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Nikon Coolpix L320
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Nikon Coolpix L320 Digital Camera

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16.1MP 26x CCD 4x Jun 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
The classic-looking, 16-megapixel COOLPIX L320 is everything you could ever need in a camera. With the incredible 26x zoom lens, you can shoot more than you ever thought possible. Fit the... More
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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This digital camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who said that this camera was good.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com and Ephotozine this compact camera camera has an overall expert rating of 75 out of 100.

Good Brand

Nikon compact camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the superior brands.

Good Size

Three people who reviewed it thought it was compact. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix L320 review “Is a superzoom compact camera with 26x optical zoom” and gave this digital camera a score of 70 out of 100. Expert review site Photographyblog.com scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “Shaped like a compact DSLR”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Nikon Coolpix L320 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com rated the Nikon Coolpix L320 4 stars and said three years ago “The Nikon Coolpix L320 is a decent enough camera if you want a model with plenty of optical zoom”.

Easy to Use

One Nikon Coolpix L320 reviewer reckoned that it was easy to use. Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com three years ago “The Nikon Coolpix L320 is an easy to use long zoom compact camera” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One person thought it was good value for money. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “A 16.1 megapixel sensor, updating the popular value zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Pictures

One Nikon Coolpix L320 reviewer concluded that it had a good image sensor.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras that are a comparable age to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S5100[pl_1308_price], or the Coolpix S570[pl_2049075_price] both from Nikon or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price].

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price], and the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L320 that we have assessed, the optical zoom of the Nikon Coolpix L320 of 26 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The average optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix L320 is 9.6x, and the optical zooms range from 2.7x to 63x.

If this compact camera camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x), the Nikon Coolpix L820[plb_2153075_price] (30x), or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras of this spec and age is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP. The Nikon Coolpix L320 has a fairly high megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 16.1MP cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35[plb_1974789_price], or the Samsung ST200F[plb_1682904_price].

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (16.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix L320, the Coolpix L320 has a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], and the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Four Supported Batteries

The Coolpix L320 has more supported batteries than most of the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix L320. Most of the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago only have between one and three supported batteries, however this camera has four supported batteries.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix L320 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1600 x 1200, 2272 x 1704 and 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592. Across all compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix L320 range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. With a maximum focal length of 585 millimeters, the Coolpix L320 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Nikon Coolpix L320 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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310 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Coolpix L320 is a camera that takes 310 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix L320 take between 30 and 869 shots per battery charge.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix L320 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Nikon digital camera). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The worst video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix L320 is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The Coolpix L320 has a greater number of light metering modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Nikon camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most frequently featured light metering mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The light metering mode "Spot" is also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Nikon Coolpix L320 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all digital cameras of this spec and age is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L320 have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm. With a minimum focal length of only 22.5 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix L320's minimum focal length is one of the shortest amongst digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix L320.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix L320 have an image stabiliser, however the Nikon Coolpix L320 does not have an image stabiliser.

Other cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix L320 support video recording, however the Coolpix L320 does not support video recording.

Alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider include the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm or the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix L320 do not support Full HD video. The Coolpix L320 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix L320 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix L320 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon Coolpix L320 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix L320 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon Coolpix L320 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix L320 also do not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix L320 are not waterproof. The Nikon Coolpix L320 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix L320 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The Coolpix L320 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The shooting mode "Scene" is also found on this camera.

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Only Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix L320 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Nikon digital camera. The auto focus Contrast Detection Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Battery Life

The Coolpix L320 has one of the shorter maximum battery lives (only 1.33 hours) amongst digital cameras of this age. The maximum battery lives of cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.83h to 680h.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix L320 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix L320.

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Thick

When compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age, the depth of the Coolpix L320 of 83.1 millimeters is one of the thickest. The depths of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix L320 range from 4mm to 2,200mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix L320

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Coolpix L320 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix L320.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2" and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix L320 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix L320.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price].

If this Nikon digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the WB150F[pl_2060742_price] (5x), or the WB200F[pl_2071998_price] (5x) both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Carrying Case
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(2)

PhotographyBlog.com

The Nikon Coolpix L320 is an easy to use long zoom compact camera. Shaped like a compact DSLR, the camera sports a large 26x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, EXPEED C2... Read more…

10 May 2013

The Nikon Coolpix L320 is a decent enough camera if you want a model with plenty of optical zoom but have a limited budget. There is some issues with images being blurry in the corners, our review...

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