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The Nikon Coolpix L620 Digital Camera (Black) is a compact point-and-shoot that features an 18.1 megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 image processor to produce high resolution still imagery and HD 1080i video at 60 fps with impressive low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 3200. Benefitting from the performance of the image sensor is the built-in NIKKOR 14x optical zoom lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 25-350mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto-length perspectives to suit working in almost any situation. Lens-shift type Vibration Reduction aids the zoom range of this lens by minimizing the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when working in dimly-lit conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. Also contributing to producing sharper imagery is a comfortable grip design and Motion Blur Reduction.
For bright, clear viewing, image playback and for configuring camera settings, a 3.0" 460k-dot LCD monitor is available and the rear and top panel of the camera are intuitively designed, placing all camera controls within easy reach. To creatively enhance imagery, a range of built-in Special Effects can be applied to both stills and movies, including Monochrome, Sepia and Selective Color. For automatic control over exposure settings, an Easy Auto Mode can be utilized to allow for the camera to determine all exposure settings or alternatively, Scene Auto Mode can be used to provide 18 different scene modes to choose from depending on the specific conditions. Furthermore, Nikon's Smart Portrait System, Smile Timer and Target Finding AF will balance focus and camera settings based on a detected subject to ensure proper exposure and sharpness.
Reviewed by 4 customers
The Back Side Illuminated (BSI) image sensor makes it one of the last really good P&S cameras that fit in a large pocket and uses AA batteries. AA batteries are sold almost everywhere, it uses the same rechargeables as the flashes for my DSLR cameras. I don't use it with photo paper larger than 8" x 10" but it makes very nice prints on 11" x 17" photo quality ink jet paper. The Back Side Illuminated image sensor made a big improvement over the CoolPix L610, I keep it in my camera bag when I have only one DSLR and often use it by itself for my own photos.
I'm a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and take lots of photos of wildlife species we admit to our Center. I also like taking close-ups of wildflowers, and this camera is perfect for both. I'm by no means an expert, but this simple-to-use camera takes beautiful pictures and has great features. I have yet to find anything I don't like about it!
The Nikon Coolpix L620 is a solid product for its price class. While entry-level point-and-shoot cameras can be found for $100 or less, the L620 is meant to compete in the mid-tier class of compact digital cameras. At 18MP and a 14x optical zoom, the specs really don't get much better at this price point. The full 1080p video capture is another nice feature. Only having used it for a few days, the initial batch of printed images came out with nice vivid colors. Most pictures came out sharp and well defined, with only a couple of blurry pictures (these are pics where target was moving). Even that can be corrected by using the best shot selector option (which I did not use). Pictures taken during low-light came out surprisingly well, considering that this is a small digital camera rather than some expensive DSLR. Any flaws? The small pop-up flash is nothing special, but again the camera already does well in semi-low-light conditions in casual use. It uses AA batteries which is great for travelers. Camera comes with a strap.
Great photos from small camera. Great zoom and Nikon glass to boot.