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Nikon Coolpix L4
Nikon Coolpix L4

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Nikon Coolpix L4

Editor's Review

Nikon's L4 camera comes in at the bottom of their new point-and-shoot cameras, with a below average 4 megapixel sensor. It seems like just yesterday that 4 megapixels was something to get excited about, but here we are, telling you to aim higher. The Nikon L3 and L2 are 5 and 6 megapixels respectively, and the advance in quality in those models will be worth the few extra bucks you shell out. The L4, while a good, standard point-and-shoot camera, will quickly fall behind your needs as a photographer; and if you're looking for photo prints, look to a higher model number.


  • 4 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 2.0 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (10MB internal)
  • Part Number: 25546
  • UPC: 0018208910816
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Nikon Coolpix L4 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L4 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Unreliable (Trisha — 10/02/2009)

This camera has been a problem since I got it. Not only is the photo quality not so good but it has had problems turning on as well. After dropping it at a party all I get is lens error and it won't even turn on! This camera should be recalled. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Won't Turn On! (Sarah — 04/07/2008)

This camera is unreliable! Anytime I need it, it won't turn on! Then once the moment has passed, it decides to turn on. I sent it back because it was recalled and that's what I thought Nikon fixed. Apparently not.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Chris — 12/03/2007)

After well over 2000 pictures with this camera I have got to say I am very pleased with it, and after that many pictures I get about 95% to come out great. Once you learn how to use it, you can take pictures in any light. The only problem I have found with it is that is is very hard to take night pictures. Unless you have a tripod or something to set the camera on for a few seconds you sould not try night shots, its just to hard to keep it still. Even despite this fact I can get night shots that come out better then even some more expensicve cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good cheap cam (Brian Mood — 07/02/2007)

The biggest complaints I have probably apply to all cheap cameras.
1. No manual focus.
2. Will not focus (autofocus)in low light so I use a flashlight at times.

  • 4.0 out of 5
My screen is damaged (Daniel Ocoche — 05/26/2007)

This is a great value for its price. Did a great job for me while I was able to use it. Its features are quite flexible and user friendly. My only problem is that the lcd screen is broken and i can't seem to locate a replacement. I can fix this myself if i get the screen. Can anyone hook me up?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Coolpix L4 (Jim — 01/18/2007)

Very easy to operate. Very wide selection of picture taking options for the average picture taker. Very good picture quality. Could not believe the quality of the picture it showed on a 42 inch TV! Just be sure to use rechargeable batteries for digital cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Screen (Katrina — 01/14/2007)

This camera is very good, however i discovered yesterday that the LCD screen had cracked at some point in two hours. It still takes pictures but you cannot see anything on the screen it has a large line down the middle.

  • 3.0 out of 5
No Bang for its buck (Kat — 12/30/2006)

I recieved my Nikon Coolpix L3 as an early Christmas present on December 6, 2006. I preceeded to use it at a large music arena, and while I was bumped around endlessly for a few hours, nothing happened—I never dropped it. About 3 weeks later, I must have bumped it in my purse or messenger bag, and the infamous "LENS ERROR" message was on the screen, along with sounds of clicking and other mechanical noises. I have no idea how to fix it, nor did I try to bump the lense, for fear it might get worse. I would reccomend choosing another, better quality camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best camera ever! (kelsey — 12/26/2006)

the nikon l3 is the best camera ever! it has video too!!! the best cemera ever!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error (Gerald Cohen — 12/08/2006)

I think that my camera is not the greatest camera of all because this dumb "lens error" thing came up. I think that it could be better constructed.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix L4 (Zach — 12/05/2006)

I have had the camera a year and have not had a serious problem with it , even though i have seen that most people have bought it from a Best Buy and have had a problem , and that is where i got mine also and i didn't have a technicality with it .

I was excited about getting this because Nikon make some of the best cameras out there , but when i got home i wasn't expecting the LCD screen to show such a 'grainy' image on it . If there is a lot of light the LCD image is a lot more clear, but not in low light . I was going to mostly use it at concerts , so a band called Circa Survive came to town and i was very happy because this is a huge thing for me and i could finally test the camera out for what i intended to use it on , but when i started shooting i found out that this camera can not take good motion shots at all .It took 5 seconds just to take one picture and if you move in that 5 seconds you will be a blur . If you use the Auto setting it won't blur , but if you use a Scene feature it will be .

I recommend it if you like blurry pictures and taking very steady shots .

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great first digital camera (Andy — 11/28/2006)

I bought this camera to have a small, light camera to throw in my hiking pack. It takes GREAT pictures worthy of printing and displaying in your home. Anyone can pick up this camera and take great pictures.

The only negatives are it's long start up time and the flash is slow to recycle. I don't have a huge problem with either of those issues, though. It's a $100 digital camera thats as good as the $500 cameras from a year or so ago.

