Nikon Coolpix L1 6.2 Megapixel Compact Camera

2.5" LCD - 5x Optical Zoom - 4x - 2816 x 2112 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 25536
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6.2 Effective Megapixels for stunning prints up to 16 x 20 inches. High Quality 5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor 38-190mm Glass Lens (35mm equivalent) lets you zoom in on all the action to capture spectacular images. Incredible, Bright 2.5 inch LCD makes composing pictures and sharing them with your friends and family much easier
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Effective Megapixels 6.2 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
normalized-Weight 6.30
normalized-Optical Zoom 5
Expert Reviews
Nikon COOLPIX L1
3.5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Dec 22, 2005

The <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPL1/CPL1A.HTM">Coolpix L1</a> is a good choice for anyone who wants an easy to use camera that delivers good-looking pictures with pleasing color and plenty of resolution. With its 6.2-megapixel CCD and firmware goodies like Face Priority AF, D-Lighting, and BSS, Nikon still managed to simplify the user interface. For those willing to delve just slightly deeper than "just pushing the button," its extensive scene modes and unique framing-assist options extend the camera's capabilities, making it easy to bring back good-looking shots of what might otherwise be difficult subjects. And if you forget what an option does, help is only a button press away with the Guide feature. While we liked The <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPL1/CPL1A.HTM">Coolpix L1</a>'s rich and very practically-oriented feature set, we would have liked the camera much more if it had done better under dim lighting, and if its shutter response had been a bit faster. This isn't a camera for capturing fast action, or for extensive use after dark, but it has a lot to offer under the shooting conditions most consumers will be most interested in. Read our review of the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPL1/CPL1A.HTM">Nikon Coolpix L1</a> to find out more!

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Nikon Coolpix L1
2.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Feb 23, 2009

Nikon Coolpix L1 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.95 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #326 standard digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Nikon Coolpix L1
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Feb 9, 2009

Testseek.com has collected 14 expert reviews for Nikon Coolpix L1 and the average expert rating is 64 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 4, 2010

Image is Excellent according to 19 Digital Camera experts. -- "very good photos"-review.zdnet.com -- "It produces sharp, well-exposed images with natural color balance and pleasing flesh tones"-review.zdnet.com -- "excellent macro performance"-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Video, Optics, Interface, Battery, etc.

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User Reviews
CoolPix L1 - really a cool alternative !!
4 Star Review   By member prohatgi_1112767098 - Oct 31, 2006   

Strengths: Small size , good resolution , brilliant colours !

Weakness: None so far .

I have had used this camera for well over 60 days . Amd so far , from whatever features i have explored (there are still so many more) , i can say that it is extremely easy for an amature like me to use , but at the same time the results i have got are like a pro ! At times its plastic body feels a little cheap , but so far it has not given me any trouble . The 5X Optical zoom is pretty useful too . All in all would recommend it .

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I should have done more research b4 buying it.
3 Star Review   By member faketrix - Oct 23, 2006   

This camera is great for outdoors but indoors?? hmmm.... i always prefer the slow sync flash because of the soft images it takes but its a struggle to get sharp pics. most pics are blurred out or have ghost like patterns caused by camera shake. on the other hand, pics taken with full flash appear 'hard' with too much contrast and 'shiny faces'. secondly, manual controls on this cam is minimum, which makes it ideal for ladies as they have no idea about shutter speed, ISO, etc. :-) that apart, its a great cam!!

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Not bad- should be better though.
2 Star Review   By MrBean on OnSale.com - Oct 18, 2006   

Strengths: The camera is very lightweight and easy to use. The resolution is superb. The price makes this a steal under normal circumstances.

Weakness: The camera sucks down batteries like there is no tomorrow. I used it this past weekend and went through 4sets of batteries for 175 pictures, many without a flash. The camera lags a lot after shooting.

I picked this camera up because of the fact that it was a steal at the price listed. However I've soon learned that I should have done some homework and spent a little more on something else instead. The camera has a lot of nice features which are easy to use but basically useless for many of us. It will suck down power like no tomorrow whether you use the flash or not. So be sure to have a few extra sets of batteries with you. Your prints will come out great in sunlight and brightly lit areas- but in lower light settings be sure to use a tripod since the camera seems to lag a lot.

