycle time, and inconsistent low-light shots. If you want an affordable camera with more options, consider the much more flexible Samsung S850 or Canon PowerShot A630. If you simply want an easy-to-use, reliable camera, consider the Sony CyberShot DSC-W55.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Nikon Coolpix L12 and writes;
“Outdoors, the L12′s images are highly saturated with slightly hard default contrast – reds and blues are especially bold. Images are hue accurate with little or no noise in well-lit low ISO scenes. Noise rises noticeably in dim/low light shots (as sensitivity is automatically increased). Overall, the L12’s noise levels are slightly higher than average. Resolution (sharpness) is about average, but corners are a bit soft (especially at the maximum aperture). I did notice some minor blotching (chroma noise) in a couple of images with lots of blue sky.”
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Nikon Coolpix L12 Samples

- Nikon Coolpix L12 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix L12 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Nikon Coolpix L12 Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
- Nikon Coolpix L12 Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK
- Nikon Coolpix L12 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Nikon Coolpix L12 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview

Nikon Coolpix L12 User Manuals (PDF)

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- Download Nikon Coolpix L12 User Manual (English – PDF: 5.6MB)
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Nikon Coolpix L12 Press Release

MELVILLE, NY (February 19, 2007) — Nikon is pleased to introduce three new L or “Life” Series cameras to the award winning COOLPIX family. Designed with the casual snap-shooter in mind, the Nikon COOLPIX L10, L11 and L12 combine high-quality design and construction with user-friendly features at affordable prices. All three cameras sport a sharp 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, a big, bright LCD and a lightweight, ultra-portable body style. Additionally, each of the new L series cameras boast impressive battery life, and a higher light sensitivity, which makes it easy to produce better pictures in low light situations.

“Nikon’s new L-series cameras represent an exceptional value to the consumer, as they are full-featured, easy-to-use and affordable,” says Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “With the introduction of these L-Series cameras, Nikon is making it extremely easy for consumers, who might be new to digital photography, to capture great pictures easily, right out of the box.”

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