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The Nikon Coolpix L330 was announced in January 2014 and is an update to the L320. The upgrades are small - the sensor is 20.2 megapixels and the screen resolution has been increased to 460k dots. The Nikon Coolpix L330 is available in black for £179.00.
The L330 is easy to operate with Easy Auto mode optimising the camera settings for the detected scene. There are 18 scene modes and a Smart Portrait System which includes a Smile Timer, Blink Proof alerting and Red-Eye Fix.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD with optical zoom and autofocus available during recording.
- 20.2 megapixel CCD sensor
- 26x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 22.5-585mm)
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Smart portrait system
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 80-1600
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- 1 fps continuous shooting
- Available in black
Buttons on the top of the camera include on / off as well as the shutter release and zoom rocker. On the rear are movie record, mode, playback, menu and delete buttons. There is a d-pad for cycling through the menus - this also gives you access to the flash, self-timer, exposure compensation and macro.
The rest of the rear of the camera is filled with the 3.0 inch screen, which has a decent 460k resolution, the L320 had a resolution of just 230k dots. The screen has an anti-reflective coating which makes it easy to see in bright sunlight.
The L330 operates using 4 AA batteries, so it will be easy to find spares when needed. When using alkaline batteries you can expect to get 370 shots - for more you can get 580 shots from EN-MH2 AA batteries and 960 shots from lithium AA batteries.
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||0.6 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.8 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.5 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.5 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.1 fps|
Continuous shooting records in full 20.2 megapixel resolution, but recording slows after 4 shots.
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Nikon Coolpix L330 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 11.5 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 80
Night Landscape | 0.5 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 400
Pet Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 9.3 mm | ISO 200
Sample Photos - The L330 produces images with decent colour which are well exposed. Portrait shots have decent skin tones when using the smart portrait system - they are also free of red-eye when using the flash. Performance in low light is reasonably good.
Nikon Coolpix L330 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/400 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 104.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 0.3 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Image detail is reasonably good at both ends of the lens for a low cost camera, but not perhaps what you'd hope for from a 20.2 megapixel camera. Purple fringing is kept to a minimum though. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 1cm, a decent macro shot is possible, but when shooting just 1cm away from the camera, it's difficult to avoid it casting a shadow on your subject.
Nikon Coolpix L330 ISO test images
1/6 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 80
1/8 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 100
1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 200
1/40 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/4.6 | 17.2 mm | ISO 1600
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at IOS 80 and 100, but even at ISO 200 noise is causing images to lose sharpness. A little more noise appears at ISO 400, with images looking blurry in places at ISO 800. There's more noise as you'd expect at ISO 1600, but the images produced at this speed are fine when resizing and sharing on the web.
Nikon Coolpix L330 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/13 sec | f/3.6 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
WB Tungsten | 1/13 sec | f/3.6 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/8 sec | f/3.6 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
WB Fluorescent | 1/8 sec | f/3.6 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performance is excellent under both the incandescent and fluorescent lights. When using the incandescent and fluorescent presets under the respective lighting, colour casts are quite strong.
Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital filters
Colour Option - Standard | 1 sec | f/3.7 | 8.1 mm | ISO 80
Colour Option - Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/3.7 | 8.1 mm | ISO 400
Colour Option - Cyanotype | 1/5 sec | f/3.7 | 8.1 mm | ISO 400
Colour Option - Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/3.7 | 8.1 mm | ISO 400
Colour Option - Vivid | 1/5 sec | f/3.7 | 8.1 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - There are five different colour options to choose from to add a touch of creativity to your pictures, we have included examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded at 720p HD. Quality is OK, the autofocus is reasonably quick when using the zoom, but the noise from the lens when zooming is quite loud.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix L330 is available for £179.00 The Sony Cybershot H200 also has 26x optical zoom and is even cheaper at £119.00. With 30x optical zoom there is the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 at £121.00 and the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS at £190.00.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60. The 20.2 megapixel sensor doesn't mean that you're getting excellent quality picture, but for users who prefer to share their images on the web, the colour reproduction is up to the job.
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Nikon Coolpix L330 ProsGood value for money
Metal body with rubber hand grip
Decent zoom range
Nikon Coolpix L330 ConsImage quality isn't great for a 20.2 megapixel sensor
Quite bulky for a 26x optical zoom camera
Optical zoom is loud during video recording
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Nikon Coolpix L330 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.1 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||22.5mm - 585mm|
|CCD pixels||20Mp (Megapixels)|
|Pixels (W)||No Data|
|Pixels (H)||No Data|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||AA batteries|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (x4), Lens Cap LC-CP25 (with cord), USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Reference Manual (CD-ROM)|