Nikon Coolpix L100

Last update (24 January’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCI

Nikon Coolpix L100 is a 10 megapixels digital camera features 15x Optical Wide-Angle (28-420mm) Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens, XPEED image processor, 4-Way VR Image Stabilization, Sports Continuous Scene Mode for shooting at up to 13 fps, Nikon’s Smart Portrait System and a Bright 3.0-inch High-Resolution LCD. The camera measures Height: 2.8 in. (72.2mm) x Width: 4.3 in. (109.7mm) x Depth: 3.0 in. (78.1mm), weighs 12.5 oz. (355g) and running on 4 AA-Alkaline batteries.
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L100 Reviews

DCI reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“If all you want to do is to take snapshots, the L100 will work well. It is simple to use, takes reasonable quality pictures and has a good long zoom lens. But if you ever think that you will want to step beyond snapshots, the L100 just won’t cut it. The image quality means that photos won’t look good if you want to produce large prints or crop in on photos…”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“This camera is simple to use and is really a point and shoot camera with a long lens thrown in. Picture quality is inline with that achieved by more basic cameras, rather than more advanced super zoom cameras.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“Against the P90 it wins the battle on price, but in terms of control, the P90 is the clear favourite. Buy the L100 if all you want is a long zoom range with full automation — just don’t expect the camera to be able to grow with you.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The good: Comfortable design; reliable auto features; cheap. The bad: Uneven, soft photos; almost no control over ISO; cannot use rechargeable batteries. The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix L100 is a decent entry-level megazoom. Just don’t look too closely at the photos and stock up on AA batteries.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix L100 produced images of good quality during the review, particularly outdoors in bright light, where it did not usually resort to using high ISO values. In less light, it would often increase the sensitivity in order to keep the shutter speed high, which resulted in a loss of image quality due to noise and noise reduction.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“ISO100 is a nicely detailed image although I’m sorry to say that noise is coming through on the grey area at this level. Disappointingly, ISO200 has aggressive noise for such a low setting with white flecks littering the area and coloured blobs settling in for the night.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

NeoCamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“Image quality can be good under ideal conditions, good bright light mostly. Speed is rather good as well. Higher sensitivities suffer from destructive processing, so ISO has to be kept low to keep the L100 happy.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“It is well made, sensibly designed, small enough to be readily portable, and takes very good snapshot pictures in almost all situations. It is a bit expensive compared to some possible rivals, but it is a very likeable little camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix L100 is the top model in Nikon’s “Life” range of easy to use snappers. Like the recently tested L19, it is indeed very easy to use and capable of excellent results at lower ISOs and it sports a very crisp, versatile 15x wide zoom lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“Despite being a very automatic camera, the Nikkon CoolPix L100 has left us with a good impression overall. We think it’s a good model to consider if you want a camera with a big zoom that’s also very simple to operate.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“pictures taken with the test camera were similar to those from the Coolpix P90 and showed restrained saturation and reasonably lifelike colours. Although the resolutions recorded in our Imatest tests were lower than those for the P90… “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix L100’s lack of manual ISO adjustment spoils what is otherwise a rather good low-cost superzoom. We also wish Nikon had spent slightly more money on the LCD. The L100 shows a lot of promise, but it’s not there yet”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Great Beginner Camera by Lorissa | Rating: ★★★★☆
The Nikon L100 is a great beginner camera for ppl who can’t afford the higher quality cameras. Or for those ppl interested in making photography a carrier (like myself) I bought the Nikon L100 4 my birthday last month to replace an $80 piece-o-s*** that broke when I dropped it during a photo shoot with a few of my friends, and so far, I’m happy with this Nikon model. It takes killer images when I use the zoom, and beautiful detailed pictures of flowers and other random small things. The bad thing about this camera, is its stubbornness with rechargeable batteries! The batteries the camera came with lasted me 2 1/2 hours max, the rechargeables I bought always show the ‘half empty’ icon on the Nikon’s screen, and then dies after an hour or so (if I’m lucky!) I’ve learned that I need several ‘backup’ sets of batteries. Thankfully I was able to find a portable charger and rechargeable batteries on sale. So if you decide to buy this camera, buy at the least 12 extra rechargeable batteries to carry around with you.

The most amazing camera by Amanda | Rating: ★★★★★
This is the most amazing camera I have ever owned, I was debating whether I wanted to get a camera of this size because I thought it might make me hesitate bringing it places but it was completely worth it. This camera takes the most amazing pictures, great zoom, focus, and brings out amazing light in every shot. I couldn’t be happier.

