Nikon Coolpix L820 in the Test

At the price of 250 euros, the Nikon Coolpix L820 offers a huge 30 times focal length of 22.5 675 mm (KB) and a new CMOS sensor. As it stands the compact camera to image quality, we check in the test.

Who wants good camera for the money is right at the Nikon Coolpix L820. For the approximately 470 grams heavy Coolpix L820 Nikon calls an MSRP of around 250 euros – that appears to be whether the facilities very fair. The 30-fold zoom bridge camera is it aimed rather at beginners, who now likes to even have a proper camera after first attempts with the phone’s camera or a small Taschenknipse.

The two lateral attachment points on the Nikon Coolpix L820 seem stable and show also is where it’s at. You will hang this camera on a strap around the neck, because even for a larger Pocket size 76 x 111 x 85 mm is marginal. For this they were then also always right at hand.

The housing of the camera is made of plastic and looks rather simple, the massive handle on the right side of the camera is but rubberized and offers an excellent feel of the holding. Number and arrangement of the operating elements are manageable, their labelling is clear.

So just to be to use a camera

The new Nikon menu is beautifully simple. Even the less experienced users will able to cope quickly with the Nikon Coolpix L820. Rather than overwhelm the user with plenty of knobs and wheels, the access possibilities are rather spartan. The main menu shows the positions of image quality and size, white balance, continuous shooting, ISO sensitivity and color effects at your fingertips.

The video settings are limited to film sequence, auto-focus, and wind noise filter. The system settings the Nikon Coolpix L820 are some lush but clearly named and easy to understand. The menu will leave and later recalled, the last edited menu will appear. So be it. Who would like to select just the cut-out and pull the trigger, is served here very well.

The 3-inch display of the Nikon Coolpix L820 has a resolution of 307.000 RGB pixels and is razor sharp – at this price doesn’t go without saying. Even in very extreme viewing angles either the color or the brightness of the image on the display change typeface and symbols are easily recognizable. The display brightness can be set over five stages. Can the bridge camera the sound in stereo record videos in Full HD quality . And of course the Nikon L820 offers also a panorama mode, a 3D simulation and various filter effects.

All round well equipped

The focal length of the zoom lens ranges from 22.5 to 675 mm (KB). This is a big Pack. The wide-angle focal length of Nikon Coolpix L820 has a luminous intensity of 3.0, the long focal length is still 5.8. This 30-fach zoom should meet all common photographic requirements. The focal length can be traversed either with the zoom rocker on the trigger or with a particular zoom button on the left side of the lens.

A two-stage image stabilizer is useful when shooting with long focal lengths, but if you want to exploit the focal range, a sturdy tripod is quite recommended. The socket with the tripod thread is in the middle of the camera and it fits the camera on the tripod. It is gratifying to the macro mode of the Nikon Coolpix L820 with his close-range limit of only 1 cm.

Access to the Flash settings is possible only when folded up Flash . The Flash is not extended, it is pointed out by a message on the display. A side button releases the Flash, it is no longer needed is he folded back. The autofocus on the Nikon Coolpix L820 come in wide angle to the point (0, 26 s), in the tele, but significantly decreases (0, 67 s).

There are also shadows: batteries instead of rechargeable battery

Four batteries provide power to the digital camera. The argument for the use of batteries is known, you must not approve anyway. Even if they are available anywhere in the world – the battery compartment lid is somewhat fiddly to close, you know never so exactly, whether or not he is now too. These four batteries of this lid “on contact press”. This means that the battery compartment cover must be pressed against the contact springs of the batteries and at the same time locked. If you are not careful, she likes fall out.

Image quality

The Nikon Coolpix L820 uses a CMOS sensor with a 16 Megapixel resolution. At the low sensitivities, that has very positive impact on the image quality. Resolution and dynamics are in the range of what you may expect from a sensor of this class, the images are visually well tailored.

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You look at however parts of the subject in 100% view on the monitor, notice that the processor is strongly engages into the structure of the image. To suppress the noise, the Kurtosiswerte of 1,9; be surfaces smooth calculated, 3.2 and 6.8 (at ISO125, 400 and 800) prove that. The sensitivity ranges up to ISO 3,200, but from ISO 800 images are no longer viable. Encouragingly, however, the low distortion for the large focal range. The Nikon Coolpix L820 reflected good overall. Way to go, Nikon.

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Review conclusion

The Nikon Coolpix L820 is entry-level camera without all the frills, easy to use and with a wide focal length range. Strong editing of images a little clouds the overall impression which is positive for an MSRP of 250 euros but despite everything.