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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.
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
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.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.5 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||1.0 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.5 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.6 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - H||10 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - L||2.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - H: 120 fps||122.5 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - H: 60 fps||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.
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Nikon Coolpix L620 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.2 | 9.8 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/1600 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Night Landscape | 1/4 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/5.1 | 43.4 mm | ISO 125
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
Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Some Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/4.7 | 19.1 mm | ISO 125
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/5.9 | 63.0 mm | ISO 125
Macro | 1/5 sec | f/3.6 | 5.6 mm | ISO 800
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
1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 14.1 mm | ISO 125
1/10 sec | f/4.5 | 14.1 mm | ISO 200
1/20 sec | f/4.5 | 14.1 mm | ISO 400
1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 14.1 mm | ISO 800
1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 14.1 mm | ISO 1600
1/160 sec | f/4.5 | 14.1 mm | ISO 3200
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
AWB Tungsten | 1/20 sec | f/3.9 | 7.8 mm | ISO 200
WB Tungsten | 1/20 sec | f/3.9 | 7.8 mm | ISO 200
AWB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/3.9 | 7.8 mm | ISO 200
WB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/3.9 | 7.8 mm | ISO 200
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
Colour Option - Black And White | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Sepia | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Standard | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Cyanotype | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Vivid | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Filter - High Contrast Monochrome | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 400
Filter - High Key | 1/20 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Low Key | 1/30 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Filter - Selective Colour | 1/30 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 360
Filter - Sepia | 1/30 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Soft | 1/30 sec | f/3.8 | 7.0 mm | ISO 400
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.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix L620 is available for around £180. There are a number of cameras available with a similar amount of zoom, such as the Canon IXUS 255 HS at £189, Sony Cybershot WX200 at £179, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 at £148, Olympus Stylus VR-370 at £170, Samsung WB30 at £99 and Fujifilm FinePix T500 at £87.
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 L620 ProsFull 1080p HD video recording
Optical image stabilisation
10 fps continuous shooting
Has a rubberised hand grip
Good image quality
Nikon Coolpix L620 ConsCan be frustratingly slow at times
Battery life is poor
Difficult to shoot a full 360º panorama
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Nikon Coolpix L620 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.3 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 350mm|
|CCD pixels||18Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1600sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||AA x 2|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (x2), USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD, Reference Manual CD|