Recommended! by Jeffrey | Rating: ★★★★★
A very easy to use inexpensive digital camera. You are not inundated with features you will never use. The 15x optical zoom is the reason we purchased, since most lightweight alternatives are between 3x and 5x. Would recommend to anyone.

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Nikon Coolpix L100 Samples

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Nikon Coolpix L100 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon Coolpix L100 Press Release

Image Sensor Type

Sensor Size
1/2.33 in.

Total Pixels
10.7 million

Effective Pixels
10.0 million

Image Area (pixels)
3648 x 2736(10M)
2592 x 1944(5M)
2048 x 1536(3M)
1024 x 768(PC)
640 x 480(TV)
3584 x 2016 (16:9: 3584), 1920 x 1080 (16:9: 1920)(16:9)

LCD Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal

LCD Monitor Type

LCD Monitor Resolution
230,000 Dots

Lowest ISO Sensitivity

Highest ISO Sensitivity

Storage Media

Internal Memory
Approx. 44MB

Image Stabilization

Movie Modes
Movie with sound
TV movie (640×480), Small size (320×240)

Hi-speed USB

Lens Zoom

Lens Specification
15x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens, f3.5 – f5.4

Focus Range
Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50cm) to infinity; Macro close-up mode: 0.4 in. (1cm) to infinity.

Exposure Modes
Scene Auto Selector

Scene Modes
Night Portrait
Night Landscape
Fireworks Show
Close Up
Back Light
Panorama Assist

Battery Type
4-AA Alkaline or Lithium

AC Adapter
EH-67 AC Adapter

Battery Life (shots per charge)
AA Lithium: 900 shots

Approx. Dimensions
Height: 2.8 in. (72.2mm)
Width: 4.3 in. (109.7mm)
Depth: 3.0 in. (78.1mm)

Approx. Weight
12.5 oz. (355g)

Face Detection (up to 12 faces can be detected), Scene Auto Selector (camera automatically changes up to 6 scene modes to match scene), Motion Detection (camera detects camera shake or subject movement and makes adjustments reduce image blur), Smile Timer and Blink Warning (camera detects up to 3 smiles and automatically fires shutter while warning you if one or more subjects has blinked).

Supplied Software
Software Suite CD-ROM

Supplied Accessories
4 AA-Alkaline batteries
USB Cable UC-E6
Audio/Video Cable EG-CP14
Strap AN-CP18
Lens Cap LC-CP20
Software Suite for COOLPIX CD-ROM

41 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix L100”

  1. be says:

    i like nikon l100

  2. The Nikon L100 is a great beginner camera for ppl who can’t afford the higher quality cameras. Or for those ppl interested in making photography a carrier (like myself) I bought the Nikon L100 4 my birthday last month to replace an $80 piece-o-s*** that broke when I dropped it during a photo shoot with a few of my friends, and so far, I’m happy with this Nikon model. It takes killer images when I use the zoom, and beautiful detailed pictures of flowers and other random small things. The bad thing about this camera, is its stubbornness with rechargeable batteries! The batteries the camera came with lasted me 2 1/2 hours max, the rechargeables I bought always show the ‘half empty’ icon on the Nikon’s screen, and then dies after an hour or so (if I’m lucky!) I’ve learned that I need several ‘backup’ sets of batteries. Thankfully I was able to find a portable charger and rechargeable batteries on sale. So if you decide to buy this camera, buy at the least 12 extra rechargeable batteries to carry around with you.


  3. chrisssy says:

    your not supposed to use rechargable, thats probably why it makes the half empty sign. lithium batteries work best. so just get lots of AA batteries.

  4. brittany says:

    i have had nothing but bad luck with the nikon l100, within 2 months ive had to have the motherboard and zoom lens replaced. It does not accept rechargeables, until the firmware update later this summer. i can not get good pictures indoors, otherwise, outdoor in ultra bright light i get maazing results. The zoom is good but macro is not. It goes in focus, you go to snap the photo and before it snaps it goes outta focus and then takes the photo…goes outta focus before it even attempts to take the photo. over all….id sell it…id never buy a nikon again….they lost my buisness…

  5. Ravi R Kumar says:

    I have bought this camera 2 months earlier and I found this amazing performer. The good thing about this camera is it’s zoom feature with macro mode, gives excellent shots. And the second best thing is I have captured around 400 images with once charged battery. Easy to handle and lots of feature included.