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1 Star Review   By member pg4bh - Sep 4, 2006   

Weakness: Poor low-light focusing due to lack of a claimed feature

The brochure for the Nikon L1 claims that the camera has an "AF with AF-assist illuminator", which was an important part of my selection due to problems with a previous camera in low-light situations. When a set of pictures taken at a dinner party came out very poorly, I emailed Nikon technical support, who replied "The Coolpix L1 does not have an AF-Assist illuminator". A subsequent query to Nikon technical support to see if possibly I could exchange the camera for a comparable camera (price and features) that actually had the AF-assist lamp produced the "Nikon is not responsible ..." reply quoted in the title. Although it was very tempting to test how far Nikon's approach would carry in the small-claims court here (DC), the seller (Buydig.com) showed a lot more class and accepted the return for the reasons above without batting an eye. Nikon is now on the short list of manufacturers I will never purchase from again, for any reason.

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good camera - value for money
4 Star Review   By member Gkm - Aug 28, 2006   

Strengths: Big LCD, Composite mode (for moving pictures), looks great, 5X zoom and 6.1 MP. D-lighthing option

Weakness: No viewfinder (i dont think its big deal), bulky, poor image stabilization

This is a good camera for this price. The pictures are good and even the camera looks damn good. Good grip, nice and bright LCD, easy to navigate.. D-lighting option comes to help for pictures taken with flash. When pictures are taken with flash, the objects looks brighter but the background goes dull. But D-lighting options rectifies the problem to some extend. The main problem I had with this is that the images turns out to be blurred if the pictures are taken without flash. And in many mode we can't use flash. If you keep the camera on the table or similar fixed place, the blurred image warning will be still flashing. Even the sports mode (fast shutter) mode doesn't come to much help sometimes for blurred image. There is a good option called sports composite mode, which takes 16 pictures in one shot, but the picture quality was not much appealing to me. Another point is length wise the camera is small, but its pretty thicker, which makes it difficult to carry in jeans pockets. I used Sony NiMH battery, still flash charging takes time.

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Small, but very nice
4 Star Review   By member ttcc1980 - Aug 18, 2006   

Strengths: The zoom is very good. good in movies and pics. clear in recording.

Weakness: use a little too much battery

it's a digital camera much better than my last one. Although it's hard to find the exactly right case for it, many cases are O.K since it's so small. The black skin looks wonderful.

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Nikon L1
4 Star Review   By member joshua_boston - Aug 16, 2006   

Strengths: 6 megapixa, 2.5" display, simple to use, good picture quality, 5xoptical lense, compact for 5xoptical

Weakness: no view finder, SLOW RESPONSE TIME WHEN TAKING PICTURES - largest fault, not good in taking picutres in dark areas - second largest fault.

OK, I just picked up this camera for a STEAL, less then $150. It has 10 meg internal memory. It really does have easy to use functions. It really does take excellent pictures as long as it is not in the dark. When taking pictures in the dark, they sometimes turn out blurry. Bigest complant is the slow response time, up to 10 seconds when using the flash and about 3 seconds when the flash is turned off. This is the type of camera that you use the slowest memory for, don't worry about 150x SD cards get the cheapest SD card you can find. This camera is not compact like the newest cameras out there but it is pretty compact for a 5x optical. 2.5" display is very nice, but the camera still lacks a view finder. I ususally turn off the display and use a view finder to save battery life, unfortunately, you always have to use the display and you can not turn it off because it is your viewfinder. All in all, if you are looking for a camera to take portrait and scenery pictures, this is a GREAT CAMERA. If you are looking for a camera to take shots on the go, and sporadic shooting, well this camera's response time will prevent you from doing that. This camera is considered old technology, but for under a $150.00 this is GREAT value for the money, when other 6 mega pixal camera's are going for the 250.00 dollar range. OK, to clarify a couple of things, I am quoting the response time by using no actual memory (only the internal memory). So if someone says, if you use faster memory for this camera and that will speed up your response time, that person is wrong. It uses two double AA batteries, I like that. Cheap to replace. I would highly recommend this camera to a beginner who does not want to spend much money. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to spend as little money as possible. The battery door is very strong, not like a lot of the competition. But I would not say the camera it is made super strong. Bottom line, Good value for the buck. I am only giving it three stars because of the faults, but if I had to rate it for all cameras that are less then $150.00 I would give it 4.5 stars. Thats it, I hope I helped. Hope this helps.

