Nikon Coolpix L1 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The Coolpix L1 is equipped with a 5x Nikkor optical zoom lens with a 38 - 190mm (in 35mm equivalent) focal length coverage. The maximum aperture is F2.9 to 5.0 and it has a dedicated macro mode. When powered down the lens retracts and is protected by a builtin shutter, no lens cap needed.
Auto focus is handled by a contrast detect TTL system and the focus range is 1 ft 8
in. (50cm) to infinity in normal, 1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity in Macro mode (wide
angle). Auto focus can be single-AF or Continuous-AF with Auto (five-area selection)
and Center-focus area selection available.
The built-in speedlight has a shooting range of approx. 1 ft 8 in - 11 ft 6 in / 0.5 -
3.5m (W), 1 ft 8 in - 6 ft 7 in / 0.5 - 2.0m (T), and can be set for Auto Flash,
Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Slow Sync or Disabled.
The large 2.5-inch color LCD serves as the viewfinder as well as for reviewing
your images and movies and accessing the menu screens. In lower light conditions the
color LCD will "gain up" for better framing and provides
On top is the power on/off switch, the shutter release and
The Mode switch with positions for Record, Scene and Movie.
Controls on the back: Upper right are the zoom lens control buttons. In playback
mode these buttons serve as the magnify and index buttons. When accessing menus the
telephoto button can call up Help screens. The MENU button calls up and dismisses
menu screens. The 4-way selector is for navigating menus and selecting pictures. In
record mode pressing it "Up" selects the desired flash mode. Pressing it "Left"
activates the 10-sec selftimer. Pressing it "Down" enables the macro focus mode.
Pressing it "Right" to adjust exposure compensation. The center OK button accepts menu
selections and enables image D-Lighting in playback. The "blue arrow" button puts the
camera in Play mode. The "trashcan" button is for deleting images.
The interface connector is a combination device used to connect either the USB 1.1
cable for downloading images to the host computer or connect the Audio-Video Out cable
to a TV set. The video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL.
The USB cable can be connected to any PictBridge compatible photo printer for
The Coolpix L1 is equipped with 10MB of
internal memory and a SD memory card slot, no card is supplied with
the camera. Images and movies can be copied from internal memory to SD card or vice-versa.
We recommend the purchase of at least a 256MB (or larger) SD card or your picture
taking will be quite limited.
The camera is powered by two standard AA batteries; alkaline, NiMH or lithium type. Alkaline batteries will take approx. 100 shots, NiMH rechargeable 2500mAh batteries will take approx. 230 shots and one-use lithium batteries will take approx. 400 shots.
An optional power adapter allows the camera to be powered
from an A/C wall outlet.
The battery type is selected in the Setup menu so that the amount of battery power remaining is calculated/displayed accurately.
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