Nikon Coolpix L12 Review
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Nikon has introduced three new "L" or "Life" Series cameras to their COOLPIX family. Designed with the casual snap-shooter in mind, the Nikon COOLPIX L10, L11 and L12 combine high-quality design and construction with user-friendly features at affordable prices. All three cameras sport a sharp 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, a bright LCD and a lightweight, ultra-portable body. Additionally, each of the new "L" series cameras boast impressive battery life, and higher light sensitivity, which makes it easy to produce better pictures in marginal lighting.
In addition to 7.1 megapixels, a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, and a 2.5-inch LCD, the COOLPIX L12 also features Optical VR Image Stabilization, which overcomes camera shake to produce clearer, sharper images. This camera also has ISO capabilities up to 1600, which enables the consumer to take sharper pictures in low light situations and facilitates a faster shutter speed, essential for capturing images of fast-moving subjects. Adding to this camera's ease of use is a new Anti-Shake button, which simultaneously activates VR, High ISO and Best Shot Selector, assuring that pictures will be steady, sharp, and stunning.
Nikon has also incorporated user-friendly Imaging Innovations into the entire line of COOLPIX cameras, designed to ease the picture-taking process for the consumer. On the L12, these features are activated by pressing the convenient One-Touch portrait button on top of the camera and can be easily located in the menu systems of the L10 and L11. These technologies, dubbed "Nikon In-Camera Innovations" include:
The COOLPIX L10, L11 and L12 feature a sleek, stylish finish and a curved grip that contributes to both
design elegance and shooting stability. Adding to the cameras' convenient portability, all of L-series models
are AA-size battery and SDHC memory card compatible, with 7MB of internal memory for the L10 and L11, while
the L12 sports 21MB . Each camera is packaged with a complimentary copy of Nikon's PictureProject Software,
which makes it a snap to transfer, organize, edit, and share photos with family and friends.
Coolpix L12 Features:
The Coolpix L12 compared to a standard CD disc.
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|COOLPIX L12 Specifications|
|Effective pixels||7.1 million|
|CCD||1/2.5-inch type (7.41 million total pixels)|
|Image modes||3072 x 2304 (High: 3072*, Normal: 3072), 2592 x 1944 (Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 (Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC screen: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV screen: 640), 3072 x 1728 (16:9)|
|Lens||3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.7-17.1mm (35mm  format picture angle: 35-105mm); f/2.8-4.7; 5 elements in 5 groups; digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm  format picture angle: approx. 420mm)|
|Focus range (approx.)||1 ft. 8 in. (50cm) to infinity. Macro close-up mode: 5.9 in. (15cm) to infinity|
|LCD monitor||2.5-inch type, 115,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating|
|Storage media||Internal memory: (approx. 21MB), SD/SDHC memory card|
|Shooting modes||Auto + 17 Scene modes (Anti-shake, One-touch portriat, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist), Voice Recording, BSS (Best Shot Selector)|
|Movie||With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; stop-motion (640)|
|Vibration Reduction (VR)||Lens shift VR|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto (auto gain ISO 50 - 1600|
||Range: (W) 0.5-8.0m (1 ft. 8 in. - 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) approx. 0.5-4.5m (1 ft. 8 in. - 14 ft. 9 in.)
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction, Flash Cancel, Forced Flash and Slow sync.
|Interface||USB, Audio Video output|
|Supported languages||Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai|
|Power requirements||Two AA alkaline, oxyride, or lithium batteries, two EN-MH1 rechargeable NiMH batteries (optional), EH-65A AC adapter (optional)|
|Battery life (approx.)||Approx. 150 shots with alkaline, 600 shots with lithium, or 370 shots with EN-MH1 batteries (based on CIPA standard)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||91 x 61 x 26 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.) excluding projections|
|Weight||Approx. 125g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card|
|Supplied accessories*||Two 1.5V LR6 AA-size alkaline batteries, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap, Dock Insert PV-13, PictureProject CD-ROM *Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.|
|Optional accessories||Battery Charger MH-71, Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery EN-MH1, AC Adapter EH-65A|
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