The Nikon Coolpix L620 was announced in August 2013 - it has a 14x optical zoom lens and 18.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor. It is available in black and red for around £180.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Features
The Nikon Coolpix L620 has an 18.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 14x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-350mm. To help keep images are sharp as possible there is optical image stabilisation and the camera can shoot at up to 10 fps.
The L620 has an easy auto mode which automatically adjusts the camera settings, there are also 18 scene modes to choose from. Other modes include easy panorama (360° & 180°) and you can apply creative effects and filters to your images, such as monochrome and sepia. Night Portrait and Night Landscape modes combine consecutive shots to minimise noise and blur.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with optical zoom and stereo sound available.
18.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
14x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-350mm)
Optical image stabilisation
3.0 inch 460k LCD screen
Creative filter and effects
Full 1080p HD video recording
ISO 125 - 3200
1cm minimum focusing distance
10 fps continuous shooting
Easy panorama mode
Available in red and black
Nikon Coolpix L620 Handling
The Nikon Coolpix L620 has a plastic body with a well sized rubber hand grip. On the rear is a dotted area for your right hand thumb. The camera is fairly light and the lens retracts completely back into the camera making it comfortable to carry in your pocket.
To activate the pop-up flash there is a switch on the back of the camera. On the top of the camera is the on / off button which sits alongside the shutter release and zoom rocker. On the rear are mode, playback, menu and delete buttons as well as a d-pad. This is used to navigate the menus as well as giving quick access to the flash, exposure compensation, self-timer and macro.
The rest of the camera is filled with the 3.0 inch LCD screen which has a good 460k dot resolution and is bright and clear to see in most light - it also has an anti-reflection coating. The L620 has the same menu system which is found on all the latest Coolpix cameras, it is well laid out and easy to use.
Battery life is rated at 150 shots according to CIPA test results, this is quite disappointing - but as the camera is powered by AA batteries, it should be easy enough to get hold of new ones. 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.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting - H
Continuous Shooting - L
Continuous Shooting - H: 120 fps
Continuous Shooting - H: 60 fps
Continuous shooting H & L both record in full resolution with the 120 fps and 60 fps modes restricted to VGA and 1 megapixel sized images only. Focusing is a little too slow and can mean you miss your shot if you are trying to shoot moving subjects such as children or pets.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Performance
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Nikon Coolpix L620 Sample Photos
Sample Photos - Images are bright and colourful, with portraits having decent skin tones as well as being free of red-eye when using the flash. You can further enhance your portrait shots with skin softening in the playback menu.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Lens test images
Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail throughout the zoom range and purple fringing is kept to a minimum. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, this allows for a decent macro shot.
Nikon Coolpix L620 ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 125 and remains so, with sharp images produced, at ISO 200, 400 and 800. Image quality remains good at ISO 1600, noise causes a little softening in places, which only worsens slightly at ISO 3200.
Nikon Coolpix L620 White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) takes an image with a slight colour cast, the incandescent preset performs well. The AWB copes excellently when shooting under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset having a strong magenta cast.
Panorama 180 | 1/1250 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together. There is a slight issue when shooting 360º panoramas - quite often shooting will finish a little too early, leaving a black area down the right hand side - this can easily be cropped out though.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Digital filters
Digital Filters - The L620 has a few colour options available when using auto mode. For more creativity there are a number of filters which can also be selected, there are a number of examples above. You can also apply filters after shooting via playback.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD video. Quality is good, a video recorded using the optical zoom can be found on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
The Nikon Coolpix L620 is a mixed bag. It has a decent set of features such as full 1080p HD video recording, optical image stabilisation and 10 fps continuous shooting, but the camera can leave you waiting to process shots and focus, the battery life is also quite poor. Ultimately though, image quality is good and you can shoot all the way up to ISO 3200 without image quality suffering too much, this is great for shooting in low light. The 14x optical zoom lens is also handy for a pocketable camera.