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Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20 review

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Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20
  • Coolpix L20 10 Megapixel Compact Camera - 6.70 mm-24 mm - Deep Red (3" LCD - 3.6x Optical Zoom - 3648 x 2736 Image - 640 x 480 Video)

Summary

Our Score:

8

While photography enthusiasts - myself included - will usually prefer an expensive complicated camera with lots of manually-controllable features, such as exposure, focusing and colour profile, it's important to remember that the majority of people who are buying a new camera are looking for the exact opposite. They want something that is reasonably cheap, quick and easy to use, and which can produce good pictures with virtually no effort at all. It's this demographic that Nikon is targeting with its two latest L (for Lifestyle) series models, the CoolPix L19 and L20.

The CoolPix L20 is a 10-megapixel point-and shoot compact powered by two AA batteries, featuring a 3.6x zoom lens and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor, and is currently selling for around £120. The L19 shares the same body and virtually the same specification, but has an 8MP sensor, a 2.7-inch screen, and is currently selling for around £95. The L20 is available in black or red, while the L19 is available in silver or pink.

The L20 is quite a large camera by compact standards, measuring 96.5 x 61 x 29 mm, although at 185g including batteries and memory card it's lighter than it looks. The L19 is 5g lighter, probably on account of the smaller monitor. The camera has a plastic body, but is built to Nikon's usual high standard and is beautifully finished. I particularly like the deep slightly metallic red of my review sample, although the plain silver of the L19 doesn't look anywhere near as classy. The body shape is nice and easy to hold, with a sculpted front panel that provides a good finger grip, and a shaped and textured thumbgrip on the back, although the smooth gloss finish is a bit slippery.

Dave Watts

January 25, 2010, 9:31 pm

Couldn't agree more. I've had mi L20 fro a few weeks now and am having nothing but success. I got it from www.xtrahandykit.co.uk £121. It arrived two days later and is as point and shoot as you could wish for. I also have a digital SLR for the more serious stuff, but if you want a switch on - snap - switch off, with great results, you can't do much better.

RPB Henderson

November 29, 2013, 6:04 pm

I have been using the L19 for about a year and it is great for vacations and travel. The size is excellent and it is simple to use. The final verdict is that the pictures are of consistent quality. The few pictures that have been marginal are due to my own ignorant spells. This camera has my vote!

Mag

December 17, 2013, 3:22 pm

I have a Nikon coolpix L20 and although it is a handy size for holidays the door on the battery compartment is now failing can stay closed and locked without batteries but unfortunately wont close when batteries inserted. Very dissapointed and would not recommend.

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