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Nikon Coolpix L3 Digital Camera

5.1MP 3x CCD Jul 2006
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Inside the smooth, elegant design of the COOLPIX L3 is a range of sophisticated features designed to preserve your moments perfectly. With a capable 5 megapixel resolution, this camera delivers... More
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17 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Some customers reckoned that it was easy to use. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com wrote “Well-made compact digital camera that is simple to use and provides more than enough kit for the ‘snaperatti’”. One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L3 agreed that it was able to produce good images.

Two Nikon Coolpix L3 owners concluded that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Digital camera, 5,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color, 23 MB Good” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix L3. Expert review site Dpinterface.com said “The Coolpix L3 has 5 megapixels, 3x optical zoom” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix L3.

One person concluded that the Nikon Coolpix L3 had a good image sensor.

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Nice Design

Several Nikon Coolpix L3 owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com ten years ago “The budget-minded Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking photos” however despite that they gave it a score of 3 stars. Asia.cnet.com mentioned “Simple to use, nice ergonomics, stylish, good range of subject modes” in their review. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on Pocket Lint “Nikon’s Coolpix L3 is a stylish and well-made compact digital camera that is simple to use” and rated the product 70 out of 100.

One person concluded that it was ergonomic. Ten years ago Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix L3 “A sharp 3x Nikkor optical zoom and improved overall ergonomics, making it the slimmest”.

One Nikon Coolpix L3 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth. Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix L3 “Slimmed down stylish design in attractive gun-metal grey color Well-built body with smooth curves” but even so they scored it 3 stars.

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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Nikon is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Nikon also has good ratings for its compact cameras.

Good Product Quality

A few customers who bought this digital camera considered that it was good quality. Ten years ago expert review site Cnet.com mentioned “Simple to use; solid image quality” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix L3 however they only scored it 64 out of 100. Nine years ago Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review “Easy to hold Good quality lens provides decent overall sharpness Images had good color even under harsh lighting Excellent macro performance Loads of hel”. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned ten years ago “The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a lot going for it, including a good quality 5.1-megapixel CCD sensor”.

Robust

Some people wrote in their reviews that it was well made.

Good Size

One Nikon Coolpix L3 owner who purchased it considered that it was lightweight. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “A bright 2.0-inch LCD with in-camera image-improvement features, in lightweight and compact bodies” in their review.

One person concluded that it was compact. One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good body shape.

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Good Quality Lens

Some people mentioned that the Nikon Coolpix L3 had a good lens. One person who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good zoom.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix L3 had a good screen.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon Coolpix L3 reviewer considered that the product had good features.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an sd compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix L3 supports video capability. Most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L3 do not support video capability.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix L3, the Nikon Coolpix L3 has an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix L3, the Nikon Coolpix L3 has a built-in flash.

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Has One White Balance

The Coolpix L3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has One Photo Effects

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L3.

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15 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Pocket Lint, v3.co.uk and asia.cnet.com the average expert rating of this camera is 64%. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this Nikon camera.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person reckoned that the product was not noisy. Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “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” however they still rated it 64 out of 100.

Very Low Megapixel

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has one of the lower megapixels (only 5.1 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L3 is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix L3 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix L3 the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Coolpix L3 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L3 have display diagonals of between 1" and 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". The Coolpix L3 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix L3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix L3 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix L3, the Nikon Coolpix L3 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix L3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L3 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix L3, the Coolpix L3 is not waterproof.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix L3 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 1024x768 and 640x480. Across all compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L3 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix L3 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 440,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 86,000 pixels, the Coolpix L3's display resolution (numeric) is one of the lowest amongst compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix L3.

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Coolpix L3 has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This digital camera's image resolution (2592 x 1944 pixels) is actually the worst image resolution across all compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Across comparable types of digital camera the best image resolution is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Coolpix L3 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all compact cameras that came out more than two years ago the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix L3. The image formats supported "-" is also supported by this Nikon camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix L3

Released Over Ten Years Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix L3 over ten years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix L3 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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1/2.5"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Coolpix L3 is 1/2.5"". That's 7% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 5.76 x 4.29mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 120 grams, the Coolpix L3 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix L3.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Connection to PC
I/O Ports
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
Interface
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Lens System
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

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1 January 2007

The budget-minded Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking photos but offers few options...

Simple to use
Solid image quality
Slimmed down stylish design in attractive gun-metal grey color Well-built body with smooth curves
Easy to hold Good quality lens provides decent overall sharpness Images had good color even under harsh lighting Excellent macro performance Loads of hel
Simple to use, nice ergonomics, stylish, good range of subject modes
Sluggish performance
Cant change light-sensitivity setting manually
Noticeable vignetting
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
Bluepurple pixel fringing, soft snaps, skewed colours
15 November 2006

Budget beginners? camera with a Face Priority feature...

22 August 2006

For an entry-level camera, the Nikon Coolpix L3 has a lot going for it, including a good quality 5.1-megapixel CCD sensor, a sharp 3x Nikkor optical zoom and improved overall ergonomics, making it...

11 July 2006

The budget-minded Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking photos but offers few options...

28 June 2006

Nikon?s Coolpix L3 is a stylish and well-made compact digital camera that is simple to use and provides more than enough kit for the ?snaperatti?...

19 June 2006

The budget-minded Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking photos but offers few options...

6 June 2006

The budget-minded Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking photos but offers few options...

21 February 2006

The COOLPIX L2, COOLPIX L3 and COOLPIX L4 are entry-level digital compact cameras that combine high-quality components like a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and a bright 2.0-inch LCD with in-camera... Read more…

1 January 2006

DPInterface Nikon Coolpix L3 ReviewBrad Soo - April 30th, 2006 Its Nikons new entry-level camera... the Coolpix L3. The Coolpix L3 has 5 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and 2 inch LCD. Theres lots of... Read more…

15 June 2006

En användarvänlig sikta och knäpp-kamera med en upplösning på 5 megapixel, 3x optisk zoom och en mängd olika motivprogram. Kameran beskrivs som smidig och välbyggd. Testarna är på det... Read more…

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