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Nikon L610 Digital Camera

£185.00
Compact Camera 16MP 14x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good quality pictures
Good product quality
Poor expert reviews
42 Reviews
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Power

Poor Battery Life

Three people who reviewed the product thought it did not have a good battery life. A R Good mentioned “Very poor battery life” and gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Eric Gilroy said “I also need one that has batteries because it is not practical to recharge my camera whilst on a mountain”.


Reviews

Poor Expert Reviews

This medium megapixel digital camera has an average expert rating of 64% based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Digital Versus. Experts don't rate this digital camera very highly.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 82 owner reviews this Nikon camera has an overall owner rating of 86 out of 100. Over 77% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Good Brand

Based on 25,424 user and expert reviews (including 1,649 verified purchases), Nikon has good reviews for its cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Three owners who bought the product concluded that it had good features. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “It uses AA batteries, which Nikon say is extremely useful for those travelling, features a Nikkor 14x zoom lens” in their review of the Nikon L610. Expert website Techmagnifier.com said in their review of this digital camera “As you go through Coolpix L610 Review, you will be pleased to find that this is a very user-friendly camera with sophisticated features” although they only rated it 60 out of 100. Four years ago Josie82 mentioned on expert website Amazon “Other built-in features include vibration reduction” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Thirteen customers who purchased the Nikon L610 thought it was compact. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a travel-zoom digital compact camera” . Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine five years ago “The Nikon Coolpix L610, announced in August 2012, is a compact travel zoom camera with 14x optical zoom” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Cnet.com said “The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a decent entry-level compact camera that shoots slightly above its price”.

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Silver Surfer mentioned “As a supplement to my bigger and much heavier cameras this one is ideal as it's small enough to fit in my pocket” in their review of this digital camera. Steve Bowen said “Running on 2xAA batteries does mean a slightly bigger and heavier camera.” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Five years ago Crookedmouth mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Heavy enough to retain a nice heft” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 240 grams, the Nikon L610 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty people considered that the product was able to produce good images. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “A 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor, Full HD movie record”. Peter said on expert website Amazon “You need an SD or SDHC card to get started (the camera's internal memory is only 30MB, enough for three pictures”. Josie82 mentioned four years ago “For those people who want to add special effects to the photographs there are various options available both pre” in their Nikon L610 review and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Four years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com said “Sporting a back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor for better low light photography and a 14x, 25mm wide-angle lens with lens-shift vibration reduction” in their review of this digital camera. Helpless mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The CMOS sensor is a little more `high end' and works well, giving very decent low light performance though the bench mark P300 is better”.

Two people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Steves-Digicams.com said on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The L610's loaded with automatic shooting modes, including Nikon's Easy Auto mode”. Peter rated the product 80 out of 100 and he wrote on expert review site Amazon “This camera offers 16 Megapixels and Full HD video recording”.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert review site Steve's Digicams “For the budget-minded, Nikon announced the all new Coolpix L610 in the latter half of 2012, which features a large 16-megapixel CMOS sensor”.

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Good Video Capture

Nine people who bought the product considered that it was good for video recording. Five years ago Peter said “The video recorder mode is good” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5. He also mentioned “The recorded video is full” in his review. Sho wrote “It's compact and the picture/video quality is great! Useful if you want a battery-operated camera for outdooor pursuits etc.” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Exposure Control

Three owners agreed that it had good exposure controls. Josie82 said “You can also set the ISO, white balance, autofocus selection, flash mode and exposure control very easily in order to personalise your pictures” in their review of the Nikon L610. Peter he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Exposure compensation is easy to access”.

Good Quality Lens

Eleven owners agreed that it had a good zoom. Expert website Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera “There aren't a lot of options if you want a compact camera with a long zoom lens and powered by AA batteries” and gave this digital camera a rating of 70 out of 100. Expert website Techmagnifier.com wrote “This camera is featured with decent optical zoom, powerful sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Steve Bowen gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of the Nikon L610 “It works well, has a great zoom and takes an excellent picture”.

Two owners concluded that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Levente Csurka mentioned on expert review site Amazon “HD video quality is really good, hand stabilizer is good” in their review of this digital camera. Two people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Flash

Two people who purchased it concluded that it had a good flash. Helpless said “A built-in auto flash would be more suited to this style of camera” .

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Five years ago Crookedmouth said “On the back the camera is mostly LCD screen - it's a nice big one”. In the same month D. Elliott mentioned in their Nikon L610 review on expert review site Amazon “The LCD screen is large and clear - nevertheless I miss the addition of a viewfinder”. Helpless said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The flash has to be popped up manually by sliding a small catch at the top of the screen; this is fairly straight forward”.


Design

Good Product Quality

Thirteen customers who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Steve gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote “Bargain Quality Camera at a great price” in his review of this digital camera. Sho mentioned “In 720p mode it lasted a fair while longer and the quality was still very good” in their Nikon L610 review. Steve also wrote “For a carry anywhere camera it produces really nice quality photos” in his review.

