Features & Controls

Allowing you to compose your images in any situation is the L620's 14x Nikkor ED optical zoom lens, featuring a 35mm equivalent of 25-350mm. This lens is made up of 11 elements in 10 groups, and when the camera is powered down, it folds completely into the body to keep it safe. Assisting you in capturing crisp, sharp images is the optical VR (vibration reduction) that keeps the camera steady, even when you may not be. This lens is accompanied by a 16-Megapixel high sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor and a Contrast Detect TTL AF system that allows you to shoot in difficult and lower light conditions with ease.

Focus Range:
  • [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
  • [T]: Approx. 3 ft. 4 in. (1 m.) to infinity
  • Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity

Nikon has also included a manual pop-up flash unit. This flash will only work if you manually raise it, otherwise it will not pop up itself. It features monitor preflashes and has a range of up to 19ft (W), at ISO auto.

Nikon has kept the top of the L610 very simple, only adding the shutter release, which is coupled by the zoom control and the power button to the top. On the left side, you can see where the flash will pop up, and the left and right stereo microphone holes.

Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot LCD screen. With approx. 96% frame coverage, you will see almost exactly what the camera is going to capture. Combining that with the Anti-reflective coating and 5 levels of adjustable brightness, you will be able to see the screen easily in almost any lighting conditions. In the photo above, you can also see the various controls mounted on the back (which we go into more detail about below), including the flash release switch located at the top of the LCD.


Controls on the back: At the far top you can see the dedicated movie shutter release, which is used to start recording video no matter what mode you are in. Next is the Scene button (green camera icon). This button toggles the exposure mode, with options for Easy Auto, Scene, Smart Portrait, Creative, and Auto (Program AE). The 'blue arrow' Play button puts the camera in Playback or review mode. Next is the 4-way selector, which is for navigating menus and selecting pictures. In record mode pressing it 'Up' selects the desired flash mode, 'Left' activates the self-timer, 'Down' enables the macro focus mode, and 'Right' will adjust exposure compensation. The center OK button accepts menu selections. At the bottom are the MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens, and the 'trash can' button is for deleting images.


On the right hand side of the camera are the I/O (Input/Output) ports. At the top you will see the mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a HDTV. On the bottom is the USB 2.0 port that can be used to upload images to your PC, connect to a printer, or view images on a TV with the included A/V cable.

The Nikon L620 relies on SD,SDHC or SDXC memory cards to store pictures and video. With the camera's burst features and HD video capabilities, we recommend that you use at least a class 4 card. The camera is shown here with a SanDisk Extreme Pro class 10, UHS-1, 8GB SDHC card.

Powering the L610 is left up to 2 AA-type batteries of the users choice. Alkaline, Lithium and NiMH rechargeables are all worthy options. You will get the more images from Lithium batteries on a single use, but the rechargeables will give you the most for your money. This also means that you never have to worry about carrying a battery charger for the camera, and if your batteries run out, you can pick up new AA-type batteries almost anywhere in the world.

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