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Nikon CoolPix L19 and L20 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


This was shot with the L20. The level of sharp fine detail is pretty good for a 10MP camera.


The lens produces some barrel distortion but it's not too severe, although the image is a bit soft areound the edges.


Centre shapness is very good.


Corned sharpness really not too bad, and there is very little chromatic aberration.


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!


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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