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Nikon Coolpix L3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 507 reviews of Nikon Coolpix L3. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The size and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the image quality. The viewfinder and flash get less positive comments.

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Nikon Coolpix L3 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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This summary is based on the products: Nikon CoolPix L3 Digital Camera Compatible USB 2.0 Cable Cord - 5 feet Black - Bargains Depot®Nikon CoolPix L3 Digital Camera Compatible USB 2.0 Cable Cord - 5 feet Black - Bargains Depot®

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Nikon Coolpix L3


Preview of the Nikon Coolpix L3.

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Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Nikon Coolpix L3 review


Summary The Nikon Coolpix L3 is the midrange member of Nikon's simple, inexpensive L-series digital cameras. The 5-megapixel camera sports a 3X optical zoom lens, a handful of useful scene modes, and a small price tag. It's not the fastest, sharpest,...

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.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Nikon Coolpix L3


Physical Views The Coolpix L3 compared to a standard CD disc. The Coolpix L3 and the 6-megapixel Coolpix L2 Continue to the Features & Controls Page Coolpix L3 Specifications Effective pixels: 5.1 million CCD: 1/2.5-inch high-density CCD (5.25 million...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Dan Havlik and Shawn Barnett (

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...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : kidcool (

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...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Jack Reikel (

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...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Brad Soo (

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...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Nikon Coolpix L3 digital camera


Sitting snuggly in the middle of Nikon's three new entry-level cameras, the Coolpix L3 promises a 5.1-megapixel resolution with a smattering of neat subject modes all wrapped in a stylish package. Given the L3's price, nice styling and clever...

Simple to use, nice ergonomics, stylish, good range of subject modes

Blue/purple pixel fringing, soft snaps, skewed colours

Given the L3’s price, nice styling and clever ergonomics, it looks great value for money and while it does handle well and look nice, the final image quality lets the side down in the end. Perhaps there is a firmware upgrade in the offing to sort the...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Nikon Coolpix L3


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

Simple to use ; Solid image quality

Sluggish performance ; Can't change light-sensitivity setting manually ; Noticeable vignetting

Despite a limited feature set and sluggish performance, the Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking images, especially for a camera in its price range. If you're on a budget and don't need a lot of options, the Coolpix L3 might be a good choice for you.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by (

Nikon Coolpix L3


The Nikon Coolpix L3 is another in the line of easy to use and relatively inexpensive digital cameras from Nikon. This model has five megapixels and a three times zoom lens.

Ease of use ; Build quality

Indoor shots ; Shutter lag

"The Nikon Coolpix L3 is a mixture of good and bad. You cannot expect too much from a digital camera in this price range, but the problems with shutter lag, macro and lowlight mean there are other digital cameras I prefer."

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:AA


Camera playback:Movie, Single image
Photo effects:Black&White
Self-timer delay:10
White Balance:Auto


Color of product:Black / Silver


Display Diagonal:2
Display resolution (numeric):86000


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Red-eye reduction


Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face tracking / Face tracking, Single Auto Focus

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.248 - 0.756 / 1.5 - 4.57
Lens structure:5/5
Lens structure (elements/groups):5/5
Optical Zoom:3


Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal memory:23

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.5 - 4.57
Aperture range (F-F):3.2 - 5.3
Built-in flash: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.5 - 4.57
Lens system:NIKKOR
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PictureProject

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.5
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:2592 x 1944
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports:USB
PictBridge: Yes


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes

Weight & Dimensions