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Nikon Coolpix L11
Nikon Coolpix L11

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Nikon Coolpix L11

We've given the L11 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

There's not a lot to the Nikon L11, and that's half the appeal. This camera is simple, cheap, and a good option for people who don't want to invest a lot of effort into their photos. If you want decent pictures right out of the box without fussing with settings or other extraneous features, the L11 serves up just what you're looking for. The 6-megapixel sensor is more than enough for highly-detailed photos and prints, while Nikon's integrated Face Detection, D-Lighting, and Red Eye Fix functions take care of the things that really matter to casual photographers.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 64-800
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Secure Digital Card storage (7MB internal)
  • 2.4-inch LCD
  • Part Number: Coolpix L11
  • UPC: 018208255634
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2007

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Nikon Coolpix L11 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L11 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error frustrating (joshua talun — 03/06/2009)

Got this camera for christmas 07, on christmas of 08, picked it up, had the lens error. Had it exactly 1 year. Will never buy a nikon again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Screen damage (Donna Gerhold — 02/13/2009)

I bought this camera for my daughter. She used it just twice. I picked it up off my kitchen counter one day and could not see anything in the screen. Camera would take a picture but we couldn't see it until we put it on the computer. Could not see to adjust any of the settings. Called Nikon,explained the problem, they told me to send it in. I eventually got a notice from them sayiong the screen was damaged and that it would cost more to fix it then it initially cost to buy it. I called Nikon and spoke to a Customer Service Rep. He said I had exposed it to high temperatures or hit it in some way. I explained to him that nothing like that had happened. It simply was sitting in a safe place on my counter. He told me my options were to pay them to fix it or have him return it to me. End of conversation. He was very rude to me and I will never buy a Nikon product again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon L11 Coolpix (Mark Bendixen — 02/05/2009)

I like this little camera. Small enough to carry in a pocket. Easy to use, takes great pics, at 6 mp is sharp enough to blow up to 11 x 14. I have had no problems with this camera. Want another for my son who is overseas.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Purchased 2 both broken (AKS — 12/27/2008)

Purchased 2 cameras the first one had lens error in 3 months, service repaired, now slow to take pictures and often they are blurry. Second camera the flash quit operating at 1 year old, I had an extended warranty and traded it for a Canon A590, Time will tell.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good (Awwiboo — 12/25/2008)

Weeeellll I'd have to say this camera is pretty good. I've had it since Christmas 2007, and at first it was pretty good with just regular double AA batteries, but after awhile, I had to start using rechargable double AA batteries because the batteries wasted fast ;p

but other than that, I went to the grand canyon, las vegas, la and hollywood this summer and I took a lot of pictures with my camera, and it held a lot .. well i have a memory card, but still? it was a good camera for me.

So if you're going to get this camera, get rechargable batteries.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Liked It (Gabriel — 11/27/2008)

i liked this Nikon Bcuz Itz Like the Nikon D40 and they have the same Mega Pixel?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice for the price (Jeremy — 11/24/2008)

I bought this to avoid having to carry around my bulky film SLR. I have been pleasantly surprised by this camera. Very easy too use, lightweight, and compact.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not Recommended (Kit Riley — 09/15/2008)

The Lens Error issue seems inevitable, no matter how gingerly you use this camera. It seems this camera has, at maximum, a year-long duration. I would not have spent more than $150 had I known that, however. Aside from the fatal lens malfunction, during the year I had this camera, the pictures were hit-or-miss. Some great pictures (once I figured out to adjust the ISO setting, which took some time), and some absolutely unusable picutres (particularly in low light.) All-in-all, my first foray into Nikon has convinced me to stick with Canons and Sonys, both of which I had nothing but positive experiences with.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Faulty lens (valerie cohen — 09/09/2008)

Broke pretty immediately. Poor camera lens ,loose and broken after two months.

  • 3.0 out of 5
lens is loose (paul — 07/16/2008)

my camera was perfect when I bought the camera. I have been taking lots of photos and videos. but know the lens is loose now whenever i take pictures the lens wiggles and makes it blur. I have one more camera years old it works fine. I will say this camera should be bought for people who dont know how to use a camera. This nikon L11 is easy to use.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error after 10 months (rara75 — 07/11/2008)

This camera was great until out of nowhere I got the "lens error" message. The lens comes out and then immediately retracts back in. I hardly used this camera, in fact it hadn't been used since March'08 and it is now July '08. This is extremely frustrating when a reasonably priced digital camera is still well over a $100. What a rip off!!! My old 35mm film cameras lasted me years before I had to replace them!!! Shame on Nikon for not standing behind their product, and replacing or fixing the problem on their dime!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Error and not it won't work (Ginney — 07/02/2008)

This is my second one and it has issues with Lens error and now won't work and it will cost me yet another $100 to get another - but I won't get a Nikon... it is not well made.

  • 2.0 out of 5
went through two cameras (Olivia — 06/08/2008)

I bought my first L11 in July last year, it lasted me till about October. "Lens Error" without dropping it or anything. I bought another one about three months ago and just the other day the screen was damaged. Also, the time it takes in between far too long. The quality of the pictures is good, but it's not worth it. I would not recommend this camera at all.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad quality (Luis Abadie — 05/14/2008)

I bought this camera in a "Black Friday sale" . Good price, less than $100.
After 5 pictures the CCR sensor went bad. Took camera to the store and they replaced the camera.
After three months the screen failed. Aparently the screen is so flexible that the slightest pressure will damage the LCD screen, even carrying it in your pocket.
This time they told me in the store thal Nikon will likley not cover the LCD screen... $124 to repair !!! and it is under warranty.
Regardless I get this repaired or not, 2 cameras lasted less than 50 pictures. Quality if the pictures and other features were fine.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error (M.Shabani — 05/08/2008)

Got a lens error all of sudden without dropping or anything. Nikon is refusing to fix it under warranty saying the camera has been abused since there are scratches on the case!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error in 2 of these cameras already! Stay away! (Rachel — 01/12/2008)

Son received first as a gift, got the Lens Error, we got the gift receipt and had it exchanged, 2 days later, no dropping or anything, after working perfectly one moment, all of a sudden, lens error again. If this works, it takes nice pictures, but do you really want to take your chances? I have had a Fuji Finepix for 4 years, dropped it a couple of times, and still works perfectly and takes great pictures. Stick with Fuji.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera at a great price (Tammy Schindel — 12/30/2007)

We bought this for our 13 yr old daughter for Christmas and I would love one for myself! Takes great pictures, easy to use, and fast. My digital cost over $250 and I would rather have this one!

