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Nikon Coolpix L810 review
Ilse Jurriën : June 5th 2012 - 16:20 CET
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NikonNikon Coolpix L810 review : When you think of a budget camera, you often think of a cheap camera with basic functionality. The Nikon Coolpix L810, however, is quite different, as this 16 megapixel camera is at the top of Nikon’s L-series, with a Nikkor lens and 26x optical zoom. Additionally, the Nikon Coolpix L810 is equipped with VR-vibration reduction with lens-shift to counteract the effects of camera shake. Despite these advanced camera functions, it is still a budget camera, mostly due to its extremely user-friendly character. In the automatic setting, all camera settings are regulated automatically. We tested the Nikon Coolpix L810 for some time in practice.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

Nikon Coolpix L810 review
The L-Series digital compact cameras include all of Nikon’s budget cameras. The Nikon Coolpix L810 is the Nikon L-Series (Life Series) flagship camera. Thanks to its many automatic functions, this camera series is very easy to use, even for beginner photographers. Moreover, the Coolpix L-series has a friendly price tag. The entry-level model, the 10 megapixel Coolpix L23 is available for only €60 / £55 / $80. For the flagship, the Nikon Coolpix L810, you have to pay a little bit more. This camera currently goes for almost €200 / £180 / $240. All of the Nikon Coolpix L-series cameras use AA-batteries. This is not my first choice, but the batteries do last a long time. Another advantage is that the AA-batteries are available everywhere.

review Nikon Coolpix L810

Review Nikon Coolpix L810
The Nikon Coolpix L810 is eye-catching, with its shiny body. The Nikon Coolpix L810 has a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and an Expeed C2 image processor for good processing of photos and 720p HD videos. The well-known Nikkor lens with 26x optical zoom offers a wide-angle range of 22.5mm to 585 mm supertele. The ISO sensitivity range of the Nikon Coolpix L810 goes up to ISO 1600, so that you can still shoot decent photos in low light. A handy extra is the zoom button on the side. When using this button, you can keep a solid hold on the camera, diminishing the chance of camera shake. Photos and videos made with the Nikon Coolpix L810 can be easily viewed on the clear 7.5cm LCD display.

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Nikon Coolpix L810 functions
The Nikon Coolpix L810 has many automatic photo functions, which makes taking good photos even easier. For example, think of the smile timer, which only lets a photo be taken when the selected person is smiling. Red eys, caused by the flash, are also corrected automatically. Blink detection warns when someone has their eyes closed. The Nikon L810 even has a function to soften the skin tone. Additionally, the Nikon Coolpix L810 is equipped with a Best Shot Selector (BSS), in order to choose the sharpest shot out of ten consecutive shots.

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Nikon Coolpix L810 image quality
Concerning the image quality, the Nikon Coolpix L810 makes neat photos, especially when the lighting circumstances are optimal. The camera is affected by lens vignetting, or edge blur. In the middle, the photos look detailed and sharp; the edges are a bit softer and show some distortion. The color representation is good, as is the white balance. In terms of ISO, I would advise avoiding ISO 800 and ISO 1600. With the higher ISO values, the colors are still good, but the amount of noise increases significantly and there is certainly a loss of detail. In short, we are satisfied with the image quality. What is noticeable while taking photos is that the camera is fairly slow. After shooting a photo, the Nikon Coolpix L810 takes its time to process, so that you cannot take a second photo very quickly after that.

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Nikon Coolpix L810 review conclusion
The Nikon Coolpix L810 is a surprising camera with advanced functions such as a Nikkor lens with 26x zoom. Nevertheless, the Coolpix L810 is part of Nikon’s budget L-series, which is mostly noticeable in the use of AA-batteries, the camera’s speed and edge blur that shows up in photos. The Nikon Coolpix L810 is especially easy to use and has a string of automatic functions. The Nikon Coolpix L810 is an interesting digital camera when you have a limited budget. If you are looking for a camera with a comparable zoom range, but with a bit more advanced functions, have a look at the bigger brother, the Coolpix P510.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review rating
• User-friendliness : 80
• Features : 70
• Image quality : 70
• Design : 70
• Price : 75
• Rating : 75 out of 100

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