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Nikon Coolpix L18
Nikon Coolpix L18

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Nikon Coolpix L18

Editor's Review

A small, point-and-shoot style camera with SLR quality image capabilities, the Nikon Coolpix L18 features 8.0-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Anti-Shake AE mode, and enhanced Face-Priority Auto Focus ensures a clear, crisp image every time. A high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD makes reviewing and sharing pictures easy and intuitive.


  • 8 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage (28MB internal)
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: 25596
  • UPC: 018208255962
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix L18 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L18 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Eats batteries (Rich — 05/03/2010)
Like all electronics made in China it is realloy subpar. I hate buying anything made over there it's just difficult not to. Batteries might last for 15 or 20 shots depended how long you wait between shots. Would not recommend.
  • 3.0 out of 5
I love this camera, but don't know what to do to fix it. (Ivana — 02/15/2010)
I purchased this camera 1 year ago. It took me about 2 months after I bought it to even open it up and figure it out. My daughter was born if Feb 09, as you can imagine I took a bunch of pix daily of my daughter and older son together. About 3 months ago the flash stopped working. I havent been able to find any good answers online to fix it. I would really love to fix the camera...I do love is easy to use, great video, wonderful pic. quality. Great camera for under $100.
  • 1.0 out of 5
lens error (Rushisha Charles — 09/06/2009)

it was falling down and its lens was broken for that reason i prefer to ask help if is possible to repair it or replace with new lens

  • 2.0 out of 5
? (Emily — 09/05/2009)

MY camera worked amazing for about 10 months. The lense is now stuck in the extended position and nothin will get it back in.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Information (Scott K — 09/03/2009)

Good Picks. Wish the shutter speed was faster.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy from Nikon! (John Nagle — 08/23/2009)

I bought this camera for myself just after Christmas and took about 1,200 photos in the next eight months. The good thing about it is it's portable. It took average photos, but it seemed to take a long time before it would focus to take a shot. After eight months, I got a "lens error" code on the screen and the lens wouldn't retract. I sent it to Nikon under the warranty. Nikon refused to honor the warranty, saying I dropped the camera, which is not true. Upon later research, I found that this "lens error" problem was common with this Nikon camera. Don't buy from Nikon unless you understand that you can throw your camera away if you ever have a problem, as there is, in essence, no warranty.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error Problem (Jeff Hunter — 07/25/2009)

The camera worked fin for several months. Then after changing the batteries the lens became stuck in the extended position. Apparently this is a common problem with this camera. The service department was of no use in helpig me. Nikon has had a reputation as one of the best cameras but this is the worst camera I have ever owned. Stay clear of buying this piece of junk.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great, handy little camera for the price--Loved it from day one!! (Bob L — 07/03/2009)

I really don't understand the bad comments, unless folks have only played with this L18 for a few days. I use it more than my expensive/complicated Canon because of the 3 inch screen, pocket size (take it anywhere), how well it does in low light---let alone (most importantly) the clear pics it has always taken. Granted, any camera gets grainy pics in low light if pushed too far. I always use at least 2500mah batteries---orig 2700 mah ones finally died. It was very easy to learn its photo capabilities---I wanted this Nikon for my wife's light use. Macro is clear if done right (took crystal clear pics of gun serial numbers, flowers, jewelry). I learned, however, to only use the now-very-affordable high speed SD chips in both cameras (don't cheap down on the chips!!). I thought the flashes were slow cycling, but after long comparison/thought, it was the orig standard $10 SD chips as the problem. I was actually waiting for the photos to save to memory! Highly annoying if taking wedding/sports pics. I only take pics at high resolution which certainly adds to writing to memory, but friends rave at the life-like clarity of the photos I took of them. The L18 is an old model now, replaced by the red L20. Should be able to get a leftover L18 for $75 max. Its face detection is quite nice, but I think the High ISO feature is something much more significant in an "uplift" feature I would NOT do without going forward! Would absolutely recommend this camera to anyone who likes fairly good/high capability and simplicity at a decent price. I didn't need a $350 pocket Nikon (or any other brand) for secondary use. This L18 has, to my surprise, become my primary camera! Just power up and click. I really doubt the 10-12MP cameras can look any clearer (at standard paper size). I only miss the much higher optical zoom capability of my Canon in a few instances. Both use the same batteries and SD chips---no proprietary crap---a plus to me. Can't say this camera eats batteries either. Would not want a camera anymore that didn't have at least a 2.7 to 3 inch LCD (that I imagine will shorten the battery usage a little). Seems to run as long as my Canon PowerShot which has a 2.5 inch LCD and both can knock off probably 150 photos or more (zooming and flash impact this longevity). The blue finish on the Nikon is still like new. I don't use it as a toy and keep it in a nice, simple $10 padded pouch. I remain impressed from day one till now---15+ months later..... By the way, it also takes decent movies. The built-in speaker is lame, but the actual recorded audio plays back much better on my computer or HDTV! Guess I'll never need a DSLR for what I do as an amateur. It has gotten me many kudos for the assorted types of pics taken. What else can I say?

