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Nikon Coolpix L810 Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The Nikon Coolpix L810 is a relatively large superzoom point-and-shoot camera that offers a 26X optical zoom and 720p HD video for a fairly low price. It can be a step up for amateur photographers who want something more than a basic point-and-shoot. However, compared to some of its more expensive competitors, its shooting performance and autofocus can be slow and it is more suited for daylight photos rather than indoors or in low light.

It offers 20 scene modes and basic in-camera editing. Unlike most other point-and-shoots that use a proprietary (brand-specific) rechargeable battery pack, the L810 uses four AA batteries, standard or rechargeable.

Prices

(Prices as of 11/25/2012)
L810       L810 with 8GB SDHC card Source
$280MSRP
$200Best Buy
$220Cameta Camera on Amazon (Free shipping)
$247Amazon (Free shipping)
$280Costco
$197$199Walmart
$280B&H Photo Video (Free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$30-$80Rechargeable AA batteries and charger

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 3.1"
Width: 4.4"
Depth: 3.3"
Weight15.2 oz.
ColorsBlack, blue, red
Included in BoxStrap, 4 AA batteries, USB cable, audio video cable, lens cap, software
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels16.1 MP
Sensor1/2-3" CCD sensor
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
ViewfinderNone
Monitor3" ultra-high-resolution LCD monitor (921k dots)with anti-reflection coating, 5-level brightness adjustment
Video720p, 30 frames per second HD video recording with sound
FlashBuilt-in auto flash with monitor preflashes
Photographic Values4.0mm-104mm (film equivalent 22.5mm-585mm)
Aperture: f/3.1-f/5.9
Shutter speed: 4 seconds (in Fireworks mode) to 1/1500th of a second
ISO: Auto, 80-1600
Manual SettingsProgrammed Auto
Continuous ShootingContinuous Shooting: Up to 4 shots at about 1.2 frames per second
Batteries4 AA-size batteries
Other Features20 scene modes (Back light, beach, snow, sunset, etc.)
In-camera editing (crop, D-lighting, rotate image, skin softening, small picture)
About 50MB internal memory
10-second self-timer delay
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at NikonUSA.com.

What People Are Saying:

Critics like the zoom and other features on the Nikon Coolpix L810, but say its shooting performance is slow and it doesn't do well indoors or in low light without flash. Consumer Reports rated it very good for image quality and flash photos, and noted that its image stabilizer is better than many cameras. User reviews are strongly positive, with most praising the zoom lens, the still picture and video quality, and the ease of use; any complaints typically center on slow focusing, fuzzy images and short battery life.
  • CNET: "The L810 performs poorly in low light and indoors without a flash, and its shooting performance is slow, as is its autofocus. The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix L810 offers a lot of specs at a low price. If you need fast shooting performance, though, you'll need to spend more money."
  • PhotographyBlog.com: "The Nikon Coolpix L810 would suit the outdoor rambler who likes to take pictures of wildlife without disturbing them. Alternatively the large zoom is useful for the sloth in all of us that simply can't be bothered to walk there. Where the Nikon Coolpix L810 gets let down is in the image quality section."
  • CameraLabs.com: "(T)he Coolpix L810 could prove an attractive option for point-and shooters looking to upgrade from a compact to something with a much longer zoom reach without the additional complication that might go with some of the more advanced super-zooms."