  6. Mithun says:

    I have purchased the camera 2 wks back, the sales man gave me 4 NimH batteries and charger i was so happy with that, but when i started using it, i found that i cannot use NimH battery.disappointed…

    But yesterday i could download new firmware which supports NimH battery, now i am able to use NimH rechargable battery.

    It would be grt if Nikon could add manual focus, like many of the canon powershot’s.

    earlier io had a canon powershot A630, i was very happy with that, coz it had a manual focus, i could take excellet macro pics, it was grt as if we had taken it with SLR camera.

    But Collpix L100 is really disappointed me in this case.

    I will never buy a Nikon camera unless its a SLR.

    It will be grt if nikon can update the firmware by adding manual focus, am not sure whether this can be done….

    Guys go for canon Sx110 IS, which is better than Coolpix L100,

  7. Jill Madgally says:

    I love this camera. I wanted a higher end camera but didn’t feel it was worth spending over $1,000 for the top of the line type. I’m very amature and could see myself breaking an expensive one. I got this one for a very good deal and it works great. I can zoom in on things and the clarity of the picture is wonderful. I use rechargable batteries in this camera only. I have seen reviews everywhere saying you can’t use them, the place I got them at said it too. When the ones that came with it ran out I figured I would try them, I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t work and they did. I have been using them for awhile now. I hope it’s not lessing the life of the camera but I paid so little for it I could just buy a new one if so. Would be worth it.

  8. Ronald says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am Ronald, I too recently purchased Nikon L100, recently. well it does not accept rechargeable batteries, and indoor shooting at home with tube light is pathetic, I would be great full if you could suggest some tips.

    I am Bangalore.

  9. Mithun george says:

    Hi Ronald, I am Mithun George from Bangalore,

    Just visit Nikon web now, They have updated new firmware version for Nikon coolpix L100, You can download it from the site and update your camera.

    With this you can start using NiMH rechargable batteries.

  10. Yes I know that now. It sucks, but I’ve been buying non-rechargeable batteries since I posted this. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky enough 2 find some really nice sales on em, so I just gotta work extra hours 2 make more money just 4 batteries. My Pop calls it ‘The Bat Fund’ lol


  11. Tracy S says:

    Very disappointed. The easy mode is terrible and it takes awful indoor pictures. The worst ever is that it can not use rechargeable batteries. It is worth it in the long run to buy a camera that takes rechargeable batteries because you will save so much more money. I didn’t know this and now I am so upset that I bought this stupid camera.

  12. There is a no FIRMWARE version that allows for rechargeable batteries
    See NIKONs download area….and it seems that it must create better battery economy…as some reviews have said the battery life is good.??

  13. Phay M says:

    I recently purchased this camera because I am an aspiring Photographer trying to create my portfolio. So far, I am completely satisfied with the L100. Granted it is not as sophisticated as the D90 but what it lacks in control it makes up with amazing snap shot capability. I have both cameras now and I find myself taking the L100 to more of my outdoor shoots then I do the D90. Overall an amazing high tech yet simple camera. Well done Nikon.

  14. Karl says:

    I have the L100 and the book has two places it talks about using rechargeable batteries. I am using the long lasting rechargeable’s and they work just fine! My batteries are made by Kodak.

    Lots of people complain the L100 is a playtoy. They are wrong. It has a glass Nicor 15x Optical Zoom that goes from 5.0 to 75 mm focal length. It’s a good camera and I have taken some really fine pictures!

    I recommend this $250.00 camera to anyone who is serious about photography. It is easy to use or it can be hard to use depending on how you set it up.


  15. Karl says:

    I ran tests of lens accuracy and degree of focus possible at various zoom settings and my L100 and it has a faulty lens! I also have a Sanyo VPC S1070 which has a small lens but also 10 megapixels and ran the same tests. It is not possible to write down Ansel Adam’s test here but they are available.

    The L100 can not reach a good focus at any zoom. The S1070 reaches good focus at all zooms.

    I do not know if my camera is broken but it is just 4 days in my hands. It goes back to Wal Mart Monday next.


  16. Stevo says:

    Very disappointed. I expected a better camera compared to my Canon A720 IS. Let’s just say my two year old Canon takes better still pictures – and far superior video. The only thing the Nikon has going for it is its professional look, and better zoom. Sad as I really wanted to like this Nikon. Unfortunately, it would be a downgrade, not an upgrade.