  • 1.0 out of 5
warranty not (Kelly — 07/03/2009)

You will, most likely get a lens error problem. The repair cost for the Nikon L18 lens error will exceed the actual original purchase price of the camera. You will have wasted $15 to send it and valuable time filling out warranty paperwork only to have warranty denied. there is an obvious flaw in their camera and "impact to lens" as reason for denying a warranty is pretty vague and open to huge interpretations. They lost my loyalty with this issue over a $100 camera. I hope these warranty denials are financially beneficial to them because I won't buy another Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error (Arvin — 06/19/2009)

About 6 month old camera, gave a lens error. Tried new batteries, same error. Camera didn't even last 7 months. Nikon customer service is of no help and they not honor their warranties

This camera should be a recall as this is a known issue.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy (Melissa — 06/02/2009)

I rec'd a Nikon L18 for a Christmas present. The very first time that I used it the lens got jammed. I sent it in to Nikon since it was under warranty. They said it was not covered because of was never dropped. I think the camera was bad to begin with and their customer service was horrible

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little pocket camera (Tammy — 05/14/2009)

I bought this camera for under $100 to have a small camera to carry around for quick shots. It works great for this purpose. I worked right out of the box and I have gotten some pictures that I ordinarily would not have since I do not carry my DSLR in my purse. The pictures have been sharp and clear. It does not have the shutter speed of my DSLR but I did not expect it too. I do keep it in a compact case and have not had any problems with battery life.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible (Sujit Ray — 05/06/2009)

One of the worst camera I have used in my entire life. I was fan of Nikon but it was a disaster. So many features are mingled together that anybody can get confused. Picture quality is bad. I used easy mode and the picture came out terrible. I could not believe it is Nikon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Simplicity (Abdul Rauf — 05/02/2009)

where the simplicity nad money both have to b cared, then u will like it best, the result is awesome. best in kids hand to take continues shots.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error after 4 months use (lndwhr — 04/26/2009)

This camera worked well for 4 months and then just stopped working with a "Lens Error". This requires sending it back to Nikon for repair. A hassle. I would think twice before buying another Nikon digital again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
slow shutter response (Eddie — 04/23/2009)

The camera makes great pictures, no comments on that part. But I'm fed up with the slow trigger response and sometimes it won't take a picture at all unless you wait a bit and retry again. I don't know if it is the face recognition or something is just delaying the shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
a good camera under $100 (Ajith Priyadarshana — 04/22/2009)

Nikon L18 is a good digital camera for casual users. It gives great pictures. good battery life. and I love the large screen. I'm not happy about the night mode.

  • 5.0 out of 5
good (abhijithkumar — 04/19/2009)

best perfomance

  • 2.0 out of 5
one word. NO (Hannah — 04/13/2009)

I didn't like this camera AT ALL. This camera eats up batteries so fast. even the lithium batteries that i bought only lasted about a week. This camera does not know how to handle a large amount of light. However this camera is VERYVERY durable. I have dropped this camera millions of times. and it still worked. untill one day it droppped of the my friends stair post and it landed lens first and they got jammed together. So now i cant use it. P.S. this camera doesnt magnify that much either.

