Nikon COOLPIX L30 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.2-6.5
  • Electronic vibration reduction
  • Macro mode focuses as close as 4 inches
  • 3” LCD screen
  • 25 MB internal memory
  • 720p/30fps HD video
  • In-camera image editing
  • 1/2000 maximum shutter speed
  • Burst mode 1.1 fps (up to six shots)
  • Requires two AA batteries (320 shots on alkaline, 950 shots on lithium)
  • Release Date: 2014-01-30
  • Final Grade: 84 B

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Nikon COOLPIX L30
Nikon's budget point-and-shoot has a good price but slow performance.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

We're pleased to see that Nikon is sticking with a 1/2.3" size sensor with their budget models, instead of shrinking it down to hit the right price point. What you will sacrifice for this price is speed, with just a 1.1 fps burst mode, though the maximum shutter speed is about average for the category. Again, video quality is reduced too. But, for the $120 budget price tag, the Coolpix L30 should get some decent images. It includes an ergonomic grip instead of trying to fit in a pocket (we don't recommend storing cameras in pockets anyways). The interface is designed to be a bit simpler, with a large screen for easier reading. If you can swing a bit more cash, the S5300 and S6800 are faster options, but the L30 is a nice option if you just can't go any higher.

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