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Nikon Coolpix L4 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 4 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a 2.0″ LCD screen, measuring approx. 3.4 x 2.4 x 1.4 in (86.5 x 60.5 x 34.5mm), weighing 4.1 oz (115g), and it’s running on two AA-type Batteries. Nikon Coolpix L4 will be available in stores from march 2006 at $149.95 USD.
>> REVIEWS (last update: 07.09.06)
Imaging Resource reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L4 and wrote;
“While I understand Nikon is aiming this camera at novice and first-time users who might not want much manual control, some flexibility would be appreciated especially considering that many competing models not only offer manual ISO control these days, but even Shutter and Aperture Priority in their entry-level models. The Nikon Coolpix L4 is a mixed bag with enough good qualities to warrant a modest recommendation, but with the qualification that you only expect 4×6 images out of it, 5×7 max. If that’s all you ever print, you should be reasonably happy with the L4 in daylight or close-range flash conditions indoors. Otherwise, Nikon does have better cameras to choose from, with the sweet spot being the L3.”
CNET reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L4 and wrote;
“Performance was a bit sluggish, but in good lighting, the L4 is still quite usable. After an irritating 4.5 seconds to start up and capture its first image, the L4 can snap off an image every 2.9 seconds. With the onboard flash enabled, the rate slows to 4.4 seconds. Shutter lag is a decent 0.9 second in adequate lighting but a disappointing 2 seconds under dim light.”
CamerasUK reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L4 and wrote;
“In fact I was very pleased with most of the outdoor photos. Taking into account the price of the camera the Coolpix L4 is able to take a very sharp photo. In terms of sharpness it is better than many more expensive cameras. Moving indoors the camera struggles to focus. This is fairly typical of many cameras in this price bracket. This is a shame as the Coolpix L4 is one of the few smaller digital cameras to produce an indoor portrait that was not blighted by red eye. “
PCMag reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L4 and wrote;
“In our PC Magazine Labs testing, the daylight still shots revealed a small amount of noise, but the image was mostly free of both colored and noncolored noise. There was some fringing, however, somewhat more than what the Editors’ Choice, the HP Photosmart R817, displayed. Overall, the daylight exposure produced better detail and color than with the R817, but the contrast was a little too strong. For a 4MP camera, the L4 scored very well on our resolution test, with an average of 1,250 lines of resolution. “
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L4 and wrote;
“The overall image quality of its 4-megapixel High quality 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, although whites were sometimes blown-out in bright sunlight. Like the other members of Nikon’s L-series, ISO sensitivity is fully automatic; there’s no manual adjustment available. I 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. The lens exhibited noticeable barrel distortion at full wide angle, but essentially 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 PICTURES (last update: 07.09.06)
>> 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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