Nikon Coolpix L5

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (added on 20 March’07)

The Nikon coolpix camera is a 7.2 million effective pixels point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 5x optical zoom (38-190mm – 35mm equiv), Lens shift VR, Nikon’s Face Priority AF, 8MB internal memory, and a 2.5-inch LCD Screen. The camera is measuring in at 97 x 61 x 45 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 in), weighing at 170 g (6.0 oz) and running on Rechargeable NiMH battery EN-MH1 or 2x AA batteries.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 20.03.07)

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix L5 and writes;
“The Bottom Line. There’s no doubt that this new flagship model in Nikon’s L series of digital cameras has a lot going for it. With a 7.2-megapxiel CCD sensor and a Nikkor-branded 5x optical zoom (38-190mm in 35mm format) with the company’s lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction) technology, the Nikon Coolpix L5 is a very sophisticated camera for entry-level users. While the camera’s very limited manual control will frustrate all but the most beginning of users — along with its slow overall performance — the Nikon Coolpix L5 is an understated and stylish model that manages to cram a host of features into a relatively compact body. Features like D-Lighting exposure correction technology, a face-priority AF function, an in-camera red-eye function, and Nikon’s Best Shot Selector mode are worth the price of admission — in this case, as low as $200 at some online retailers — while the Nikon Coolpix L5’s one-touch portrait button is the icing on the cake for entry-level photographers.”

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix L5 and writes;
“I was very pleased with our 7M/Fine image quality results. Outdoors, there was no problem capturing beautiful photos with good exposure and rich colors. …The bottom line – Nikon’s Coolpix L5 is an appealing entry-level model. While suffering from poor shooting performance, like we have seen with all of the “L” series models, it does offer great image quality along with various high-end features. With a street price of US$249 or less, it offers an Ok value for a 7-megapixel digicam. If you liked the L5, but want a more compact model, be sure to check out our review of the 6-megapixel Coolpix L6, which can be had for about $50 less. “

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 (6/10) and write;
“I have to say I was not particularly impressed by the VR. Most optical or CCD-shift IS systems provide around 2 stops of extra stability when shooting at low shutter speeds, but I found that the VR system was very inconsistent, and shots just one stop below the recommended minimum hand-held speed were often blurred…The Nikon CoolPix L5 is something of a mixed bag. It offers a useful zoom range and resolution, easy handling and simple operation, but the slow performance, bulky appearance and poor image quality are significant disadvantages. There are better cameras available for not much more money.”

Megapixel have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 (Functionality: 8/10 | Photo Qualty: 8.8/10) and write;
“The Coolpix L5 is a camera that demands little from the photographer, and yet delivers a good image quality at the highest resolution and least compression. Most notably, exposures are usually flawless and the colour rendition is excellent, making it possible to print pictures out to the 10 x 7.5 inch size (25 x 18.75 cm) at 300 dpi. As with many compacts, the Nikon Coolpix L5 yields its best images when used in sunny weather, and priced as it is, it is clearly worthy of attention.”

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 and write;
“The L5 lens seemed to perform quite well at the telephoto end of the spectrum, with even sharpness across the image face. There was barrel distortion (images where straight lines would bow out from the center of the frame) present at the wide angle end and images here seemed a little soft to my eye at the edges. …The Nikon Coolpix L5 is a light compact camera with a bundle of nice features that offers novice shooters a quick and easy way to shoot digital photos under a wide variety of conditions with relative ease, as well as do some simple processing and image correction in-camera. The camera would benefit from an in-camera adjustment to sharpen the images somewhat.”

ComputerActive have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 and write;
“Good points: Features previously only found on more expensive Nikon compacts, 4x optical zoom, Can now be ‘snapped up’ for a street price under £200, making it seem pretty fair value for money. Bad points: Unimpressive battery life if using non-rechargeables, Slow to start up and get going, Small internal memory. Overall: The Nikon Coolpix L5 is a little slothful out of the starting blocks perhaps thanks in part to that longer zoom barrel. Nevertheless, it’s easy to use and takes decent photos under most conditions. As long as you don’t expect too much from this beginner’s camera, it’ll deliver.”

