Summary: Beginning photographers typically look for two things in a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 struggl...
Summary: While the budget Nikon Coolpix L20 looks and feels like a nice camera, it's let down by poor-quality controls and a grotty user interface. It's an average camera competing with a whole host of above-average rivals in the same price bracket
Pros: Glossy, smart finish; 240 shots from a single pair of alkalines; no-fuss operation ideal for beginners.
Cons: No manual ISO adjustment; cheap-feeling controls; not that inexpensive in today's market.
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.
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 r...
Excerpt: Piccola, compatta e portatile, la Nikon COOLPIX L20 è la fotocamera digitale ideale per chi desidera avere a disposizione un buon prodotto che consenta di ottenere belle foto anche senza avere una grande conoscenza del mondo della fotografia.
Pros: Ampiezza display, Priorità AF al volto avanzata, Sistema per i ritratti intelligente, Rilevamento del movimento, Eliminazione del mosso