Nikon Coolpix L20 Brief Review


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  • 10 megapixel sensor
  • 3.6x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Nikon's Smart Portrait System: Red-eye Fix, Face Priority AE, and more
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Release Date: 2009-04-01
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix L20
10 megapixel sensor ; 3.6x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens; 3.0-inch LCD screen; Nikon's Smart Portrait System: Red-eye Fix, Face Priority AE, and more; Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

This was a decent-for-the-money novice shooter, but it's a few years old and has been replaced. Here's what we had to say about it when it was released in April 2009:

Nikon's L20 is a simple camera for novice photographers who are looking to save money. With 10 megapixels, a 3.6x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, and a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD screen, it's pretty average. Nikon's Smart Portrait System is a nice touch, with Red-eye Fix and Face Priority AE. But unless the hot pink body floats your boat, you should just go with the cheaper, slightly sturdier Nikon L19 instead.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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