Nikon Coolpix L100

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While the Nikon Coolpix L100 is aimed at those on a budget but who still want a super-zoom style camera – it does come with a fairly good list of features.

The Nikon Coolpix L100 comes with a 10 megapixel image sensor, 15x optical zoom lens (28-420mm equivalent), vibration reduction, macro mode that allows shooting as close as 1cm, 13 frames per second continuous shooting mode and an ISO range of up to 3200.

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As with most of the rest of Nikon’s new cameras announced today the Nikon Coolpix L100 comes with smile and blink detection as well as a range of in camera editing options including red-eye fix and motion detection.

The Nikon Coolpix L100 is powered by 4 AA batteries and will have a retail price of $280 USD when it hits stores in April 2009.

Order it – Amazon is taking orders at Nikon Coolpix L100

Also announced today by Nikon are the Nikon Coolpix L19 and Nikon Coolpix L20 cameras.

Nikon Coolpix L100 – News Release Extract

The Nikon Coolpix L100 boasts 10 effective megapixels, Nikon’s EXPEED digital image processing system for high performance and a 15x zoom NIKKOR lens covering a wide-angle 28mm to super-telephoto 420mm (35mm-format equivalent) – you know you’re going to capture almost any scene in detail. Put it in macro mode, and you can even capture objects from as close up as 1 cm. With four anti-blur features, including Image Sensor Shift VR image stabilisation, you can rest assured that it’s also going to be in focus.

You will also appreciate the Nikon Coolpix L100 if you enjoy sports photography, as the L100’s Sports Continuous Mode allows up to 13 fps. Scene Auto Selector automatically adjusts the settings to suit the scene. Smile Mode takes the picture when your subject looks his or her best whilst Blink Warning warns you when your subjects have their eyes closed. Other features include In-Camera Red-Eye Fix for beautiful portraits, D-Lighting for in-camera image enhancement, 15 Scene Modes, movies with sound, and Active Zoom, amongst others.

With a sensitivity range up to ISO 3200, problems images in poor lighting are a thing of the past. This is further enhanced by the camera’s Motion Detection system, which detects camera shake or subject movement during shooting, automatically selecting a faster shutter speed and higher ISO sensitivity.

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  • gerald sherman

    This is the one for me. I’ll be near the front of the ine when it comes out n April.

  • Mmm … I am discouraged when I learned that I had to put four AAA.

  • Cherry John Cheriyan

    I have purchased Nikon P80 which is a better option to L100 as the same is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery and have 18X zoom and will be within the budget

  • I purchased one of these cameras and I am pleased with it so far. The camera performs like a high end point and shoot (with a CCD sensor instead of a CMOS sensor as found in DSLRs) with a few tricks up its sleeve. I use it primarily to photograph my 4 month old baby boy and find that it is sometimes easier to get a good candid shot of him from across the room (so he is not distracted by the camera). The 15x optical zoom allows me to take photos of him from about 10-15 feet and with the image stabilization (feels like a gyroscope when it is in use), I can get Macro focus shots without a flash from that distance!

    Nikon recently updated the firmware of the camera to support NiMH rechargeable batteries (will take about 600 shots this way vs. 350 with alkaline and 900 with lithium disposable batteries – http://support.nikontech.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16481/sort/4,2/r_id/116678 ) and I am using the camera with Sanyo eneloop “pre-charged” NiMH rechargeable AA batteries (about $12 USD for a 4 pack). So far, so good!

    Don’t get me wrong, this camera is blown away by cameras with a CMOS sensor in image quality (as most DSLRs benefit from the higher quality sensor and store uncompressed images as well) and in low light but this camera takes excellent snap shots when there is adequate lighting. I need to experiment with dusk mode to get low light shots (as you can’t manually adjust your ISO settings or shutter speed) but will need to mount the camera on my tripod to do so (as the shutter speed is a little too low even for the image stabilization to be effective) and I’d love to try some photos of the moon that way with the mega zoom!

    All in all, I am happy with my purchase of a camera that my wife is very comfortable using (whereas a DSLR intimidated her). She had a Nikon Coolpix L11 before this camera and the controls are nearly identical in both so there is no learning curve from Nikon’s inexpensive point and shoots to this one. We paid $220 USD for this camera and are, thus far, happy with our purchase.

