Nikon Coolpix L120 Digital Camera, Black - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.

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About Nikon L120

Get closer than ever to your active family with the powerful, affordable Nikon Coolpix L120 (Black). Your images will zoom to the next level with its 21x optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. The new side zoom control feature enables a quick switch from wide-angle to telephoto shots with ease. Fun and simple functions like Easy Auto Mode and Smart Portrait System automatically adjust settings, taking the guesswork out of achieving incredible images. And because today's families move at the speed of life, One-Touch HD movie recording with stereo sound is a must-have feature for times when capturing more of the moment is needed.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (27),Easy to use (21),Large clear LCD (21),Fast / accurate auto-focus (19),Good image quality (19),Zoom range/performance (18),Nice body color (14),Compact (13),Good in low light (13),Short lag time (12)
No viewfinder (8)
Best Uses:
Family photos (21),Landscape/scenery (19),Travel (18),Wildlife (15),Sports/action (11),Low light (10),Weddings (8),Video (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (10)

Nikon L120 Features

  • Great photos and superb HD movies begin with Nikon's high power 21x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. This powerful zoom lens, with a 25-525mm range equivalent, closes the distance between you and your subjects
  • Capture your son firing off the game-winning lacrosse shot or your daughter's first ride on a two wheeler. Whether it's a panoramic shot of the entire family on a favorite sledding hill or photo of your children playing in the backyard, you'll shoot effortlessly and accurately with the Coolpix L120
  • If you're new to photography, no worries, this camera has intelligent features to help you out. Five-way VR Image Stabilization uses sensor shift to minimize the effects of camera shake, virtually eliminating blurred images
  • Trick-or-treating with the kids? The Coolpix L120 has a high ISO speed up to 6400 to capture fast moving or low-light scenario
  • As photo keeper of family memories, you can rely on the Coolpix L120 to capture great still images that you can print and save. But a band concert without sound is incomplete and a 60-yard touchdown drive without the fleet-footed runs isn't as exciting
  • That's where the Coolpix L120's advanced One-Touch HD Movie recording capabilities come in. With the push of a button you'll instantly be shooting 720p HD movies in full stereo. While shooting you can activate the camera's zoom function to capture tight shots and close ups
  • And when you're ready to share your movies with family and friends, you can use in-camera playback or the convenient HDMI output for simple hookup to an HDTV or computer
  • With high ISO speeds up to 6400, you can be sure that still images and movies will be ideally captured. With Nikon's Sport Continuous Shooting mode, this camera takes photos continuously and in quick succession to capture fast moving objects
  • You'll get great use of the in-camera editing functions, including D-Lighting for adjusting contrast and fine details often lost when shooting in glaring or intense light. You can pick from five color options: Standard, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia and Cyanotype
  • And when you want to take close up photos, the Coolpix L120 will zero in as close as 0.4 inches. Don't hesitate to click away, because you'll get about 330 stills from the four AA alkaline batteries that come with the camera
  • Smile Timer detects when a subject smiles and automatically takes the photo. Blink Warning identifies when a subject may have blinked and signals you to retake the shot. Face-Priority AF is an innovative face-identifying technology that detects and focuses up to 12 faces automatically
  • Red-eye will no longer ruin family photos. In-camera Red-Eye Fix automatically fixes the problem before it occurs. Blotchy, uneven complexions are also a thing of the past with Coolpix L120's Skin Softening, which smoothes skin tones
  • The versatile camera also has 17 Scene Modes that adjust camera settings to selected scenes, assuring great pictures at school plays, backyard barbecues, or athletic events
  • You'll enjoy composing images from the Coolpix L120's bright three-inch LCD color display, which features a dazzling 921,000-dot screen that showcases still images and HD movies in rich detail and enhanced contrast
  • For easy photo composition, improved picture viewing and instant sharing, the LCD monitor's wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating lets you capture and view high quality images in virtually any lighting condition, every time

Nikon L120 Specifications

Camera Type
Compact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels
14.1 million
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
1/2.3 in
Total Pixels
14.48 million (approx.)
21x optical Zoom, NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Focal Length
4.5-94.5mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-525mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number
Lens Construction
12 elements in 9 groups
Lens Zoom
Digital Zoom
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2100mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration Reduction
Combination of Image-sensor shift and Electronic VR (still pictures), Electronic VR (movies)
Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection
Center, Face detection
Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 5 ft. (1.5 m.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity(Middle zoom position)
Focus Lock
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Type
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution
Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode)
97% horizontal (Approx.)
97% vertical (Approx.)
Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
Storage Media
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Internal Memory
Approx. 102MB
Storage File System
EXIF 2.3
DPOF compliant
Storage File formats
Still pictures: JPEG
Audio file format: AAC stereo
Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264
Image Size (pixels)
4320 x 3240 (14M)
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 80-6400
Auto (auto gain ISO 80-800)
Sport continuous (ISO 400-3200)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity
Highest ISO Sensitivity
Exposure Metering
256-segment matrix
Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure with motion detection
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto with Motion Detection & Exposure Compensation
Automatic Exposure Scene Modes
Scene Modes
Back Light
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Fireworks Show
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Panorama Assist
Pet Portrait
In-Camera Image Editing
Small Pic
Exposure Compensation
± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
Exposure Lock
White Balance
Auto, Manual
Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/1000-1 sec. (when ISO sensitivity set to Auto)
1/4000-1/60 sec. (sport continuous mode)
4 sec. (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
Up to 19 shots at approx. 0.7 frames per second (at full resolution)
Continuous Shooting Options
Can be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration
Built-in flash Range (approx.)
[W]: 0.5 to 6.0 m (1ft. 8 in. to 19 ft.)
[T]: 1.5 to 3.0m (5 ft. to 9 ft.10 in.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)
Built-in Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Hi-speed USB
Interface Data transfer protocol
Video Output
HDMI Output
480p, 720p, 1080i
I/O terminal
Audio/video (A/V) output
DC input connector
Digital I/O (USB)
HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI output)
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Power Sources
4 AA-size batteries
Battery / Batteries
AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)
Four rechargeable EN-MH2 NiMH batteries(optional)
Battery Life (shots per charge)
AA Alkaline: 330 shots
AA Lithium: 890 shots
EN-MH2: 520 shots
Tripod Socket
1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
3.1 x 4.4 x 3.1in / 76.5 x 109.9 x 78.4mm (excluding projections)
15.3 oz. (431g) (with battery and SD memory card)
Mfr #

