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The Nikon Coolpix L110 is almost a hybrid camera. It looks like an SLR but isn't! The L110 boasts many of the features of an SLR with the advantage of a 12.1 megapixel resolution and a 15 times superzoom lens.
One of the main additions to the L110 over it's predecessor the L100 is the facility to shoot 720p HD video while also recording in stereo.
The L110 feels good in the hand and is still compact enough for you to take along to a wedding or function without feeling that you are weighed down by a ton of camera gear associated with an SLR camera. As usual with Nikon, the build quality is exceptionally good and although the main body of the camera is made of plastic it still feels solid enough and it will stand up to the rigours of daily life.
The L110 has several options available when actually taking a picture but SLR afficionados may disagree, complaining there are too many automated features. Personally I disagree as having only had compacts before, I find the L110 gives me a huge range of settings to choose from. I have taken all sorts of different pictures with the Nikon in all types of weather, light levels and various situations. Not once has the Nikon been found wanting and 99 times out of a hundred the pictures have been pin sharp.
Even the sport mode which can take up to 13 frames a second but at a reduced resolution has still produced some stunning action shots.
If you are really not comfortable experimenting with different settings then there is always the easy auto mode which is more or less point and shoot like a compact. However I would implore you to try out the various settings available, after all you can always delete any poor efforts!
With features such as Nikon's sensor-shift image stabilisation system and facial recognition, the Nikon does all it can to help the novice take great pictures and it has certainly helped me on more than one occasion.
All in all, this is a brilliant camera and a more than adequate introduction to superzoom technology and the realm of the slr.
managed to capture great photos from our holiday last year. they came out amazing with very little blurred photos and the focus just at the right level. Also the very easy mode is great for people who barly know how to use a camera on the other hand the is lot's of diffrent settings, including black and white, septia and advanst colour. It also tells you when you have to put the flash up, or down and also one to eliminate red eyes which saves all of the hard work editing the photos when you get home. On top of that the hd movie recording offers a smooth zoom and great quality. Overall it is grat value for money and is well worth it if you want good photos. i use the camera nealy every day! and the photos are very small on the memory card so theres no need to buy a big expensive memory card.
At that time I was meeting an old friend at a camera store, and the plans to buy a pocket camera.
Suddenly, my eye has turned to a camera that is slightly larger. And beside it, there is also an SLR camera (I don't want to tell the name of the SLR, because it's from different class of camera) ...
I asked the comparison between the SLR and that medium-sized camera. Apparently with a standard 18-55mm lens, the SLR has almost the same technical result images as those Nikon L110 which also have a long range of focus (28-420mm equivalent), altough it's small lens. Hmmm...maybe I should choose the middle sized instead of pocket sized.
My friend said With a right lens zooming setting, we actually could have some blurry background, which is only SLR usually can do. I choose the maximum optical zoom setting, and then put the subject at focus point... well, of course I use it for close up photo for fun. I'm glad to have it, and maybe I could use it for more better thing than just for fun.
With Nikon Coolpix L110 I can make my subject more visible in the background of a crowded.
The setting I've used is fully automatic, and the result is great. With its clear 3" LCD, its easy for people with some eyes problems, to view and take a picture with this camera.
I don't use this camera at night, because I know the limits of the digital camera's sensor. The result usually have lots of small dots, and it's no good. because it cannot use an external flash.
Purchased this camera to take photo's of my partners showdogs and it has not let me down - to a point. On the positive side this is a good all round camera, having taken pictures of close-up still life, portraits and used the multi-shutter sports mode. But on a negative side, taking pictures at a distance of 30m, I have been disappointed. The 'anti-shake' function does not seem to apply! Perhaps a tri-pod would be beneficial to prevent the pictures from blurring due to hand shake but I have not tried this so cannot be certain.
It is a fairly light camera and sits nicely in the hand. It has a good size display to view your picture. This camera is excellent for basic day to day digital imagery but I would not recommend for the more advance photographer.
The close-up pictures I have produced have been a high standard and I believe this camera is good value for money.
Nikon Coolpix L110
I have had this camera for ages now (I will have had it a year in august). Before this camera I had not bought any products from Nikon, but they seemed to have a reputation for high quality products. So I decided to buy this one and I think that nearly a years worth of using this camera would be enough to write a review!
The Coolpix range
Nikon manufacture many different cameras, there are two main types, including: SLR and the coolpix range. The coolpix range is then divided into three sub headings with three fairly different camera ranges. There is the coolpix "performance" range (coolpix P), there is the coolpix "style" range (coolpix S) and then there is the coolpix "life" range (coolpix L). This camera is from the coolpix L range. There are then various cameras in each of the "Performance", "Style" and "Life" ranges.
