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Nikon Coolpix L28 Review

Nikon Coolpix L28 Review - The Nikon Coolpix L28 has a 20 megapixel CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, Daniel Bell reviews.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Nikon Coolpix L28
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Nikon Coolpix L28

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.

Nikon Coolpix L28

Nikon Coolpix L28 Features

The Nikon Coolpix L28 has a 20 megapixel CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 26-130mm To compensate for camera and subject movement there is motion blur reduction.

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.

Nikon Coolpix L28

Key Features

  • 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
Nikon Coolpix L28

Nikon Coolpix L28 Handling

The L28 has a plastic body, it's small with one end slightly thicker than the other to accommodate the two AA batteries which makes it easier to grip the camera. There is a decent sized 3 inch LCD screen, which is bright and easy to view in varying lighting conditions. The buttons are fairly typical for a compact camera, with a dedicated movie record button placed on the rear. The menu system on the L28 is easy to understand and navigate.

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.

Nikon Coolpix L28

Nikon Coolpix L28 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Nikon Coolpix L28 Sample Photos


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


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


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


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 Money

The 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 Verdict

If you are on a low budget, or are buying a child their first camera, the L28 is ideal. Despite the 20 megapixel sensor, images produced aren't ideal for large prints, but should look great when shared on Facebook thanks to the camera's good colour reproduction. It uses AA batteries which means you don't have to worry about charging the camera, with replacement batteries easy to find.

 

Nikon Coolpix L28 Pros

Good colour reproduction
Replacement batteries easy to find
3 inch LCD screen
Available at a low price

Nikon Coolpix L28 Cons

No ability to control ISO speed
10cm minimum focusing distance
Camera is generally slow to use

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Nikon Coolpix L28 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent26mm - 130mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5152
Pixels (H)3864
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution230k dot
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus10cm
Focusing modes
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Exp modes
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure CompNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting1.2fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMINo
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type2xAA
CIPA Rating200
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (x2), USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD
Dimensions
Weight164g
Width96mm
Height59.7mm
Depth28.8mm

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