Nikon Coolpix L810

$218
  • 15.9 MP
  • 25.4x f/3.1
  • 1/2.5" CCD
  • 3" LCD
Released February, 2012
Read our Nikon Coolpix L810 review to find out if the budget price-tag is too good to be true... The Nikon Coolpix L810 is an easy to use mega-zoom digital compact camera with a 26x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p HD video, EXPEED C2 image processor, Vibration Reduction, 3-inch LCD screen with 921,000 dots and AA batteries.
Rated 70% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)

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First reviewed February, 2012

Features Key features of the Nikon Coolpix L810

Back view of Nikon Coolpix L810
That's not to say it won't take a little effort to get the most from this camera, but the basics of shooting a photo or movie are easy.
Rated 64% by by c|net (May, 2012)

megapixels

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13.8 MP
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20 MP
h LCD, 720p, 16 megapixel, nikon, super-zoom, coolpix, 26x zoom, AA bat.
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But that's simply a matter of specs; you get a wider, longer lens and a higher-resolution sensor, neither of which gets you better photos.
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sensor size

Nikon Coolpix L810
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
You can change ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation as well as color, flash, and continuous-shooting modes.
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Low ISO gives a good performance with smooth results and sharp edges.
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wide angle lens

Nikon Coolpix L810
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
Nikon Coolpix S9300
Worth noting is that if you try to use the flash when shooting close-ups, depending on how close you are, you can end up with a shadow from the lens barrel (common for long-zoom cameras).
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The Nikon Coolpix L810 is an affordable super-zoom compact camera sporting a 26x zoom lens.
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aperture size

Nikon Coolpix L810
Nikon Coolpix S9300
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
when zoom is set to middle position) to infinity.
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Whatever your persuasion, the long zoom of the Nikon Coolpix L810 will deliver.
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zoom range

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Alternatively the large zoom is useful for the sloth in all of us that simply can't be bothered to walk there.
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Light metering is locked to multipattern unless you're using the digital zoom, and the focus area is fixed to the center of the frame.
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body size

111 x 76 x 83 mm
92.3 x 52.4 x 21.6 mm
109 x 62 x 31 mm
With the camera loaded with its four, AA-size batteries, it has a nice weight to it, and the ample handgrip gives you something substantial to hold.
Coolpix L810 by c|net (May, 2012)
Exposure is good, but as usual with compact cameras, highlights will occasionally blow out.
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Performance Real world tests of Nikon Coolpix L810

shutter lag

Nikon Coolpix L810
Basically, it combines a Blink Warning, Skin Softening, Smile Shutter, and Face Priority AF (autofocus) features into one mode.
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The system works well, in particular for self-portraits, allowing you to take pictures without pressing the shutter release or setting a timer (limited to one 10-second option).
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battery life

300 photos
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Nikon includes alkaline batteries, which will last for up to 300 shots; lithium batteries should last for nearly 750 shots.
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You can use alkaline, NiMH rechargeables, or lithium AA batteries.
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max continuous shooting

 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 921 k dots
  • 23 mm
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • 10 mm

cons

  • 12.79 fps
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 1.2 fps
  • 25.4x
  • 68.46%
  • 580 ms
  • Feb, 2012
  • No automatic HDR
  • Less capability to adjust white balance and exposure
  • 300
  • None
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Dust may appear in your photos
  • 4 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 70%
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Rated 64%
Read the review (May, 2012)
Its white balance is good overall, though the auto white balance is warm under unnatural lighting.

Lens

If you simply must have a 26x zoom lens and AA batteries for power, it's OK, especially for its price.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 64% by by c|net (May, 2012)
If you like to shoot close-ups, the L810 can focus as close as 0.4 inch from your subject, but to do so you need to zoom in a little; an arrow on the onscreen zoom indicator turns green when you're at the right length.
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The zoom lens does work while recording, which is definitely a selling point with such a long lens.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 64% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Zoom

To operate the Nikon Coolpix L810's zoom, the shutter release which is perched on the tip of the grip has a zoom ring wrapped around it.
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Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 70% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)
However, Nikon have been thoughtful enough to place a secondary zoom rocker on the lens barrel.
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Focus

The camera can continuously shoot at full resolution up to four photos at a rate of about 1.1 frames per second, which is decent, but focus and exposure are set with the first shot, so it's not ideal for fast-moving subjects.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 64% by by c|net (May, 2012)
I tested a second L810, and while its autofocus and overall shooting performance were still slow, it did not exhibit any other issues.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 64% by by c|net (May, 2012)
I tested a second L810 camera, and while its autofocus and overall shooting performance were still slow, it did not exhibit any other issues.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 64% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Photography

The Nikon Coolpix L810 would suit the outdoor rambler who likes to take pictures of wildlife without disturbing them.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 70% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)
What this all means is that the camera is too slow for getting specific shots of active kids or pets, sports, or fast-moving wildlife without practice and a lot of luck.
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Photography is such a welcoming past time.
Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 70% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)

Video

The quality of the video is good and the sound recording is superb.
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Nikon Coolpix L810 | Rated 70% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)
Video quality is the same as photo quality: good enough for Web use at small sizes.
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Editions Editions of the Nikon Coolpix L810

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April 8, 2012
Please give me suggestion.

I am a beginner n wanna hv fun wid capturing fine images as photography is my interest.

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Hey! So i am 12, I have been interested in photography since i was 7! I am thinking about getting a new camera, Which one would be better? I want a camera that you can buy lenses for. Which one...

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I want a camera i can take creative pictures with. I will use it for everything!

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December 17, 2012
Image Quality

Shooting regualr pictures however the quality is close to an DSLR image quality

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November 23, 2012
Portrait use?

This camera sounds like a great replacement for my old fuji S9100.  Mostly taking family, vacation photos, but I do like to play around with manual and portraits.  How would I use this with  I an...

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April 30, 2012
Taking photos of my friends , weddings, trips and nature

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February 27, 2013
What setting do I use to take picture of Full moon

What setting do I use to take picture of full moon with coolpix L810

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February 22, 2013
Rapid Fire Mode

I have had my camera for a while, but is rapid fire possible to use on this camera? If so how do i turn it on?

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Nikon Coolpix L120
  • 14 MP
  • 21x f/3.1
  • 1/2.5" CCD
  • 3" LCD
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3 more Sortable users recommended the Coolpix L810 over the Coolpix L120.
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Beginner II
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Nikon L120 is automatic you can't choose the mode you want while taking the pics while L810 i think it's manual

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A year ago as a beginner i use Nikon P500, consider the zoom and full HD Movie. For you i suggest a cheaper one cause there's no significant differences. But maybe you'll dissapointed that the in...

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I think L810 is better as you will choose the mode you will use to take the photo