Coolpix L810 is one of the famous L-series cameras from Nikon featuring plenty of automatic functions and an excellent 26X optical zoom range. Equipped 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor and Easy Auto Mode, the camera is a good companion even for a complete beginner. It does not offer many manual controls, but as a budget camera, ease-of-use aspect is always indeed a good selling point. Another important thing is its HD movie recording ability which can be activated with a single press of a button. In general, Coolpix L810 offers a good assortment of functions and technologies for easy yet quality photography.
26X Zoom Range with VR Image Stabilization
Aside from the ease-of-use aspect, its 26X zooming range is a very attractive point that sells. The 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor is promising, so even when used for telephoto shots, the image quality is more than acceptable. The maximum resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels; aspect ratio 4:3. Remembering that it is actually a budget camera, such features are quite impressive. Furthermore, Coolpix L810 is the first Nikon’s L series to be equipped with VR Image Stabilization. It compensates camera shake which is a typical drawback of handheld camera device. This Vibration Reduction function is also applicable in movie recording mode.
The overall dimensions measure at 3.1-inch W x 4.4-inch H x 3.3-inch D; with the battery and microSD card attached, it weighs 431g. The body is wrapped with a glossy plastic material; the camera is available in 4 different colors which are black, red, bronze, and blue. A big 26X optical zoom lens is dominating the front design while a 3-inch LCD screen occupies most space in the back. The menu buttons are neatly located to the right of the screen; once you open the menu, simply access the functions using the navigation pad. There is even a dedicated button to activate movie recording mode. Generally speaking, everything is easy to use.
There are some useful pre-configured scene modes and color options. Based on any specific mode chosen, the camera will self-calibrate for optimum results. The color options include vivid, standard, cyanotype, black & white, and nostalgic sepia. With Easy Auto Mode, Nikon Coolpix L810 will automatically recognize the scenes such as Close-Up, Landscape, Portrait, Nigh Landscape, and Night Portrait. Such automation will allow you to focus only on the point and shoot procedures without any confusion. There is no complicated calibration necessary, you will only need to simply aim and capture the image.
Nikon also includes a movie recording mode to Coolpix L810. By a single press of a button, the camera will record 720p HD movies with stereo sound. Even better, the zooming ability is applicable in this movie mode. There is also an HDMI port to view the recorded movies on a bigger screen if necessary.
With all the functions provided by Nikon in the Coolpix L810, beginners can be immediately impressed. With a good assortment of automation, this point and shoot camera is not disappointing in almost all aspects. The recording mode is as well easy to use, making Nikon Coolpix L810 a very good choice in the price range.