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Coolpix L18 Review

December 2, 2008
Quote: “Great camera… until!”
Rating: Coolpix L18 Review
Review From: McKinney at Amazon.com

This was a great camera, but unfortunately the key word is “WAS”. I purchased the camera for general shooting, nothing fancy, and it worked great. I replaced my Fujifilm FinePix with this Nikon Coolpix. I enjoy the thinner design, making it easier to keep in a small purse. The red shell adds nothing to the photos, but I’ll take that over a dull gray any day. Aside from aesthetics, there are many features packed into this stylish hardware, probably more than I’ve fully utilized. As with any digital camera, the most important feature is point and shoot picture taking. I hate the cameras that have 17+ picture modes and the rotating “option wheel” on top. 99 times out of 100 I am just turning the camera on and snapping a shot… I don’t need to change any shutter settings. This Nikon has a handy toggle on top that allows for picture taking, picture viewing, or video taking.

The large LCD screen is vibrant and makes it easy to view photos. It saves space by eliminating the old-fashioned “eye hole,” which is fine with me because I rarely use it anyway. I’ll take the larger LCD. Red-eye was always a problem with my Fujifilm, but this Nikon did a great job of eliminating it; every photo seemed very clear and bright.

I’ve also used the video feature a few times. Unlike my Fujifilm, you can actually zoom in and out while taking video. Video quality is nothing spectacular, but it is tolerable for short clips.

Downloading the pictures and videos to my computer was a snap. Again, Nikon won big points with me because this is the easiest camera I’ve used… and one of the cheapest too.

However, as I mentioned earlier, there was a catch. After only 4 months of use, my photos began to have a hazy ring around them. It looked like there was some fog or a smudge on the lens. I’ve wiped the lens carefully, but the problem remains, causing me to believe that this problem somehow lies inside the camera lens – a problem I, of course, can’t solve without having to call the distributor and get the run-around on how to get it fixed, despite my free one-year warranty-with-purchase. A digital camera that takes blurry photos is no better than a paper weight, even if the paper weight is colorful and shiny. Either the lens is out of alignment or my entire family has developed astigmatism.

Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera Review

December 2, 2008
Quote: “Wife loves it!”
Rating: Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera Review
Review From: L. G. Bodyfelt at Amazon.com

I picked out two prespective camera as a possible gift for my wife (semi-handicap with plural nueropathy in hands and fingers). Simplicity and easy of button use are the prime criteria. My choices were Nikon Cool Pix L18 and the Canon PowerShot A590IS. I believe the better of the two is the Canon A590 (good reviews, 4x optical zoom, optical stabilization, etc), but the wife chose the Nikon because of the 3″ preview and review screen and the “Awesome Red Color.” Go figure? Camera has worked out so far so good. Time will tell. I have owned and still use a Nikon CoolPix 500 since 2000. It is bulletproof. I expect nothing else from Nikon and the Coolpix L18.

Nikon L18 Review

December 2, 2008
Quote: ” Easy, fun, compact, and cool: I really like my coolpix!”
Rating: Nikon L18 Review
Review From: Nathan Andersen at Amazon.com

This is a great little camera, that is easy to use … just point and click and the picture comes out pretty good pretty much all of the time. Sure there are better cameras, but you’ve really got to know how to use them to get anything better than what comes almost automatically from this camera. For the price it would be very difficult to surpass the quality and ease of this handy little item that fits nicely in the pocket and is ready to go when you need it.

I own a Mac and a PC, and have had absolutely no difficulty uploading my images to either computer. I am not a professional photographer, but just want to be able to share images with my friends and family, mostly by sending them over the internet and posting them to facebook. For those purposes, this camera is ideal.

I’ve owned earlier versions of the Nikon “Coolpix” and what I really like is that with each upgrade they have added valuable features but have found a way to avoid making the camera feel more complicated. I love the new automatic red-eye removal feature, and the image stabilization works very well. (By the way, I still have my older “Coolpix” cameras, and they still work fine — as far as I can tell, they are built to last.)

