Nikon Coolpix L3 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Last Update: Review by ComputerActive (16.11.06)

Nikon Coolpix L3 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 5.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a 2.0″ LCD screen, measuring approx. 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in (91 x 60.5 x 26mm), weighing 4.2 oz (120g), and it’s running on two AA-type Batteries. Nikon Coolpix L3 will be available in stores from march 2006 at $199.95 USD.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 16.11.06)

ComputerActive reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L3 where they rated the camera 3/5 and wrote;
“Good Points: Face Priority AF technology, Screen menus and functions easy to use, Good value for money. Bad Points: Plastic look and feel to the camera body, Without flash, underexposure and image blur is an issue. Overall: Although a little slow to power up and its insistence to use flash when not always needed, the Nikon Coolpix L3 is simple to use and can be found online for a price that dispels some of our concerns. “

CamerasUK reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L3 and wrote;
“Ease of use is certainly a strong point. All the key controls can be found on the back of the camera. These cover features such as flash, zoom deleting images and the self timer. The menu system is as easy to use as any you are likely to find. This is helped by the fact help text is available for different menu options….The Nikon Coolpix L3 scores very highly for ease of use. I was also impressed by the sharpness of the outdoor photos I was able to take. There are a couple of key weaknesses though. These are where the camera struggles in lowlight and severe shutter lag. “

Imaging Resource reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L3 and wrote;
“image quality on the Nikon L3 under adequately lit conditions is excellent. The camera also showed great dynamic range for an entry-level model. Though it was loud and not a particularly fast zoomer (as mentioned earlier), the 3x Zoom-Nikkor (38-116mm, in 35mm format) had good overall sharpness…The camera is a bit on the slow side, however, lagging behind some of its competitors in shot to shot speed and overall shutter response…So overall the Nikon Coolpix L3 is a mixed bag with enough good qualities to warrant a modest recommendation, but enough cons to keep it off the Dave’s Picks list.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L3 and wrote;
“The overall image quality of its 5-megapixel Fine mode was very good. Our outdoor samples were sharp, well exposed and had pleasing color saturation. The exposure system did a great job of capturing sky detail, which will make your outdoor landscape shots look awesome. Like we saw on the L1 from last year, ISO sensitivity is fully automatic; there’s no manual adjustment available.Its Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens offers the typical amount of versatility when composing your shots, and covers a 35mm equivalent range of approx. 38 – 116mm. Though it favors the telephoto end of the zoom range, the 38mm wide angle extreme will be sufficient for most indoor shooting as well as landscapes. Chromatic aberration, also known as “purple fringing”, was very well controlled, with only very slight amounts present around highlights or brightly lit subjects.”

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>> SAMPLE IMAGES (last update: 14.09.06)

Nikon Coolpix L3 Sample Pictures @ CamerasUK
Nikon Coolpix L3 Sample Pictures @ ImagingResource
Nikon Coolpix L3 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams


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.

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