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Nikon Coolpix L20 Review

Updated on September 4, 2011

Welcome to the Nikon Coolpix L20 Review. The Nikon Coolpix L20 may be one of the best beginner digital cameras available on the market right now. While it does typically run higher than the $100 range, it is still a good value. I personally own this camera and have for a little over a year now. It has a great list of features that can help beginners, but can also hurt you. I’m going to go over some of those features and give you some tips that may help you get started in the world of digital photography.

The Nikon Coolpix L20 Review
The Nikon Coolpix L20 Review

The Best Cheap Compact Camera?

The Nikon Coolpix L20 features a now industry standard LCD screen that measures out at 3”. The digital camera does feature a manual zoom that is very helpful for getting close up pictures. The 3.6x optical zoom is perfect for getting the up close pictures of wildlife that you are not able to get walk right up to. The camera also features 10 megapixels for a good high quality photograph. The megapixels are adjustable to a lower resolution, if perhaps you would rather have higher quantity and lower quality photographs stored on your memory card. The SD memory card that is used by the L20 is all but a requirement. When set on 10 megapixels, the camera is only able to store 3 photos within the camera’s memory. The SD style memory card will have to be purchased separately, but is a very common and available card you can find almost anywhere. The camera also features a red eye fix, smile mode, and blink detection. Smile mode is obviously for use when photographing a person and actually puts an auto feature on the shutter to make it release when the person smiles. The blink detection is actually a warning system that lets you know when a person has blinked.

Digital Photography Tips

Now the digital camera does have some features that I don’t think are as great as Nikon makes them out to be. One is the Easy Auto Mode. While this will take a picture for you, very often the photo will be of poor quality. The camera has a scene selector mode that the camera can be set to and the auto mode will automatically set itself to one of these scenes. The real problem is that while you are holding the camera to take a picture, you will find that the camera can’t make up its mind and is cycling through several different scene selections. This is why it is best to manually set the scene selections. I would also suggest to experiment with the scene selections and don’t match what the scene selection is to your situation. A good example is using the night portrait during the day because it has a slower shutter speed. This will require the camera to be very still, but will make some awesome photographs. Experimentation will go a long ways with this camera and cost nothing. You can make as many digital photographs as you want and delete your mistakes until you get it right.

One of the Top Point and Shoot Cameras In It's Price Range

Overall this digital camera provides a great value at a low price to get you started in digital photography. While this camera isn’t capable of producing the highest detailed pictures in the world, it doesn’t drain your bank account either. If you are not looking to spend in excess of $300, $500, or even $1000 on a camera the Nikon Coolpix L20 may be the right camera for you. Get out there and start snapping some pics!


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