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Nikon COOLPIX L1
5 Star Review   By member amanasyan - Jul 30, 2006   

Nikon CoolPix L1 Digital Camera is the half-professional camera with it's 6.2MP and 5x Optical Zoom. All of it is the best. It isn't big as professional cameras, but the features what it has are very close to professionals. If you like a nice picture - it's the best camera. If you want compact camera - it's the best camera. If you don't want to pay lots of money for digital camera - this camera is yours.

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Great compact with excellent zoom
4 Star Review   By member j_h - Jun 11, 2006   

Strengths: *5x optical zoom *Credit-card size and about one-inch thin *6 megapixels

Weakness: *Some trivial features *No optical viewfinder

The Nikon Coolpix L1 digital camera provides a stunning 5x optical zoom in a camera not much larger than a credit card and it has a 6.2 megapixel CCD for enlargements of about 11x17 inches! Some cons, though, are that there are some trivial features. For example, Face Priority AE, while it sounds impressive, doesn't work well and isn't really useful because the camera focuses on faces well without using Face Priority AE. Also, there is no optical viewfinder, and it is hard to see the LCD in bright light. I purchased a little pop-up LCD shade, and I can now see the LCD just fine in the sun! This is THE camera if you are looking for small size, large zoom, and high resolution. I have always trusted Nikon and its Coolpix series, and the latest cameras continue to impress.

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NIKON COOLPIX L1
4 Star Review   By member STEVEAGMAN - Jun 4, 2006   

Strengths: This is a great point and shoot camera for those who want the fun of a digital camera without the hassles. It has a great power factor (6 MP and a 5X optical zoom).

Weakness: It has no manual controls for the "more experienced" digital camera buff (this is actually a strengt for the novice).

this is a great fun point and shoot camera. It has enough shooting modes to make most of us happy and the combination of the 5X optical zoom and the 6Megapixels is a great power factor for the money. although it is somewhat larger than some of the other 6 Megapixel cameras, it's 5X optical zoom clearly makes up for it. Also, a great plus is that it uses standard AA batteries whereas the slimmer cameras require special rechargeable batteries so what you make up in slimness you pay for by having to carry a recharger. This is extremely bad if you, like me, do a lot of travelling and are out most of the time. Recharging is not easy but changing batteries is. Overall i rate this camera highly and the Nikon qualit goes without saying. for the novice picture taker, who wants clear picture without the hassle of figuring out what has to be done to get them, this camera is excellent

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Description
6.2 Effective Megapixels for stunning prints up to 16 x 20 inches. High Quality 5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor 38-190mm Glass Lens (35mm equivalent) lets you zoom in on all the action to capture spectacular images. Incredible, Bright 2.5 inch LCD makes composing pictures and sharing them with your friends and family much easier
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Effective Megapixels 6.2 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
normalized-Weight 6.30
normalized-Optical Zoom 5
Summary
Product Title Nikon Coolpix L1 6.2 Megapixel Compact Camera
Manufacturer Nikon
Lowest Price $295.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.5 | 19 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 6400000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Interface Connection: 1 x Proprietary, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Flash OFF
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 5 X
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 6.30 mm to 31.40 mm
Max Aperture: 2.9 1/f
Storage
Installed Memory: 10 MB
Dimensions
Height: 2.4 in
Weight: 6.30 oz
Width: 3.5 in
Depth: 1.9 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: No
Image Format: DPOF, EXIF, JPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed: 0.7 frames/s (fps)
Product Line: Coolpix
Max Focal Length: 31.4 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Second
Video Capture Format: MOV
Longest Shutter Speed: 4 Second
Product Model: L1
Brand Name: Nikon
Number of Resolution Modes: 6
Number of Scene Modes: 15
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted, Multi-Segment, TTL
Minimum Shutter Speed: 4 sec.
Min Focus Distance: 1.6 in
Bulb Setting: No
Max Zoom: 20 X
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
Camera Modes: Shooting Modes: Auto BSS (Best Shot Selector) Blur Warning Scene Assist: Portrait Landscape Sports Night Portrait Scene: Party/Indoor Beach/Snow Sunset Dusk/Dawn Night Landscape Close Up Museum Fireworks Show Copy Back Light Panorama Assist Voice recording Capture Modes: Single Continuous (approx. 0.7fps) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Multiple Connector: USB AV Out Supported Languages: German English Spanish French Italian Dutch Swedish Japanese Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Korean Russian
Maximum Shutter Speed: 2000 1/f
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: Auto Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
Battery Include: Yes
Product Series: L
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 frames/s (fps)
White Balance: Auto, Preset Modes
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Multiple Point Focusing
GPS: No
General Features: Flash Cancel (On/Off), Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer, Slow Speed Sync
Lens Construction: 9 Elements in 7 Groups
Maximum Image Resolution: 2816 x 2112
Included Components: Carrying Strap, PC Connection Cable
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Power Source: (2) AA Battery, Lithium Battery, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery, Rechargeable Battery
Image Sensor Size: 0.4 in
Min Aperture: 8.4 1/f
Number of Batteries Support: 2
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 400, 50
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2816 pixels
Min Focal Length: 6.3 mm
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2112 pixels
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Expert Reviews
Nikon COOLPIX L1
3.5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Dec 22, 2005

