The Nikon Coolpix L30 was announced in January 2014 and is an easy to use compact camera, with a 5x optical zoom lens and 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor. The L30 is available for £89.99 in red or black.
Nikon Coolpix L30 Features
The Nikon Coolpix L30 has a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 26-130mm. To keep images sharp there is Motion Blur Reduction.
To make the camera easy to use there is an Easy Auto mode, which adjusts all of the camera settings automatically. You can also manually choose from 18 scene modes and you can also apply a number of filter effects to your pictures. There is also a Smart Portrait System which includes a Smile Timer, Blink Proof alerting and Red-Eye Fix.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD.
20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
Electronic VR (vibration reduction)
3.0 inch 230k LCD screen
Smart Portrait System
720p HD video recording
10cm minimum focusing distance
Available in red or black
Nikon Coolpix L30 Handling
The Nikon Coolpix L30 has a plastic body and is thicker on one side where the AA batteries are placed. The top of the camera has an on / off button, zoom rocker and shutter release. Buttons on the rear include movie record, menu, playback, mode and delete. There is also a d-pad which is used to cycle through the menus - this also gives you quick access to the flash, self-timer, macro and exposure compensation.
Also on the rear of the camera is the 3.0 inch LCD which has a 230k dot resolution - this is a low resolution screen, but typical for a budget camera. The menu system is easy to navigate, thus making the camera even easier to use. This does mean that you lose some control over your picture taking, for example, you're not able to manually change the ISO speed.
Battery life is rated at a respectable 320 shots according to CIPA test results. If you use EN-MH2 batteries you can expect 570 shots, or 950 shots if you upgrade to 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.
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 records in full 20.1 megapixel resolution.
Nikon Coolpix L30 Performance
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Nikon Coolpix L30 Sample Photos
Sample Photos - Images have good colour reproduction and are well exposed. Performance in low light is decent, whether it be using the flash or a longer shutter speed. The Smart Portrait System allows for decent portrait shots, there is a hint of red-eye. Portraits can also be enhanced using Glamour Retouch, available via the playback menu.
Nikon Coolpix L30 Lens test images
Lens Performance - Detail is OK in the centre of the images, but not as good around the edges and corners. Purple fringing is also an issue in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm which does make it difficult to take good macro shots.
Nikon Coolpix L30 ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80, 100 and 200. Images are a little softer at ISO 400 and more so at ISO 800. Images lose detail at ISO 1600, but quality isn't too bad at this setting.
Nikon Coolpix L30 White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, both the Auto White Balance (AWB) and incandescent presets perform well, taking very similar images. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB again performs well - the fluorescent preset takes an image with a hint of a magenta cast.
Nikon Coolpix L30 Digital filters
Digital Filters - Under colour options there are five options, we've included examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is OK, there's no optical zoom available during recording, but you can use digital zoom.
The Nikon Coolpix L30 is a very easy to use camera and is therefore ideal to photography beginners. It generally lacks in features but there is the Smart Portrait System for taking pictures of your friends and family. Image detail isn't great, but they are fine for sharing on the web, particularly as colour reproduction is good. Another benefit of the L30 is its battery life, you can get over 300 shots from the supplied alkaline batteries, invest in some lithium AA batteries and you can get over 900 shots!