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Nikon Coolpix L12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews of Nikon Coolpix L12. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the battery and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the contrast and color, while many are critical about the focus and viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, image quality, battery

performance, flash, lens, viewfinder, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix L12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon Coolpix L12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix L12 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 1.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and durability. The usability and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the image quality and performance. Views are divided on the reliability.

price, portability, usability, durability, screen

performance, image quality

7% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon COOLPIX L12 Compact Digital Camera - Silver (7.1MP, 3x Optical Zoom, 2.5 inch LCD)Nikon COOLPIX L12 Compact Digital Camera - Silver (7.1MP, 3x Optical Zoom, 2.5 inch LCD)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon Coolpix L12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix L12 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the size and battery. The memory and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the image quality.

price, design, memory, battery, size

image quality

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix L12 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Vibration Reduction ZoomNikon Coolpix L12 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12 review

 

You just can't expect a whole lot from a $200 camera. Budget-priced shooters might be reliable, but they very seldom offer anything unique or high-end. The 7-megapixel Nikon Coolpix L12 bucks this trend by including two premium features in its...

Face-detecting autofocus, optical image stabilization good to see on a budget camera.

No user control over ISO sensitivity; painfully slow flash recycle time.

This budget camera includes a few surprising features, but its flaws outweigh its benefits.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12

 

Preview of the Nikon Coolpix L12.

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Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12

 

Physical Views The Coolpix L12 compared to a standard CD disc. Continue to the Features & Controls Page COOLPIX L12 Specifications Effective pixels 7.1 million CCD 1/2.5-inch type (7.41 million total pixels) Image modes 3072 x 2304 (High: 3072*,...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Mike Pasini (imaging-resource.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

High resolution sensor ; True optical image stabilization in the lens (surprising at this price!) ; ISO sensitivity to ISO 1600 ; Large LCD with good resolution ; Face-Priority Auto Focus joins D-Lighting, Red-Eye Fix, and BSS enhancements ; Good Macro...

Poor digital zoom performance ; Higher than average barrel distortion at wide angle ; Slow flash recharge ; Average USB download speed ; No manual control of ISO sensitivity, ISO can get run up pretty high (increasing noise levels) in dim lighting ; No...

The Nikon Coolpix L12 features a seven megapixel CCD linked to a Nikkor-branded 3x optical zoom lens. The L12's lens is just a little wider than most, at 35 to 105mm equivalent. The Coolpix L12 couples this with the company's lens-shift VR (Vibration...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by (dcresource.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12

 

Good photo quality in adequate lighting (but see issues below) ; Optical image stabilization for very little money ; Large 2.5" LCD ; Powerful flash ; redeye is well-controlled ; In-camera help system ; Handy D-Lighting and Best Shot Selector features...

Photos are on the soft side ; some corner blurriness and vignetting ; Since ISO is automatic, photos can be noisier than desired ; No manual controls (save for white balance) ; Audio/video sync problem in movie mode ; Poor low light focusing (despite...

The Nikon Coolpix L12 is one of a very select group of entry-level cameras to offer image stabilization for under $200. Its closest competitor is probably the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS75 which, up until recently, I didn't even think they sold in the U.S....

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Les Shu (computershopper.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12

 

A nice price and plenty of features can't make up for some performance and image-quality issues.

Good overall image quality under the right conditions; easy one-handed grip and operation; high-end features

Performance slows when shooting with flash on; image quality noisy in low light

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Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Jack Reikel (kickstartnews.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12 Digital Point & Shoot Camera

 

Nikon is in a race for the point & shoot digital camera crown, an honor it once owned for years after the release of the legendary Coolpix 900 series in 1996. Oh those were the days. Now there are upwards of ten competing models from a dozen...

A fast lens (f2.8 at the wide end of the zoom) coupled with a sensor that produces a good color balance works well in some indoor and other low light conditions that sometimes stump competing models. Built-in flash works surprisingly well for such a...

At this price it's really hard to ask for more, but we could wish for a higher resolution LCD. While the LCD is certainly big enough, reviewing photos using the camera is less than satisfying. The zoom range is somewhat limited-to be expected in this...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Howard Creech (digitalcamerareview.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12 Review

 

The 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix L12 is Nikon's latest affordable Coolpix "L" digital camera that includes the Vibration Reduction optical image stabilization system.

Cheap, optical image stabilization, user friendly, AA batteries, and compact

Resolution: 7 megapixels (3072 x 2304) ; Viewfinder(s): 2.5" TFT LCD ; Lens: f2.8-f4.7/5.7mm-17.1mm (35mm - 105mm equivalent) all glass optical Zoom-Nikkor lens ; Auto Focus: Center AF point contrast detection autofocus system ; Exposure: Auto ; Flash:...

The Nikon Coolpix L12 presents something of a quandary - on the plus side of the ledger it's currently the cheapest 7 megapixel digicam available featuring optical image stabilization.  It is also very easy to use, fairly compact, tough enough to stand...

May, 2007

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Nikon Coolpix L12 digital camera

 

The Coolpix L12 sits at the top of Nikon's L-series of budget digital cameras and despite the "usual" naming conventions and the "12" in the camera's name, this is not a 12-megapixel model but a 7.1-megapixel compact. Okay, so this is not an expensive...

Image stabilisation, low ISO image quality, face detection AF

No manual controls, no control over ISO settings, very slow flash recycle, sluggish performance overall, no optical viewfinder, Low resolution LCD suffers flaring in bright conditions.

Okay, so this is not an expensive digital camera and while it is bland in terms of styling, it still boasts a couple of standout features particularly at this £150 (all but a penny) price point.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (cnet.com.au)

Nikon Coolpix L12

 

The budget Nikon L12 includes a few surprising features, but its flaws outweigh its benefits.

Face-detecting autofocus ; Optical image stabilisation

No user control over ISO sensitivity ; Painfully slow flash recycle time

Even though it includes features we were surprised to see on a budget camera, the Nikon Coolpix L12 simply has too many problems for us to recommend it. While face detection and optical image stabilisation are both very nice, they can't make up for the...

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

Camera

Camera playback:Movie

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display resolution (numeric):115000

Flash

Flash range (tele):19.7 - 177.2
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 315

Focusing

Macro focusing range (tele):0.15- ∞
Normal focusing range:0.5- ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.224 - 0.673
Optical Zoom:3

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal memory:21

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.38 - 4.13
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:7410000
Digital SLR: No
Effective sensor resolution:7410000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.38 - 4.13
Interface:USB
Lens system:5@5
Video capability: Yes

Picture Quality

Image Sensor Size:1/2.5
Megapixel:7.1
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3072 x 2304

Video

Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video Frame Rate:30

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.02
Height:2.4
Weight:4.41
Width:3.58