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Nikon Coolpix L2 Digital Camera

6MP 3x 4x SD Jun 2010
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Memory Card Release Date
Features- Powerful 38 to 116mm (35mm equivalent) 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens- Large, bright 2.0-inch LCD monitor- Lightweight, compact design- Smoothly elegant flat finish- D-Lighting rescues... More
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16 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

Several people wrote in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix L2 was good quality. Cnet.co.uk wrote ten years ago “Its image quality is excellent for its class” in their review. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “The is targeted at the photographer who wants a simple to use, compact, high quality digital camera”. Neocamera.com mentioned ten years ago “Easy to hold Good quality lens provides decent overall sharpness Images had good color even under harsh lighting Excellent macro performance Loads of hel” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix L2.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon Coolpix L2 owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned ten years ago “Its pictures are quite good” . Cnet.com.au wrote on CNET.com.au “For its class, delivers excellent photos that require minimal effort” in their review of this digital camera. Ten years ago expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “It produces consistently good images”.

One person thought it had a good image sensor. Imaging-Resource.com said on Imaging Resource.com “The Nikon Coolpix L2 has a lot going for it, including a generous 6-megapixel CCD sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewer who bought the Nikon Coolpix L2 said that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com said on expert website CNET.com “Digital camera, 6,000,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color, 23 MB Good” in their Nikon Coolpix L2 review.

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Easy to Use

Several Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 wrote that it was easy to use. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “The ease of use of this camera is hard to beat”. Neocamera.com wrote ten years ago “Very simple to use”.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Good Size

Three Nikon Coolpix L2 owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was compact. Megapixel.net wrote in their review “The Nikon Coolpix L2 is another in Nikons line-up of simple compact cameras” and rated it 4 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewer said in their reviews that it was lightweight. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com mentioned ten years ago “A bright 2.0-inch LCD with in-camera image-improvement features, in lightweight and compact bodies” in their Nikon Coolpix L2 review.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 owner thought the Nikon Coolpix L2 was a good body shape. One person who reviewed it concluded that it was thin. Megapixel.net scored the Nikon Coolpix L2 4 stars and mentioned “The camera is thin and rounded” in their Nikon Coolpix L2 review.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Nikon has good average reviews for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range.

Nice Design

Two people who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 thought it was a good design.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewer who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L2 reckoned that it was ergonomic. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned on Imaging Resource.com ten years ago “A sharp 3x Nikkor optical zoom and improved overall ergonomics, making it the slimmest” in their review.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 owner said that it was smooth. Neocamera.com mentioned “Slimmed down stylish design in attractive gun-metal grey color Well-built body with smooth curves” however despite that they scored this digital camera 20 out of 100.

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Robust

One person wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Neocamera.com mentioned “Reliable matrix metering”. One person concluded that the product was well made.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good screen.

Good Technical Features

A few Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Ten years ago expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewNikons new budget L series cameras promise to pack a lot of features into a sleek, compact body” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers who bought it concluded that it had a good lens. Expert review site Neocamera.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix L2 review “The lens, which delivers good sharpness, is betrayed by strong barrel distortion at wide-angle” but even so they gave the product a rating of 1 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix L2 owner said in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an sd memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Nikon Coolpix P520 ($349.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix L2 supports video recording, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix L2.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support video recording and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Sony DSC-HX10, and the Nikon Coolpix L23 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix L2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix L2 also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the GE A1455.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Coolpix L2 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix L2.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon Coolpix L2 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

Across all the similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix L2 the widths range from 16mm to 470mm. At only 91 millimeters, the Coolpix L2 is quite narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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16 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, asia.cnet.com and CNET.co.uk this compact camera camera has an average expert rating of 63 out of 100. Experts aren't convinced by this camera.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person wrote in their reviews that it was not noisy. Neocamera.com wrote ten years ago “Always set automatically Slower than average shutter response 3x zoom control is noisy and slow Resolution low for 2-inch LCD screen High image noise in dim ligh” in their review of this digital camera.

Very Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L2 is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP. With a megapixel count of only 6 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix L2 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Coolpix L19 (8MP and higher rated), or the Coolpix 8800 (8MP and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Coolpix L2 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which have an image stabiliser.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the GE J1250, or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR700 is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L2 is 9.6x. The optical zoom of the Nikon Coolpix L2 of only 3 times zoom factor is one of the smallest amongst digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix L2.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 5900.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the PowerShot A2200 (3.3x), or the PowerShot A800 (3.3x) both from Canon or the Samsung EX2F (3.3x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Coolpix L2 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Coolpix S9500, or the Coolpix S9400 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix L2 is 1" and the largest is 4.8". With a screen size of only 2 inches, the Nikon Coolpix L2 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2" screen digital cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix 5900 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the VTech Kidizoom Connect (2.2"), the Trevi DC 2310 (2.4"), or the GE C1033 (2.4") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix L2 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix L2 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000, the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Coolpix L2 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix L2 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L2 do not have a GPS. The Coolpix L2 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V ($448.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix L2 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The Coolpix L2 has a very low display resolution (only 86,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The display resolutions of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L2 range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix L2 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Coolpix L2 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution. Across all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix L2 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The Coolpix L2 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most cameras of this spec and age. This Nikon camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix L2. The playback mode "single image" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The Coolpix L2 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Nikon camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix L2. The image format "-" is also supported by this digital camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix L2

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix L2 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Samsung ST90.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the G3WP (4.5x), or the G5WP (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 120 grams, the Nikon Coolpix L2 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L2.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Date Imprinting
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(15)
31 December 2006

Clearly, Nikon has cut too many corners with the Coolpix L2. The lens, which delivers good sharpness, is betrayed by strong barrel distortion at wide-angle and a very narrow aperture (F5.3) at... Read more…

Easy to use
Excellent image quality for an inexpensive camera
Useful macro mode
Effective D-Lighting feature
Attractive design
Extremely limited image options
Average performance
Max ISO sensitivity limited to 200 and always set automatically Slower than average shutter response 3x zoom control is noisy and slow Resolution low for 2-inch LCD screen High image noise in dim ligh
Flash offers limited range
No control over sensitivity (ISO)
16 October 2006

The no-frills Nikon Coolpix L2 is slow, but its pictures are quite good...

For an entry-level camera, the Nikon Coolpix L2 has a lot going for it, including a generous 6-megapixel CCD sensor, a sharp 3x Nikkor optical zoom and improved overall ergonomics, making it the...

26 June 2006

Appearance and featuresWeight and appearance make this feel like a quality piece of equipment. The model I tested came in gunmetal grey, which will not scuff or mark too quickly. It also has a... Read more…

9 June 2006

The no-frills Nikon Coolpix L2 is slow, but its image quality is excellent for its class...

1 June 2006

Nikon Coolpix L2 reviewNikons new budget L series cameras promise to pack a lot of features into a sleek, compact body. In this review, Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at whether this no frills... Read more…

23 May 2006

The no-frills Nikon Coolpix L2 is slow, but its pictures are quite good...

22 May 2006

The no-frills Nikon Coolpix L2 is slow, but its pictures are quite good...

If you're in the market for a simple to use, affordable camera, the Nikon Coolpix L2 is an excellent option (as are its siblings, the Coolpix L3 and Coolpix L4). The ease of use of this camera is...

1 April 2006

The Nikon Coolpix L2 is another in Nikons line-up of simple compact cameras. This one is equipped with a 6 megapixel CCD, a 3X optical zoom and a 2-inch LCD monitor, positioning it as an...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon vaa581e1
Barcodes 00018208910823, 00018208910885
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