Last update (19 December’09):
- Review by About.com
Nikon Coolpix L20 is a 10.0 Megapixels compact digital camera features 3.6x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 38 – 136mm), EXPEED Image Processor, ISO 64-1600, Motion Detection, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face-Priority AF, Smile Mode, Blink Warning, D-Lighting and a 3.0-inch High-Resolution LCD. The camera measures 2.4 in. (61mm) x 3.8 in. (96.5mm) x 1.2 in. (29mm) and weighs approx 4.8 oz. (135g).
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Nikon Coolpix L20 Reviews
CameraLabs reviews the Nikon Coolpix L20 and writes;
“bottom line is the COOLPIX L20 delivers on its goal of taking good-looking photos with the absolute minimum of fuss – and crucially at a price that’s very affordable for a big-brand camera. If this is the kind of money you wany to spend on a camera, and you’re happiest shooting in fully automatic, then the COOLPIX L20 is a great choice..”
About.com reviews the Nikon Coolpix L20 and writes;
“the Coolpix L20 produces very good image quality, much better than most sub-$150 cameras. The automatic focus, exposure, and shutter speeds are accurate the vast majority of the time, producing sharp, bright photos. The L20 shoots good photos indoors, too, which often is an Achilles’ heel of bargain-priced digital cameras.”
MacWorld reviews the Nikon Coolpix L20 and writes;
“All in all, the Coolpix L20 is a very affordable camera that performed very well in our image tests. In terms of value, ease of use, and eye-catching looks, it’s one of the best bargain point-and-shoots we’ve seen so far in 2009.”
DPInterface reviews the Nikon Coolpix L20 and writes;
“the Coolpix L20 performs the best (image quality and performance wise) outdoors or at least, in places with good lighting. Otherwise, if you’re planning on shooting in low-light, expect the camera to take ages to focus, use very high ISO settings and produce mushy, low-detail photos.”
Cameras.uk reviews the Nikon Coolpix L20 and writes;
“L20 performs very well for a cheaper compact digital camera. Many of the photos I produced with it are above average. .. If you are looking for a cheaper digital camera that takes a good picture and is extremely easy to use then you cannot go far wrong with the Nikon Coolpix L20.”
Nikon Coolpix L20 Sample Photos
Nikon Coolpix L20 User Manual (PDF)
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Nikon Coolpix L20 Press Release
Nikon UK announces three new affordable, exciting COOLPIX cameras: the L100, L20 and the L19. All three are packed with high-quality features that make taking photographs a joy, without stretching the budget.
With superb quality NIKKOR lenses, these cameras are both easy to carry and easy to use and include features such as Scene Auto selector, Smile Mode and Blink Warning – making great images possible for everyone.
Mark Pekelharing, Product Manager Consumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V: “Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a camera. With these three new cameras, you get the best of both worlds: quality imaging with many exciting features, and all at an affordable price.”
Enjoy your photography
The L100 boasts 10 effective megapixels, Nikon’s EXPEED digital image processing system for high performance and a 15x zoom NIKKOR lens covering a wide-angle 28mm to super-telephoto 420mm (35mm-format equivalent) – you know you’re going to capture almost any scene in detail. Put it in macro mode, and you can even capture objects from as close up as 1 cm. With four anti-blur features, including Image Sensor Shift VR image stabilisation, you can rest assured that it’s also going to be in focus.
You will also appreciate the L100 if you enjoy sports photography, as the L100’s Sports Continuous Mode allows up to 13 fps. Scene Auto Selector automatically adjusts the settings to suit the scene. Smile Mode takes the picture when your subject looks his or her best whilst Blink Warning warns you when your subjects have their eyes closed. Other features include In-Camera Red-Eye Fix for beautiful portraits, D-Lighting for in-camera image enhancement, 15 Scene Modes, movies with sound, and Active Zoom, amongst others.
With a sensitivity range up to ISO 3200, problems images in poor lighting are a thing of the past. This is further enhanced by the camera’s Motion Detection system, which detects camera shake or subject movement during shooting, automatically selecting a faster shutter speed and higher ISO sensitivity.
Easy does it
The L20 and L19 (10 and 8 effective MP respectively) have several features that ensure smooth and comfortable shooting, such as Full-Auto Mode, Scene Auto Selector, Smile Mode and Blink Warning. Power them with two AA-size batteries that are available anywhere, and you’ll never miss a shot. Large buttons and controls, and a 3-inch and 2.7-inch LCD monitor on the L20 and L19 respectively, improve operational ease.
Both cameras record movies and a special new feature for both is the Scene Auto Selector. This automatically judges a scene by its subject and surrounding conditions and chooses the best setting. Now you won’t have to worry about the mode-setting procedure and you will always be ready for speedy, smooth shooting. The L20 is available in black metallic and deep red, the L19 in bright silver or shiny pink.
Taking great pictures with a great looking camera is easy, and very affordable.
The L100, L20 and L19 come with a strap, AA-batteries, USB and audio/video cables, and the COOLPIX software suite. All cameras come with 2GB free online image storage at Nikon’s my Picturetown service on mypicturetown.
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