Excerpt: Looks can be deceptive – the age old cliche applies to the seemingly powerful Nikon Coolpix L100 too. Measuring just 110 x 72 x 78 mm, this hot looking superzoom is smaller than most superzooms, and weighs less too (360 grams). The body's made of tough black plastic and boasts of a really good rubber handgrip and textured thumb grip, that are ergonomically placed making it a pleasure to wield.
Excerpt: Nikon usually offers really good cameras. The Nikon Coolpix L100 is a budget digital camera. The camera is mainly aimed at the budget consumer, and it has a price that is comparable to other similar cameras. But, are the features worth the price?...
Conclusion: To summarize, the Nikon Coolpix L100 is a big zoom camera which has more optical zoom than your typical pocket super-zoom. It’s also physically larger – good for ergonomics but not good for portability – than competing cameras. The Coolpix L100’s plus points include excellent battery life (with rechargeable batteries of course) and a large 3 inch LCD.
Pros: Large 3 inch LCD, Excellent battery life, Plenty of optical zoom with image stabilization, Easy to use (perhaps too much so), Smart Portrait, motion detection and auto scene selection features
Cons: Below average image quality – noise, softness with noise reduction, prominent color fringing, Oversimplified everywhere (ie, barely any on-screen information, no manual ISO, skimps on playback features), Lacks even the most basic of controls (like ISO), So-so performance with crummy full-resolution burst mode, Movie mode audio-video sync issues, Larger than ‘compact’ super-zooms; form-factor and size makes it non-pocketable
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix L100 is a good superzoom compact ? from wide to telephoto you can expect good quality images from a sterling lens, that?s only let down by a lack of more developed manual controls, in particular no comprehensive ISO options. The Nikon Coolpix L100 is a good superzoom compact ? from wide to telephoto you can expect good quality images from a sterling lens, that?
Pros: Nikon L100 pros: Easy to use, has much needed VR image stabilisation, lens is good quality for this level and a large 3in screen is always a bonus
Cons: Nikon L100 cons: No manual ISO control, noisy and soft “Hi ISO” option limits to 3MP, Macro mode ill-effective, AA batteries at a £240 price point may not be for everyone.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix L100 gives you an option of a long lens on a point and shoot digital camera. The feature set is really cut down to the minimum. This helps to make the camera very easy to use. Picture quality is fair, but if you are looking for something extra there are a number of alternatives around. I think this camera is a little expensive for what it delivers.
The Nikon CoolPix L100 is an easy-to-use digital camera with a 15x zoom lens.
Good Gear Guide.au
29 June 2010
Summary: Despite being a very automatic camera, the Nikon CoolPix L100 has left us with a good impression overall. We think it’s a good model to consider if you want a camera with a big zoom that’s also very simple to operate.
Pros: Easy to use menu and controls, captures clear pictures, fast focusing and shooting, effective image stabilisation at low shutter speeds
Cons: Face detection was hit and miss, chromatic aberration noticeable when viewing images at their full size, lens distortion, plenty of noise at high ISO speeds, no long shutter mode