The <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPL1/CPL1A.HTM">Coolpix L1</a> is a good choice for anyone who wants an easy to use camera that delivers good-looking pictures with pleasing color and plenty of resolution. With its 6.2-megapixel CCD and firmware goodies like Face Priority AF, D-Lighting, and BSS, Nikon still managed to simplify the user interface. For those willing to delve just slightly deeper than "just pushing the button," its extensive scene modes and unique framing-assist options extend the camera's capabilities, making it easy to bring back good-looking shots of what might otherwise be difficult subjects. And if you forget what an option does, help is only a button press away with the Guide feature. While we liked The <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPL1/CPL1A.HTM">Coolpix L1</a>'s rich and very practically-oriented feature set, we would have liked the camera much more if it had done better under dim lighting, and if its shutter response had been a bit faster. This isn't a camera for capturing fast action, or for extensive use after dark, but it has a lot to offer under the shooting conditions most consumers will be most interested in. Read our review of the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPL1/CPL1A.HTM">Nikon Coolpix L1</a> to find out more!

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Nikon Coolpix L1
2.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Feb 23, 2009

Nikon Coolpix L1 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.95 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #326 standard digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Nikon Coolpix L1
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Feb 9, 2009

Testseek.com has collected 14 expert reviews for Nikon Coolpix L1 and the average expert rating is 64 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 4, 2010

Image is Excellent according to 19 Digital Camera experts. -- "very good photos"-review.zdnet.com -- "It produces sharp, well-exposed images with natural color balance and pleasing flesh tones"-review.zdnet.com -- "excellent macro performance"-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Video, Optics, Interface, Battery, etc.

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User Reviews
CoolPix L1 - really a cool alternative !!
4 Star Review   By member prohatgi_1112767098 - Oct 31, 2006   

Strengths: Small size , good resolution , brilliant colours !

Weakness: None so far .

I have had used this camera for well over 60 days . Amd so far , from whatever features i have explored (there are still so many more) , i can say that it is extremely easy for an amature like me to use , but at the same time the results i have got are like a pro ! At times its plastic body feels a little cheap , but so far it has not given me any trouble . The 5X Optical zoom is pretty useful too . All in all would recommend it .

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I should have done more research b4 buying it.
3 Star Review   By member faketrix - Oct 23, 2006   

This camera is great for outdoors but indoors?? hmmm.... i always prefer the slow sync flash because of the soft images it takes but its a struggle to get sharp pics. most pics are blurred out or have ghost like patterns caused by camera shake. on the other hand, pics taken with full flash appear 'hard' with too much contrast and 'shiny faces'. secondly, manual controls on this cam is minimum, which makes it ideal for ladies as they have no idea about shutter speed, ISO, etc. :-) that apart, its a great cam!!

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Not bad- should be better though.
2 Star Review   By MrBean on OnSale.com - Oct 18, 2006   

Strengths: The camera is very lightweight and easy to use. The resolution is superb. The price makes this a steal under normal circumstances.

Weakness: The camera sucks down batteries like there is no tomorrow. I used it this past weekend and went through 4sets of batteries for 175 pictures, many without a flash. The camera lags a lot after shooting.

