Nikon Coolpix L5 Digital Camera Review

The design of Coolpix L5 is different than the one of L4 or L6 and I must admit that I personally don’t like it. Its the 5x optical zoom that first catches my attention (not 3x like most of the cameras in this range). Then, the optical vibration reduction (image stabilization) brings another plus to the evaluation.

Nikon’s Best Shot Selector (BSS) will select for keeping the sharpest picture out of 10 shots. The worst about this camera is the impossibility of modifying the ISO setting (exposure compensation, white balance and metering can be adjusted).

Like most of the shapshooting compact digital cameras, it has plenty of scene modes but no manual or shutter/aperture priority. For example, one-touch portrait mode uses face-priority autofocus and sets a wide aperture to blur the background and make your subject stand out. With flash turned on, it takes 4 seconds between shots, which is very slow (no focus-assist lamp?). As for the image quality, Coolpix L6 performs better even if it has fewer features.
Nikon Coolpix L5
Nikon Coolpix L5
Nikon Coolpix L5
Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon Coolpix L5 Digital Camera Specifications

• Shooting Modes: Auto, Scene, Movie
• Scene Modes: Copy, Museum, Sunset, Close-up, Dawn/dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Back light, Beach/snow, Sports mode, Party/indoor, Portrait mode, Night portrait, Night landscape, Panorama assist
• Movie Mode: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 30/15 fps, QuickTime format
• Effects: Cool, Sepia, Vivid, Black & White
• Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off
• White Balance: 5 positions, manual preset
• Metering: 256 segment Matrix
Nikon Coolpix L5Technical Data:
• 2.5 inch LCD
• 7.1 megapixels
• 5x optical zoom + 4x digital zoom
• Focal Length: 38 mm – 190 mm
• Aperture: F2.9 – F5.0
• ISO Range: 80 – 400
• Flash Range: 5 m
• Focus Range: Normal: 50 cm, Macro: 4 cm
• Exposure Compensation: -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
• Continuos Shooting: 16 frames per second, 0.7 frames per second
• Shutter Speed: 4 sec – 1/2000 sec
• Self Timer: 10 sec
• File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• SD/MMC – Secure Digital memory + 8 MB internal memory
• 2xAA NiMH battery

By Laura

I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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