Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix L20 is a plain and easy-to-use entry-level digital camera. The L20 offers 10 megapixels of resolution, a large 3 inch LCD and a 3.6X zoom lens which is unfortunately slow and has no image stabilization. As youâ€™d probably expect from an affordable, entry-level camera like this one, the Coolpix L20 doesnâ€™t sport any manual controls or a sexy, slim design.
Pros: Large 3 inch LCD with good visibility, Good battery life, Performs well and fairly fast, Easy to use with help tooltips and automatic scene mode selection available, Smart Portrait, motion detection and auto scene selection features, Good image quality in well-lit conditions; decent quality lens
Cons: Auto ISO only; camera uses lower ISO settings only in good light, Oversimplified in some areas (ie, barely any on-screen information, no manual ISO, skimps on playback features), Slow lens aperture range and no image stabilization, Poor low-light performance where camera uses high ISO and struggles in focusing, Movie audio sync problems
Summary: Beginning photographers typically look for two things in a point and shoot camera: Ease of use and a great value (meaning a good mix of price and features). Such cameras might not do everything perfectly, but they should outperform others in their price range.
My Nikon Coolpix L20 review shows that this point and shoot digital camera fits those two critera almost perfectly. In addition, it features excellent response times.
Pros: Low price makes L20 a great value, Very easy to use, Camera's response times are very fast compared to others in this price range, Easy to hold and shoot with one hand, Handles odd lighting conditions very well
Cons: 3.6X optical zoom could be larger, LCD can be difficult to see in bright sunlight, Close-up focus could be better, Battery life could be better
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX is a 10 Megapixel budget compact with a 4x optical zoom lens and a 3in screen. It has a built-in flash and is powered by 2 AA batteries.
The L20 is a simple camera aimed at people who want to take pictures, but aren't interested in the mechanics of the process.
It's pretty much point and shoot operation only, with access to a few camera settings like image size, white balance, continuous shooting and a selection of scene modes.
Pros: Inexpensive, attractive and well-made., Very simple to use., Fast flash with long range., AA batteries.
Cons: No image stabilisation., Slow to start up., Limited shooting information on screen., No manual ISO setting.
Excerpt: (1 items) Nikon’s Coolpix L20 is a great representative of a growing category of cameras: very affordable, easy-to-use point-and-shoots with surprisingly stellar image quality and a bit of fashion sense. The Coolpix L20 clocks in at just $130, but its image quality surpassed that of much more expensive cameras in our lab’s jury evaluations.
Pros: Easy to use, Very good image quality, 3-inch LCD
Summary: All in all, the Nikon Coolpix L20 is a very affordable camera that performed very well in our image tests. For value, ease of use, and eye-catching looks, it's one of the best bargain point-and-shoots we've seen so far in 2009. Don't expect the manual controls you'd get with slightly more expensive cameras, but do consider the Nikon Coolpix L20 as a great option for beginners and casual night-on-the-town photographers.
Summary: Nikon is one of the proudest names in the camera business, with a range of DSLRs second to none. So we are perplexed. The Coolpix L20 is not a camera to enhance their reputation. It feels insubstantial and cheap. It is lacking in features, such as image stabilisation, that other makers fit into their cheaper cameras. And the wretched LCD makes it almost unusable. For a few dollars more buy the lovely little Canon Ixus 80is.
Pros: When all the conditions are right the pictures are surprisingly good. Exposure and focus are generally reliable. We like rechargeable AA batteries in compacts, but they are not supplied so must be added to the advertised purchase price of the camera.
Cons: The LCD is the worst we have ever seen on any camera. Consider this: it is the same size as the LCD on the Nikon D300, but it has only one quarter the number of pixels. The result is that, while it is large, the images on it are blurry with no definition or contrast. It is impossible to tell by reference to a review on the LCD if you have taken a decent picture. You won’t know until you get back to the computer what you have on the memory card. And the screen is usele...
Excerpt: Nikon's Coolpix L20 represents one of the best options we've seen in a growing category of cameras: very affordable, easy-to-use point-and-shoots with surprisingly stellar image quality and a bit of fashion sense.