Nikon Coolpix L2 – Review Roundup and Sample Photos

Last update: Review & Sample Photos at ImagingResource (Added on 27.07.06)

Nikon Coolpix L2 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3.5x optical zoom lens (36-126mm equivalent), a 2.0″ LCD screen, measuring approx. 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in. (92 x 61 x 31mm), weighing 170g (5.9 oz.), and it’s running on two AA-type Batteries. Nikon Coolpix L2 will be available in stores from march 2006 at $249.95 USD.

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>> REVIEWS (last update: 27.07.06)

ImagingResource reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“With the Nikon Coolpix L2, we found that it had enough resolution to make crisp 8×10 inch prints. At 11×14, its prints were a bit softer, but more than adequate for wall or table display, though the softness in the corners does indeed show up at this size. ISO 200 photos look OK printed at 8×10 inches, but it’s not until 5×7 that it ceases to matter. Color-wise, the Nikon Coolpix L2′s images looked great when printed on the iP5200, with bright, vibrant color. Users who prefer more subdued, technically accurate color saturation levels may find the Nikon L2′s images a little too bright, but the target market will like the Nikon L2′s colorful images.”

CamerasUK reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“When the Coolpix L2 is on form it is capable of producing very good photos. The best example of this was my first outdoor shot of boats on the river. Looking at the building in the background the brickwork is in sharp focus and the tiles on the roof are also handled better than a number of other cameras have managed. What I like most about this picture is the colour and lighting. The combination of those two factors helps to bring the photo to life..”

CNET reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“Despite the Coolpix L2′s simplicity, image quality is surprisingly good. Shots have pleasing colors, although automatic white balance bleaches beige walls and curtains white. Test images are mostly sharp and crisp. The Nikon L2 has solid macro capabilities, although it’s tricky to get the subject in focus; at wide angles, the camera is frequently unable to focus. We noticed occasional purple halos along high-contrast edges, but the camera did a decent job of preserving highlights and shadows.”

Photoxels reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“We find the overall image quality of the Nikon L2 to be good to very good. Multi-Pattern metering is precise and images have good detail and reproduce with pleasant colours. The Nikon L2 lacks low-light capabilities and is recommended for well-lit well-lit ourdoors shots…Overall, good image to very good quality for a 6.0MP digital camera. Colours are very good. The Nikon Coolpix L2 makes it easy for a beginner to obtain very good images in well-lit situations.”

DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“I was impressed with the image quality. Colors were accurate and skin tones looked good and weren’t too warm or reddish….
If you’re in the market for a simple to use, affordable camera, the Nikon Coolpix L2 is an excellent option (as are its siblings, the Coolpix L3 and Coolpix L4). The ease of use of this camera is hard to beat and it produces consistently good images. Most entry-level users will also be pleased with the Nikon Exclusive Feature System – the Face Priority AF makes focusing a portrait a no brainer and the D-Lighting will correct the lighting on shots to provide pleasing results. “

Megapixel reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“Image quality was pleasing for a 6-megapixel consumer model. The majority of our sample images were sharp and showed good color saturation. Outdoors, it captured nice images with proper exposure and beautiful sky detail. saw very little noise when the camera was using a lower ISO setting, but as with most consumer models, these levels will become more noticeable as the sensitivity is increased. It exhibited noticeable barrel distortion at full wide angle, but relatively no pincushioning at the telephoto end. Chromatic aberration, also known as “purple fringing”, was very well controlled, with only very slight amounts present around highlights or brightly lit subjects.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 and wrote;
“Image quality was pleasing for a 6-megapixel consumer model. The majority of our sample images were sharp and showed good color saturation. Outdoors, it captured nice images with proper exposure and beautiful sky detail. saw very little noise when the camera was using a lower ISO setting, but as with most consumer models, these levels will become more noticeable as the sensitivity is increased. It exhibited noticeable barrel distortion at full wide angle, but relatively no pincushioning at the telephoto end. Chromatic aberration, also known as “purple fringing”, was very well controlled, with only very slight amounts present around highlights or brightly lit subjects.”

>> SAMPLE IMAGES (last update: 27.07.06)

- Nikon Coolpix L2 Sample Pictures @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix L2 Sample Pictures @ CamerasUK
- Nikon Coolpix L2 Sample Pictures @ Megapixel
- Nikon Coolpix L2 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams


>> PRESS RELEASE

The Nikon COOLPIX family of digital cameras is pleased to announce the addition of three new cameras in its L, or Life, series. The Nikon COOLPIX L2, L3 and L4 combine high-quality design and construction with easy to use features available at affordable prices. All three cameras boast a sharp 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, a big, bright 2.0-inch LCD and lightweight, compact body style (slimmest in it’s class with AA-type batteries) while offering high resolution of 6.0 effective megapixels for the COOLPIX L2, 5.1 effective megapixels for the COOLPIX L3 and 4.0 effective megapixels for the COOLPIX L4.

“ The COOLPIX L-series cameras are ideal for entry-level to intermediate users who are looking for easy to use, beautifully designed cameras,” says Bill Giordano, General Manager of Consumer Product Marketing for Nikon, Inc. “Each of these cameras feature Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, which helps users improve their images in-camera. With these attractive price points and easy operability, anyone can take better pictures right out of the box.”

Nikon has developed the L Series with the snapshot consumer in mind and created well-featured cameras that can easily turn those snapshots into lasting memories. Unique to COOLPIX digital cameras, and now for the first time available throughout the line-up, is Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, which gives users the power to automatically improve recorded images in-camera. This combination of in-camera features provides a quick, easy and seamless answer to dark pictures, blurry or out-of-focus shots and red eyes. The system includes:

• In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: automatically detects and corrects red eye, a common condition that occurs in flash photography. You may never see red eye again.
• Face-Priority AF*: automatically finds and focuses on a persons face within the frame, providing sharp focus to produce clear, crisp portraits wherever the subject is positioned in the frame.
• D-Lighting: selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail where necessary.
• Blur Warning: alerts the user that a shot has resulted in a blurry picture allowing for it to be retaken before leaving the scene.
• Best Shot Selector (BSS): automatically identifies and saves the sharpest shot from ten sequential shots.

Additionally, the L Series cameras include handy features such as, TV Quality Move Mode** function (recording movies at up to 30fps with sound on the L2 and L3), Single and Continuous AF, Choice of White Balance and Noise Reduction to ensure better color reproduction in darker lighting conditions.

The COOLPIX L2, L3 and L4 all have a streamlined, easy to carry design that features a smooth, stylish finish and a curved grip that contributes to both design elegance and shooting stability. Adding to the cameras’ convenient portability, all of L-series models are AA-size battery and SD memory card compatible, with 32 MB of internal memory for the L2 and L3 and 16MB for the L4. If the user is unsure of which camera setting to use, the on-camera Help button can be pressed to display simple explanations for functions in the main menu. Each camera is packaged with a complimentary copy of Nikon’s PictureProject Software.

The big, bright, easy-to-view 2.0-inch LCD features new icons, function selection and color scheme and a choice of 15 Scene Modes – including four with Scene Assist, which displays useful framing guides in the monitor helping the user to compose the shot with optimal results – providing users with the ability to achieve crisp, clear images in a variety of situations such as Beach/Snow, Fireworks, Museum, Party/Indoor and more.

The COOLPIX L2 and L3 will be available in late February 2006 with MSRP’s of $199.95 for the L3 and $249.95 for the L2. The COOLPIX L4 will be available in March 2006 with an MSRP of $149.95. For more information about the L-series cameras and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikondigital.com.

*Face-recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.
** COOLPIX L4 does not record sound in the Movie Mode.


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