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The Nikon Coolpix L27 was announced in January 2013 alongside the L28 and is an entry-level compact camera with an RRP of just £69.99. It has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, available in a range of colours including black, red, white, silver and purple.
To help make the camera simple to use there is Easy Auto mode which automatically adjusts the camera settings for the detected scene. There are also 18 scene modes to choose from and the Smart Portrait System, which includes a smile timer, blink proof alert and red-eye fix.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26 - 130mm)
- Motion blur reduction & electronic vibration reduction
- 2.7 inch 230 dot LCD screen
- AA size batteries
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 80-1600
- 10cm minimum focusing distance
- Easy auto mode
- 18 scene modes
- 1.2 fps continuous shooting
- Available in black, red, white, silver and purple
The d-pad also lets you cycle through the menus, with the OK button for making you preferred selection. The menu system is set out well and easy to navigate - indeed in auto mode, the only option available is image size. The 2.7 inch screen has a low 230k dot resolution, but you'd expect that for a budget camera. It has an anti-reflection coating and brightness adjustment.
Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to CIPA test results, this isn't a lot, but as the camera has a limited set of features, it should last for a decent amount of time. AA batteries are also easy to find in most locations. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.75 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||1.05 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.7 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||5.0 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.3 fps|
Continuous shooting records in full 16.1 megapixel resolution, but slows after 5 shots.
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Nikon Coolpix L27 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.5 | 17.6 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/200 sec | f/8.0 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Drive | 1/320 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/3.9 | 6.9 mm | ISO 400
Sample Photos - Images have good colours and are well exposed. When shooting portraits skin tones are OK, but there is red-eye when shooting with the flash.
Nikon Coolpix L27 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/160 sec | f/8.0 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/200 sec | f/6.5 | 23.0 mm | ISO 80
Trees | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/50 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - When shooting wide the images have a decent amount of detail in the centre, but are very soft in the corners and edges, with purple fringing appearing in the our test shot above. When using the zoom, detail also reduces slightly in the centre of the images, with chromatic aberration evident as well. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, detail when shooting macros isn't too good.
ISO Noise Performance - The L27 doesn't allow you to manually set the ISO speed, it's done automatically. Noise is low at ISO 80 and 100, with a little appearing as the ISO speed increases through 200 and 400. At ISO 800 images are very soft with detail missing. When trying to shoot in dark conditions to use ISO 1600 we found the L27 struggled to even focus.
Nikon Coolpix L27 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 6.9 mm | ISO 200
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 6.9 mm | ISO 200
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 6.9 mm | ISO 200
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 6.9 mm | ISO 200
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) performs really well, with a colour cast when using the incandescent preset. The results are very much the same under the fluorescent lighting - the AWB performs well, but there is a colour cast when using the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix L27 Digital filters
Colour Options - Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 200
Colour Options - Cyanotype | 1/6 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 200
Colour Options - Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 200
Colour Options - Standard | 1/6 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 200
Colour Options - Vivid | 1/6 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 200
Digital Filters - When shooting in auto mode you can choose one of five colour options, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is good, but you can't use the optical zoom during recording.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix L27 is one of the cheapest cameras available, priced at just £49.99. The L28 has more megapixels and a bigger screen, available for £66.44. Other entry-level cameras include the Fujifilm FinePix AX650 at £49.99, Olympus VG-180 at £64.99, Canon PowerShot A1300 at £55.80 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS50 at £73.42.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Nikon Coolpix L27 ProsImages will look OK when sharing on Facebook etc.
Good AWB performance
Easy to use
Available in a variety of colours
Excellent value for money
Nikon Coolpix L27 ConsNot great image quality
Has a very basic set of features
Low battery life
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Nikon Coolpix L27 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230k dot|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (x2), USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD|