Nikon Coolpix L10 Review

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Nikon Coolpix L10

Features & Controls

Nikon Coolpix L10

The Coolpix L10 is equipped with a 3x Zoom-Nikkor zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent to 37.5 - 12.5mm), the maximum aperture is f/2.8 - 5.2. The lens is constructed of all glass and has 6 elements in 5 groups. When powered down the lens is retracted into the body and protected by a built-in lens cap.

Auto focus is handled by a contrast detect TTL system, the focus range is:

    1 ft. 4 in. (40cm) to infinity. Macro close-up mode: 5.9 in. (15cm) to infinity

The built-in speedlight has a flash range is approx. Range: (W) approx. 1 ft. 4 in. - 9 ft. 10 in. (0.4-3.0m), (T) approx. 1 ft. 4 in. - 8 ft. 2 in. (0.4-2.5m) and can be set for Auto Flash, Auto+Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Slow Sync or Disabled. The L10 also features In-Camera Red-Eye Fix which will automatically detect and remove most occurrences of flash red-eye in people pictures.

Nikon Coolpix L10

The 2.0-inch color LCD serves as the viewfinder and is also used to review/share your images and movies and access the menu screens. The display automatically dims when no buttons are pushed to conserve battery power. The screen resolution is higher than its siblings, it has 153,000 pixels compared to the L11 and L12's 115,000 pixels.

Nikon Coolpix L10

Controls on back: The W-T is the zoom lens control and functions as the Index-Magnify control in playback. Pressing the "T" button when a menu is displayed will show a Help screen. The Menu button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The 4-way selector is for navigating menus and selecting pictures, press it straight in to accept selections. In record mode pressing it "Up" selects the flash mode, "Left" activates the selftimer, "Right" adjusts exposure compensation, and "Down" enables the macro focus mode. The "blue arrow" button switches between Play and Record mode. The Trashcan button deletes images in playback mode. On the bottom is the Record/Scene/Movie mode switch.

Nikon Coolpix L10

Controls on top: The speaker, power on/off button and the shutter release.

Nikon Coolpix L10

The single interface connector is a combination port that is used to connect either the USB 1.1 cable for downloading images to Mac and Windows computers or to connect the Audio-Video cable for viewing on a TV set. The video signal is selectable for either NTSC or PAL standards. The USB port is PictBridge compatible for direct printing without a computer.

Nikon Coolpix L10

Your photos are stored on 7MB of internal memory and a SD/SDHC memory card slot, no card is supplied with the camera. Images and movies can be copied from internal memory to SD card or vice-versa. Any SD card up to 2GB or any capacity SDHC card can be used.

The L10 is powered by two standard AA-type batteries, alkaline, NiMH (nickel metal hydride), or lithium cells. Nikon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture 250 shots, 300 shots with rechargeable NiMH cells or an amazing 600 shots with Energizer lithium batteries and includes a set with the camera (using CIPA standards.)

Check out our NiMH rechargeable battery page for more info on NiMH battery types.

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