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Saturday, 19 October 2013


Nikon Coolpix L810 Review/Opinion

The Nikon L810

Hey guys! Today we will check out the Nikon Coolpix L810, the bridge camera with the huge zoom ability. So the camera is capable of shooting 16.1 MP photos and 720p video.

A quick look at the specs:

Price: £99.99 (Argos UK)

  • 16 megapixels.
  • 26x optical zoom.
  • 4x digital zoom.
  • 3in screen with LCD technology.
  • 22.5mm wide angle lens.
  • Up to 30 frames per second.
  • CCD sensor.
  • Lens type: zoom.
  • Minimum ISO rating 80 and maximum ISO rating 1600.
  • Built-in flash.
  • 720p HD recording.
  • Video capture with sound.
  • PictBridge compatible.
Memory card compatibility:
  • SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
General information:
  • Colour: black.
  • Includes strap and AV cable.
  • Batteries required: 4 x AA (included).
  • Size H7.6, W11.1, D8.3cm.
  • Weight 330g.

So in this review I am not going to get stuck on specifications or what is on paper, but I am going to try to review this camera based on daily use and how it performs. The Nikon L810 is performing really well when taking still shots, when the subject you are shooting is not moving. Don't even think about photographing cars or sports or anything that moves fast. It will at the best end up showing blurry or not even show up in the shot.  

     Normal Shot

    Same distance zoomed in

So a huge advantage of the camera is the ease of use and the super zoom. As seen in the previous shots the zoom works really well. I wasn't disappointed by the macro shots as well as the other modes available on the camera.

A dealbreaker for some may be the need of 4 AA batteries. Truth be told AA batteries are annoying, and a pain to change each time, the reason is the battery indicator does not show the battery life accurately and sometimes it would suddenly show 50% and then the battery would die. This happened to me a couple of times and now I carry an extra pack of batteries with me just in case. 

                "Truth be told AA batteries are annoying"

If you are a beginner photographer or buying this camera for just a hobby this might suit you. The price is good, the materials and overall build of the camera is great. If you need the extra zoom this is a good camera to buy. If you don't like the idea of replacing batteries there is always the option of rechargeable batteries, which at some point you will need to buy new ones. 

Finally this camera records video on 720p which is not bad, but not great also. You don't get any options when recording video, just press the button and record. 

In the end the only thing that matters is what you demand from your camera, what use you will be putting it to, the amount of money you have to spend and if you use a camera professionally or as an amateur.

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