In today’s trend of mobile photography, owning a camera and not just a mobile phone with excellent camera features is a plus in joining the band of social imaging and networking. The Coolpix L820 is a gadget by Nikon which avid photographers can check out to pursue their creativity and artfulness. It sells at less than $200 and it has respectable specifications that matched its price.
The Nikon camera has 30x zoom lens which is the selling point used for the product. It starts from an ultrawide-angle of 22.5mm and zooms out to 675mm which gives its users a lot of ground to cover and framing flexibility. In addition, it has a 3-inch LCD with high resolution screen and 16MP BSI CMOS sensor which is a feature usually found in premium point and shoot devices. It is also powered by four AA-size batteries.
To use the Coolpix L820 is uncomplicated and direct. The menu is where shooting, movie options and setup can be found. There are not much to adjust but the layout is still made to be understood easily. On the lens barrel, there is another zoom control which users can use alternatively when shooting videos. On a related note, cameras with AA-battery sometimes perform slower than to those which use rechargeable lithium ions. However, this Nikon camera is working surprisingly fast. The time in pressing the shutter to capturing an image without pre-focus can comprise 0.1 to 0.5 seconds depending on the light. Continuous shot averages at 1.2 seconds white in-between shots when flash is being used just reaches 1.3 seconds.
On the other hand, the Nikon Coolpix L820 should have as much light as possible, especially at ISO200 and lower, before it can take great photos. Depending on the sensitivity, the noise and noise reduction will also change. From hands-on experience, at ISO800 and above, colors may appear slightly washed and muddy. When there is low light and no indoor flash, photos also did not look that great while the lens focuses at a slow pace. Also, stationary subjects produce the best shooting performance.
Generally, Nikon Coolpix L820 has flaws but if customers are interested in a camera for daylight shooting, then this is the gadget to check out. It has the perfect lens to use as well as editing features that Nikon added. Still, customers should not expect too much. This camera is still not a DSLR.