I picked this camera up because of the fact that it was a steal at the price listed. However I've soon learned that I should have done some homework and spent a little more on something else instead. The camera has a lot of nice features which are easy to use but basically useless for many of us. It will suck down power like no tomorrow whether you use the flash or not. So be sure to have a few extra sets of batteries with you. Your prints will come out great in sunlight and brightly lit areas- but in lower light settings be sure to use a tripod since the camera seems to lag a lot.

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Nikon is not responsible or liable for any omissions, errors or inaccuracies in any data...
1 Star Review   By member pg4bh - Sep 4, 2006   

Weakness: Poor low-light focusing due to lack of a claimed feature

The brochure for the Nikon L1 claims that the camera has an "AF with AF-assist illuminator", which was an important part of my selection due to problems with a previous camera in low-light situations. When a set of pictures taken at a dinner party came out very poorly, I emailed Nikon technical support, who replied "The Coolpix L1 does not have an AF-Assist illuminator". A subsequent query to Nikon technical support to see if possibly I could exchange the camera for a comparable camera (price and features) that actually had the AF-assist lamp produced the "Nikon is not responsible ..." reply quoted in the title. Although it was very tempting to test how far Nikon's approach would carry in the small-claims court here (DC), the seller (Buydig.com) showed a lot more class and accepted the return for the reasons above without batting an eye. Nikon is now on the short list of manufacturers I will never purchase from again, for any reason.

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good camera - value for money
4 Star Review   By member Gkm - Aug 28, 2006   

Strengths: Big LCD, Composite mode (for moving pictures), looks great, 5X zoom and 6.1 MP. D-lighthing option

Weakness: No viewfinder (i dont think its big deal), bulky, poor image stabilization

This is a good camera for this price. The pictures are good and even the camera looks damn good. Good grip, nice and bright LCD, easy to navigate.. D-lighting option comes to help for pictures taken with flash. When pictures are taken with flash, the objects looks brighter but the background goes dull. But D-lighting options rectifies the problem to some extend. The main problem I had with this is that the images turns out to be blurred if the pictures are taken without flash. And in many mode we can't use flash. If you keep the camera on the table or similar fixed place, the blurred image warning will be still flashing. Even the sports mode (fast shutter) mode doesn't come to much help sometimes for blurred image. There is a good option called sports composite mode, which takes 16 pictures in one shot, but the picture quality was not much appealing to me. Another point is length wise the camera is small, but its pretty thicker, which makes it difficult to carry in jeans pockets. I used Sony NiMH battery, still flash charging takes time.

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Small, but very nice
4 Star Review   By member ttcc1980 - Aug 18, 2006   

Strengths: The zoom is very good. good in movies and pics. clear in recording.

Weakness: use a little too much battery

it's a digital camera much better than my last one. Although it's hard to find the exactly right case for it, many cases are O.K since it's so small. The black skin looks wonderful.

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Nikon L1
4 Star Review   By member joshua_boston - Aug 16, 2006   

Strengths: 6 megapixa, 2.5" display, simple to use, good picture quality, 5xoptical lense, compact for 5xoptical

Weakness: no view finder, SLOW RESPONSE TIME WHEN TAKING PICTURES - largest fault, not good in taking picutres in dark areas - second largest fault.

OK, I just picked up this camera for a STEAL, less then $150. It has 10 meg internal memory. It really does have easy to use functions. It really does take excellent pictures as long as it is not in the dark. When taking pictures in the dark, they sometimes turn out blurry. Bigest complant is the slow response time, up to 10 seconds when using the flash and about 3 seconds when the flash is turned off. This is the type of camera that you use the slowest memory for, don't worry about 150x SD cards get the cheapest SD card you can find. This camera is not compact like the newest cameras out there but it is pretty compact for a 5x optical. 2.5" display is very nice, but the camera still lacks a view finder. I ususally turn off the display and use a view finder to save battery life, unfortunately, you always have to use the display and you can not turn it off because it is your viewfinder. All in all, if you are looking for a camera to take portrait and scenery pictures, this is a GREAT CAMERA. If you are looking for a camera to take shots on the go, and sporadic shooting, well this camera's response time will prevent you from doing that. This camera is considered old technology, but for under a $150.00 this is GREAT value for the money, when other 6 mega pixal camera's are going for the 250.00 dollar range. OK, to clarify a couple of things, I am quoting the response time by using no actual memory (only the internal memory). So if someone says, if you use faster memory for this camera and that will speed up your response time, that person is wrong. It uses two double AA batteries, I like that. Cheap to replace. I would highly recommend this camera to a beginner who does not want to spend much money. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to spend as little money as possible. The battery door is very strong, not like a lot of the competition. But I would not say the camera it is made super strong. Bottom line, Good value for the buck. I am only giving it three stars because of the faults, but if I had to rate it for all cameras that are less then $150.00 I would give it 4.5 stars. Thats it, I hope I helped. Hope this helps.

