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Nikon Coolpix L5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews of Nikon Coolpix L5. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the size and screen. The zoom and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the flash and low light performance, while some have doubts about the image stabilizer and shutter.

usability, portability, zoom, screen, size

performance, viewfinder, reliability, shutter, stabilizer

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon Coolpix L5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix L5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and durability. The zoom and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas views about the performance and usability are different. There are some critical reviews about the design and viewfinder.

image quality, portability, zoom, durability, screen

price, size, reliability, viewfinder, design

62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Nikon Coolpix L5 review

 

main content Sometimes, the appeal of simplicity is too hard to ignore. That could explain why we've seen a growing number of cameras that combine a very short list of features with lots of automation to provide a relatively thought-free shooting...

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.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon Coolpix L5

 

Physical Views The Coolpix L5 compared to a standard CD disc. The Coolpix L5 and the 6-megapixel Coolpix L6 Continue on to the Features & Controls Coolpix L5 Specifications Effective pixels 7.2 million CCD 1/2.5-inch type (Approx. 7.41 million total...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

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...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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 ;...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

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...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by (photoaxe.com)

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...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Cybernium (neocamera.com)

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

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

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.  Open the L5 box and you'll find a camera that's about the size of a pack of cigarettes, which makes for easy carrying options.

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Rob Williams (techgage.com)

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...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Ilse Jurrien (photokina-show.com)

Nikon Coolpix L5

 

Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix L5, the latest in their 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...

Aug, 2006

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