Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix L820 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Nikon plans on winning million hearts again with the refreshments in the Nikon Coolpix L and P line-up of devices with the launch of the reviewed device Nikon Coolpix L820 alongside Nikon Coolpix P520. Nikon Coolpix L820 stands tall as a daily use, easy to handle, 16-MP superzoom and AA battery operated which also comes along with Full HD video capture and 30x optical zoom. Few other major highlights include a 3" rear screen, the new Vibration Reduction system, Eye-Fi memory card compatibility and a 'smart portrait system.' The high end device launched with Nikon Coolpix L820 is Nikon Coolpix P520 which is a 18 megapixel device and offers a much serious proposition with humungous 42x optical zoom, vari-angle, a huge 3.2 inch screen, 921k dot display and fully manual control over all the shooting setting.
Another winner feature of Nikon Coolpix P520 is the connectivity option offered where a Wi-Fi dongle can be easily used for the instant transfer of images and movies to almost any and every smart device. Yet more important specifications of this device are a customisable function switch, an auto HDR mode, a 1cm macro mode, 7fps nonstop shooting at complete resolution, Easy Panorama and 3D shooting modes and optical zoom while recording a full HD movie. Adding an astonishing advanced lens-shift vibration reducing NIKKOR lens with 42x optical zoom lens, 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), Full HD movie recording, vari-angle LCD monitor, and built-in GPS, it is very clear that Nikon Coolpix P350 and Nikon Coolpix L820 is everything that a Point and Shoot superzoom device can be, and is really ideal for enthusiasts and beginners who are in search for a versatile device with huge focal range settled within a small body.
The evergreen classic looking low end Nikon L820 packs a decently large NIKKOR 30x highly wide-angle optical zoom lens but is definitely made to perfection keeping in mind the compactness of the device. It fancies a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD monitor, shift vibration reduction, and a Full HD video recording.
Design and Build Quality
The exact dimensions of Nikon Coolpix L820 measure 76.3mm x 110mm x 84.5mm, width being larger because of the superzoom lens obviously. Including battery and SD memory card, the weight of the device rises to 470 grams. The ergonomic design of Nikon Coolpix L820 truly fits into your hand very comfortably and put the controls like zoom or movie record right where you want them to be. This makes for more stable zooming, framing, shooting and video recording, and it means you won't have to take your eyes off the large, bright 3.0-inch display while you're recording memories. Great shots can be achieved simply by selecting the mode that is best for the situation. The wireless transfer feature allows you to transmit your digital photos directly into your smart device or personal computer and easily take advantage of the online photo sharing service, Nikon Image Space.
Focus and Face Detection
Nikon Coolpix L820 works on Contrast detect AF with Center and Face priority Focus area selection options. The focus ranges from approx 1 ft 8 inches( 50 cm) to infinity in wide and 1.5 m to infinity in tele. In macro mode, the mode changes from approximately 1 cm to infinity. The device also features a Focus lock.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Nikon Coolpix L820 employs a 30x NIKKOR lens which is highly efficient, and provides exceptionally high focal range in its price segment. With the focal length measuring 4.0-120.0mm with the angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-675mm lens in 35mm (135) format, Nikon Coolpix L820 is undoubtedly very clever with image. Its easy auto mode manages all the required camera settings to match the camera setup with that of the situation and condition that the cameraperson would be present in, thus making the clicking pictures effortless.
Screen and Menus
Nikon Coolpix L820 employs a large 7.5 cm ( 3.0 inch screen) throughout its rear which is capable of displaying all the action with quite superb clarity at any time of day or night because of its highly detailed 921,000 dot pixel screen. The broad focal range of Nikon Coolpix L820 includes both extreme wide-angles shots such as confining a far-reaching beach landscape, and super-telephoto distances like selecting out a distant surfer riding a wave. Its clever side lever helps shift between the two perspectives within seconds, and ensures smooth, steady zooming throughout the entire focal range whether filming or shooting still images.
Your camera, Nikon Coolpix L820 is powered by four AA size batteries which are available in almost all the parts of the world. Nikon has made claims that the device is capable of capturing 540 shots on a set of NiMH reachargeable batteries, which is a full 20% more than what we had with Nikon Coolpix L810. Also if you use the most basic alkaline disposables you still end up with respectable 320 shots, and on using lithium disposables the quantity reaches a as high as a whooping 870 shots. Nikon Coolpix 820 is embedded with 19 scene modes which automatically optimize the settings of the camera and produce popular styles and effects of photography.
Another feature where this compact device turns into an instant winner is the movie mode, when the moment is worth turning into a movie, the one-touch record button already embedded on the device switches instantly to the Full HD (1080p) filming. Also we can make do with some advanced features for recording movie which utilize the optical zoom with AF while recording in slow or very fast motion speeds, of around up to 120 frames per second, and with the video resolution being 1920 x 1080 with all the frame rates possible (60i, 50i, 30p and 25p). Movies can well be recorded easily in the iFrame format and the presence of an in-built HDMI connector allows you to connect directly with an HDTV.
Nikon Coolpix L820 employs a remarkably sensitive 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor which forms images at the resolution of 4608 x 3456 resolution and captures outstandingly detailed images, even in low light conditions.
3 inch screen
Poor maximum light sensitivity