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Nikon COOLPIX L1
5 Star Review   By member amanasyan - Jul 30, 2006   

Nikon CoolPix L1 Digital Camera is the half-professional camera with it's 6.2MP and 5x Optical Zoom. All of it is the best. It isn't big as professional cameras, but the features what it has are very close to professionals. If you like a nice picture - it's the best camera. If you want compact camera - it's the best camera. If you don't want to pay lots of money for digital camera - this camera is yours.

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Great compact with excellent zoom
4 Star Review   By member j_h - Jun 11, 2006   

Strengths: *5x optical zoom *Credit-card size and about one-inch thin *6 megapixels

Weakness: *Some trivial features *No optical viewfinder

The Nikon Coolpix L1 digital camera provides a stunning 5x optical zoom in a camera not much larger than a credit card and it has a 6.2 megapixel CCD for enlargements of about 11x17 inches! Some cons, though, are that there are some trivial features. For example, Face Priority AE, while it sounds impressive, doesn't work well and isn't really useful because the camera focuses on faces well without using Face Priority AE. Also, there is no optical viewfinder, and it is hard to see the LCD in bright light. I purchased a little pop-up LCD shade, and I can now see the LCD just fine in the sun! This is THE camera if you are looking for small size, large zoom, and high resolution. I have always trusted Nikon and its Coolpix series, and the latest cameras continue to impress.

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NIKON COOLPIX L1
4 Star Review   By member STEVEAGMAN - Jun 4, 2006   

Strengths: This is a great point and shoot camera for those who want the fun of a digital camera without the hassles. It has a great power factor (6 MP and a 5X optical zoom).

Weakness: It has no manual controls for the "more experienced" digital camera buff (this is actually a strengt for the novice).

this is a great fun point and shoot camera. It has enough shooting modes to make most of us happy and the combination of the 5X optical zoom and the 6Megapixels is a great power factor for the money. although it is somewhat larger than some of the other 6 Megapixel cameras, it's 5X optical zoom clearly makes up for it. Also, a great plus is that it uses standard AA batteries whereas the slimmer cameras require special rechargeable batteries so what you make up in slimness you pay for by having to carry a recharger. This is extremely bad if you, like me, do a lot of travelling and are out most of the time. Recharging is not easy but changing batteries is. Overall i rate this camera highly and the Nikon qualit goes without saying. for the novice picture taker, who wants clear picture without the hassle of figuring out what has to be done to get them, this camera is excellent

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Great Bang 4 the BUCK...
5 Star Review   By member mutt55 - Feb 23, 2006   

Strengths: Affordable, easy to use, 5x zoom, 2.5" screen, excellant flash, quality encasement

Weakness: too many "scene" selections, no view finder, slow to record each picture to memory card

