Nikon Coolpix L5 Review

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Nikon Coolpix L5

Review posted 2/28/2007

Introduction & Physical Views

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The COOLPIX L5 is a compact and user-friendly camera for the family snap-shooter that wants a capable, well-featured camera at an affordable price. The L5 has 7.2 megapixels for generating superior quality prints, a 5x zoom lens for creative compositional freedom, an incredible, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen that is easy to view in any condition, and Vibration Reduction, an in-camera stabilization that compensates for shaky hands or vibrations.

Building on the success of previous L series cameras, the L5 includes new technology designed to enhance the experience of the point and shoot consumer. The L5 is equipped with a high-powered 5x zoom lens for creative control and freedom in a variety of settings from intimate personal portraits to large or wide outdoor scenes. To help consumers utilize the camera's long zoom capabilities, the L5 features Vibration Reduction, an innovation that minimizes the probability of blurry images by compensating for various levels of camera shake.

For composing and displaying images, the L5 is equipped with an incredible, bright 2.5- inch LCD screen. The LCD displays the Scene Modes menu with 15 Scene Modes, 4 with Scene Assist that automatically program the camera for optimum performance in a variety of shooting conditions.

Nikon's In-Camera Image Innovations add to the convenience of the L5 by giving users the power to automatically improve images in-camera. For ease of use, the COOLPIX L5 is equipped with a One-Touch Portrait Button, which activates Nikon's In-Camera Innovations. This system includes Face-priority AF, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject's face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D- Lighting, an innovation that automatically corrects images with insufficient light. The L5 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred and Best Shot Selector, a feature that identifies and saves the sharpest image from a series automatically.

Compact and easy-to-carry with a smooth and elegant design, the L5 packs an incredible amount of technology into a palm-sized camera. The L5 is compatible with AA-size batteries in alkaline, lithium, oxy-nickel and rechargeable batteries to keep you shooting while on the move. For storage, the camera has 8 MB of internal memory and is compatible with an array of SD memory cards.

The COOLPIX L5 even simplifies printing with PictBridge, and is USB compatible for transferring pictures to computers and other peripherals. A complimentary copy of PictureProject is included with the L5 for importing, editing and organizing images.

Coolpix L5 Features:

  • 7-megapixel effective CCD for prints up to 13x19 inches
  • 5x optical zoom lens (38-190mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • Nikon's Vibration Reduction to overcome camera shake
  • 5-area AF with focus assist lamp and 6cm Macro mode
  • Large 2.5-inch color monitor
  • Program AE and 15 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Face Priority AF for perfect portrait shots
  • Single, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16
  • QuickTime movies with audio, up to 640x480 @ 30fps - length limited only by available memory
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix technology
  • Graphical User Interface, icon-based or text menus
  • Built-in Help guide displays explanation of menu items
  • Exif 2.2 and PictBridge compatible
  • SD/SDHC memory card slot and ~8MB internal memory
  • Plug-n-Play USB connectivity
  • PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • One-Touch upload for easy image transfers
  • Powered by two AA type batteries

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon Coolpix L5

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Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon Coolpix L5

The Coolpix L5 compared to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix L5

The Coolpix L5 and the 6-megapixel Coolpix L6

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Coolpix L5 Specifications

Effective pixels 7.2 million
CCD 1/2.5-inch type (Approx. 7.41 million total pixels)
Image modes 7M:Fine (3072 x 2304), 7M:Normal (3072 x 2304), 5M:Normal (2592 x 1944), 3M:Economy (2048 x 1536), PC (1024 x 768), TV (640 x 480)
Lens 5x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3 - 31.4mm (35mm[135] equivalent to 38 - 190mm); f/2.9 - 5.0; 9 elements in 7 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Vibration Reduction Optical Lens Shift: Normal, Active, and Off Modes (user selectable), approx 3 stops
Focus range (approx.) 50cm (1 ft 8 in) to infinity, 4cm (1.6 in) to infinity in Macro Mode
LCD monitor 2.5-inch type, 115,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage media SD/SDHC memory card and internal memory (approx. 8MB)
Shooting modes Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (10 sec)
Movie With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Smaller size (160) at 30fps
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx 0.7fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 size)
Number of frames (w/ internal memory) 7M:Fine: approx 2, 7M:Normal approx 4, 3M:Economy approx 10
Built-in flash
0.5 - 5.5m (1 ft 8 in - 18.0 ft) [W], 0.6 - 4m (1 ft 9.6 in - 13.1 ft) [T]
Interface USB 1.1
Supported languages German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, selectable in menu display
Power requirements Two AA-size battery (LR6 alkaline (included), Two ZR6 oxyride, or two lithium), Two Rechargeable NiMH Battery EN-MH1 (optional), EH-65A AC Adapter (optional)
Battery life (approx.) 150 shots with alkaline, 250 shots with EN-MH1 (CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx 97 x 61 x 45mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 in)
Weight (approx.) Approx 170g (6.0 oz) (without battery and memory card)
Supplied accessories* Two LR6 AA-type alkaline batteries, UC-E6 USB Cable, EG-CP11 Video Cable, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM ** - Supplied accessories may differ by country or area
Optional accessories MH-71 Battery Charger, Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1, EH-65A AC Adapter, Case, Case/Battery/Recharger Kit
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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