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Nikon Coolpix L31 Digital Camera

$55.99
Compact Camera 16.1MP 5x CCD Dec 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Good size
Poor expert reviews
No image stabilisation
126 Reviews
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Reviews

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 244 owner reviews this digital camera has an overall owner rating of 84%. 74 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 25,534 owner and expert reviews (including 1,510 verified purchases) for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com and Ephotozine this medium megapixel camera has an overall expert rating of 60%. The expert review sites don't rate this Nikon camera very highly.


Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Coolpix L31 has a hand strap, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Coolpix L31 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a batteries included.

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera take between 190 and 749 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Nikon Coolpix L31 which takes 200 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera is 9.5MB, the biggest is 480MB, and the average internal memory is 66MB. At only 17 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix L31 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the Coolpix L31 does not feature bluetooth.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 26x, and the optical zooms range from 1x to 83x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix L31 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix L31 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the easypix W1400 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Medion Life E44050 (5x), or the Samsung MV800 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than a year ago is 2.9". At only 2.7 inches, the Coolpix L31 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the easypix W1400.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Samsung MV800 (3") which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera is 230,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 730,000 pixels. The Nikon Coolpix L31 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Support

Good Support

Seven customers who bought this digital camera considered that it had good technical guidance. Tiger Wolf said on Amazon “The reason I gave it 4 stars is the instructions”. Vivsi mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix L31 review “The downside is the instructions which were in total French” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Ross Hendry wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon two years ago “And too many bells and whistles spoils the fun in my view! The quick start guide that comes with the camera is in French”.


Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

This camera has a still image resolution(s) of 4608 x 3456| 4608 x 2592| 3264 x 2448| 2272 x 1704| 1600 x 1200| 640 x 480, which is the most frequently found still image resolution(s) on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Viewfinder

Very High Magnification

The Coolpix L31 has a very high magnification (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. Comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera have magnifications of between 0.25x and 4x.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Coolpix L31 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Coolpix L31 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Design

Comfy to Hold

Twenty-seven owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Two years ago expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix L31 review “The L31 is a reasonably competent camera that's easy to use.” but in spite of that they only gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Mr. E. W. Shaw mentioned on Amazon “Perfect little camera easy to use and keep handy”. Mr. C. Cruickshank wrote “Easy to use and the batteries seem to be long lasting as well (still on my 1st batteries!” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Mr Baz mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Easy to use main menu and you have a button to pick scene modes from” however despite that he scored the product 3 stars out of 5. L. W. Newton wrote on Amazon “Nikon have aimed this camera at the novice and simple menus and shooting modes reflect that” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

One person who bought it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Comfy to hold”.

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Nice Design

Three customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix L31 considered that it was good looking. Mr Baz wrote “+ Pretty consistent metering and ok flash exposures, colours are quite punchy overall Cons”. Mr Baz also said “1 as most compacts are in this price range.+ Pretty consistent metering” in his review. Ian Russell wrote on Amazon “Seems pretty good” in his review of this digital camera.

Three owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was neat. Keris Nine said on Amazon “The camera is compact, small and very neat, solidly constructed”. Helen wrote on Amazon “Very neat size and good picture quality”. K.fulton wrote on Amazon “Nifty wee camera that fits neatly in a pocket” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Jomalvern mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Its pronounced finger grip and embossed thumb rest ensure the camera stays secure in the hand, yet the curvy design still slips easily into a relatively tight jeans pocket” and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5.

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Decent Optical Quality

Thirteen people reckoned that it was good quality. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “Decent optical quality” in their review of this digital camera. Nadine said on Amazon “Easy to use, good quality”. Martin Miles mentioned “Good quality camera, delivered well within the posted timescale”.

Robust

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was reliable. Random_article wrote in their review of this digital camera “It's probably a good reliable camera haven't tried it yet as it's for” . Two people reckoned that the product was easy to damage or scratch. An anonymous author mentioned “Unfortunately the lens broke (my fault) the new one was bought to replace it” in her Nikon Coolpix L31 review.

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Amber said two years ago “Also the built in memory is very low”. L. W. Newton gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The build quality looks fine” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was strong and durable.

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Flash

Has a Pre-Flash

The Coolpix L31 has a pre-flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a pre-flash.

