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Nikon Coolpix L820 review

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

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 with the Olympus SP-820UZ, Sony HX300 and Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix L820 review

This graph shows that the Nikon Coolpix L820's JPEG files have significantly stronger signal to noise ratios than JPEGs from the Olympus SP-820UZ and Sony HX300 at every sensitivity setting, but slightly weaker ratios than those found in the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS's JPEGs.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix L820 review

Similarly, the Nikon Coolpix L820's JPEGs have greater dynamic range than the Olympus SP-820UZ and Sony HX300's JPEGs, but weaker dynamic range than the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS's JPEGs at every sensitivity setting. Results here are slightly less spread out than they were for signal to noise ratios, with theSony coming close to the Nikon's scores at ISO 200 and 3200.

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
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