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Nikon Coolpix L320 First-Look Preview

We have a look at the new Nikon Coolpix L320 - the update to last years entry level ultra zoom.

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The Nikon Coolpix L320 is this years update to the Nikon Coolpix L310, and updates the camera with a new 16 megapixel sensor, compared to the 14 megapixel sensor on the L310. The camera also updates the lens with a new 26x optical zoom lens vs the 21x optical zoom lens on the previous model. The L320 is the entry level bridge camera from Nikon and will be available in black priced at £199.

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The camera takes AA batteries and the 26x optical zoom lens is the equivalent of 22.5–585mm in 35mm terms, giving it an extremely wide-angle view at the wide end of the lens and to help at the telephoto end, there is built in lens based vibration reduction. The camera will provide macro focusing on subjects as close as 1cm away. Also featured is a dedicated video record button for recording movies at 720p. On the back is a 3 inch screen, although the resolution is quite low at 230k dots.

With the use of AA batteries, the number of shots possible varies with the quality of battery used, with the camera giving 310 shots using alkaline batteries, 810 shots with lithium batteries, or roughly 450 shots using the rechargeable EN-MH2 batteries. We will be reviewing the Nikon Coolpix L320 as soon as it becomes available.

Nikon Coolpix L320 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.1 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent22.5mm - 585mm
Optical Zoom26x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
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 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1500sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 1600
White balance
    Exposure Comp+/-2
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting1.2fps
    Video
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1280x720 HD 720p
    Video FPS30fps
    Stereo SoundNo
    Optical Zoom with VideoYes
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYes
    Interface
    HDMINo
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiNo
    Storage
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeAA batteries
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)310shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsCamera 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)
    Dimensions
    Weight430g
    Width111.1mm
    Height76.3mm
    Depth83.1mm

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