Nikon COOLPIX L810 Brief Review


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  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor
  • 26x optical zoom with 23mm wide-angle
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 720p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX L810
16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor; 26x optical zoom with 23mm wide-angle; 3-inch LCD; 720p HD video recording with stereo sound; Optical image stabilization; 4 AA batteries
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix L820.

The L810 continues Nikon's budget line of extended zoom cameras. The headline of this newest model is its incredibly wide 23mm lens, which zooms out to 585mm. Another surprise lies in the LCD, which sports an impressive 921,000 dots; it's unusual to see such a high-quality screen in the cheaper cameras. To keep costs low the L810 uses a 16 megapixel CCD which captures 720p video and the camera runs on 4 AA batteries. While the zoom range is tough to beat in this price bracket, shot to shot times and focusing are disappointing. There aren't any manual modes either, which would have been a welcome addition.

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