About the product - tech specs
SD card compatible
720p movie recording with stereo sound
15x wide angle lens
5X anti blur
Vibration reduction and motion detection
Uses four AA batteries
What comes in the box?
The products that come in the box are as follows: the camera, of course, the camera strap, lens cap, warranty documents (2 documents), audio/video camera cable (to connect the camera to the tv), coolpix user manual cd, user support document, quick start guide and the software suite cd. The box does not contain a camera bag or sd card which is needed. I think there may have been four AA batteries supplied with the camera, but I am not sure.
The box packaging is quite boring, it is just black and it has "Nikon coolpix L110" written on all sides. The only useful thing written on the packaging is the additional information about getting an extra 12 months warranty. The box is fairly small so I kept the box and used it to store my camera and the camera accessories/information in until I bought a case. The box is composed of cardboard and therefore can be recycled - your you could just re-use it.
Appearance and design of the Nikon Coolpix L110
I love the design of the camera, before you buy a camera and also before you look at the specifications you obviously look at the design and appearance of the camera - so it has to look good and this camera does - or as good as camera can look in my opinion.
The camera is black in colour and it is a slightly shiny black finish to it. It has the "nikon" printed on the front and it has some of the tech specs of the camera on the side of the lens. I don't really like that it has this information on it as I think it makes the camera look less professional and makes it looks cheaper. I probably would be able to take off the sticker, but it may ruin the appearance of the camera in my opinion. Other information printed on the camera includes the "Coolpix L110" which is printed above the screen and it is also printed on the bottom of the camera.
One of the main features of the camera, in terms of its appearance, is the large lens, which is a 15x wide angle lens. The lens is the main feature of the camera due to its size, as it dwarfs the handle/hold at the side. The screen is another focus of the camera, in terms of its appearance, as it is a quite large screen - it measures 7.5cm diagonally (approximately). The 'handle' of the camera has a rubber covering on the front, which is textured slightly, which is supposed to make it easier to hold.
One thing that I really like about this camera is that it has a 'secret' covered flash. Where the nikon label is printed on the top of the camera, there is a flash light, which when it is lifted up reveals a LED light which is used a bright flash. I really like this feature as it does make photographs better in darker lighted settings but it is covered and protected due to the design of the camera.
The overall design of the camera is very sleek and simple, it looks quite big, due to the lens but it is quite compact. The main features (the lens and the screen) are fairly large and take up most of the camera. The hidden flash is a nice design feature and the buttons are clearly displayed. The only thing I don't like about the design is the tech spec information sticker on the side of the lens - it is not noticeable really from a distance - but to me it does make the camera look cheaper and less 'professional' looking.
The 'holding area' (I don't know what else to call it really), is on the right hand side of the camera - so not that great for people who are left handed (which means at about 11% of the worlds population would not really be too comfortable using this camera as all of the buttons are also located on the right). I am right handed so it is really easy for me to hold the camera with one hand and also as all of the buttons are located on the right it is easy for me to navigate around the camera. The only thing that I don't like about this camera, in terms of the ergonomics, is that it is a little bit too heavy - well it is for me as I have no biceps at all!
The screen is high resolution and measures 7.5cm (diagonally) as stated previously. The screen is stated to have an "anti-reflection coating" which is supposed to simplify composition and payback even in bright sun light. I do not find this to be the case, I have been using this camera for almost a year and one of the main things I don't like about the screen is that it is not easy to view photographs and videos in bright light - so the only way to view photographs/videos on this camera, you have to stand in some shade. But other than the reflection and glare from the screen which occurs in bright light, the screen is great! The colours are vivid, when viewing images they appear bright and sharp.
Portability (weight, size)
The camera is not the most portable camera that you can buy, but it is fairly portable. It weighs approximately 406g (with the camera strap, sd card and batteries). The depth of the camera (with the lens cap on) is approximately 8.2cm and the height is about 7cm. To make this camera more portable, there is a camera strap provided. The best way to travel with this camera, while keeping it protected, is to buy a medium/large camera. I took this camera on a cruise last year around the med and it was great, but it is fairly heavy and needs to be protected.
Lens cap (LC-CP20) and camera strap
The lens cap is an invaluable addition to the camera. It is made out of plastic and it is black in colour, with the "Nikon" brand name printed on the front of the cap. To attach the lens cap, you just squeeze in the two sides of the cap and it releases and to re-attach, you just squeeze in the sides of the cap and release when it is fully over the lens. The lens cap is invaluable as it keeps the lens from getting scratched or broken. The lens cap can not be taken off too easily unless you squeeze the two spring sides and it really useful, although dust and small scratches may still occur. To use the camera, to record a movie or take a picture, you have to take the lens cap off before you switch the camera on - as it prevent the lens from working.