I know my time with this camera is minimal but so far I have taken over 150 pictures (mostly work related) and have been quite pleased with the picture quality. Excluding my 35mm SLR's, this is my 4th nikon and once again they have continued their superior quality product. I own a coolpix 950 (paid over $850 for a 2 MP camera) which was my first digital camera and this L1 has very similiar controls and menu style. The menu is simple to grasp and easy to navigate. After my nikon coolpix 950 I bought a Canon PowerShot SD100 and was as pleased with it. I liked the size and sturdyness of the camera and the 950 was large and weak. These days I use a Digital SLR (Nikon D50) and love it immensly but needed a smaller camera for other things rather than lug around my D50 with multiple lenses. I bought a SONY T7 and returned it because of a weak lense. I bought a Lumix DMC-LZ2 and the case was cheap and flimsy. Thank god for easy return policies at BrandsMart and CompUSA. Finally I purchased a L1 and I am pleased after 3 constand days of use. The case is a durable solid plastic but not that crappy flimsy stuff like the Fuji cameras. The picture quality is good, I wouldn't say the best but I am used to a SLR with superior lenses and picture quality. At a price of only $221 dollars, 5x optical zoom, very large dislay (2.5") and strong flash... you can't go wrong. I love the scene selector and how easy it is to use compared to other cameras. The Sony had some options but was work to locate and change them each time. This camera simply flip one switch and to adjust from one to another, just hit menu. The downside to it though is there have a lot of scenes so it may be a decision making dilema. I should mention the weight is great and very compact too (not as thin as the casio and sony lines but then again the picture quality and weak flashes are a major trade-off for those super compact cameras. I would highly recommend buying a set of rechargeable batteries as the large screen does drain them. And be sure to purchase a large SD card (preferable a ULTRA II card but I am using a standard Sandisk 512 MB and it does write a bit slow so the ULTRA II card "should" improve that. Overall I am quite pleased. (Thank you PriceGrabber for the assistance finder a vendor to buy my L1, large capacity ULTRA II SD card, camera case and batteries with charger.....)

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Great Point and Shoot camera - but no manual controls
4 Star Review   By member farhada - Jan 6, 2006   

Strengths: 6MPx5Z, picture quality, battery, size, focus, flash, LCD

Weakness: no manual controls, movie freezes zoom

Nikon L1, released Sept. 2005, purchased November 2005. I have had this for 2 months. This is a great point and shoot DC. What it does, it does well. What it does not do - that is why it is called a point and shoot. No other P&S camera can match its 30 factor = 6MP x 5 optical zoom. Picture quality - pretty good, and up there. I have performed a series of comparative tests with an Olympus C8080 (8 MP), and after compensating for the pixel difference (using zoom on the L1), have found that the L1 comes close to the c8080. Autofocus - pretty good and fast. Afer focus, shutter lag is negligible. Picture reload time, pretty fast. Flash reload time pretty slow. Battery - GREAT. You must use NIMH rechargables, because their capacity is 2.5 times higher than alkalines, not to mention the lower cost. With alkalines, you will see them drained pretty fast. Buyers who have complained about power source, must be using alkalines. With 2300 NIMH I had no problems (as good as my c8080 lithium rechargables), and it takes quite a while before you run out of power. Also, make sure you tell the camera what kind of battery you are using. Flash - better than other point and shoot cameras I have seen. Pretty good. Size - it is a bit thicker than same size cameras, must be due to the fact that it is a x5 optical zoom. User interface - passes. The buttons are good. But the software is meant to be "dumb-down". It does not give you any data. Just idiot lights. Doesn't tell you what ISO, speed, aperture it is shooting. The 25 "scene" modes are useless, IMO. LCD - this has a 2.5" display. Very nice. Except that the number of pixels is the same as the tiny 1.5" displays. So what you gain in image size, you lose in resolution. Don't be fooled that you will have a sharp LCD display image. Upload time: Takes about 5 seconds per 6MP+ image of 2.5 MB each to upload. This is on USB2. The SD card is a x50. So I have no idea why it should not be faster (such as 1 second per image). I have been using Windows file manager and not the PC software that comes with the camera. Lack of a viewfinder - was not a problem even in the saharas of Kenya. Problems: Does not allow you to manually adjust ISO, speed, or aperture. Now this would have been very simple for Nikon to allow. But no, or focus their marketing people are saying, we can milk the crowd for another $100, if we hide these features from them, even though it will cost us only $1 to offer it. With this kind of attitude they (and others have), aren't you happy that market competition keeps them somewhat honest? Imagine what they would do without market competition. Lack of data. You cannot tell what speed and ISO a picture has been taken, until you upload the image! I mean the data is in the camera, they are just hiding it to insult your intelligence. Movie - I have tried it at 320x240x?? and it looks great on a laptop. At this resolutionxframe speed, it is about 30 MB per minute. 1 GB should give you about 35 minutes, and at the 640 resolution should give you 20 minutes. One huge problem is that zooming is disabled during shooting. I am told that this is due to the zooming sound. Well duh, I rather have the noise on temporary he soundtrack, than a frozen zoom. Obvioulsy this is another gimmick to push you "upmarket". Flash reload time is slow. I would recommend this camera. Not only it is the only 6x5=30 factor P&S camera out there, but it does its job reasonably well. BTW the black body looks a lot nicer. Except that here in Canada, they only distribute the silver body.