  • 2.0 out of 5
CANT USE IT!! (christina — 04/07/2009)

i got this as a gift for christmas, however the first say i used it (christmas party)(ON CHRISTMAS) i turned it on and it said "battery exhausted" i couldn't believe it. i have used a couple times after that, and then i just stopped cause everytime i turned for the first time, it would say "battery exhausted" i just turned it on and for the first time in 2 months, and it said "battery exhausted"! i dont know what do, money spent..cant use it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
the l18 (scott — 03/30/2009)

overall good camera. I took shots in nyc and they look great i know the l19 is out but probably with just a few advancements, later i will buy the nikon d 90 with a little more control.

  • 5.0 out of 5
OMG Off The Hizzy 4 Shizzy (Susan — 03/11/2009)

I got this camera 4 Christmas and i LOVE it. It is so durrable and easy 2 use it has helped me capture some remarkable moments it is great 4 newbies and pros. LOVE IT x 100.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great picture quality, battery life is poor (Lorisa — 02/27/2009)

This camera is nice, lightweight and takes excellent pictures.
The only terrible quality is the battery life. I purchased a Nikon battery charger and Nikon batteries thru their website hoping that would be a solution, but it didn't change how quickly this camera drains them. Great camera, just take lots of AA batteries with you!

  • 4.0 out of 5
good but (Paul — 02/17/2009)

I first bought a samsung 10 MP but it was awful so I wanted a Cannon A590, but it was sold out, so I settled for this and it's a good camera so far, the sound is weak and the up close close ups are blurred , I still wish I could exchange it for the Cannon A590 but they are sold out everywhere around me. If I am forced to settle with this I guess it's not so bad. I haven't found anything under 100 U.S. Dollars that is better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
OMG its great (kristina — 02/15/2009)

my dad got me this camera off of credit card points and it is perfect perfect perfect everything you could possibly need

  • 4.0 out of 5
good cam, but not the best (rohit — 01/24/2009)

this cam is a gud 1, wit a wide bid 3inch impressive lcd display... it gives gr8 pics indoors, outdoor at night is gr8.
in sunny light, the pic luks a bit xtra bright.. bt really gud.
the only dissapointing factor is th emacro mode...... it really sucks in this area. otherwise in al its a pretty gud cam. :)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera... worth every penny! (D Rochester — 01/19/2009)

I had to return my last Nikon Coolpix because didn't record sound (they actually made it like that) but felt good about the Nikon name.

I LOVE this camera. I read lots of positive reviews on this camera and can say they were all right on - takes great pictures, awesome video (with sound) and is easy to use!

Definitely worth every penny.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simply Awesome. (Raghav — 01/06/2009)

Nikon L18 is a kool camera. It is very portable for all the beginners or intermediate photographers. It has all the features that are necessary for good quality pictures.
It rocks!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good but still... (Hemang — 01/05/2009)

This is my first digital camera . its pics are great.. easy to use.. but then the manual cntrols are lacking... they are not there.. so for some things.. its quite difficult to take a pic..
yet again.. its zoom being just 3 x.. did not suffice me much...

but then one of the best cameras for photography naives...

  • 5.0 out of 5
What I expect from a camera (Bee — 12/26/2008)

Ok, so I got this camera today. im not a pro at taking pictures but this camera makes me seem pro. the megapixel resolution is so clear that when i took a picture of my mp3, i could read the song i was listening to very clearly. i would definitely recommend this product to anyone...its absolutely amazing!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding first impressions...minor complaints (matt — 12/25/2008)