The camera strap is also really useful to have. The strap is black in colour, with "Nikon" printed on it. It is made out of a thick canvas material and it has extra material at the neck for protection and comfort. And it also has extra material where it joins to the thinner attachment straps to the camera - again to reduce the potential for breaking the strap. The camera strap is fairly comfortable to use and it keeps the camera secure but due to the nature of the canvas type material it is not too smooth - even with the extra material on the neck area of the strap it can feel a little harsh on my skin, although this is obviously not a problem if you have the back of your neck covered so the strap is not in contact your skin.
Quick start guide and other documents included
The quick start guide is one of the documents in the box, the others include: a safety document with warnings in case the camera malfunctions - this document is printed in various languages such as French and German. The Nikon Europe service warranty and the warranty terms (two individual documents) are included. The last document in the box, not including the start guide, is user support information contact phone numbers.
The quick start guide, mine anyway, is printed in english and also russian. The guide is printed in black and white and it contains information on how to attach the lens cap and camera strap. It also contains the following 'how to' information: inserting the batteries and memory card, setting up the camera and installing the software provided.
The chapters in the guide include: "First steps", "Shooting and playback", "Installing the supplied software" and "transferring pictures to a computer". The chapters are clearly set out with easy to follow instructions - and there are also easy to follow diagrams, screen shots and tables.
Menus and navigating around the camera
On the right hand side of the screen there are various buttons for navigating around the camera, including the following buttons: playback, movie record, camera, flash, timer and contrast. The other buttons are the 'delete' button and the menu button. Navigating around the camera is really easy, although as with any new technology is does take a little getting used to. The buttons on the camera are the basic buttons for navigating. There is a circular button on the back of the camera which is used to go up/down menu lists.
When the camera is on, the menu button will lead you to various settings including: choosing the image mode, for example, 1024x768 (not the best image resolution and therefore quality) to 4000x3000 which is the best image resolution. For uploading images onto my iMac and onto ciao, I have to use the 3264x2448 or 8m image resolution setting, otherwise the image file will be too big to upload to ciao.
Other options when on the menu button includes movie options such as wide noise reduction, autofocus mode and movie resolutions - such as 320x240 which is the lowest resolution on this camera and the highest resolution is 1280x720 or 720p HD.
One of the most useful setting on the menu button, for me anyway, is located on the "set up" tab on the menu. There is a option within the "set up" tab, where you can transfer pictures taken to the SD card or vise versa. I find this really useful as sometimes I forgot to put the SD card back in the camera (if I have been uploading pictures to ciao, for example) and then the photographs taken will be stored in the camera internal memory - to retrieve the images taken I just go to the "copy" option in the "set up" tab and select the images from a thumbnail viewer (so I can actually view the pictures taken) and copy them to the SD. This is so easy to do and it saves me a lot of time, as I wouldn't have to take the pictures again.
The playback or images viewer button is located on the back of the camera and the button is a square with the "play" symbol in it (a block arrow pointing to the right). This is a very quick and easy way to view the images and videos you have taken/recorded. It shows the pictures full size - to fit the scree - and you use the circular button to go forwards/backwards through the photographs/videos.
Overall, the camera is really easy to navigate through, the menus are clearly displayed and the buttons on the back of the camera are really useful. The main menu is easy to find/navigate around and one of the best/most useful setting is that of the "copy" which allows images taken to be transfered to the SD or vise versa to the cameras internal memory (which makes sure that it can not be deleted accidentally).
Camera Modes available
There are a lot of different camera modes on this camera and they are as follows: easy auto mode, smart portrait and sport continuous - then there are more specific modes which are specific to particular situations/circumstances - including: landscape, night portrait, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, night landscape, close up, food, museum, backlight and panorama assist.
The main modes I use includes: close up, food, party/indoor, portrait and landscape. For the photographs I upload to ciao I use the "close up" or "food" photograph setting as it allows me to get a really detailed photograph with out having to zoom in which can decrease the level of detail in the end photograph.
I really like that this camera has so many different modes for a range of different circumstances, even modes for food and museums. Navigating through the camera modes menu is really easy and all of the modes are depicted by a small icon and the name of the mode is also displayed at the bottom of the screen. The icons and text are displayed very clearly and the text is very easy to read.
One thing about having so many modes to choose from is finding the best mode for the situation at the time, which does not take very long, but it is not made easier if you are in bright light - as the glare from the screen can make it harder to view the screen and pick the best camera mode.