  • 1.0 out of 5
"Lens Error" Manufacturing defect in Coolpix (Kiran — 12/23/2007)

Nikon Coolpix series has the "lens error" manufacturing defect.
It can surface anytime for no apparent reason.

For proof:go to and type nikon lens error to see tens of thousands of results

Very bad that Nikon uses a defective gearing mechanism and defective motor as well. Charges same amount as cost of camera to fix it

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens error in Nikon L11 (Kiran — 12/23/2007)

I agree. I also faced lens error problem in nikon. Given that so many people faced this problem - looks like it is a manufacturing defects

  • 1.0 out of 5
same story as "pass this one by" (joan — 12/14/2007)

Lens error with very poor customer service by nikon.
$112.00 to fix it which finally they said they would charge only half of. Doesn't make sense when the camera is only 4 months old to be charged at all. They have a problem which they don't want to address, therefore I will never buy another Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
gone through 2!!! (Chris — 11/16/2007)

I purchased the L11 not once, but twice, both ending up with the same problem. The motor in the lens went bad and once that happened, the LCD refused to turn on or off. I'm a very technical guy, and have used several different types of digital camera ranging from el cheapo to $700 multi-lens cameras. This is the only one I've ever had problems like this with. I thought the first time was a fluke, but when I exchanged it for a new one... the same thing happened not 2 weeks later! You might want to check out the S50 as an alternate option.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I've had better (Reggie — 10/27/2007)

I experienced major delays after taking a picture (which usually ruined the next picture). The view screen goes completely black after taking a picture, the green light flashes while it processes. Perhaps it was the climate that I was in when I purchased this camera. However, I would expect that after a few months of utilizing the thing - nope happened the first day I bought it. Being in the middle east I expected that any camera I purchased would last long and really just purchased this camera because it was inexpensive and I trust the brand. (own three other Nikon's). I will continue to buy Nikon, but I will avoid the Coolpix line like it's the plague.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pass this Camera by (mike — 10/17/2007)

Nice little camera, compact, fits in pocket, crisp LCD good zoom for price.....
Had it about three weeks, turned it on, lens stuck and "Lens Error" appeared in LCD. Which I find is a extreamly common Nikon issue.....
Looked on Nikon web site and found technical note to send in for service. To me this implies an issue they know of and have a fix for….not so….
Got letter back that this not covered under warrantee, cost to fix $105.59, (87% of retail). Called to get clarification and was told this is always the resolution to this message.

Remember, it broke by turning it off and on, must be that the camera can’t take that kind of abuse. I know unrealistic expectations by me.

Bigger question - Why did Nikon have me send it in? Just say on the WEB site that it is not covered and will not be fixed under warrantee and I have to pay to fix it. (Like anyone would pay that high cost to repair). Do they do this so I can waste time (4 weeks) and money? Or, perhaps it was to insure that I will take the time to compose this review?

Here’s an Idea...fix the materials problem in the Lens mechanism.

What have we learned today? Do not turn this camera off then on, or…NEVER BUY A NIKON.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon L11 (Abhisek Dutta — 10/07/2007)

The picture & movie quality is is the zoom.....sometimes picture gets blurred!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great pictures, poor make (Caitlin Riley — 08/28/2007)

I had this camera for a year and a half after my old camera had bit the dust. My friend recommended this camera and so I bought it. I have my camera in a case and I take it almost everywhere I go, I use it probably at least once or twice a week. I have never dropped my camera, and the only chip that I had on the camera was from where the batteries are inserted and I accidentally hit the door, but not the camera, on the end of the table and chipped it. About three weeks ago, I took my camera out to take a picture of an owl in my back yard and when I tried to open it a message "lens error" came up and that was the end of the camera. I took it into a certified Nikon camera repair facility and they said that it would cost at least $180.00 to have the camera repaired. I looked online to see what people had to say about this and it seems like this is a fairly common problem for Nikon Coolpix Cameras. Guess I'll be buying a new camera soon, but it definately will not be another Nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too much blurr warning every picture, Colors are off (unavailable — 08/02/2007)

too many blur warning, When is it gonna take a picture already? Colors are way off. Make me wonder if the camera knows what its doing. Movie mode qualitys mediocre. Average camera that tries to make it easy for you but its totally the opposite, you keep on having to goto menu to change stuff 100000 different times. My frien still had his but I returned it and got someone else.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super! (Miha — 06/24/2007)

I think this camera is very good for all beginners because it is easy to use! I'm very happy with it!

  • 3.0 out of 5
descent camera (Phoenix — 04/30/2007)

i'm a professional Canon photographer and i bought this camera just so i would not have to take around my 30D everywhere. Nikon makes a good camera but this is strictly for people who are just wanting a little camera to take along. this camera doesn't feature and manual modes so it's really limited to people who are used to having everything(like me.) the quality is nice but the lens is very unsharp. the 800iso limit also limits a lot of the shutter speeds. most things without the flash are blurry.