Nikon Coolpix L110
The Nikon L110 measures 11x7x9cm and add another centimetre to the last figure the width with the lens fully extended. It weights 415grams.
To me this is a real crossover unit. For anyone who mastered the compact digital camera but is a little unsure about the jump to a DSLR, here you are approaching the weight and of course you get a neck strap (as opposed to a wrist strap) and the whole feel and some of the look of a unit with interchangeable lenses without the need to do so. You also have to get used to removing and replacing the lens cover, so very nearly there.
It is 12.1megapixels with 15x digital zoom. The unit can instantly switch to taking up to HD movies via a single button press.
The top has the two anchor points at either side for the neck strap, on/off button and the shutter release with the wide angle telephoto control around it. There is also the manual pop up flash unit as well as the stereo microphones.
The left side has a cover for A/V out, USB and HDMI sockets. The right side has DC input. While the base has screw anchor point for any tripod as well as the battery door that hides the 4x‘AA’ batteries and any SD card.
The back is of course dominated by the TFT 6x4.5cm with five well marked buttons and the ubiquitous five position joystick making up the controls to the right of the TFT. The shape of the unit allows fingers to grip around the battery compartment with an indentation on the back for your right thumb to get a safe steadying point.
There are two 12MP modes (4000x3000) a 9MP (3968x2232) offering for those who want 16:9. 8MP (3264x2448) 5MP (2592x1944) 3MP (2048x1536) PC mode (1024x768) and VGA 640x480 complete the eight capture size choices in still images. 3MP is quite big enough for an A4 image or 5MP if you want to crop to a section of one. Other options from the menu button are White Balance, Continuous shooting, ISO sensitivity and Colour options. The three choices for movie capture are HD (1280x720) VGA (640x480) and QVGA (320x240). All are easily selected from the shooting menu. The other choices are Autofocus and Wind Noise Reduction.
The Setup menu is also an option from the sidebar along with all the other options it is kept simple so in this case only it does not prepare the user for DSLR life.
I was very happy with the still and movie images I achieved with this unit the sound was also good. While I am not a great fan of ‘AA’ batteries the supplied Energizer Lithium offerings are stated to take 840 still images. My main concern is the weight as not only will you need the set in the camera but a spare set. But some prefer ‘AA’ for the very reason you can just insert another set and carry on shooting. Of course the Nikon Coolpix L110 supports SDHC and I used an 8GB card for both still and movie images during my two week test period.
The sport mode (continuous) is worth a mention where up to 30 frames can be taken in less than 2.4seconds idea for fast moving action. While macro mode lets you get as close as 1cm to whatever you want to capture.
Doing my Internet searches found the Nikon Coolpix L110 at a best price of £166, including free delivery from Amazon on the first link below.
I found the Nikon Coolpix L110 available for $238.55, including free delivery from Amazon on the first link below.
I found the Nikon Coolpix L110 available for €223,92, including free delivery from Amazon on the first link below.
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