Using the camera (icons, zoom and taking pictures)
I like using this camera, as it is really easy to use. Once you have picked the camera mode that is most suitable for the setting/light, you can basically just point and shoot. Once the camera mode has been chosen the screen will have various symbols on it including: the flash symbol, battery life and what photo/video resolution you have chosen. One of the most useful icons on the screen, when using the camera, is the image count at the bottom of the screen which tell you how many photos your can take until the SD card is full.
Other icons/symbols on the screen that you need to know about before/while using the camera also includes: the zoom bar at the top of the screen. The zoom bar will tell you how 'zoomed in/out' the lens is. On some of the camera modes, the close up mode for example, the zoom bar will have a small arrow along it and if you zoom in passed the arrow marker than you will not get the best picture. I like this feature as it means you can get the best out of each camera mode, in terms of zoom and detail.
To zoom in/out using this camera you have to use the sliding switch on the top of the camera. This switch is located around the button which takes the photographs (technical terms are not really my forte). The switch is one in which you have to slide to one side, either the zoom out or zoom in side, and hold it until you have zoomed in/out as much as you want. I like this way of zooming in/out, it is easy to do and it is quicker than having to keep pressing a zoom button.
When taking pictures you obviously have to try to stay as still as possible, but this camera has a vibration reduction feature which reduces the effects of movement when taking a photograph. When you are going to take a picture on the screen will appear a small square which will turn green is you can take a picture or it will turn red if you can not. For example, if you have passed the arrow marker on the zoom bar then the square will turn red - you can still take a picture if the square is red, but it will not be great.
With this camera you have to press the button that takes the photographs down only slightly first as the camera has to focus - and when you have the button pressed down only slightly you can actually hear the camera focusing (this is not a very loud noise at all, but you can hear it focusing). You will know when the camera has focused as the square will be green and the picture on the screen before you take the photograph will be really detailed and clear - if it is not clear then you may have zoomed in too far or another camera mode may be better.
Overall, taking pictures with this camera is really easy. You just pick the image resolution you want (I just stay at the 8m or 3264x2448 resolution setting so that my photographs will be able to be uploaded onto ciao). Then you just pick the camera mode you want, such as "Food", "Close up" or "Party/indoor" and you are ready to go. Adjusting the zoom is very easy using the sliding switch at the top of the camera and the button that actually take the photos is easy to press and located in a good place on the camera - as it is easy to reach.
Using the flip up/down flash
I really like that there is an external flash with this camera, as it makes photographs taken in lower light a lot better and so much brighter and clearer - so you can actually see the people/features in the photograph. I also really like that the flash is hidden, as it looks neater and it also looks quite professional when it is used.
The flash button on the back of the camera will tell you to raise the flash if you want to your it and all you ahve to do is lift up the flash which is where the "Nikon" brand name is printed on the front of the camera and then you are really to flash! (not in that way...)
I have not recorded too many videos on my camera in the time that I have had it (almost a year) but I have recorded some videos. The movie record button is easy to find on the back of the camera, mainly because it is a bright red dot. As stated before the video resolution can be changed on the "set up" option on the menu and there are three to choose from - the highest and best resolution is the 720p HD resolution setting.
I always have the video resolution on the best setting, as it is obviously the best and also as I don't record videos that much anyway. The video time on the 720p hd setting can last for about nine minutes which means that you will be able to record for about nine minutes in HD. On the lowest video resolution (320x240) you will be able to record for 29 minutes, but this is not the best quality.
To start recording videos you just press the small red button on the back of the camera and it will take a couple of seconds to load up and then when the screen comes back on, it will be recording immediately and the count down to the end of the recording time will also start. If I do record videos, I find that recording videos outside in natural sun light is the best setting for recording on this camera and it is really easy to record and payback videos too.
I really like the quality of the 720p HD videos, when I use the video recording I always use this setting as it is the best and the video quality after recording is fantastic - the colours are true to life and the video recording is clear and the picture bright and sharp. The lower the video resolution the less detail you will get and the recording will not be as bright, detail or as sharp/crisp as the HD recording setting.
Viewing/deleting photographs taken and videos recorded
Viewing your photographs on this camera is very easy, all you have to do is press the playback button on the back of the camera - the playback button is a block arrow pointing to the right in a square. The photographs you have taken will appear one by one but you can view them as thumbnails (smaller photographs) with more than one displayed. To do this you just slide the zoom button to zoom out once and then you will be able to view four photographs at once and then if you zoom out once more you can view nine photographs - and then if you zoom out for a third time you can view sixteen photographs at once. If you zoom out any further on then a calendar for that month will appear on the screen with the months at one side and a photograph on the other side.
