Nikon Coolpix L840 Brief Review



  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 38x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/3-6.5
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • ISO range 100-6400
  • Lens shift image stabilization
  • 7.4 fps burst mode (up to 7 shots)
  • Auto and manual focus (99 selectable manual focus areas)
  • Macro shots as close as .4 inches
  • 3” tilting LCD screen
  • 1080p Hd video at 30 fps
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • AA batteries rated at 590 shots Alkaline 1240 shots Lithium (rechargeable li-ion batteries sold separately)
  • Weighs 19 oz (538g)
  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix L840 offers zoom on a budget
Without manual modes or rechargeable batteries, Nikon stays budget conscious with the Coolpix L840.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/17/2015

Introduced alongside the $500 P610, the Nikon Coolpix L840 axes advanced features like manual modes and rechargeable batteries to keep the cost low.

Where the P610 sports a 60x zoom, the L840 offers a much smaller yet still solid 38x optical zoom. Designed to be one of Nikon's more budget-friendly options, the L840 uses AA batteries. While they can be pricier to replace, those batteries get users at least 500 shots per set and are easier for travelers to replace. The L840 also doesn't include manual modes like more expensive super zooms, but it's targeted towards a market that favors simple automated modes anyways.

It's nice to see that the L840 doesn't sacrifice the sensor size, still sporting a solid 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor. Lens-based image stabilization is still included, a must for super zooms. Speed seems on track too, with a 7.4 fps burst mode.

The L840 seems to be a solid camera--but since it's a brand new model, there are options out there with better specs for a similar price. Nikon's own P600 with a 60x optical zoom is already listed under $300 at some stores since the newer P610 was released. Our favorite super zoom of 2014, the Fujifilm S1, will offer better image quality with more speed and features inside a weather-sealed body for about $30-$50 more. They're older models, but they offer much more for the price--and the imaging technology hasn't changed much on the L840 over the previous year's model. Users will probably be happy with the L840, but you can currently find a better camera for a similar price.

The Nikon L840 is set to be released on February 26, 2015, along with a handful of other Nikon cameras. It will sell for about $300, list price, and is available in black or red.

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    Martha Jordan

    I bought this camera in January of this year to replace my Canon Rebel that my husband dropped on the concrete. As my son is going off to college, there are more expenses in our lives and I thought it a good idea to try and save some money. This is the most horrible camera in the world! It is not intuitive in any way. You have to set the scenes every time you use it. The flash doesn't come on unless you activate it. The zoom is slow and unstable. The only thing I like is the indented shape on the side that makes it easy to hold onto. I am sorry I wasted my money. It's awful.

    Reply over 3 years ago
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    I don't understand why people diss the AA batteries as if they were not rechargeable. There are many brands and power rated versions of the rechargeable AA battery. They are very easy to find in any major store at very reasonable prices compared the proprietary rechargeable type batteries the companies are pushing on us that cant even be used anywhere else, but in their devices. When I search for a new camera, the first thing I look for is that it uses AA batteries. I bought a set of 4 2300mah AA batteries for my camera and tested it with the LCD on recording video and it recorded almost 5hrs of video before the batteries needed to be recharged. Show me a camera with a proprietary battery that will do that on a battery that cost less than $11. Not to mention the new NiMh type AA's that stay charged for up to a yr on the shelf. The only benefit of a lithium ion battery is the weight. My camera is not that heavy and I am not that feeble that I cant drag around 4 AA batteries. :)

    Reply almost 4 years ago
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      Hillary Grigonis

      AA batteries certainly have their advantages. You can't just go to any store and replace a li-ion battery. If you pick up rechargeable AAs, then it doesn't get expensive. AA battery powered cameras are getting harder to find though, we list them here at Thanks for reading!

      Reply almost 4 years ago

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