Nikon Coolpix L1 Review

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Nikon Coolpix L1

Record Modes & Screens

AUTO record mode screen display. The Zoom indicator displays briefly whenever the Zoom is operated. The "6M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 6-megapixels at High quality. Flash is set to Auto and will fire when needed and there's 66 pictures remaining at the current image resolution.

Nikon Coolpix L1

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 L1

Record menu options:

    Image mode - 2816 High (6M), 2816 Normal (6M), 2048 Normal (3M), 1024 PC screen (1M) or 640 TV screen (VGA)

    White Balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight

    Metering - Matrix or Center-weighted

    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, 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, Vivid, Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype

    AF Area Mode - Auto (5-area) or Center

    AF Mode - Single AF or Continuous AF

Nikon Coolpix L1

If the Menu option is set to "icon" then this is what your menu will look like.

Nikon Coolpix L1

Whenever you are making a menu selection you can press the Help button (telephoto zoom) to display a brief explanation of the mode or option.

Nikon Coolpix L1

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

Nikon Coolpix L1

Scene mode options include: 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)

Nikon Coolpix L1

The first four scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait) have their own sub-menus of further choices.

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Portrait - 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 L1

Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory. Sound is recorded with the moving image, and the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.

Nikon Coolpix L1

Movie mode options:

    TV Movie - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps

    Small Movie - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps

    Smaller Movie - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 30fps

    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous AF

Nikon Coolpix L1

Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 1.6 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.

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