Nikon L120 Reviews

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Fantastic Camera

Great camera. I'm an avid baseball fan and take this with me to each game. Whether I'm in the nosebleeds sections or right along the first base line, I come home with great pictures every time. This camera is especially good for taking close-ups - the image quality is outstanding. Plus, you can't beat the price.

Reviewed by 69 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


userfriendly, great for begginers


from Washington, DC, USA

I got my coolpix l120 for christmas and I love it so much. I bring it everywhere esspecially since i live in DC i can take pictures of the monuments a lot which is great. My friends bring their cameras and we have photoshoots which are so fun and the pictures i take ussually come out great (unless i have a shaky hand when not using the tripod)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent result...


from Undisclosed


(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent camera for the intermediate photograher


from Asheville, NC, USA

Always wanted to upgrade to a Nikon built camera to improve on the quality of my pictures. The shots of the moon in various stages and the my two dogs playing on the deck came out excellent. My indoor pictures and the sunrise ones really added to my enjoyment. I tried many of the settings and was pleased with the results.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great camera


from Baltimore, MD, USA

I love this camera but you have to read the directions, takes great pictures close up and far away

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Full of Problems


from Undisclosed

After a few weeks, these problems developed: 1. On starting, I get a message to turn off the camera and remove the lens cap- even tho the cap was not on. The lens cycles in and out and then turns off. 2. On telephoto, the quality of the pics is bad- blurry. The pics are reasonably ok if you use the standard distance and no flash. The flash is too bright almost ALL the time. I took the camera on vacation to Maine and my son's camera, some cheap point and shoot job, made much better pictures than my Nikon. I'm sending it in to Nikon to get fixed. I'm not surprised they don't make this one any more. I'd not recommend this camera to anyone and considering the cost, I would reasonably have expected a much better product.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Better than DSLR!


from Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

I feel like a pro with all the pictures I have taken with Nikon Coolpix L120. The camera takes excellent pictures. I have enjoyed using some of the in-camera effects especially the pet picture effect for my dog.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Easy to use with a high priced feel


from Peru, IL, USA

Read the "Quick Start Guide" and I was taking pictures in less than an hour. The menu is easy to understand and use and the monitor is clear and bright.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Best Camera I Have Ever Owned!


from Kokomo, IN  -  Casual Photographer

This camera is AMAZING! Awesome price for an awesome product. This camera takes beautiful photos as amazing video. I will never have any other camera but Nikon from now on and Ive had just about every brand of digital camera one can have. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


So far, so good


from Clearwater, FL, USA

My brother talked me into this camera. I'm a point and shoot gal. He told me I needed a "real camera". Pretty simple to understand. Got a little help from a friend. She guided me to "menu" and "scene" buttons and it's working good so far. The close up feature is really nice. Lots of scene choices. I might become a photographer yet.

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Love it!


from Virginia, USA

I'm a photographer and own a range of cameras; however, this one is the best for the money. The only thing I would change is there is no 'rapid shoot' option. It takes amazing photos and is very easy to use. Below is a photo I took with the camera, from probably 20+ feet away. Those who say it doesn't focus well apparently are doing something very wrong!


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Jeff C  Does the refurbished L120 come with a lens cap? Is it missing any accessories it comes with new?
PHILIP S  It came with a lens cap. The only thing I had to buy for the camera was a memory chip. The camera has memory it's self but I wanted more for extended photo shoots. No problem with the refurbished I bought. I really like the camera. Phil
Jeff C  Thanks, I really appreciate the information! -Jeff
Jeff C  Does the refurbished L120 come with a lens cap? Is it missing any accessories it comes with new?
PHILIP S  It came with a lens cap. The only thing I had to buy for the camera was a memory chip. The camera has memory it's self but I wanted more for extended photo shoots. No problem with the refurbished I bought. I really like the camera. Phil
Jeff C  Thanks, I really appreciate the information! -Jeff
Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
CARLTON L  This line of Nikon had the best reviews and the model up from this, although preferable was seen by pros as a disappointment over all. That made the price of the L120 for general home owner use the best, indoors and out. The video component was not a valid one since the optimal use is as a shutter camera for single, albeit rapid fire use and the auto setting provide for all our needs. It is not recommended if you want to use manual as it is geared for auto use only. Those two concerns aside it made the best value for use presentation. Hope this helps. BTW video is best shot by video cameras and they take poor still, so both are needed and a pocket cannon can't hurt to have for low light quick pics, not suited of course for the versatility of this camera.
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