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

- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos @ DCI
- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos @
- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos: 12 @ ePhotozine
- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos @ NeoCamera
- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Nikon Coolpix L100 Sample Photos: 12 @ Nikon


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

See also: Digital Camera | Nikon | Point & Shoot Cameras

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