Nikon Coolpix L610 Review

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Review posted 11/21/2012

Quick Take
Pros
  • Easy Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • 14x optical zoom lens is ready for any shooting scenario you come across
  • Good image quality 
  • 1cm Macro is amazing for extreme closeups
  • Optical VR helps keep your images sharp
  • Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD
  • AA-type batteries are available anywhere
  • Competitively priced
Cons
  • HD movies look blotchy and do not run smoothly on a computer
  • Some noise in all images - Normal with most 16-Megapixel image sensors
  • Flash is not very powerful and is slow to charge from AA-type batteries
  • No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
Bottom Line
The Nikon CoolPix L610 is an affordable and versatile compact digicam. This comfortable digicam performed okay and produced good images. It is a descent point-n-shoot for anyone that is not looking for anything fancy. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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For the budget-minded, Nikon announced the all new Coolpix L610 in the latter half of 2012, which features a large 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a long 14x optical zoom lens (25-350mm in 35mm terms), an industry standard 3.0-inch LCD monitor. You can also record Full HD 1080p video, and video mode even gets its own separate record button, for instant use no matter what shooting mode you are in.

Another nice feature is Easy Auto Mode. Simply turn it on, and the L610 will automatically select one of six pre-programmed Scene Modes that best fits your current shooting conditions. Sharing your still and videos is a snap, courtesy of the mini HDMI output as well as USB/AV connectors. 

And, should you ever find your battery low, the L610 runs on AA batteries for convenience.

Nikon Coolpix L610 Features:
  • 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (25-350mm)
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • Full HD (1080p) video
  • Separate Movie Record Button
  • Easy Auto Mode automatically chooses from Six Scene Modes:
    • Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Night Portrait
    • Night landscape
    • Close-up
    • Backlighting
  • HDMI mini connector
  • USB/audio video connector
  • Runs on two AA-size Batteries
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

The Nikon Coolpix L610 is available in Red, Black, or Silver, with a MSRP of $249.95. See our Lowest Price button at the top right of this page to see the best price currently online.

What's in the box?:
  • Nikon Coolpix L610 camera body
  • AN-CP19 Strap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • Two AA Alkaline Batteries
  • EG-CP16 Audio Video Cable
  • NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM

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