  • 2.0 out of 5
EW! (Eliza — 11/20/2006)

I first had the CoolPix 4600, and it broke. When it was replaced by BestBuy, I was hoping that I would get something a little better. They replaced my old camera with the CoolPix L4, a camera with equal features. At first I thought it was better, until it started breaking every two seconds. The infamous "LENS ERROR" appeared, and I got my camera replaced AGAIN, with the same one. Now, I still had a CoolPix, and it broke. Again. For the same "LENS ERROR". I replaced it one more time, with the same one, and this time, the liquid crystals in the screen were screwed up, not allowing me to see anything on the screen. I brought it back, and got a whole new camera. My new camera is much better, and I definetly did not choose a CoolPix. Obviously they are poorly made, and they don't even take great pictures. I would not recommend this camera. At all. =]

  • 3.0 out of 5
You get what you pay for (Mike — 10/29/2006)

Considering the price, I would consider this camera average. You have to be very steady to take a good, clear picture on the normal camera mode. When I set it to the sports mode it is not bad.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not bad for the price (SGV — 10/13/2006)

I was familiar with Nikon������s SLR 35MM models from back in the 1980������s and 1990������s and I had no experience with their digital line although this was not my first digital camera. With the old film cameras, Nikon was known for being a quality brand and I am surprised to see a low end model from them in a digital.
First, if you are not a photographer and just an average person who wants to take casual birthday and holiday pictures of the family, then you don������t need to spend more money than this and the L4 is a good camera for you. If you are a photographer however then you may need to go for a higher end model. The L4 is not a bad camera, it just doesn������t do the job that professionals are looking for.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD screen (Ken Gibson — 09/21/2006)

I bought it from Best Buy, I open the box when I got home ( Bad Move ) If you buy anything from best buy, you must check it before you leave the store. If it is broken ,you must send it back to Manufacturer. Well the screen was cracked, I sent it back to Nikon by Fed X overnight, I still have to wait 2 weeks for them to fix it. Nikon packaging is a little lite, I still think the camera looks good , but I will have to wait to see how it works

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best (DESMOND — 09/13/2006)

For the money you can not go wrong it is small and takes very good pictures

  • 5.0 out of 5
Performs as advertised (aaron — 08/28/2006)

I'm very happy with this camera. For 130 bucks you get a 3x zoom lens and a 2 inch lcd, not too shabby. Don't expect any fancy features but if you are looking for a camera that takes some decent shots, is cheap, plenty small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and easy to use (great for beginners or kids), then this a good buy.

Also a word about durability; the 3rd day I had this camera I dropped it about 4 feet, while it was turned on! onto a gravel driveway. Aside from a small gouge on the top of the camera it continued to function flawlessly. Whew!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not At All Bad (Gautham — 08/18/2006)

I learned a valuable lesson. Don't trust the online reviews given by everybody! Me and my friend tried out every possible way to compare between this one and a Sony. At last I found this one good (due to my friend's ingenuity.

Quite a small size, fits in your palm. Looks cute. And gets quite some good pictures. Good for both standard point n shoot or advanced options ranging from different picture settings to most other options. I found them all useful. Mind you, you should be tech-savvy to use this all.

The best photos, or the ones that amazed me were the night mode. Pictures came out as if there was a really big light source, but even in absolutely darkness the pictures were brilliant. 4MP may not be big, but I use the PCzise (1024x768) mode mostly and won't go any higher even though the cam supports 2M and 4M (finer too) modes.

In the end.. extremely satisfied for the price I got it for!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great for the beginner... (N. LaVecchia — 08/17/2006)

I wasn't looking for a camera, but the L4 was on sale and I could not refuse the offer. It is a great camera! I have a 1g memory card and just took about 600+ pics on vacation and there is still room on the card! Photo quality is great-crisp images and the color is terrific! Just what I needed and I recommend it highly!

  • 1.0 out of 5
No ability to transfer (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm not stupid...I have an Olympus digital camera and a Kodak easyshare....thought this little Nikon would be cool when I didn't have the room to carry the bigger models. Fits in my purse nicely. Unfortunately the included software is absolute trash rendering this camera as garbage. The software loaded but will not see my camera as connected. Bye Bye Nikon...back to Circuit City...big mistake!

  • 1.0 out of 5
not reliable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was taking pictures using the scene setting and I got a lens errror that doesn't go away. Now I have to return it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent for the money paid. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent for the money paid. A bit slow, but the cameras overall performance is good.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon does it once again.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just recently returned a polaroid camera that wasn't holding my needs.. I mean the polaroid was a 5.1 MP and I downgraded to this Nikon L4 4.1MP.. and WOW what a nice little camera... 15 Fps video, quick and good lighting adjustments, blur warnings and so on... I am VERY happy with this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
wanna know more? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i looked for an awfully long time before i purchased this camera. . .this is very compact and fits in my purse. . .my only complaint of this camera is the speed. . .the speed is average but is slowly frusterating! I love the features of this camera and would recommend it to all!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera for the Price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Let's face it, most of us want an EOS Rebel for about $150.00. Well, unless your dad owns Canon, you better take a harder look at what you can really get for this price. I believe the Nikon CoolPix L4 is the answer. For the most part, I need this camera for online sales with quality pictures, plus a camera we can take to special occasions and my wife can feel at ease about a point-and-shoot camera that is small enough to put in her purse. this camera is all that and much more. The smaller size is incredible considering the large viewing monitor which looks to take up almost half of the back of the camera.

It is truly easily operated, plus it comes with Picture Project, a user friendly program for your computer so you can transfer pics to your PC from the L4. You also have the ability to get more technical with shots, but for the price, what I have already used it for, it has performed above and beyond. I purchased a 512 memory card and this baby is ready to take 470 pics!!! With a video out, you can watch it all on your TV as well. The only drawback, if there is one, is that there is no sound with the video, but we bought this to be a still shot camera, not a movie making machine. so, we can still shot silent pictures (But at least they are in color!).

All in all, if you are looking for an all-around good camera, i would highly recommend this one.

Best Wishes...