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Nikon COOLPIX L820: Review

The Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a compact camera comes in three colors and features a convenient side handle for easy grip in all situations. It has a NIKKOR 30x super zoom lens and a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with backlight, to get great pictures even in low lighting. Other specs include Full HD movies, 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 921,000 dots, the lens-shift vibration reduction, the Smart Portrait System and the HDMI connector.

Nikon COOLPIX L820: Design

The Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a compact digital camera-type bridge, which has a comfortable grip on the side. On the back stands out its 3-inch TFT LCD display with exceptional resolution of 921,000 dots. The size of the camera, finally, is 111 mm in width, 76.3 mm in height and 84.5 mm in thickness. The weight is 470 grams, including batteries and memory card.

Nikon COOLPIX L820: Features and Functionality

The Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a compact digital camera made by the manufacturer this year, just in january, along with the Nikon COOLPIX P520, always ” bridge ” but of superior quality, as it belongs to the Professional series. The L810 is a model of the family Life, so for all those who want to perfect photos without having to change the settings and commands.

Starting from the technical data, this camera is equipped with a CMOS image sensor and backlit high-sensitivity 1/2, 3-inch and 16.79-megapixel resolution and 16 total effective resolution. It is a back-illuminated sensor that, thanks to the greater amount of light received, ensures clear images in any lighting condition.

Passing optics, the Nikon COOLPIX L820 features a wide-angle Nikkor lens that has a focal equal to 4-120, equivalent to 22.5 to 675 mm in the traditional format 35 mm, and an aperture equivalent focal-f3 f5 .8. As regards, the ability to shoot subjects, in the distance, the camera is equipped with a 30x optical zoom and a digital zoom up to 4x.

Nikon COOLPIX L820
Nikon COOLPIX L820

As regards, features and functionality, it must be said that, although from the point of view of aesthetics is considered one of the ” bridges “, the camera does not have the possibility of manual intervention completely missing the command dial typical of the bridge. On the other hand, it presents an excellent side grip and also a grip in the rear, upper right, which facilitates grip and use. Interestingly, at the same time, the zoom lever side for firm grip on the camera while shooting.

Analyzing the other functions of the Nikon COOLPIX L820, it should be noted the system of lens-shift vibration reduction, which ensures sharp images in any lighting situation and even with the zoom at maximum power. The camera, then, it is easy to use. Thanks to the Easy Auto Mode optimize all the settings according to the shooting scene.

Additional features, stands out the Smart Portrait System which allows for perfect portraits every time, thanks to Smile Timer, which takes the shot when the subject smiles, the blink proof function, which alerts you when someone had their eyes closed, and the glamor retouching, which allows you to create great portraits.

With the Retouch menu, then you can improve your photos directly on camera with a wide range of filter effects. As for movies, with the Nikon COOLPIX L820 can record video with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, then Full HD with stereo sound at the push on a button. It remains to mention the EXPEED C2 processor, built-in flash, high sensitivity up to ISO 3200, the audio / video output, USB port and the HDMI connector.

With regard to the internal memory, it is not particularly high, only 65 MB, but it’s expandable via Secure Digital, SDHC or SDXC new. Finally, the purchase package includes 4 AA alkaline batteries, which provide up to 320 shots, the USB cable, the audio / video cable, strap, lens cap and the CD-ROM with the software ViewNX2.


The Nikon COOLPIX L820 is something more than a normal compact but something less than the classic bridge, with which it has in common only the camera body with the typical grip. The lack of manual controls is definitely a point to his disadvantage, as well as the lack of support for the RAW format.

Another downside is represented by alkaline batteries, which although readily available, involve the inconvenience of having to always carry 4 other batteries. It should be emphasized, the excellent optical zoom, the HDMI port and the automatic setting, perfect for those who are beginners.

Where to Buy Nikon COOLPIX L820

Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)
  • Powerful 30x zoom that lets you shoot amazing close ups
  • 16 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional image quality and enhanced low light...
  • Record videos in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound
  • Larger ergonomic design for easier handling and comfort
Easy of Use
Value of Money

PROS : OPTICAL ZOOM, Smart Portrait System; HDMI connector; Full HD movies; resolution display, sensor resolution.

CONS : No rechargeable battery, No manual controls, RAW support No.

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