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Nikon Coolpix L22
Nikon Coolpix L22

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix L24.

Nikon Coolpix L22

We've given the L22 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The L24 is set to replace the L22 in the near future, and it's getting tough to find this older model. Here's what we had to say about it when it was released in 2010:

This L22 is Nikon's latest bare-bones snapshooter. It's certainly not a blockbuster, but its predecessors, including the L19 and L20, have been very successful using this formula. Nikon's heavy-handed image processing lets the camera down somewhat, however, and you may have better luck looking elsewhere.


  • 12 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 3-way image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • Video mode
  • Smart portrait system
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • AA batteries
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2010

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Nikon Coolpix L22 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L22 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
the camera should be recalled (melody waller — 03/26/2011)
Its pretty bad when you buy a new camera and can't use it as the pictures are always blurry. You can never count on camera taking clear pictures. I have bought and used nikon camera for 30 years, after this one, I will never again buy one. So a word of advice if your thinking of buying one DON"T go buy a canon.
  • 1.0 out of 5
1970's all over again (margaret — 11/26/2010)
i feel as if i'm reliving the 1970's with the camera. if i don't get a new camera soon, we will all look like we do in pictures from those wonderful 110 camera's. one doesn't even need to look at the clothes or the back of the picture to figure out the year. the graininess is a dead give away and that's what i have with this camera. sorely disappointed. i don't have money to waste and i did so with this camera. sorry nikon.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall Nice but too rigid options & less grip to hold (Sanjiv Dutta — 11/06/2010)
I compared it with a Canon 540, using same composition & picture size, and found to produce crisper, colorful image! Handling is easy, But the body has little grip to hold firmly. 2ndly, the options are too rigid, e.g., you cant apply timer with 'Fireworks show' scene mode! Why? You can't even vary the exposer (fixed 4 sec)! Why after all? The core issue is image quality. And they compress it quite high for all modes except only one image size. Why? Why they removed features like image quality (normal/fine etc?) However, flash performance and video at 640x480 are superb! So I say its good for novice but anyone a bit demanding or curious (not professional) would find the features annoying.
  • 2.0 out of 5
Not impressed (Sassy — 09/18/2010)
I got this for my birthday a couple weeks ago. I was excited to check it out since Nikon has always had a great reputation for awesome cameras. It looks cool, BUT! preformance was horrible! just about every pic was blurry if the flash wasnt on even with plenty natural light. 1 week after owning it, the darn thing froze up where I couldnt bring up the menu or even shut it off, so I took the batteries out. Today I tried it again and a new issue occured. When I held the button 1/2 way to get ready to take a pic, the camera had somehow took a translucent pic before actually taking a pic on 1/3 rd of the screen while I was still in live mode! didnt make sense so I looked through the manual to see if it was some option for that weird scenario, but didnt find anything about it. I took it back today and payed the difference for the Kodak M575 I'm hoping it wont be crappy. The reviews I've read on the Nikon coolpix L22 are better than the reviews on my new Kodak M575. Good thing I got a warranty on it so if this one sucks I'll take it back too.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Good except for focusing at full zoom (Roy — 07/03/2010)
I find the L22 to be a good point and shoot camera, but have one or two reservations. Auto-focusing at full optical zoom seems almost impossible, as if there is not enough contrast getting through to the sensor to allow the camera to focus. Also, there does not seem to be any way of switching the digital zoom off. Apart from those two points, I find the pictures are crisp and colourful and need very little adjustment to be able to print. I must admit to setting my L22 to 8MP, as I think this is quite big enough for an A4 print, and doesn't take up so much room on my computer.
  • 1.0 out of 5
badd (prashant bhatkar — 05/16/2010)
Waste of money. I am not a true photographer but like to have good crisp snaps. About this camera, i did not recomend to buy. Bad picture quality very blurry images. 12 mp seems to be hell only image resolution is high. does not seems that picture quality is good. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA FOR GOD SAKE.. I HAVE WASTED BUGS ON IT BELIEVE ME...