Summary: Let me start by saying we didn't research nearly long enough, & don't have a vast knowledge of cameras. We've both always had Canon's and managed to take great pictures with those. The one pro of this camera is it's ability to take an amazing still close up. Other than than I can't think of anything I like. The focus takes forever, it doesn't do well in low light situations & if you are trying to capture moving children...FORGET IT. It is a massive blur..
Summary: I bought the L120 to replace my Canon PowerShot A650 IS that I use when I'm hiking, because my slr cameras are too big and heavy to carry all day. I thought that I was up grading, but after using it for the last three months I'm finding out that I was wrong. One reason that I bought it was because it uses AA batteries. When I'm out in the middle of no where I can't stop and charge batteries. I'm on the second set of batteries.
Summary: I had no idea that this camera uses AA batteries- I know from past experience with digital cameras that AA batteries do not provide long use for cameras and as such I completely avoid cameras which do not have rechargeable batteries. I was very disappointed when I opened the box to find AA batteries! I immediately packed everything up and returned.
Summary: I'm a very casual user relying on the automatic features. After reading many of the reviews on this camera I thought I could live with the Video being so-so, but was concerned about the reviews that mentioned the "blurry" pictures. I checked out the camera at Best Buy and comapared the Nikon coolpix L120 with a Panasonic DMC-ZS8. I took pictures of the boxes at the far end of the store at full and equal zoom with both cameras. The Nikon pictures were blurry.
Summary: I needed a camera with great zoom to take photos of my daughter during school functions, parties, sports and just plain old portrait shots. I did my research thoroughly or so I thought I did. Great reviews, recommended from Consumer Reports, sold. Yes I did see a few stating their photos were blurry but hundred's of others loved their camera! Well, guess what...blurry photos regardless of setting, lighting, etc.
Summary: Broke down!!! Loved this camera at first, bought it new but 2 weeks out of warranty the zoom stopped working, sent it back to Nikon but they wanted more than half the price I paid for it to repair it!! Despite the Nikon telephone operator saying they'd probably fix it free of charge, Very very dissapointed on my first experience with them, will not buy another Nikon camera again!!! Will stick with my old & trusted Fugi camera for the future.
Summary: I had bought this camera as we were emigrating to Australia nad having a long family holiday before settling down. I knew we were going to see some great sights and thought this would be a great camera to cpture those moments. It has taken some fantastic shots but alas all of a sudden around six months after using the camera it has stopped working. It will turn on and when pressing the button to take a picture it either freezes or turns off without taking a shot.
Poor video quality and stupid software and hardware flaws.
Shaun Dobbie "Shaun", Amazon
21 May 2012
Summary: The pictures are of very high quality, but that is where the quality ends. The videos are recorded in horrible quality 720p mov format which is far too compressed. If it recorded in avi, the files would be more widely usable in programs such as Virtual Dub and the random frame access time would be far quicker. If the sun comes into view while recording a video, a green vertical line appears on the video where the sun is. Pathetic.
Summary: Camera bought for my daughters christmas present. Worked fine for the first 9 shots and then packed up. The issue seems to be with the lens mechanism which appears to have given up, on switching the camera on you can hear the motor trying to kick in and move the lens out but instead of doing this the following error message appears on the LCD "turn the camera off, remove the lens cap, and turn the camera on".
Summary: Do not buy this camera, it is to simplistic, it only offers the least possible options and features. If i were you i would opt for the Nikon D3000 as an alternative to the Nikon L120 as it is 100% better than the L120. So unless your a extremely rich person with heaps of money to waste on this overly simplified camera than it may be good for you. If not then just go for the D3000 please, so you will not be extremely disappointed like me.