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Nikon Coolpix L5
Nikon Coolpix L5

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Point and Shoot Digital Cameras category.

Nikon Coolpix L5

We've given the L5 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix L5 is a nice, easy shooter that brings high-powered features to normal users. The 7.2 megapixel sensor alone is enough to make this an appealing point-and-shoot camera, but Nikon throws in an impressive 5x optical zoom as well. Together, the sensor and lens will allow for highly detailed photos that are guaranteed to satisfy. The L5 also features an innovative form of image stabilization called "Lens-shift Vibration Reduction," which adjusts the position of the lens to make those 5x zoom images look crisp and clear.


  • 7.2 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Lens-shift vibration reduction
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital card storage (8MB internal)
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: Coolpix L5
  • UPC: 018208255504
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2006

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Nikon Coolpix L5 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L5 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
this camera is so awsome (holly — 04/25/2007)

this is a exellent camera

  • 1.0 out of 5
Just Exchanged for Canon A710IS (Jamiemcc — 12/04/2006)

I enjoyed this camera for the first week. Took most pictures outside in the daytime, filling up the memory card. At the end of the week I decided to download the pictures - about 75% good shots. I decided to experiment a bit. Took a bunch of pictures inside, at night in a normal lit room. I like a simple point and shoot - I do not like changing settings. This camera proved about only 20% good pictures when indoors - dark and grainy. This is not good enough. Anytime the zoom is used, the picture darkens to the point that it is not an accurate representation of the real shot. I also sampled with a picture of my kitchen, from the same chair at all different ranges of the zoom (digital zoom turned off). You could not recognize the kitchen as because the color in all 5 pictures was so different. I decided to return this camera and purchase a Canon A710IS, what a difference. I burned up about 100 shots today to prove my camera is good and 95% were good (all on auto). This is what I demand from a camera. Hope I save you some grief.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Mode complexity (Kelly — 11/28/2006)

My boyfriend bought this cammera for me and at first i loved it i am used to using a nikon slr... i have used digital before and am formilar with them but the modes on this camera are just an annoance you MUST change them for every picture and there is no auto mode the focus sucks and the vibration reduction is awful.. the pictures are all blurry!

  • 5.0 out of 5
complex and simple (davitalia — 11/07/2006)

what a great camera. I replaced my Canon A80 with this after much searching around. I wanted a camera with a longer zoom. This ticks all the boxes and is so understated. The image stabilization in the lens is amazing and the face recognition really works. All this in a camera that fits in your pocket. In November light it is great. Hand held in low light at full zoom with VR switched on it gives amazingly clear shots long after my old canon even with full manual control would have given up. All in all a lot of camera in a small package.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good camera (Scott Teague — 10/13/2006)

I like this camera. It takes very nice pictures. The macro setting is amazing. The only problem I have with it is, you can not get a good auto focus when using the zoom . it's hit and miss. If you are in the digital zoom range, forget it.