Nikon Coolpix L12 Review

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Nikon Coolpix L12



Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix L12


AUTO record mode is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The "7M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 7-megapixels at Fine quality, VR is enabled, and there's 237 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)



Nikon Coolpix L12


When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is green, if it fails it is red and blinks.



Nikon Coolpix L12


Record mode menu:

    SET UP - Enter the Setup menu
    Image mode - 7M* High, 7M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV, 16:9
    White balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous or Multi-Shot 16
    BSS - Best Shot Selector: On or Off (Shoots up to 10 frames and then automatically saves the best [sharpest/clearest] one)
    Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype


Nikon Coolpix L12


The Menu option in the Setup menu, lets you change the menu screen display from icon (shown above) or text format. You can call up HELP for any menu function by pressing the "T"elephoto zoom button.



Nikon Coolpix L12


Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer and "down" changes the focus mode, and "right" adjusts exposure compensation. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.



Nikon Coolpix L12

Scene mode options include: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, and Voice Recording. You can also change the image resolution from this menu.



Nikon Coolpix P5000


Face Priority AF mode actually detects the presence of a human face in the frame and focuses on it. Some of the other portrait scene modes have onscreen framing guides to help you properly position your subject for the desired effect.



Nikon Coolpix P5000


Anti-Shake mode is activated by pressing the dedicated button for this mode on the top of the camera. It enables VR, BSS as well as boosts the ISO sensitivity to ensure faster shutter speeds, which helps reduce the effects of camera shake in your low light shots. The flash is disabled.



Nikon Coolpix L12


Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 5.9 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.



Nikon Coolpix L12


The camera can also be used as a Voice Recorder to record monoraul audio.



Nikon Coolpix L12


Movie mode screen display. You can record 640x480 .AVI MOTION JPEG Movie clips at 30fps, limited in length only by the amount of remaining memory. Sound is recorded so the zoom cannot be used while recording but can be preset beforehand.



Nikon Coolpix L12


Movie mode options:

    TV Movie 640* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    Small Size 320* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps
    Small Size 320 - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
    Smaller Size 160 - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 15fps
    Stop-motion movie - Make a movie using still images (5, 10 or 15fps)
    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous (Full-time) AF




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