Nikon Coolpix L6

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (added on 16 March’07)

Nikon Coolpix L6 is a slim & lightweight point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 24.08.06) featuring 6.0 effective megapixels, 3.1x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 mm – 116 mm), 15 scene modes, and a 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 91 x 61 x 26 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1 in), weighing around 175 g (6.2 oz) and running on 2 AA batteries. The Nikon Coolpix L6 should be available from September 2006 for around $200 USD.


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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 16.03.07)

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix L6 and writes;
“Where the Nikon Coolpix L6 disappointed me was in its image quality. Along with consistently blowing out highlights and producing color that lacked punch in all but the softest of lighting circumstances, the Coolpix L6 struggled in low light with its extremely inflexible and erratic ISO settings. I had a tough time capturing any decent shots in low light with the Nikon Coolpix L6 without turning on the flash. Also, many of my shots, particularly close-ups in the Macro mode, suffered from motion blur. So while there’s a lot that I liked about the Nikon Coolpix L6′s looks and operation, its image quality issues prevent me from making it a Dave’s Pick.”

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix L6 and writes;
“The movie mode is also good, shooting at 640 x 480 resolution and 30 frames a second, with mono audio. As is often the case the zoom lens cannot be used during video shooting, but it has 4x digital zoom for the video mode…The Nikon CoolPix L6 is a well-made, sensibly designed pocket compact that would be ideal for holiday snaps or general snapshot photography. Its exceptional battery duration means that it won’t let you down when you need it, and the excellent image quality means you won’t be disappointed by the results. If you can live with the slow performance and lack of low-light ability then it is excellent value for money.”

Steve’Digicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix L6 and writes;
“The L6′s ergonomics are good, Nikon’s “L” series models are very compact, and can be tucked away in almost any size pants pocket or handbag. The enlarged handgrip helps ensure a secure grip while shooting one-handed…The bottom line – Nikon’s Coolpix L6 is a mixed bag. While this model does offer great image quality and some very appealing features, it is disappointing with its overall sluggish shooting performance. At about US$199 or less, it does offer a good value, as long as you don’t plan on capturing fast moving subjects (like kids running through the house.) If you like the L6 but would like a bit more resolution and a broader zoom range, then be sure to check out our review of its 7-megapixel brother the Coolpix L5.”

PhotoReview has reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L6 and writes;
“Pictures from the test camera showed the typical elevated contrast and saturation of most digicams and outdoor shots had a slight warm cast. The higher contrast caused highlights to block up in shots taken in bright sunlight. Although it created an illusion of sharpness in most shots, Imatest showed overall resolution to be slightly below expectations and revealed detectable edge softening. Slight barrel distortion was found at the wider angles of view…The Coolpix L6 took 2.5 seconds to power up and shot-to-shot times without flash averaged 2.3 seconds. With flash, shot-to-shot times slowed to between eight and 10 seconds! We measured an average capture lag of 0.6 seconds but shutter lag was negligible with pre-focusing. The continuous shooting mode recorded shots at two frames/second. The battery were still going strong at the end of our tests.”

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L6 where they rate the camera 6.2/10 (good) and write;
“Images are generally very good to excellent with sharp resolution and lots of snap (although some very minor pattern noise is visible in shadow areas). ISO 50/100 images are consistently excellent with very good detail and virtually no noise. ISO 200 images are surprisingly good, essentially the same as lower ISO sensitivity images…Overall, I’m very impressed with the Nikon Coolpix L6 – the camera is clearly designed to appeal to a specific target audience and it does a very good job of meeting the needs of that demographic. The camera is very user friendly and it consistently delivers surprisingly good images. It’s an excellent choice for busy folks and casual photographers who want a camera that’s compact enough to drop in a pocket and take along everywhere they go, tough enough to stand up to the rigors of modern life, cheap enough to be a real bargain, and if all that’s not enough, the L6 has the best battery life of any digicam in its class. I wouldn’t buy an L6 for me – but I would seriously consider buying one for my wife (who is a lifetime member of the L6′s target audience).”

CNET have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L6 where they rate the camera 6.2/10 (good) and write;
“With adequate light, the Coolpix L6 can make some pleasing images. Most casual snapshooters will probably really like them. We did notice some fringing but also saw tons of fine detail and were pleased with the camera’s accurate exposures. The automatic white balance did an admirable job of serving up nearly neutral images with our lab’s tungsten lights…The bottom line: The Coolpix L6 doesn’t offer much control and is quite slow, but in good light, it can take nice photos. “

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 16.03.07)

- Nikon Coolpix L6 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix L6 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Nikon Coolpix L6 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams


Nikon releases the COOLPIX L6: a quality, compact digital camera with simple operation and world-leading 1,000-shot performance

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX L6. A digital compact camera offering powerful imaging performance, easy operation and outstanding battery life, the COOLPIX L6 allows users to shoot with greater confidence for better-looking results.

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Comment by BoggyWoggy
2007-04-23 23:51:22

I love my camera. My favorite feature, outside of the fact that I got it for under $200, is the digital video. It can record up to 29 minutes at a pop! The picture is clear and the sound is OK. Great for taking to school sporting events!


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