Nikon CoolPix L5 - Test Shots – Full Res Crops



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”Here, 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 in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.”


Here’s a shot of the front of Exeter Cathedral, my favourite shot for detail comparison. See below for a full-res crop of the centre of this image.


Compare the level of detail in this shot to similar pictures I’ve taken with other cameras to see how the L5 measures up. For this shot the camera’s exposure meter selected 79 ISO. I’ve seen better detail from six megapixel compacts, mostly due to the high compression of the L5’s JPEG files.


Despite only being equivalent to 38mm, the wide-angle end of the zoom range produces significant barrel distortion.


This image is cropped from the top right corner of the previous shot. As you can see the corner sharpness is very poor.

Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 4


Camera type Digital Compact
Megapixels (Megapixel) 7.2 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 5x
Image Sensor CCD
Image Stabilisation Optical
LCD Monitor 2.5 in
Flash modes Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Flash OFF
Video (max res/format) 640 x 480
Memory card slot Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)

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