  17. Alodie says:

    I have owned this camera for about 6 months and am becoming frustrated with it. The pictures always look great on the camera screen but they develop terribly. I have tried everything, does anyone know what I am doing wrong?

  18. Melissa Vallecillo says:

    Did you try using the rechargeable batteries that the users manual says to use? if you go to page iii you’ll see that it says that the EN-MH2 rechargeable batteries are for Nikon digital cameras and are compatible with the L100. I suggest to take out the batteries when you’re done using the camera to save battery life, that’s what I’ve been doing and it lasts 2-3 days.

  19. liz says:

    I just got this camera yesterday and i am already feeling dissapointed. the zoom has horrible focus and some of the pictures have white little specs on them and the lighting looks different in the pictures. Am i doing something wrong, or should i return it and get a different camera?

  20. Toffeesgirl says:

    I bought this camera on the 13th of December, 2009. Do any of you know if the available us of rechargable batteries would have been installed by the time I bought it? Or would I have to go to the site and download it..? I’m new to the whole photography, and thought the camera was small, and easy to handle, but I started reading reviews and everyone was complaining about having to use batteries that are not rechargable. I read the ‘Quick Start Guide’ last night and it said no rechargable batteries…kinda confused…. I just checked the battery page of the ‘User’s Manual’ and it said it will take four of the EN-MH2 rechargable Ni-MH batteries…do any of you use them? How long do they last? How much do they cost? Know a good place to get them?

    Thanks..very confused!!

  21. Toffeesgirl says:

    Also do any of you know which memory cards are the best ones to use for this camera…I’m very lost….haha.

  22. tia says:

    i have exactly the same problem – and then when i read all these reviews they talk about the great picture quality. i dont know why, but mine’s terrible. the photos are always full of ‘noise’ with white specks and they’re terribly pixelated.

  23. sidh says:

    same here ppl…do ny one know why dese typ of probs r cumng with it…nd hw 2 use d macro mode when zooming…as nikon has said dat we can take the macro as near as 1cm but i am sufferring with it alot…can ny one guid me hw 2 use dis camera to get d nyc pic…

  24. Teleca says:

    Well, I am reading all of these comments but see no resolution to any of them regarding picture quality. Bought the camera last night and have been playing with it all morning. I am having to put it on close up to get a decent far off pic…..weird. Also have the problem spoken of about it being in focus then going back out of focus right before taking the shot.

    And how the heck do you NOT get camera shake with no viewfinder and ability to brace it against your forehead?

    Gonna give it some more time but not happy so far.

    Finally, I can NOT understand why Kodak can make a $80 camera that has IN camera battery charging and Nikon can’t do it with their more expensive cameras???

  25. jason says:

    i have rechargeable batteries for this camera and they work perfectly! i probably change the batteries once every 3 days, thats taking about 80 to a hundred pics a day

  26. Supriya Mondal says:

    This camera is realy fantastic. I really appriciate to take the photo with this camera. That because it is so easy to handling & easy for a learner level of photography.

  27. Toffeesgirl says:

    I really do like this Camera! I go through a bunch of batteries, but I can get a good amount of pictures on it before I have to replace them. It’s perfect for just learning photography, and if I do say so myself, I’ve been able to get some really nice pictures with it. 🙂 Overall, I really like it!

  28. guia says:

    hiii..somebody knows take pictures blak n white, or sepia, with this camera!!!!! coolpix Ll00

  29. Mithun says:

    At Above,

    Pls go to high ISO mode, there you have opetions to change to B/W.


  30. Karl says:

    I did take the camera back to Wal Mart for a full refund. I bought a Fugifilm camera with the same shape and zoom. The lens is spectacular! Mine is the Finepix S1500 model.

  31. Stevo says:

    So long as you like photos which have electrified colors, this camera will be great. Personally, I prefer the colors to be true to their real color.

    Ugh – I having issues with my newer FujuFilm camera. Professional look to the camera, and hit or miss photos. My 3 1/2 year old Canon still beats both of them. Why is that?

  32. Stevo says:

    LOL – I did the same thing. I had the Nikon, returned it and got the Fujiflim S1500. Thing is – my Canon Powershot 720A is STILL better – and it is 3+ years old.

    We both had the exact same idea, but this Nikon? It’s a dog. Buyer beware.



