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Nikon Coolpix L5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 227 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the lens and screen are overall positive. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. Views are divided on the flash, and some have doubts about the battery and viewfinder.

portability, image quality, usability, screen, lens

performance, responsiveness, features, viewfinder, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix L5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix L5


The L series of cameras from Nikon are known for their high specs at affordable prices, which kind of defines the L5—a 7.2 megapixel camera at an excellent price of Rs. 11,500. Lets find out more about it. Build To begin with, the L5 comes in a...

What I did like about the L5 was the lack of digital noise in night shots. When set in the right mode, the camera selects the right ISO setting and uses a lower shutter speed instead to compensate for the light. This may not be a good thing for a lot...

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Nikon Coolpix L5


The COOLPIX L5 is a compact and user-friendly camera for the family snap-shooter that wants a capable, well-featured camera at an affordable price. The L5 has 7.2 megapixels for generating superior quality prints, a 5x zoom lens for creative...

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Nikon Coolpix L5


Top among its features is its 7.2-megapixel CCD sensor and a 5X optical, 38mm-to-190mm, f/2.9-to-f/5.0 zoom lens with optical (a.k.a. lens shift) vibration reduction (VR). This method of VR is the most effective offered by Nikon. Other variations on...

5X optical zoom; lens-shift vibration reduction; easy to use.

Slow performance; sensitivity tops out at ISO 400; poor image quality.

The Nikon Coolpix L5 mixes simple operation with a couple of cool features, but slow performance and iffy image quality make this camera a poor choice.


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Nikon Coolpix L5 Review


As we reach the end of 2006, entry-level digital cameras are cheaper and offer more features than ever before, with prices squeezed by the growing popularity of DSLRs. The Nikon Coolpix L5 is...

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Nikon Coolpix L5 Digital Camera - Express Review


If you're an entry-level photographer happy to let your digital camera do all the work, the Nikon Coolpix L5 may be right for you. With a 7.2-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom with Nikon's lens-shift Vibration Reduction technology, the Coolpix L5...

Understated, stylish, and relatively compact body ; Long, 5x optical (38-190mm 35mm equivalent) zoom lens ; Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) technology helps steady long zoom shots ; Images had nice, warm color with smooth, film-like dynamic range ;...

Max ISO sensitivity limited to 400 and always set automatically ; otherwise camera stays locked at ISO 80, This iteration of Nikon's VR Optical image stabilization does not seem as effective as competing systems, Slower than average operation speed ;...

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Nikon Coolpix L5


How does the Coolpix L5 compare with other cameras in its class? Find out now in our review

Decent photo quality (but see issues below) ; 5X zoom lens in a fairly compact body ; Optical image stabilization ; Large 2.5" LCD ; Powerful flash ; Redeye not a problem ; Tons of scene modes; in-camera help system ; Handy D-Lighting and Best Shot...

Soft photos with fuzzy details ; Since ISO is automatic, photos can be noisier than desired ; No manual controls (save for white balance) ; Audio/video sync problem in movie mode ; No AF-assist lamp; poor low light focusing ; Low resolution LCD ; No...

All things considered, the Nikon Coolpix L5 came out being pretty average. While there is much to like about it, it has more than its share of flaws. What I'm getting at here is that while the L5 isn't a bad camera per se, there are are better options...

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Nikon Coolpix L5 Digital Camera Review


The design of Coolpix L5 is different than the one of L4 or L6 and I must admit that I personally don't like it. It's the 5x optical zoom that first catches my attention (not 3x like most of the cameras in this range). Then, the optical vibration...

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Nikon Coolpix L5 Review


The appeal of the Nikon Coolpix L5 is unfortunately only external. Despite being well specified and well built, the L5 lacks in image quality and performance. The most serious limitation of this digital camera is the inability to set ISO sensitivity.

