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Nikon Coolpix L3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 673 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas the low light performance and viewfinder get critical views. The lens and performance get mixed reviews.

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

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix L3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix L3


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Nikon Coolpix L3


Compact and light, the L3's silver plastic body is fairly stylish for such a low-end camera, though at just less than 1.5 inches thick, the Coolpix L3 is a little too fat to slip into your jeans. Fortunately, its light frame weighs less than six ounces...

Simple to use; solid image quality.

Sluggish performance; can't change light-sensitivity setting manually; noticeable vignetting.

The budget-minded Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking photos but offers few options.

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Nikon Coolpix L3


The COOLPIX L2, COOLPIX L3 and COOLPIX L4 are entry-level digital compact cameras that combine high-quality components like a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and a bright 2.0-inch LCD with in-camera image-improvement features, in lightweight and compact bodies. All t

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Nikon Coolpix L3 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Slimmed down stylish design in attractive gun-metal grey color ; Well-built body with smooth curves ; easy to hold ; Good quality lens provides decent overall sharpness ; Images had good color even under harsh lighting ; Excellent macro performance ;...

Max ISO sensitivity limited to 200 and always set automatically ; Slower than average shutter response ; 3x zoom control is noisy and slow ; Resolution low for 2-inch LCD screen ; High image noise in dim light and when flash is used at distances much...

Features are also pretty impressive in a camera this small and relatively inexpensive. Along with a 5.1MP CCD image sensor, the Nikon Coolpix L3 has a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2-inch LCD screen and Nikon's helpful Feature System which includes...

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Nikon Coolpix L3 Product Review


The Nikon Coolpix L3 is great for any one who is not interested in all the bells and whistles in their camera and just want something that is simple, straight forward, and oegets the job done. The camera is a 5 megapixel digital camera and features a...

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Nikon Coolpix L3


If it's true that good things come in small packages, is it also true that better things comes in even tinier packages? While the Nikon Coolpix L3 digital point & shoot camera may not be the smallest one around, it's certainly compact enough to make...

Very easy to use. The camera does exactly what it's supposed to do, meets all of its advertised specifications, and provides easy access to all of its advertised features and functions. You get a genuine Nikon at this price. Image quality is...

We really couldn't find any significant faults at this price point. The lens could be a bit wider at the short end and a bit longer overall, but this is not supposed to be the camera you use to take professional shots of landscapes or money shots of a...

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Nikon Coolpix L3


It's Nikon's new entry-level camera... the Coolpix L3. The Coolpix L3 has 5 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and 2 inch LCD. There's lots of competition in this arena of entry-level cameras so how will the Coolpix L3 perform and do against them?

Very cheap ; Average battery life ; Custom white balance and "standard" Nikon features ; Lots of scene modes ; In-camera help (useful for beginners) ; Unlimited VGA 30 FPS movie mode

Slow lens ; Small, low-resolution LCD ; Not-even-close 10 cm macro mode ; No manual ISO selection ; Performance lagging behind competition; could be faster and better ; Average image quality with high noise levels ; Mediocre movie quality

Another new camera entering the densely crowded entry-level camera category is the Nikon Coolpix L3. Average battery life, Nikon features, lots of scene modes, in-camera help and it's super cheap at about $150. Sadly, the Coolpix L3 has some "super...

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"An okay first digital camera"


It has many nice features, such as color and ... 

Durable/well built

small screen size

Consumer review by:

An okay first digital camera


It has many nice features, such as color and image modes. You definately want to make sure that enough light is available or else your shots will come out blurry or too dark. It does have a dark lighting feature that enables you to increase the...

Durable/well built ; Nice included features ; Easy to use

small screen size ; fairly short battery life(but that mostly depends on the battery type) ; when not enough light is available, the pictures often come out blurry ; a little expensive for what you get

Consumer review by:

"An okay first digital camera"


It has many nice features, such as color and image modes. You definately want to make sure that enough light is available or else your shots will come out blurry or too dark. It does have a dark lighting feature that enables you to increase the...

-Durable/well built

-small screen size

Product Specifications

Inside the smooth, elegant design of the COOLPIX L3 is a range of sophisticated features designed to preserve your moments perfectly. With a capable 5-megapixel resolution, this camera delivers instantly recognizable quality. The 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens puts everything from group portraits to expansive landscapes within easy reach and the bright 2.0-inch LCD monitor simplifies composition and playback, leaving you free to enjoy your special moments. 15 different Scene Modes - 4 with Scene Assist - improve your results by automatically providing appropriate settings for everything from party portraits to fireworks at night. Movies may be recorded in three modes - TV size (640), Small size (320) and Smaller-size (160) - so you can capture and share so much more through the TV, computer screen and e-mail.

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

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
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 / 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/3.2-5.3
Max Focal Length:19.2mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Special Functions:Zoom
Type:Zoom lens



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:5.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None