To view the videos you have recorded you go onto the same playback button and the video will appear or you may have to flick through the series of photographs/videos that you have taken to reach the on you want to view. To play the video you have recorded, you just press the "OK" button and it has a second of delay and then the video will play.
Deleting photographs is very easy, all you have to do is go to the photo you want to delete and press the button on the camera which has the icon of a bin on it. This method is the same if you want to delete videos you have recorded.
The stereo/speaker is located on the top of the camera and it is fairly hidden, although there is "stereo" printed on the top of the speaker. The stereo/speaker is good, when playing back videos it works really well, giving clear and crisp sound. The wind reduction feature is really good and this is demonstrated by the reduction in the level of background noise when playing back the videos.
The battery life is really good on this camera, with my old camera the batteries wore out really quickly and these batteries last a good few months - even when I use this camera a few times a week when taking photographs for uploading to ciao. It also lasts for just over a week on a full charge as it did when I went on a cruise last august and the batteries did not need replacing during that week - and I used it quite a lot everyday. So it does not drain batteries very quickly which is great, although it would also depend on the quality of the batteries you buy as well.
SD card and connecting to a PC/mac
For this camera you do need an SD card as the camera internal memory can not hold too many photographs. This camera does not come with an SD card, so you have to buy one, on top of the camera price. I bought mine from Tesco for just under £10 when I bought my camera and it is 2GB SD card. It is really small and it can be lost easily, so I keep it in the small clear case it came in when it is not in the camera. It can hold quite a lot of photographs.
To upload my photographs to my iMac I use an SD card reader, which is amazing! SD card readers are small USB's which have a small slot in the side where you insert your SD card. The card reader can then be inserted into you PC or Mac using it USB port. The PC or MAC will recognize the device and you can then view, upload, print and share your photographs/videos.
There are two disks with this camera, one being the cd user manual and the second is the coolpix software suite - I have not used these, as I use other image software - so I can not comment on them.
The warranty with this camera is for one year, but on the front of the box you can register with nikon online and you can get another 12 months added to your warranty, which is what I did. Registering online did not take long and it means that my camera is protected for another year, in addition to the standard one year warranty, which is great.
Protecting/cleaning my camera (lens cap, screen wipe and case)
I have a screen wipe for my camera, which is actually my sisters ipod screen wipes, as you don't get one in the box and it is fairly useful for cleaning the screen - as the screen does get a bit messy but to fingerprinted. The lens cap is fantastic for protecting the lens and the only thing that is needed to protect the camera completely is a bag/case.
I bought a camera bag from amazon which cost me about £15 or just less and it works amazingly. This camera is fairly large so it is a little bit difficult to find a case big enough for the camera and some of the camera accessories (such as the SD card, batteries). I found one that is really good and the case is made by the brand "case logic" and it is well made and durable - some of the larger camera cases can reach up to £30, so it worth shopping around for a large/medium case/bag.
Price and availability
I bought this camera for £209.94 from a large Tesco store almost a year ago but it is now £180 at argos, £199 from next and £199 (with a case and 2GB memory card) from Very.co.uk. This camera comes in black and in some stores it also comes in a red colour. I think it is a really great price for a fantastic nikon camera!
*Easy to use and does not take too much getting used to
*Easy to clean and protect
*Looks great, in my opinion
*15x wide angle lens
*Creates great photographs which are clear and crisp
*HD video recording
*The photographs and videos taken have true to life colour
*Lens cap is great for protecting the lens and the camera strap is good too
*Does not drain the batteries
*Easy to navigate
*Loads of camera modes for all settings
*Clear, concise and very easy to follow quick start guide
*Great price and a free years warranty
There are a lot more positives for this camera but I have already waffled quite a lot so onto the negatives...
*Does not come with an SD card or case/bag
*The camera its self it quite large and a bit heavy - so too fantastic for traveling but it is ok - and it is a bit difficult to find a bag to fit it that is not quite expensive
*Camera strap can be a little uncomfortable if on bare skin
*Glare from the screen in bright light - can not view photographs/videos that easily in bright light and it is also not very easy to change the camera modes in bright light as you can not see the screen too well
Would I recommend this camera and who is this camera suitable for?
I would definitely recommend this camera, it is fantastic and it is even more fantastic when you take the price into consideration. It is easy to use, easy to navigate, gives you crisp, clear, detailed images which are true to life. There are some negatives with this camera but I think that the positives out weight the negatives. I would say that this camera is suitable for people who like photography and like it as a hobby - you don't need a lot of experience with cameras and photography in general to use this camera.
For more information: http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/
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