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Nikon Coolpix L18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 398 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and responsiveness. The value for money and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed views about the low light performance. Some have doubts about the focus and storage.

screen, usability, value for money, responsiveness, portability

battery, shutter, memory, storage, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix L18 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix L18


You'll love the speed and ease of use this value-priced camera offers.

Large, responsive LCD ; Easy menu navigation ; Fast continuous-shooting mode ; Zoom active during video capture

Cannot select ISO ; Limited options

We had great fun using the Nikon Coolpix L18. The similarly priced Casio Exilim EX-Z9 is more versatile and sophisticated, but the L18 is a fast shooter. You won’t get bogged down with distracting options and parameters, and at the end of the day,...

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Nikon Coolpix L18


Nikon has introduced three new "L" or "Life" Series cameras to their COOLPIX family. Designed with the casual snap-shooter in mind, the Nikon COOLPIX L18 combines high-quality design and construction with user-friendly features at affordable prices....

Nikon has also incorporated user-friendly Imaging Innovations into the entire line of COOLPIX cameras, designed to ease the picture-taking process for the consumer. The L18 includes: In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which will automatically look for and fixes...

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Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Nikon Coolpix L18 is compact and easy-to-use, an ideal digicam for those looking to capture life's memories at an affordable price.

The L18 has 8 effective megapixels for generating superior quality prints, a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens for creative compositional freedom, Anti-Shake AE for photos with outstanding clarity, and an incredibly bright 3.0-inch LCD screen for sharing images


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Nikon Coolpix L18 Review at


The main reason for looking to buy the Coolpix L18 is the fact it is simple and easy to use. Another attraction is the fact you can pick up a camera from a respected brand like Nikon for a relatively low price.

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Nikon Coolpix L18


The Nikon Coolpix L18 is a compact entry level digital camera that combine performance with operating ease. It features 8.0 megapixels, a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens and sensitivity range up to ISO 1600, a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor offers a bright … Continue...

The COOLPIX L18 will be available in stores March 2008 with an MSRP of $139.95**. For more information about the L18 and the full line of COOLPIX cameras, please visit

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Few power-on hours, Lense malfunction, powering off.


Prepare to battle with auto functions. Camera accurately focuses then backs off for some reason rarely taking in-focus images. Most images "fuzzy" and anti shake function a joke. We bought this camera from a very reputable camera store. We are in the...

Price. Large screen

Prepare to battle with auto functions. Camera accurately focuses then backs off for some reason rarely taking in-focus images. Most images "fuzzy" and anti shake function a joke

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Great camera for everyday use and for the price


Light, easy to carry camera that takes very good pictues.

I've had this camera for about 2 years, shot hundreds, if not thousands of shots on walks and trips. It does can do a lot, especially if you use some of the menu items for your situation

Has a problem in high contrast areas - ie, forest screnes with many bright lighted areas next to dark foliage ares ; Menu system takes a while to get used to ; Initally had the battery problem, but discovered I was using some very old rechargeable batteri

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Drains the Batteries - piece of crap


You get what you pay for. This is my second Coolpix in 6 months. I thought the first one was a fluke - it drained batteries in no time then never recognized new batteries - kept saying "Batteries Exhausted" no matter how many batteries I tried. After...

It's small and cheap

Drains batteries and then dies

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Had it for only a year and the screen is messed up.


Not worth the $100/

Easy to use and set up

Screen will only take pictures in zoom mode after barely one year of use. Nikon's on line customer service is horrible, they will not reply to my messages to help me

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Amazing Product, well worth it.


I love how it's chic, and how it takes AA batteries. I got this as a birthday gift, but it was in fact used and scratched. I've had this amazing camera for 1 1/2 years, plus the countless amounts of times my friends and I have dropped it., and its in...

Great images, steady focus, great zoom, sturdy. Definitely for everyday use

Not much to say about the cons, except it has a loud shudder when focusing (compared to many other cameras), and also takes a while to focus

Product Specifications

PRODUCT FEATURES: 8.0 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches 3x optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens gets you close to the action Anti-Shake Mode minimizes the effect of camera shake Huge, bright high resolution 3.0-inch LCD makes it easy to view and share pictures Adjusts up to ISO 1600 to keep shooting even in lower light In-Camera Red-Eye Fix Face-Priority AFD-lighting


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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / 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


Color:Matte black/Navy/Ruby red
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (64-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Portrait / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None