I did a ton of research before buying and having a very nice entry DSLR (D40) I found it hard to justify buying another camera. But DSLR's are not the most portable things but they are worth their weight in gold in their own right. I needed backup lolz. And point and shoots were the ticket. Cnet and others had a few beefs with the camera and I tried to almost not to like it. SO I met one in person and took it for a "spin" of sorts. I came to the same conclusion that for the screen size, the pic quality indoors, the fact i am not tied down to proprietory batteries or media for that matter (SD) and the fact it sells for very cheap but it doesn't feel cheap. It was funny to go backwards from a very capable/adaptable DSLR to a point and shoot but I have no regrets as this L18 is feature packed for the intermediate or beginner photographer. The scene modes are very useful, the cyanotype/sepia/b+w are also visually appealing exposure/quality wise and overall my only grips are the following. The batteries and SD are a bit cramped in their little area but once you get a feel for it there are no problems. I couldn't get my nimh to wake from their slumber so I had to pop in my alkalines in the meantime. Wow this camera burned through them quick! I can see capturing a few hundred with nimh and no flash but just keep some batteries handy. A very small price to pay considering the nice rendering this camera is capable of in such an inexpensive package. I came into the camera purchase being slightly worried about online reviews of the pic quality but in person i was pleasantly surprised. Sure it has been only one day and long term service is critical but initial ownership has me pleasantly surprised and very happy. The interface is simple to navigate through and getting to even some of the deeper functions is still very tangible. Nice design, killer value is the theme with this camera. Cameras in the sub $200 and low $200's that I tried have less/similar performance. For this price point Canon, Sony, Kodak (yuck!), Fuji (boring!) and Casio can't hold a candle. They have their own strengths and weeknesses but there is simply too much the L18 offers for half the price literally. If you aren't one for yourself and eat the restocking fee if you are not satisfied. For the purpose I need (give my D40 a break) it fit my needs perfectly.

  • 1.0 out of 5
BOO! (Martha — 12/12/2008)

This Camera Sucks. About 2 Months After Having The Camera, The LCD Screen Shattered, Or Whatever. It Had Black Lines And Well, It Just Sucks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Asten was right this camera rocks! (Shimzy — 12/06/2008)

Yeah i so love this camera! My boyfriend surprised me with it today becuase my samsung camera lens shattered, it still worked but i couldn't ever see anything I was video taping and i couldnt take pics it sucked. But i love this camera, its simplke and to the point, i liek things that arte easy to use, and arent complicated! And this is it. Its fast, easy and it even fixes the picture for you if you dont like it! i love this camera i recemmend this camera for sure!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, Great videos, Great pictures (adam — 12/02/2008)

i got the old version about 3 years ago. it took great pictures and satisfactory videos. after that one, i decided to get the newer version, about one year ago. i had a blast with that camera, taking as many videos as pictures. the video quality as well as the picture qality was excellent. i just recieved this ne about a week ago after the old camera got sand in the lense at dumont dunes. so far, this camera is every bit as good, and many ways better, than the one before it. i know it is mainly for still pictures, but i am a big youtue fan, and you can see some of the videos i have taken with this camera at

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera for the money (Kirk L. — 11/16/2008)

This is a great little camera for the average photographer. Easy to use and large LCD screen. Doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it's great for everyday use. Also takes nice videos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesom! (Edward Qiu — 09/05/2008)

This is one awsome camera with a great design, lots of included asessories, lots of feature, high ISO sensitivity, a large LCD screen, and the best of all, a cheap price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome (Scottie C. — 09/02/2008)

Takes great pics!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing! Best Picture Quality Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Janet — 08/31/2008)

This is the best camera ever!!!!!!!! Definitly worth your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a photographer and I take this camera everywhere I go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this camera!!!! Thanks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
nikon coolpix l18 (loren — 08/25/2008)

This camera is great. It takes great pictures. The screen is large and easy to see even in the sunlight. The menus are very easy to navigate unlike some cameras. Overall for the price you cant beat it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome! (Addie — 08/22/2008)

This is a really good camera if you want a low-priced, excellent quality camera. There's not any high-tech features but of course it holds all of the things you need. It is really great.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (Paul — 08/15/2008)

I have never owned a camera and a friend of mine travelled to the USA and I asked him to buy for me one coz here in Africa they are so expensive and I could not believ what he brought with him for such less money. This L18 is just fantastic and I hope it will stay long. I have clear pictures and downloading them on a computer is very easy.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera (Joe Inman — 08/08/2008)

Good photos but I can't get near the so called 8 meg pixls that limits enlarging.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good camera but software is the worst. (jean — 07/28/2008)

Camera itself seems cool and easy to use, but it is suck when come to transfer images into PC. Camera show tons of pictures, but after installed the Nikon software into my win2K, winXP and wion Vista... none show any pictures. Zero. I even tested numerous SD card, the camera shown it...but under the card readeer, there were no image files. Nada. What's the point having a digital point that takes good pic but could retrieve image files from the camera? It's a waste of time try figure out for the next 24 hrs for the images alone.

