Nikon Coolpix L110 Review

Mid Zoom Digital Cameras

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Nikon Coolpix L110 Ease of Use 10
Features 7
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 8
Macro 7
Value for Money 7
12 Megapixels
15x Zoom
3 inch LCD Screen
74.3 x 108.9 x 78.1mm
0g

Overview

The Nikon Coolpix L110 is simple and easy to use, yet offers 15x optical zoom power. Out of all the cameras I have tested this is the easiest extra zoom camera to use. Picture quality is good, but I did have the occasional focusing issue with the Coolpix L110.

It has a limited set of features, but this helps with ease of use. In terms of looks it resembles a smaller Digital SLR. The Coolpix L110 is a good choice if you need a lot of zoom and total simplicity.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

12
15x
3 inches
74.3 x 108.9 x 78.1mm
0g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

1cm
Yes
No
AA
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

One of the problems I have with cameras that are as simple to use as the Coolpix L110 is that you do not always have the control over the shots you need. With this camera you have little control over focusing and you are reliant on the camera recognizing the type of scene you are photographing and reacting accordingly.

With three of my outdoor scenes the camera focuses very well indeed in the centre of the shot, but there is a clear slippage towards the edges. This is especially the case when the lens is fully zoomed out for a wide angle photo as in my second outdoor test shot. The photo is somewhat soft towards the edges and this is likely to become noticeable without blowing the picture size up to any great degree.

That is a shame as I like the brightness and colours of the shots. On top of this the Coolpix L110 did very well when the zoom is fully extended.

Portraits

The three portrait test shots are a different kettle of fish altogether. Focusing is sharp, even indoors without flash being used. With this camera the flash light pops up away from the camera body and casts just the right amount of light on the subject. Plenty of colour is retained producing a very pleasing result.

Macro, Colours and Noise

The Coolpix L110 can take a decent macro shot. According to the specification it should be able to focus from 1cm, but in my tests I had to be around 8cn away from the subject before it could focus.. This is why I have knocked off a mark for close up focusing.

I am not sure how they do it, but I have noticed with other Nikon digital cameras there is a bit of extra zest to the photos brought about by the combination of the lighting and colours produced.

Noise does become noticeable quite quickly in shady areas of a shot. This can take the definition away from a shot once you start to increase print sizes. Likewise I could detect some pixilation in the skies.

Summary

The Coolpix L110 is able to take decent snapshots, especially when the lens is fully extended. It is a shame that I was unable to take really crisp outdoor scenic photos even using the landscape scene mode.

See sample images link arrow

Style

Nikon have based the shape of the Coolpix L100 on a small Digital SLR. It has a grip on the front to help hold it steady.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.22 seconds
21.16 seconds
0.32 seconds
22.17 seconds
2.42 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy Excellent. I cannot think of another digital camera with a long lens that is easier to use.

Points I Like

Ease of use - 3 inch LCD screen

Where it Could Improve

Scenic pictures can lose sharpness

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

 menu scene modes

setup movie

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Review Date

March 2010

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