Nikon Coolpix L6 Review

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Nikon Coolpix L6

Review posted 2/28/2007

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The COOLPIX L6 is a great choice for the beginner or anyone that wants an affordable and easy to use digital camera. Inexpensive yet loaded with features like a high resolution 6.0 megapixel imager, a large and bright 2.5 inch color LCD screen and Nikon's In-Camera Image Innovations. The L6 can take an unbelievable 1,000 pictures on a single set of Energizer e2 Lithium AA batteries, the most of any camera in its class.

In addition to having ground breaking battery life, the COOLPIX L6 offers a higher light sensitivity, up to ISO 800, than many conventional compact digital cameras, allowing the user to shoot pictures in a lower light without having to worry about their pictures being dark or blurry. The L6 has a higher shutter speed option for freezing time and capturing fast-moving subjects. In addition to these innovations, the camera boasts 6.0 megapixels for generating beautiful prints and a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for creative freedom and an incredible, bright 2.5 LCD screen for effortless composition and display.

Like every camera in the COOLPIX family, the L6 is equipped with Nikon's In-Camera Image Innovations to fix common photo problems. 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 automatically corrects images with insufficient light. Furthermore, the L6 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred and Best Shot Selector, a feature which automatically identifies and saves the sharpest image from a series.

In addition to these features, the L6 has 15 scene modes, which simplify picture taking by automatically programming the camera's settings for great pictures in a variety of locations. Other features include color options for adding different color effects to your pictures, a date counter which visually records the number of days until a special occasion, and several white balance choices. Included with the L6 is a complimentary copy of PictureProject, Nikon's imaging software for organizing, editing and sharing pictures.

The COOLPIX L6 offers 23 MB of internal memory and is compatible with an array of SD memory cards. The L6 uses PictBridge to easily connect to compatible printers.

Coolpix L6 Features:

  • 6-megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens (38-116mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, durable and lightweight metal body
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inches
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • 256-segment Matrix metering
  • Large 2.5-inch bright LCD color monitor
  • Automatic exposure and 15 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode w/sound, length limited only by memory card capacity
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • 23MB internal memory and SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Runs on two standard AA batteries, Energizer lithium are included

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix L6

Nikon Coolpix L6

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Nikon Coolpix L6

The Coolpix L6 compared to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix L5

The 7-megapixel Coolpix L5 and the Coolpix L6

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COOLPIX L6 Specifications
Effective pixels 6.0 million
CCD 1/2.5-inch type (6.18 million total pixels)
Image modes High (2816*), Normal (2816), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-19.2mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 38-116mm); f/3.2-5.3; 5 elements in 5 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus range (approx.) 30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity (∞), 10cm (3.9 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode
LCD monitor 2.5-inch type, 115,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage media Internal memory: (approx. 23MB), SD memory card
Shooting modes Auto, 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist), Voice Recording, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.)
Movie With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps/15fps, Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps
Capture modes 1) Single 2) Continuous (approx. 1.7fps) 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx. 2fps, only available at image size 6M)
Number of frames (w/ internal memory) 6M: High (2816*) approx. 7, Normal (2816) approx. 15, 3M: Normal (2048) approx. 28
Built-in flash
Range: approx. 0.3-5.0m /11.8 in. - 16 ft. 4.9 in. (W), approx. 0.3 - 3.0m/ 11.8 in. - 9 ft. 10.1 in. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.
Interface USB, Audio Video output
Supported languages Total of 20 languages:
German/ English/ Spanish/ French/ Italian/ Dutch/ Russian/ Swedish/ Japanese/ Simplified Chinese/ Traditional Chinese/ Korean/ Thai/ Portuguese/ Polish/ Indonesian/ Finnish/ Danish/ Norwegian/ Czech selectable in menu display
Power requirements Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1 x 2, AA-size battery (LR6 alkaline, ZR6 oxyride, or lithium) x 2, AC Adapter EH-65A (optional)
Battery life (approx.) 1,000 shots with lithium, 400 shots with alkaline, or 540 shots with EN-MH1 (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx.91 x 60.5 x 26mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.) excluding projections
Weight Approx. 125g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Supplied accessories* Two lithium batteries, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional accessories Battery Charger MH-71, Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1 (EN-MH1-B2), AC Adapter EH-65A
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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