Nikon Coolpix L3 Review

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Nikon Coolpix L3



Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix L3


AUTO record mode is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The "5M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 5-megapixels at Fine quality and there's 200 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed.



Nikon Coolpix L3


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 L3


Record mode menu:

    SET UP - Enter the Setup menu
    Image mode - 5M* High, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV
    White balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
    Exp +/- - Exposure compensation
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame 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 L3


The Menu option lets you display menu screens in icon or text format. You can call up HELP for any menu function by pressing the "T"elephoto zoom button.



Nikon Coolpix L3


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



Nikon Coolpix L3

Scene mode options include: 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist), Voice Recording.



Nikon Coolpix S3


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 L3


Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 3.9 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.

Nikon macro tip #1 - a lot of people never read their user manuals and don't know the "secret of the sweet spot" - in macro mode run your zoom in and out until you see the macro flower icon turn green (or yellow on some Coolpix cameras). This is the setting that allows you to shoot the closest possible shots. And by all means, use a tripod and the self-timer for the sharpest possible shots.



Nikon Coolpix L3


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



Nikon Coolpix L3


Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory. Sound is recorded so the zoom cannot be used while recording but can be preset beforehand.



Nikon Coolpix L3


Movie mode options:

    TV Movie 640* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    TV Movie 640 - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps
    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
    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous AF




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