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The Nikon Coolpix L28 is a compact camera with a 20 megapixel sensor. It also has a 5x optical zoom, runs on AA batteries and is available in pink, red, silver and black for around £80.
When shooting there is auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically, as well as 18 scene modes. There is also the smart portrait system which includes a smile timer, blink proof alert and glamour retouch.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD.
- 20 megapixel CCD image sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
- Motion Blur Reduction
- 3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 80-1600
- 10cm minimum focusing distance
- AA-size batteries
- Smart Portrait System
- Available in pink, red, silver and black
The batteries have a CIPA rating of 200 shots, performance will depend on the quality of battery purchased. We tested the cameras performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.175 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.65 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.75 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||5.0 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||5.9 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.1 fps|
Continuous shooting mode records images at full 20 megapixel resolution. The L28 is slow at starting up and also slow from shot-to-shot.
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Nikon Coolpix L28 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Low Light | 1/4 sec | f/6.3 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 640
Sample Photos - The L28 takes images which are well exposed with good colour reproduction. In portrait mode, skin tones are good, with just the slightest touch of red-eye. Landscape mode takes pictures with good blues and greens.
Nikon Coolpix L28 Lens test images
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.5 | 23.0 mm | ISO 80
Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.5 | 92.0 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/40 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Detail is OK if you shoot with a low ISO setting, the images produced are best for sharing on the web rather than getting large prints. The 20 megapixel sensor seems to be unnecessary, for example, the S5200 has a 16 megapixel sensor and images have more detail. There is purple fringing evident in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, making it difficult to get really close to your subject.
ISO Noise Performance - You cannot manually set the ISO speed on the L28. The lowest ISO speed available is ISO 80 where images are noise free. Noise appears at ISO 200 (examples at other speeds can be seen in other test shots in the article). Images are quite noisy at ISO 400, but retain some sharpness. At higher ISO settings images become very noisy, which is probably why it was hard to get the L28 to use higher ISO settings.
Nikon Coolpix L28 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 200
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 200
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 400
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 400
White Balance Performance - Auto white balance (AWB) copes well under the incandescent lights, with similar shots produced whether using the AWB or incandescent presets. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB setting performed well, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix L28 Digital filters
Colour Options - Black And White | 1/15 sec | f/5.5 | 17.6 mm | ISO 450
Colour Options Cyanotype | 1/15 sec | f/5.5 | 17.6 mm | ISO 400
Colour Options - Sepia | 1/15 sec | f/5.5 | 17.6 mm | ISO 400
Colour Options - Vivid | 1/15 sec | f/5.5 | 17.6 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - The L28 has a number of colour options to add creativity to your pictures. You can also edit images in playback, with D-Lighting and Skin Softening options available.
Video - The video below is shot at 720p HD, optical zoom isn't available during recording, but you can use digital zoom, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix L28 is available for £78.99. You'll struggle to find other compacts with a 20 megapixel sensor at this price, but other cameras you might consider are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6 at £49.99, Fujifilm FinePix JZ200 at £52.95, Pentax Optio LS465 at £57.99, Canon Powershot A1300 at £60.08, Sony Cybershot DSC-W710 at £84.99 and Olympus VG-180 at £89.99.
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.
Nikon Coolpix L28 ProsGood colour reproduction
Replacement batteries easy to find
3 inch LCD screen
Available at a low price
Nikon Coolpix L28 ConsNo ability to control ISO speed
10cm minimum focusing distance
Camera is generally slow to use
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Nikon Coolpix L28 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||20Mp (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|
|Exposure Comp||No Data|
|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|