  • I have this and I like it. i bougt for performance and affordability and I wanted to upgrade. I wish I could have afforded a Cannon with interchangeable lens options. But until I can sell some ‘money shots’, I will stick to this one.

  • I gotta call you out on this one, if you’re going to write a review, write your own instead of paraphrasing what Nikon says about their cameras. You should be comparing this camera to other cameras and giving reasons why this is better or worse. Save your time and just put a link to Nikon’s website. Better question yet, have you used this camera extensively?

  • Joseph

    @JP Lumansoc…

    Kinda harsh there?

    The article on this page is clearly not, nor did it seem intended to be a review (the blog owner seems to clearly mark the titles of articles “review” when they actually are… otherwise, he is just talking about the equipment as is the category here). This was a blurb posted about a camera, which at the time was just announced and somewhat unique in feature set and not even available for purchase yet, that he thought was interesting enough to post the limited info that Nikon made available onto his web site.

    I’m sorry you didn’t find the information you were looking for here, but I think you are a bit harsh in telling someone what they “should be” providing you, “You should be comparing this camera to other cameras and giving reasons why this is better or worse. Save your time and just put a link to Nikon’s website. Better question yet, have you used this camera extensively?”

    With that said, I have used this camera extensively (for several months now) and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Since I don’t own any other cameras at the moment, it would be difficult to compare other than what I mentioned in my previous comment was part of my decision making process in buying this point and shoot camera over a Digital SLR (hint: not the price).

    When shopping for this camera, I used this excellent and exhaustive review on the Trusted Reviews web site to help make my decision and compare to the actual image quality of some low-end Digital SLR cameras I was also considering at the time.

  • Nice camera features.I love nikon camera too.It has great features easy to use and very handy.

  • Nikon coolpix is one of the top selling brand in market.It is simple yet captures good quality pictures like other expensive camera.

  • I have this camera before. I love its uniqueness and simplicity and very affordable.Perfect for a newbies.

  • I am a little lat but i have had one of these for over a year and you can take incredible pictures with it…. but only after a LOT of effort. The ncamera has NO manual features other then exposure compensation. It does not do well in low light situations. Oh well i really enjoy using it and it is fairly capable. This can focus closer then 1cm though which is incredible.

  • olga

    i had cannon cam gave it to my daughter since she has young family, n more need for picture taking, i purchased nikon coolpix 110 and have been quite unhappy. alot of my pics come out too bright and some yellowish tint to them uhhh If im doing something wrong please help me thanks

  • huw

    Hi I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and find it pretty awesome. Much better than its pre-model. Well done canon.

  • Subhash

    Reading such reviews I was facinated about this camera and bought one without a second thought. Only to learn after the purchase that reviews were totally misleading if not entirely wrong. For my Nikon L100 fails to focus and 90% photos are blurred. Did the manufacturere lose sight of putting in a proper motion sensor, that is if I tend to shake the camera every-time a take a photograph. I found the problem of blurred pictures even when I used a tripod. Now someone may say my tripod was not steady enough and shook as I pressed the shutter release. To say the least, I have simply wasted my money on this Nikon L100.

Some Older Comments

  • huw July 20, 2011 07:26 am

    Hi I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and find it pretty awesome. Much better than its pre-model. Well done canon.

  • olga May 2, 2011 08:28 am

    i had cannon cam gave it to my daughter since she has young family, n more need for picture taking, i purchased nikon coolpix 110 and have been quite unhappy. alot of my pics come out too bright and some yellowish tint to them uhhh If im doing something wrong please help me thanks

  • Hudson Ensz January 26, 2011 05:51 am

    I am a little lat but i have had one of these for over a year and you can take incredible pictures with it.... but only after a LOT of effort. The ncamera has NO manual features other then exposure compensation. It does not do well in low light situations. Oh well i really enjoy using it and it is fairly capable. This can focus closer then 1cm though which is incredible.

  • Tibor Szabadi November 8, 2010 10:36 pm

    I have this camera before. I love its uniqueness and simplicity and very affordable.Perfect for a newbies.

  • Patrik October 12, 2010 06:19 pm

    Nikon coolpix is one of the top selling brand in market.It is simple yet captures good quality pictures like other expensive camera.

  • Zsolt Huszar September 7, 2010 12:17 am

    Nice camera features.I love nikon camera too.It has great features easy to use and very handy.

  • Joseph December 29, 2009 01:25 am

    @JP Lumansoc...

    Kinda harsh there?

    The article on this page is clearly not, nor did it seem intended to be a review (the blog owner seems to clearly mark the titles of articles "review" when they actually are... otherwise, he is just talking about the equipment as is the category here). This was a blurb posted about a camera, which at the time was just announced and somewhat unique in feature set and not even available for purchase yet, that he thought was interesting enough to post the limited info that Nikon made available onto his web site.

    I'm sorry you didn't find the information you were looking for here, but I think you are a bit harsh in telling someone what they "should be" providing you, "You should be comparing this camera to other cameras and giving reasons why this is better or worse. Save your time and just put a link to Nikon’s website. Better question yet, have you used this camera extensively?"

    With that said, I have used this camera extensively (for several months now) and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Since I don't own any other cameras at the moment, it would be difficult to compare other than what I mentioned in my previous comment was part of my decision making process in buying this point and shoot camera over a Digital SLR (hint: not the price).

    When shopping for this camera, I used this excellent and exhaustive review on the Trusted Reviews web site to help make my decision and compare to the actual image quality of some low-end Digital SLR cameras I was also considering at the time.

  • JP Lumansoc December 28, 2009 02:48 pm

    I gotta call you out on this one, if you're going to write a review, write your own instead of paraphrasing what Nikon says about their cameras. You should be comparing this camera to other cameras and giving reasons why this is better or worse. Save your time and just put a link to Nikon's website. Better question yet, have you used this camera extensively?

  • Aredent Photog August 27, 2009 05:31 am

    I have this and I like it. i bougt for performance and affordability and I wanted to upgrade. I wish I could have afforded a Cannon with interchangeable lens options. But until I can sell some 'money shots', I will stick to this one.

  • Joseph August 19, 2009 11:34 pm

    I purchased one of these cameras and I am pleased with it so far. The camera performs like a high end point and shoot (with a CCD sensor instead of a CMOS sensor as found in DSLRs) with a few tricks up its sleeve. I use it primarily to photograph my 4 month old baby boy and find that it is sometimes easier to get a good candid shot of him from across the room (so he is not distracted by the camera). The 15x optical zoom allows me to take photos of him from about 10-15 feet and with the image stabilization (feels like a gyroscope when it is in use), I can get Macro focus shots without a flash from that distance!

    Nikon recently updated the firmware of the camera to support NiMH rechargeable batteries (will take about 600 shots this way vs. 350 with alkaline and 900 with lithium disposable batteries - http://support.nikontech.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16481/sort/4,2/r_id/116678 ) and I am using the camera with Sanyo eneloop "pre-charged" NiMH rechargeable AA batteries (about $12 USD for a 4 pack). So far, so good!

    Don't get me wrong, this camera is blown away by cameras with a CMOS sensor in image quality (as most DSLRs benefit from the higher quality sensor and store uncompressed images as well) and in low light but this camera takes excellent snap shots when there is adequate lighting. I need to experiment with dusk mode to get low light shots (as you can't manually adjust your ISO settings or shutter speed) but will need to mount the camera on my tripod to do so (as the shutter speed is a little too low even for the image stabilization to be effective) and I'd love to try some photos of the moon that way with the mega zoom!

    All in all, I am happy with my purchase of a camera that my wife is very comfortable using (whereas a DSLR intimidated her). She had a Nikon Coolpix L11 before this camera and the controls are nearly identical in both so there is no learning curve from Nikon's inexpensive point and shoots to this one. We paid $220 USD for this camera and are, thus far, happy with our purchase.

  • Cherry John Cheriyan April 20, 2009 11:51 pm

    I have purchased Nikon P80 which is a better option to L100 as the same is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery and have 18X zoom and will be within the budget

  • JChristian March 7, 2009 01:46 am

    Mmm ... I am discouraged when I learned that I had to put four AAA.

  • gerald sherman February 5, 2009 03:00 pm

    This is the one for me. I'll be near the front of the ine when it comes out n April.

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