  • 5.0 out of 5
So far so good (Karen — 07/12/2008)

I owned an older Nikon Coolpix and loved it....I love the big screen and the anti-shake feature. Looks like Nikon is still creating affordable, user-friendly cameras for us novice hobby photographers.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera we've ever had. (rainroosty — 06/16/2008)

Superb camera, so easy and fun to use and the photos are amazing. Loads of fun and easy features and the price is beautiful. Way better than our $500 digital cameras.
Thankyou Nikon!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Typical Nikon quality (Greg — 06/14/2008)

This camera is typical Nikon quality and better than ever. I have owned many cameras from many manufacturers. Only Nikon has impressed me with their picture quality and ease of use when using the camera. I have used Nikons for years now, starting with a 2 megapixel years ago. I will only buy a Nikon and will recommend them to everyone. Buy one, you wont be disappointed.

  • 3.0 out of 5
CoolPix L18 (mark eastwood — 06/14/2008)

I like the size, weight and large LCD on the back. I'm not sure I like the photo quality. I've only taken a few and I haven't read the manual. the few i took of the dogs appeared to have a narrow focus range to only the face was really sharp. I moved up from a 4M camera that appeared to have better depth of field and took great 8x10s... I expected the Coolpix to blow it away... I'm not yet sure.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fun little Camera (James Hostile — 06/14/2008)

LCD broke about the 5th time I went to use it though....Grrr!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon Camera and Warranty STINKS (Ron Fox — 05/23/2008)

I had my L18 for a month and a half when the LCD screen went bad. Turned it on and had black spots and lines all over it. Sent in to Nikon for warranty service and they said the screen had been damaged (NOT…it has been sitting on a counter since the last time I used it) and it was not covered and would cost over $100.00 to fix! They also wanted 12.50 to ship it back…it cost me 2.40 to ship it to them! What a scam. Nikon warranty and service stinks. Stay away from this product and Nikon in general. Mine is not the only review with this same problem. Check out the web for yourself. Canon makes a much better product and takes care of their customers.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon's warranty stinks!!! (San Lucas — 05/13/2008)

I bought this camera less than one month ago, because I thought that it was a good value for the features that it offered. The pictures in daylight were very nice, but lagged in quality of colors and sharpness in low light shots. I have owned other compact digital cameras and have always treated them with great dlicasy and care for I know that they are made of very sensitive components. Overall I had taken about 300 pictures with it when one morning I turned the camera on and the LCD display had what it appeared to be burned inside about 80 percent of it with only a small corner working of it, and the camera seem to have the zoom and other feautures working fine, but the display appeared burned, like if it had a short circuit. I followed the instructions on the warranty sheet and sent it to Nikon's New York offices for repair in its original box with all its original components. Ten days later I received a letter from Nikon saying that the LCD (display) had received excess pressure which made it malfunction and for this the warranty did not cover. To be able to repair it they wanted me to send them a check for $106.00 to cover costs. For crying out loud, this camera never received any undue pressure in the LCD and it was only handled and used by me, so I know that not such ever happened to it. This camera was brand new and I sent it to them as brand new without a single scratch. That morning I turn it on, it took longer than usual for the display to come on and when it did, it looked already damaged or burned inside. The batteries were the same that I had been using for the last week with it, and were brand new when placed in the camera and had worked without any problems until that day. The camera cost me $139 originally and to repair it they are charging me what I can almost buy anoythe new camera with. I believe that these people's warranty is a rip-off, and believe me Canon makes better quality cameras in this category and has a better warranty on their products.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simply A great camera (Marc Russell — 03/17/2008)

I have never owned a Nikon before, and my last camera was a Fujifilm A400. I can not begin to explain the world of difference. The pictures I am taking with the Nikon are 100% clearer. The anti-shake feature is one of the best parts of the camera. You can be in a near full run and get a clear picture. The lag time between shots is much improved as well. The large screen makes it very easy to chose if you want to keep the picture or just junk it. It is the simplest camera I have ever used as well. As well as a large offering of effects that you can do straight from the camera. Overall the best buy I could have made under $150.