Nikon COOLPIX L32 Brief Review



  • 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/3.2-6.5
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • ISO range 80-1600
  • Electronic vibration reduction
  • 1.1 fps burst mode (up to 6 shots)
  • Macro shots as close as 4 inches
  • 3” LCD screen
  • 720p HD video at 30 fps
  • AA batteries (rechargeable batteries available, sold separately) rated at 320 shots for Alkaline and 950 shots for lithium
  • Weighs 5.8 oz. (164g)
  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Final Grade: 79 3.95 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon keeps costs down with $120 budget cam, Coolpix L32
At just $120, the Nikon Coolpix L32 is certainly easy on the budget.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/17/2015

The phrase "you get what you pay for" certainly applies to cameras, and the $120 Nikon Coolpix L32 budget cam is no exception. The basic camera might be suited for some, but as with any budget model, proceed with extreme caution.

The L32 sports a 1/2.3" sensor, the average size, though the cheaper CCD style. The camera has limited shutter and ISO settings, so it will probably handle low light shots with quite a bit of difficulty. It does have a 5x optical zoom, which is nice to have. Image stabilization, which helps prevent blur, is just the electronic type though, not the more advanced optical version.

As expected for a budget model, the L32 is slow. The burst speed is just 1.1 fps. While the camera has a bit larger sensor than smartphone cameras like in the iPhone 5 and 6, most phones are actually faster.

Customers looking for a basic, no frills camera that do not need big speed or solid low light performance might be okay sticking with the L32, though in most cases saving up just a little longer will make a big difference rather quickly. Be sure to compare with our list of budget cameras--sometimes older models get a big price drop but will offer more features.

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