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pretty decent little camera
4 Star Review   By member sbeacher - Nov 10, 2005   

Strengths: lots of megapixels, sharp photos, big lcd screen

Weakness: eats up batteries, not very detailed instructions

I bought this camera to take out on my kayak with me to take pictures of the scenery and fish I catch, and also to use when I didn't want to take my film SLR with me. I knew I was taking a chance by buying this immediately after it came out since there were hardly any reviews of it. After one month here are the things I've noticed: It takes very nice photos. The image detail is really good. And with 6+ megapixels you can blow up the pictures pretty big to have printed out. I mostly transfer stuff online so this wasn't a big priority to me but it's good to have the option. The controls on the camera itself are designed very well and intuitively and it's very easy to pick up the camera and figure out how to use it without reading the manual, which is good because the manual doesn't explain much of anything than the basics. It has a lot of scene modes which I haven't explored too much mostly because the instructions don't really tell you how to get the most out of them. Some of them even seem redundant. It has a macro mode which took me a long time to figure out how to get to work right (if I even have) because the instructions do not explain how to use it (for example, it can't seem to get focus on something with the zoom lens extended in macro mode). One mode that is really cool is the panoramic assist mode which helps you take (surprise) panoramic pictures. It also comes with software to help you form the pictures together. I haven't really used the pictureproject software that comes with it because the basic windows XP built in camera stuff works fine. (by the way, I've had no problems at all hooking this camera up to my computer and getting the pictures off) I have a 512 MB SD card which is pretty much overkill. At the second highest setting I can take almost 600 pictures or 15 minutes of video. I think the batteries would probably fail before I ran out of memory. I have a really fast one and have not had any delays really with it writing to the card. The only delays have been while the flash is recharging (about 4 seconds) Speaking of batteries, get some rechargeable ones because it uses them up quickly. The crappy alkaline batteries that come with it ran out after about 30 photos. I get quite a few more photos than that with my rechargeable ones however. They are AA sized batteries so what you lose in size you make up for in being able to find them cheaply. It'd be nice if it came with rechargeable batteries to begin with or an AC adapter like some of their other digital cameras. You have to buy those yourself unfortunately. The autofocus isn't that great. Sometimes it won't be able to automatically focus on something even though you see the photo in focus while it's trying. It has a "blur warning" which you have to turn off since basically anytime you take a picture without the flash it says "Photo is blurred, discard?" It has an option to leave a voice memo with each picture which is nice if you're taking a lot of photos and need to remember details about them. It does take pretty decent pictures in low light without the flash if you can keep the camera still enough. So to sum it up it's a pretty good little camera if you want something relatively small and relatively cheap (they've come down about $40 - $50 in a month it seems). I really wish it had more manual controls, specifically with focusing and aperture and shutter speeds, but I might be expecting too much from a little point and shoot. I'll update this once I use the scene modes a bit more and if I end up having any major problems with it. It's hard to go wrong with Nikon, though.

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Nikon Coolpix L1
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Great pics

Weakness: Long delay between shots Poor zoom in macro model EATS BATTERIES

I bought the Nikon Coolpix L1 last week (November 2005). It uses regular AA batteries. I took 14 pictures; some with flash, some without flash; and the batteries were DEAD! This is bad, bad, bad. Long delay between shots with flash on or off. It takes nice pictures but if it you can only take a few pictures before replacing the batteries, it's going back to the store. I do not recommend this camera because of these problems.

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Great photos from a small camera
5 Star Review   By member asertiv1 - Oct 20, 2005   

Strengths: 5x zoom feature, lightweight, AA batteries inexpensive as is SD media. superior picture quality

Weakness: too many scene options make operation confusing. find a couple favorites and stick with them.

We took this camera on vacation to Las Vegas and found the picture quality it be excellent. the small camera fits in most pockets and the nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries last most of the day. Taking pictures requires a steady hand as it takes a few seconds to complete the shot. We were suprised that even our photos taken through a plane window turned out really well. For the reasonable cost (both when buying and for batteries and sd media cards) it works fantastic. I would encourage buying online and getting the sd media cards right away, as they are much less expensive than in stores. We like it a lot better than our previous sony cybershot.

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