Accurate exposure, Powerful flash, Good LCD visibility, Effective redeye reduction, Solid build quality

ISO cannot be manually selected, Trouble focusing in low light, Barrel distortion at wide-angle, Noticeable edge softness, Low resolution LCD

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Nikon Coolpix L5 Digital Camera Review


If it's true that "good things come in small packages", the Nikon Coolpix L5 has the small part down pat.

Compact size/light weight ; 7 megapixel sensor ; Optical image stabilization ; 5X optical zoom ; D-Lighting photo correction tool ; In-camera red-eye correction

Images could be sharper out of camera ; Battery life marginal with alkalines ; Red colors slightly shifted toward orange ; Barrel distortion at wide end of telephoto can impact images

To give you an idea of the L5's compact size, in the photo below it poses next to a Nikon D70 with the VR24-120 zoom lens, a DSLR camera with similar sensor capacity and lens focal lengths

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Nikon Coolpix L5 7.2MP Digital Camera


Not everyone wants an expensive camera. Nikon realizes this, and their answer is the L series. We are taking a look at the recently launched L5, boasting a huge 7.2 megapixels!

Another important test is to see how the camera handles chromatic aberration, or purple fringing. One test I find works quite well is taking a closeup picture of the Nikon logo on their D-SLR's, because fringing and bleeding tends to happen frequently...

Product Specifications

Nikon presents the COOLPIX L5, the new in its lineup of entry-level compact digital cameras. Combining high-quality components like a 5x zoom lens and a bright 2.5-inch LCD, and featuring the same advanced Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism that was originally developed for Nikon's renowned SLR systems, the COOLPIX L5 elevates user-friendliness to new levels with its simplified operation and unrivaled results. The powerful, 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent) ensures matchless compositional freedom, from zooming in for intimate personal portraits to zooming out for expansive outdoor scenes. Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology allows the user to make the most of 5x zooming. The CCD provides enhanced precision with minimized dimensions, greatly adding to the camera's compact portability while offering generous 7.2 effective megapixels, for the refined image clarity that's expected of the COOLPIX family. There's also a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD with backlight that greatly eases composing superb images and then playing them back. The COOLPIX L5 has surprisingly compact dimensions despite the fact it is compatible with AA-size batteries in alkaline, lithium, ZR6 oxyride, rechargeable or other forms. And because such batteries are widely available around the world, COOLPIX L5 users can keep on shooting internationally without worrying about running out of batteries. Adding to the convenience are three unique Nikon image innovations that make it easier to achieve great-looking results - all directly accessible via a One-touch portrait button on the camera's top panel. Face-priority AF can automatically detect then achieve accurate focus on people's faces, no matter where they are in the frame. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash and compensate for it in-camera. And the D-Lighting function can rescue underexposed images or shots with too much backlight by creating a copy of the image but with light and detail added where necessary and well-exposed areas left exactly as they were. A choice of 15 different Scene modes - 4 with Scene assist - automatically provides ideal settings for everything from night portraits to beach parties. Just choose the Scene mode best suited to the subject at hand, and the COOLPIX L5 automatically selects the perfect setting for exactly the picture you had in mind. The four Scene modes with Scene assist even help the user compose the shot for optimal results. The COOLPIX L5 is also compatible with widely available SD memory cards. And 8MB of internal memory allows the user to continue shooting even when no additional memory is available, as well as easily moving images from one SD card to another. The COOLPIX L5 offers movie recording with sound in three modes: TV size (640) for viewing on TV or computers, convenient Small size (320), and Smaller size (160) for extended recording or Internet use. The COOLPIX L5 even simplifies printing, with PictBridge capability enabling direct connection to compatible printers without the need of a computer in between. USB connectivity eases transfer of data to computers and other peripherals. Complimentary PictureProject accessory software completes total convenience by greatly simplifying the importing, editing and organizing of your images, and includes other options that add to the fun of digital photography.

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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/SD 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 / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:256MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.9-5.0
Max Focal Length:31.4mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
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:7.2Megapixel

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
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None