Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix L26 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Clicking beautiful photographs now becomes seconds job, thanks to wide range of compact digital cameras. One can capture all beautiful moments of life through a handy, pocket friendly camera, named as Nikon Coolpix L26. Nikon Coolpix L26 offers outstanding reliability and remarkable performance that it sure to give a nice picture clicking experience to the user. Loaded with latest features and easy to use menu options it promises to be a photographer’s delight. The vibrant colors of the camera are sure to add more fun to your photography experience.
Design and Build Quality
Nikon Coolpix L26 is a compact camera of 16.1 megapixels. It is equipped with CCD sensor type and it capable of 4X zoom. It also comes with an image stabilizer. The colors available are black, red and silver. This camera is perfect one for those who love to take photographs for sharing them online with their friends and family. The design of the Nikon Coolpix L26 camera enables the user to carry it anywhere in the pocket. The built of the camera is strong but still it is advisable to carry the camera in a pouch or a small bag. The close alignment of the button on back panel makes it very easy to take photographs by adjusting the menu settings quickly.
Focus and Face Detection
Face detection feature in this camera is bale to detect the subject’s face so that the features are depicted sharply in the pictures. Another feature by the name of Smile Timer function, captures an image the moment it recognizes that the subject is smiling. The Blink Proof Mode is also valuable on this camera that recognizes when the subject blinks his eye. The photographer can take another image to replace the former one.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Talking about the lens of the Nikon Coolpix L26, it is capable of 5X zoom and has the focal length of 4.6 to 23nm. The aperture range varies from f/3.2 to f/8. This aperture range measures the lens opening that regulates the amount of light falling on the camera’s image sensor. The auto focus option on the camera can be used to focus between the range of 50 cm to infinity as far as the width is concerned. For Tele focus the range starts from 80 cm onwards.
Nikon Coolpix L26 is very sensitive to light as it possesses a sensitivity range of ISO 80-1600. This enables the camera to take clear picture irrespective of the light conditions. The self timer option on Nikon Coolpix L26 can be used by the photographer to take his photograph himself by enabling the shutter to delay the release by ten seconds. Then there is the Continuous shooting mode with the help of which, up to four pictures can be taken at 1.2 frames per second. Also, long sequences can be recorded with this feature. The Auto White-balance works brilliantly and depicts the true colors of any scene.
Screen and Menus
The three inches LCD screen of the camera is just perfect to view the pictures. This size of the screen is better than the entry level models of other cameras in this category. But the monitor has no electronic or optical view finder.
SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are used in the Nikon Coolpix L26 for storing the photographs. The high speed USB port on this camera can be used to transfer the pictures to the computer from the camera. The battery life of this camera is excellent. The two AA size alkaline batteries are capable of taking close to two hundred photographs when the camera is fully charged. In case you want to take more than two hundred photographs then two Lithium Ion batteries or rechargeable NiMh batteries can be used. The former can take up 680 shots while the later can take up to 350 shots when charged fully. The batteries can be availed from anywhere in the world.
The HD video mode is capable of delivering excellent quality pictures with 1280 X 720 dot pixel resolution as well as 30 fps. The camera is also equipped with EXPEED C2 image processor that minimizes the grains in any picture thereby enhancing the photograph taking experience.
Shutter speed range of Nikon Coolpix L26 stands at1/2000 in one second. This limit can be lessened to four seconds in the Fireworks Show Mode. This means that even when it is dark, the camera can take the picture of lights. One also need not worry about the clarity of pictures when taking photographs at dusk or at dawn. The built in flash range of 0.5 to 3.6 m (Wide) as well as 0.8 to 1.7 m (Tele) enables to light up the subject of the photograph and in delivering crisp and clear pictures.
There are 21 shooting modes in this camera. Some of these modes are Panorma, Food, Snow, and Museum. All these modes have pre installed setting to capture the true essence of the pictures. Like for example when you take the photograph of food in the food mode then the picture will make the food look juicier and healthier. Another great feature of Nikon Coolpix L26 is that it is automatically capable of reducing the vibrating of the camera using the Electronic Vibration Reducer. This makes sure that the images are not blurred. Face detection feature in this camera is bale to detect the subject’s face so that the features are depicted sharply in the pictures. Another feature by the name of Smile Timer function, captures an image the moment it recognizes that the subject is smiling. The Blink Proof Mode is also valuable on this camera that recognizes when the subject blinks his eye. The photographer can take another image to replace the former one.
Nikon Coolpix L26 promises to give you sharp and clear images without any chromatic aberration. It is a complete camera that is very user friendly and optimally priced too. The 5x optical zoom and a good display are the USP of this camera. Overall it is a simple and affordable camera.
Coming to the cons of Nikon Coolpix L26, the images produced by this camera are not suited for large prints. This camera is a little bit slow to use. It takes some time to start up as well as while moving from shot to shot. It is also not possible to control the ISO speed on this camera. A minimum focusing distance of 10 cm is required with this camera which is not always possible. So, as we see, Nikon Coolpix L26 is a perfect buy for those who are looking for a fuss free photography that enables them to preserve their memories and keep them fresh for a long time to come.