Nikon Coolpix L3 Review
Full Review posted 4/3/2006
Introduction & Physical Views
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The COOLPIX L2, COOLPIX L3 and COOLPIX L4 are entry-level digital compact cameras that combine high-quality components like a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and a bright 2.0-inch LCD with in-camera image-improvement features, in lightweight and compact bodies. All three cameras employ a high quality 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens to provide the ability to zoom in for tight portraits, or zoom out to take in expansive outdoor scenes. The CCD imagers offer high performance with effective megapixel values of 6.0 for the COOLPIX L2, 5.1 for the COOLPIX L3, and 4.0 for the COOLPIX L4. All three cameras also feature a bright, 2.0-inch color LCD with new icons and a new color scheme that's easier on the eyes.
These cameras all incorporate Nikon's exclusive technology for improving the image during and after capture. The D-Lighting function selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail wherever needed while keeping other areas as they were. The Face-priority AF function automatically detects and then focuses in on people's faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, ensuring superb crisp-focus portraits. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function analyzes each image, automatically finding and then correcting the accidental red-eye that sometimes occurs in flash photography, for more natural-looking portraits.
A choice of 15 different Scene modes - 4 with Scene assist - makes it so much easier to achieve desired results in a wide range of everyday situations. Just choose the Scene mode best suited to the subject at hand, and the COOLPIX L2, L3 and L4 automatically select the ideal settings for exactly the picture you had in mind, whether indoor party or outdoor nighttime fireworks display. These cameras also offer movie-shooting capability in three sizes: TV movie size (640) for viewing on TV or computers, convenient Small size (320), and Smaller size (160) for extended recording or Internet usage.
The design of these models is streamlined and comfortable to hold, and features a smooth and elegant finish. The curved grip contributes to both design elegance and shooting stability. Adding to their convenient portability is the advantage of AA-size battery compatibility. One of the most widely available battery sizes in the world, in alkaline, lithium or NiMH rechargeable form. All three cameras are compatible with widely available SD memory cards. 23MB of internal memory for the COOLPIX L2 and L3 and 10MB for the COOLPIX L4 allow the user to keep right on shooting when no additional memory is available, as well as easily moving images from one SD card to another.
USB connectivity eases transfer of data to computers and other peripherals. Printing is
simplified as well, with PictBridge capability enabling connection to a compatible printer
without the need of a computer in between. The latest version of Nikon PictureProject
offers convenient options allowing users, for example, to import wireless images
automatically into a slideshow as well as tools to edit, organize, design and share images.
The software is designed to extend the enjoyment of taking pictures: transferring images
from camera to computer, organizing images so they are easy to find, editing them to add an
extra sparkle, designing ways to show off the pictures and sharing them with friends and
Coolpix L3 Features:
The Coolpix L3 compared to a standard CD disc.
The Coolpix L3 and the 6-megapixel Coolpix L2
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