DCRP have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 and write;
“If you like automatic controls, then the L5 is your camera. Even the ISO sensitivity is automatic — and that’s not a good thing. If it’s manual controls you’re after, you’ll want to pass on the L5 for sure, as it has only one, and that’s for white balance. The camera does offer full set of scene modes, including several “assist” modes that go beyond the call of duty. There are help screens for each scene mode and menu option as well, so you’ll actually know what you’re adjusting. The D-Lighting feature is also quite handy, brightening up dark photos at the push of a button…Photo quality was a mixed bag. While the L5 took well-exposed photos with accurate colors, I found them to be soft, with fuzzy details. Since there’s no in-camera sharpness adjustment, there’s not much you can do about that, either. And, since the camera adjusts the ISO automatically, photos may be noisier than they need be, with the night shot serving as a fine example of that. As I mentioned before, redeye was not a problem in my testing.”

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 where they rate the camera 4/5 and write;
“And although there is noise visible in shadow areas, its level of intrusion is more than acceptable, given its price and the beginner market at which the L5 is pitched. Overall a better than expected performance from the Nikon Coolpix L5; although hardly class-leading overall, the beginner market should be more than happy with the results straight from the camera…The ability to access such hand-holding features as Face Priority AF at the touch of a button on the L5 rather than sift through screen menus is a bonus, but in truth otherwise there’s not much to choose between the two cameras. Although there are better designed and sleeker compacts out there offering similar specification and performance, the Nikon Coolpix L5 serves the point and shoot amateur market for which it’s intended, and is a more than acceptable marriage of price to build to performance.”

CNET have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L5 where they rate the camera 4/5 and write;
“Given the Nikon Coolpix L5’s horribly slow performance and its so-so image quality, it’s particularly difficult to recommend it, especially since Nikon’s own 6-megapixel Coolpix L6 provides better image quality, though similarly slow performance, at a lower price. Canon’s 6-megapixel PowerShot SD600, also in this price range, doesn’t have image stabilization but offers much better performance and image quality. Plus, if you like the idea of simple operation, all you have to do is leave the Canon in auto mode and you’ll still likely get better results than you would with this Nikon…The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix L5 mixes simple operation with a couple of cool features, but slow performance and iffy image quality make this camera a poor choice. “

Nikon Coolpix L5 User Reviews

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 20.03.07)

Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Nikon Coolpix L5 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog


Nikon Coolpix L5 Specifications (PDF)
Nikon Coolpix L5 Comparison Chart (PDF)


– Nikon Coolpix L5 User’s Manual in English & Spanish (PDF)


Nikon’s COOLPIX L5: quality and functionality combined for professional results

Amsterdam, the Netherlands:
Nikon Corporation is has unveiled the COOLPIX L5, the latest in their line-up of entry-level compact digital cameras, which offers extreme user-friendly operation without compromising quality of the end-product.

A generous 7.2 megapixels produces images with great picture clarity, which can be fully appreciated on the bright 2.5in LCD with backlight. The powerful, 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent) ensures matchless compositional freedom, from zooming in for intimate personal portraits to zooming out for expansive outdoor scenes. Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology allows the user to make the most of 5x zooming. While the dimensions of the model are surprisingly compact, it is usefully compatible with the universally-available AA size batteries.

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One Response to “Nikon Coolpix L5”

  1. Holy woman says:

    Hi! I have my Nikon L5 for almost 2 years, and about last 5 months I have problem with dark spot appearing on lower right part of the pictures. It does not appear always, looks like it depends of the angle of light . Also, I noticed thin circle next to center of lence (on grey surface) which can be shadow of tiny scratch on the outside glass of objective. Can anyone give me some advice? Can it be fixed? Thanks!

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