Nikon Coolpix L820 Review

08/14/2015 - 18:00
Nikon Coolpix L820. Review

Nikon Coolpix L820 is a basic level superzoom camera. Series L («Life») in a Coolpix line presents is the most simple camera in functionality that is designed for beginners and amateur photographers of people who prefer not to bother with the settings, but to get good quality pictures.

 

Nikon Coolpix L820 Key Specifications

Dimensions: 111x76x85 mm

Weight: 430 g

Sensor: CMOS

Resolution: 16 million effective pixels

Sensor dimensions: 1/2.3″

Crop factor: 5.62

ISO range: 125—3200

Photo maximal resolution: 4608x3456 px

Video maximal resolution: 1920×1080 px

Video format: MOV 30 fps

Optical zoom: 30х

Max Aperture: f/3-f/5.8

Focal lenght: 4,0-120mm (22,5-675mm equiv)

LCD-display: 3" (resolution 921 000 px).

Power: 4 AA elements

 

Nikon Coolpix P520 Ergonomics and Functionality

The camera has a typical design superzoom. It bigger than compact cameras, but smaller than DSLRs. The housing is made of plastic. Most of the housing has a matte surface, and most easily soiled locations, have a glossy surface. On the right, there is a handle for easy grip rubberized handle cameras in places of contact with the fingers of the hand.

Nikon Coolpix L820

A large part of the camera takes the lens. It protrudes from the main body of 6 cm and has a diameter of 6 cm. When the camera on, the lens extends a couple of centimeters. The camera does not have the usual mode dial, which is in most DSLR cameras. Top placed power button On/Off. And then on the handle of the shutter button, zoom lever around it. Also next to the power button is placed the microphone. Nikon Coolpix L820

If you press the shutter button halfway, the bottom of the display will reflect the shooting parameters: shutter speed and aperture. Behind are a shooting modes «SCENE» button and viewing photos button. Nikon Coolpix L820

The camera has no manual aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings, the most that you can out of it is the program's plot. In addition to automatic mode, you can select up to 20 scene programs and smart portrait mode, and settings with exposure and color reproduction: the soft mode, sepia. black and white high contrast, high key, low key. There is image stabilization mode. Behind there are 4 buttons arranged in a circle: flash, exposure compensation, macro mode, self-timer mode. In the center of the circle, there is a button "OK". At the bottom is a menu button and delete images button. Another is behind TFT display. It does not rotate. The screen has a size of 3 inches and a resolution of 921,000 pixels. This is a very good indicator. These displays are the latest DSLR Nikon cameras. The camera has a built-in flash, which can be activated if necessary, click on the left of it.

Nikon Coolpix L820

More to the left of the lens has a zoom lever, which for convenience duplicates lever around the shutter release button. The camera has a thread for mounting on a tripod. The handle has 4 batteries and memory card slot. Nikon Coolpix L820  

 

Nikon Coolpix L820 Optics

The camera is equipped with non-replaceable 30x zoom Nikkor 30x Wide Optical Zoom ED VR 4.0-120mm 1:3.0-5.8 lens and a focal range 4,0-120 mm (22,5-675 mm equiv.) Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Widest angle. Along the edges of the frame is visible perspective distortion.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

The biggest zooming. In the previous picture, this fragment is marked with a red rectangle.

This range is sufficient to shoot any genre scenes. Fastest the lens is also good: f/3—f/5.8. At the short end of the good sharpness. At the long end of the focal range sharpness worse, but on a sunny day, you can get good pictures.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

The biggest zooming

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

100% crop of the previous frame

As you can see the sharpness is good. 

Another example of a minimum and maximum focal range of the zooming. Red rectangle isolated fragment of closest zooming. On the street in sunny weather pictures are very good, but in the room to get high-quality images more difficult. This is due to autofocus mistakes and long exposure, which is why the object often get blurred. I recommend to take a few pictures of the same scene, and then choose which will best. Alas, it's only an amateur entry level camera, and expect from it a high definition as in DSLR cameras is not necessary.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

 

An example of the quality of indoor photography. Example without flash.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Crop 100% of the previous photo[

As can be seen is not ideal sharpness, because of the long exposure we received a small motion blur. In any case, the camera is best then chip compact cameras, because it allows you to shoot many pictures on short time. So you can catch more good shots of the same scene.

 

Example shootings on Nikon Coolpix L820

Here are a few examples taken in different modes and conditions. Some of the photos can be seen as a work date function. Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

The camera gives a good color, the colors are bright, vivid.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

The wide angle allows you to capture a lot of detail into the frame.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Lens copes well with backlighting. But sometimes you can get a flare.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Flare example

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Flare example

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Let us consider a few examples of portraits.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

To avoid distortion of the face and body proportions because of the distortion, portraits better shoot on the middle or the long range. Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Examples are made in «Macro» mode.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Nikon Coolpix L820 Samples

Also, you can shoot a good macro.

Nikon Coolpix L820 samples

This photo shoot in «Night Landscape» mode, without a tripod, handheld. The camera in this mode offers two options: with a tripod and without a tripod.

 

Video on Nikon Coolpix L820

The camera can shoot good video. The maximum size of Full HD 1920x1080 px. In the PAL or NTSC at 25 and 30 frames per second, respectively. There is also a slow-motion mode, but at a lower resolution. To start recording, there is a red button at the top of the back. The camera is equipped with a stereo microphone and zooming way directional sound writing. This is an example video:

 

Summary Nikon Coolpix L820 - good budget superzoom. It attracts primarily a wide focal range that covers virtually all shooting scenes. Perfect for those who do not want to bother too much with the settings and get good photos for the home archive. However, if you want more features, and are not afraid of multiple settings, it is best to look towards the cameras Series P, as Nikon Coolpix P520 or Nikon Coolpix P530. it is more advanced cameras.





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