  34. Tamara says:

    Hi Phay, I wanted to know if you may have any tips for shootinmg a graduation indoors. I love my L100 for outdoors but dont feel i have a clear understanding of asjustments i may need to make to bring more focus to my subjects in indoor events such as this graduation thanks for any help you my have

  35. Jennifer says:

    For a camera of this price, it is decent. I wish it had more manual modes such as the ability to change the focal length, shutter speed and ISO. This camera is very easy to use even for people that have never touched a camera in their lives. I know a lot of people don’t bother but, READ THE WHOLE MANUAL. It tells you a lot of information about camera so you don’t always have to be in auto mode and you get better photos. This camera has satisfied my expectations, but did not exceed them. If you buy this, I highly recommend that you buy a battery charger as well.

    Regular non-chargable alkaline batteries mabye will only last you an hour and a half or two hours if you have it on the whole time while taking some pictures.

    The one thing that I don’t like about this camera is that it does horribly indoors when light is very scarce; however, when taking pictures outside in the dark, there is not as much noise as there is inside. The ones outside actually come out pretty clear but the ones inside have a lot of noise.

    The camera is comforable to hold. It is not too heavy, has a big screen, easy botton controls, and it is easy to transfer images to you computer. When you take photos, don’t expect them to come out like SLR cameras simply because the outside may have the appearance of one. Usually the pictures always have noise (but not too much, not too noticable) like in the background. I REALLY like the fact that you can get really close to an object and focus on it and the picture will come out detailed rather than blurry. The the 10x optical zoom is awesome. I find it very handy and do not know what I would do without it.

    Overall, I was pleased with this camera. It is a good starter camera, I suppose, for begining photographers because the quality of the pictures come out nice (on a scale of 1-10 of how clear they come out, I would rete it an 8). It is also easy enough to use for everyday household or event use. Would I recommend this to a friend? Mabye. I like it but I’m not in love with it. It will do for now.

  36. Toffeesgirl says:


    I use alkaline batteries and can go all day for about 2 days before rechanging the batteries. The batteries are not as big of a problem as everyone says they are.

    It is true, the outdoor pictures are much nicer than the indoor pictures. As I focus more on nature photography, it doesn’t really bother me. When I’m inside, I try to use all natural light, in rooms with lots of windows. If you turn on artificial light it tends to get blurry and there will be tiny white specks. I always use flash.

    This is not the best camera for night photography. Though it’s flash is quite strong, you will tend to get colored specks and slight grain issues in your evening pictures.

    And yes, you can be in perfect focus and all the sudden it will blur out. Try to hold your camera still, wait 3-7 seconds, it goes back to your focus. You kinda have to be pacient with this camera.

    I left my ISO the way it came, I don’t have problems with it at ALL.

    The image clarity is UNBELIEVABLE! Every once in a while it will look like the objects in your photos are outlined, but it is barely noticeable.

    I love the variety of modes. Normally I leave mine on easy auto mode, as it goes to the best suitable mode automatically. The black and white is very clear as well. I also looooove the smile feature, it makes the faces so clear and defined, never any red eye. Video, however is not dependable. This is NOT a good camera to take video.

    Overall, I would rate this camera 8 out of 10. It is nice quality for the price. I have gotten BEAUTIFUL pictures with my L100. It comes with me absolutely EVERYWHERE.

    Read your guide, it helps.

  37. Ray Barnes says:

    Dunno… I just did a 14 day trip by road to the North and I took (including many videos) about 1030 photos… I only recharged ONCE the entire trip and this is a PROMISE.

    I get very good battery backup and I hope its not because the cam is new (or the batteries…)

    Im VERY happy with the camera especially the HD videos I get.

    Maybe its not a top end thing but for me it more than does the job!

  38. Ijas says:

    Ravi.. can u pls tell me which type and make of rechargeable battery u r using for L100 model?

  39. Rich says:

    Can anyone tell how to set it up, just to take pict of my granddaoter, I dont know anyting about camra?

  40. vijay says:

    I purchased this nikon coolpix L100 camera online from Chennai (INDIA) but I didn’t get the quickstart guide. So please any one can send me the soft copy of quickstart guide for this camera.

  41. Beth says:

    I purchased my mum’s Nikon Coolpix L100 – paid more than I should’ve I have since found out (but hey, it’s my mum!!). She had it for a year or so, and I’ve had it nearly a year. I loved it… until a month ago when lines started appearing on the screen, and then I realised the lines were actually appearing on the pictures I took. The problem comes and goes. Took it to a repair shop today, and was told it is the camera sensor. Repair cost – more than the cost of a new one. I am very disappointed. I won’t be buying another Nikon Coolpix.
    I have manual and semi automatic cameras which have lasted longer than this (20-30 years)!

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