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Camera

Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon Coolpix L31 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Coolpix L31 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Coolpix L31 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Nikon Coolpix L31 has a self-timer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Four owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good battery life. Martin Miles wrote “Camera purchased as a present for late teen who is going travelling so small, light and easy battery swap really important” in his review of this digital camera. Martin Miles also mentioned “Simple to use camera, good battery life” in his review. Two years ago Alexa mentioned “It is battery operated” in her review of this digital camera.


Features

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features. L. W. Newton wrote in their review of this digital camera “This little camera has all the features some of it's bigger bothers have.” .


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix L31 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung MV800 is also worth considering.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Coolpix L31 supports video recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Good Flash

Four people who bought the product agreed that it had a good flash. Tiger Wolf mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good flash too, for those who plan on using theirs indoors”. Christine Dodd wrote on Amazon “Really wish I had not chosen this camera as it is does not cope well with close ups, I cannot seem to turn the flash off” in her review of this digital camera.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three owners concluded that the product had a good screen. Mr. D. Brown said on Amazon “At 2000m it was fine, at 4321m the screen LCD had burst” in their review of this digital camera yet they gave the product a score of 20 out of 100. Mr. C. Cruickshank mentioned “Great camera with a good sized screen”. K.fulton said on Amazon “The grid on the screen makes it easy to line up a shot, although like most screens it is susceptible to glare” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Video Capture

Four people who reviewed it considered that it was good for video recording. Ravenchild mentioned on Amazon “It takes great photos and great HD videos” in their review of this digital camera. Shoeburymike gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “It has a movie function which has eliminated the need for a camcorder as well” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Pictures

Thirty-one people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “Images taken in good light are passable - albeit with limited dynamic range”. Mr Gary E Ingram wrote on Amazon “It takes super sharp images and crisp colours” in his review of this digital camera and rated the Nikon Coolpix L31 the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Mr Baz mentioned on Amazon “You do have control over white balance and exposure compensation (use this to lighten/darken any pictures) Operation is very simple with a video record button” in his review of this digital camera.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Two years ago Keris Nine wrote on Amazon “OK, 16 Megapixels is probably much more detail than you're ever likely to need for casual use.”.

One person wrote that the product was good in low light. Karma said two years ago “The flash itself is often too bright for low light conditions, though ironically without flash there is also a marked tendency for over-exposure of any light source that there is” in her review of this digital camera.

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No Image Stabilisation

Three customers who bought it thought it did not have a good lens.

Two owners said that the Nikon Coolpix L31 did not have a good zoom. Michael Rowlinson said last year “Nice size, bit disappointed withthe zoom visibility” but he rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. In April last year Doug mentioned on Amazon “The zoom is awful, I've tried to take several photos zoomed in, birds, people, mountains”.

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it did not have a good autofocus. Mr Baz said “You'll get about double the number of shots over 300)- Min focus of 10cm isn't that close in line with others in this price range” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Two years ago Keris Nine said “The camera finds it difficult to lock focus when photographing anything else in dim light” in their review of this digital camera however they still scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “No image stabilisation”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Nineteen owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was compact. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned two years ago “Photographers often overlook the usefulness of a small, easy to use compact camera and instead prioritise the larger DSLRs”. Mrs. Sylvia Bullus said in her review of the Nikon Coolpix L31 on Amazon “Compact, bit lighter than my old one”. Mrs. M. C. Mitchell mentioned two years ago “Nikon COOLPIX L31 Compact Digital Camera”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. Two years ago Tiger Wolf said on Amazon “I needed a simple, lightweight pocket camera” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Vivsi said on Amazon in the same month “This is a great camera - Lightweight and easy to handle”. Alexa mentioned on Amazon “It is lightweight and fairly small so is perfect pocket size” in her review of this digital camera.

Two people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was easy to carry around. Doug mentioned “I bought this for its handy size - easy to slip in a pocket or bag” in his review of this digital camera however he only rated it 2 stars out of 5.

One customer reckoned that it was a good size. Laura gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and she said “It was in one piece and work I do not mind how it got there it arrived safely and good size package so thank you” in her review of this digital camera.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was a big size. Jomalvern said two years ago “As advertised, this camera is simple to operate, I like that the number of buttons are minimal and of a fairly large size” in their review of this digital camera.

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Very Light

The lightest camera of this age and type is 120g , the heaviest is 590g, and the average weight is 360g. The Coolpix L31 is fairly light (only 160 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix L31 in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

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