Nikon Coolpix L18 Review

December 2, 2008
Quote: “Cool Coolpix L18”
Rating: Nikon Coolpix L18 Review
Review From: James Leighton at Amazon.com

Excellent purchase! Fast shipping no issues. Great Camera! Easy to use and quality pictures and video. I used it at a school presentation and got nice clear pictures and video from my seat in the audience, clear sound too. Good value.

7 New Nikon Coolpix lining up for XMAS

November 12, 2008

Nikon has recently added a bunch of new cameras to their line of Coolpix point and shoots. Nikon breaks their Coolpix cameras into three different series. There are the performance, style, and life series that are all designed for different uses. Most of the new cameras Nikon has released are from the style series with only one addition to the performance series and one to the life series.

Nikon's XMAS 2008 additions

Nikon's XMAS 2008 additions

Five Styleish Additions for Coolpix ‘S’ Series:

Nikon's Styleish S60

Nikon's Stylish S60

In the Coolpix Style Series they have added the S60 (MSRP$350), S560 (MSRP$250), S610 (MSRP$280), S610c (MSRP$330), and S710 (MSRP$380). They are all 10 megapixels except for the S710 which is a huge 14.5 megapixels. The S610 and S610c are actually the same camera except the S610c adds Wi-Fi capabilities. The S610 and S610c have a 4x wide angle zoom, the S560 and S60 have a 5x optical zoom, and the S710 has a 3.6x wide angle zoom. They mostly have a 3” LCD screen except for the S560 which is 2.7” and the S60 which has a 3.5” touch screen. They all have optical vibration reduction image stabilization which is very nice because the electronic image stabilization some cameras have sucks. This VR technology does a great job keeping your pictures sharp.

The Nikon S560 has a smile shutter (takes picture as soon as it sees someone in the frame is smiling) and blink warning (warns you not to take a picture when somebody’s eyes are closed), a scene auto selector with 15 different scene modes, high quality video recording, red-eye fix, face priority auto focusing, d-lighting, and up to ISO 3200.

The Nikon S610 adds an active child mode that tracks moving objects to keep them in focus and one more scene mode. The Nikon S610c allows you to upload any pictures you take to myPicturetown for free up to 2 GB. You even get free Wayport hotspot service until August 31, 2011.

The Coolpix S710 is similar to the S610 except that it adds program, aperture, shutter, and manual exposure modes which give way more control to the more advanced users.

The Nikon Coolpix S60 is a fair bit different than the rest because it is all controlled by the touchscreen. The display is customizable and the only buttons are the on/off and the shutter release. Cool features made possible by the touchscreen are the touch autofocus and auto exposure that lets you touch a subject on the screen and it will track the object adjusting the focus and exposure to ensure an optimal picture. With the retouch function you can write on your pictures with the included stylus or your finger or attach a frame or stamps. One more cool feature only on the S60 is the HD Pictmotion slide show that lets you make a slide show with music you can watch on the camera or on a HDTV.

One High Performing DC for the Coolpix P Series:

Performance minded New P6000

Performance minded New P6000


In the Coolpix Performance Series the only addition is the Nikon Coolpix P6000 (MSRP$500). This is one of the best non-SLR cameras on the market and you are paying for it but it is worth the cost. This camera has 13.5 megapixels with a 4x optical zoom and two Nikkor ED glass elements. The back LCD is 2.7″ and they included an optical viewfinder which is very nice. Important features for the Nikon P6000 are the optical vibration reduction image stabilization, up to ISO 6400, GPS capability, red eye fix, d-lighting, face priority autofocus, wide angle lens converter, and the ability to control everything like aperture, shutter, and exposure settings manually similar to a d-SLR.

One More Value/Budget unit for the L series:

Affordability & Function L18

Affordability & Function L18

In the Coolpix Lifestyle Series the only addition is the Nikon Coolpix L18 (MSRP$130). This is a nice and simple little camera that gives you all you really need if you are literally just going to be using it to point and shoot without messing with settings or playing with features. Its 8 megapixels and 3x optical zoom are enough to take extremely clear pictures with any level of zoom. The Nikon L18 does have some useful features like red eye fix, face priority auto-focusing, d-lighting which improves brightness and detail in dark pictures, and an easy auto mode which takes away a lot of the extra options to make it as basic and straightforward to take nice pictures as possible.