Nice Design

Seven owners who reviewed the Nikon L610 reckoned that it was good looking. Peter gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5 and he wrote “There's the S-series, which is the stylish range”. He also mentioned “That's pretty good for a budget camera” in his review. Remartine wrote in their review of this digital camera “It worked beautifully until it started malfunctioning”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. Website Crookedmouth said in their review of this digital camera five years ago “In the box==========The camera comes neatly packaged in a nice small-ish box with a number of accessories”. Helpless mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This is a very neat comfortable to hold point” .

Two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Crookedmouth wrote in their review of this digital camera “Looks and layout ================ This is a somewhat nicer looking camera than the rather boxy S8200, with a more ergonomic look to it” yet they only scored it 3 stars out of 5.

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Robust

Seven customers who bought it mentioned that it was well made. Josie82 mentioned “It is quite light at just over 8 ounces and feels comfortable and solid when holding it”. Three years ago Steve said on expert review site Amazon “Focus is fast and the anti-shake system is foolproof -- this pocketable camera is well built and reasonably stylish” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Crookedmouth mentioned in their review of this digital camera “On the other hand it //feels// a little plasticky, maybe not quite as robust as the S8200 which has a more solid feel to it” but despite that they only gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5.

Easy to Use

Eleven people said in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Peter mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Using the camera is OK.”. Josie82 wrote “Out-of-the-box the camera is easy to use” and gave the Nikon L610 a rating of 5 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “The camera is easy to use as a point-and-shoot” in their review.

Three people who reviewed the product agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Peter wrote “It's easy to hold and just the right size”.

Three customers who purchased the product thought it was easy to use the menus. Peter said “Instead of simply toggling macro on/off when you press the button, you instead need to press the macro button then select from an on/off menu, then press OK”. Helpless mentioned five years ago “The menu is easy to access and settings are just as easy to change”.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Sixteen customers said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Expert website Digitalversus.com said in their Nikon L610 review five years ago “An affordable superzoom camera that inherits many of its features from the four-star S8200”. They also wrote “Sounds promising! The Coolpix L610 is an affordable compact” in their review. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said “The Nikon CoolPix L610 is a compact, versatile and affordable digicam” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it was expensive. Helpless gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “More expensive cameras have lithium batteries, in Nikons cameras they are usually charged when fitted in the camera”. They also wrote “Again it is more expensive” in their review.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Nikon released the L610 in December 2013.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon L610 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. The average display diagonal of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8".

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the FinePix F770EXR (£228), and the F660EXR (£181) both from Fujifilm or the Nikon S9300 (£229.18) which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Very Narrow Field of View

At only 96 percent, the Nikon L610 has a quite narrow field of view compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The field of views of digital cameras of this type and age range from 95% to 100%.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon L610 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Fujifilm F660EXR (£181), the Benq G1, or the Nikon S6400 (£219) which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon L610 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Fujifilm F660EXR (£181), the Nikon S6800 (£189.46), and the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99) which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon L610 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon L610 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. The Nikon L610 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 2 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the S6400 (£219) (4x and higher rated), or the S6800 (£189.46) (4x and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£159.99) (4x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 14 times zoom factor, the Nikon L610 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£159.99) (18x and higher rated), the Nikon L820 (£143.99) (30x and higher rated), or the Fujifilm Finepix SL300 (£219) (30x and higher rated).

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Nikon L610 has one of the biggest maximum aperture numbers (only 3.3) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. Cameras of this spec and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera is 1.7 and the largest is 22. With a minimum aperture number of 5.9, the Nikon L610 has one of the largest minimum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon L610 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99), the Benq G1, or the Nikon S6400 (£219).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon L610 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this type and age.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon L610 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon L610 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Fujifilm F660EXR (£181), the Nikon S6800 (£189.46), or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99).

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon L610 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4608 X 3456, 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704 and 1600 x 1200 and 4608 x 2592. Across all cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 16MP cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the FinePix F770EXR (£228), or the F660EXR (£181) both from Fujifilm or the Nikon S9300 (£229.18).

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Nikon P600 (£204.99) (16.1MP and higher rated), the Kodak Pixpro AZ421 (£158.38) (16.15MP and higher rated), or the Fujifilm S9200 (£218.79) (16.2MP and higher rated).

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Battery

Only 120 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Nikon L610 which takes 120 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Nikon L610 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago. Digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera have closest focusing distances of between 0.001m and 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.066m.

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Camera

Features Multi-Shot Function

The Nikon L610 features multi-shot function, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon L610 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon L610 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon L610 features connection to PC. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature connection to PC.

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Has an HDMI

The Nikon L610 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon L610 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon L610 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon L610 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon L610 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon nkncoolpixl610blk
Barcodes 00018208131754, 00018208263448, 00018208263455, 00018208263462, 00018208929122, 00018208929160, 00018208929207, 04960759136183

Nikon L610 Review Sources

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