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Nikon Coolpix L820 review

Budget AA battery-powered bridge packs a 30x optical punch

Our Verdict

For

  • Good value
  • Big zoom option
  • Sharp results usually
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Plastic appearance
  • No optical viewfinder or EVF
  • No raw shooting

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon Coolpix L820, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 125 the Nikon Coolpix L820 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon Coolpix L820 review

Full ISO 125 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Nikon Coolpix L820 review

ISO 125, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesBlink Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Motion Detection, Face Detection, 3D Shooting
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)470 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity65 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported4
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLR6 / L40 / FR6 / L91 / EN-MH2
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height76.3 mm
Width111 mm
Depth84.5 mm
Focal Length4 mm to 120 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsWAV, AAC
Flash ModesPre-flash, Auto Flash
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelL820
Product NameCoolpix L820 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA330E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The classic-looking, 16-megapixel COOLPIX L820 is clever with images-so you don't have to be. ??Get closer than you thought possible and take any picture, anywhere, with the incredible 30x zoom lens. The remarkable sensitivity of the 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor allows you to capture outstandingly detailed images, even in the lowest light conditions.

A large 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) LCD screen displays images with superb clarity at any time of day or night and you can switch to filming the action in Full HD at the touch of a button. Easy Auto mode will take care of all the camera settings for you, while the side zoom lever cleverly combines with optical Lens-shift vibration reduction technology to keep all your shots sharp.??

The COOLPIX L820 - Easy to use features for every occasion.

Battery Life320 Shot/1.08 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix L820 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • 4 x LR6/L40 (AA-Size) Alkaline Batteries
  • Lens Cap LC-CP28 (With Cord)
  • USB Cable UC-E16
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Reference Manual CD
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker