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Nikon Coolpix L12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 339 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the image quality and battery are overall positive. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the low light performance. The focus and viewfinder get negative opinions.

portability, usability, value for money, battery, image quality

performance, flash, responsiveness, 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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix L12


In addition to 7.1 megapixels, a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, and a 2.5-inch LCD, the COOLPIX L12 also features Optical VR Image Stabilization, which overcomes camera shake to produce clearer, sharper images. This camera also has ISO capabilities...

The COOLPIX L10, L11 and L12 feature a sleek, stylish finish and a curved grip that contributes to both design elegance and shooting stability. Adding to the cameras' convenient portability, all of L-series models are AA-size battery and SDHC memory...

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Nikon Coolpix L12


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.

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Nikon Coolpix L12


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Nikon Coolpix L12 Digital Camera - Full Review


The Nikon Coolpix L12 doesn't look like a digital camera made for kids but it's priced just right for them. And, with its optically stabilized lens, it's a great deal on a digital camera for anyone who enjoys composing images, and capturing the moment...

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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....

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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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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...

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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...

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Nikon Coolpix L12


Had this camera for 2 years . Easy to use. Took some great night shots.

However the auto focus feature no longer worked. all pictures came out blurry ; I am upset that the camera did not last me as long as I would have liked

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Nikon Coolpix L12


The nikon coolpix l12 is a good decent P&S compact with a decent resolution, it is aimed at automatic control, but you can set the white balance , scenemodes. best shot selection, vr on or off. offcourse image quality can be set up to . It is not a...

Product Specifications

The lightweight and compact COOLPIX L12 delivers a highly capable blend of impressive image technologies and exceptionally easy operation. Built to satisfy, this camera boasts 7.1 megapixels and a host of automatic functions designed to let even absolute beginners take sharp and steady shots. Its High-Sensitivity mode automatically selects the optimal light setting from a light sensitivity range up to ISO 1600, and its Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization system counters the effect of camera shake in your images and works to produce a steady image on the LCD that makes it easier to capture the right moment. Equipped with a handy Anti-Shake mode that instantly activates Lens Shift VR, High-Sensitivity mode and Best Shot Selector all at once, the COOLPIX L12 lets you create blur-free images and movies with ease.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.7
Max Focal Length:17.1mm
Min Focal Length:5.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (50-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None