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Nikon Coolpix L1 6.2MP Digital Camera
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by Rob Williams on April 1, 2006 in Digital Cameras

If you are looking for an entry level camera, is the L1 a good choice? The camera has it’s share of problems, but does the great picture quality make up for it’s other issues?

Introduction

Most people who build their own computers realize how many options there are… there’s a million combinations of hardware. Most times though, enthusiasts will know what they are going to buy even way before they order the parts. Buying a digital camera is no different, and could prove even more difficult. There are a countless amount of different makes and models out there, it could prove extremely frustrating if you don’t know too much about cameras.

There are many camera manufacturers on the market, and Nikon is undoubtedly one of the most prolific. They have been making cameras for many decades and continue to release new models on a regular basis. Earlier this year, they announced that they would stop producing many of their film cameras and focus primarily on the digital side of things. The camera we are taking a look at today was released late last year, and is designed for the every day snapshot taker who wants an easy way to get quality pictures.

Let’s take a quick look at some specs and features that the camera offers:

    Specifications

  • Type of Camera: Digital Camera COOLPIX L1
  • Effective Pixels: 6.2 million
  • Imaging Sensor: 1/2.5-inch type (6.37 million total pixels)
  • Image Size: High (2816*) 2816 x 2112, Normal (2816) 2816 x 2112, Normal (2048) 2048 x 1536 , PC (1024) 1024 x 768, TV (640) 640 x 480
  • Lens: 5x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-31.4mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 38-190mm); f/2.9-5.0; 9 elements in 7 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
  • Autofocus: Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator
  • Focus Range: 1 ft. 8 in. (50cm) to infinity, 1.6 in. (4cm ) to infinity in Macro Mode
  • LCD Monitor: 2.5-inch type, 115,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
  • Focus Area: Auto (5-area automatic focus selection) and Center-focus area selection available
  • Media: SD memory card compatible (not supplied), 10MB of internal memory
  • Shooting Modes — Still: Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.)
  • Shooting Modes — Movies: With sound: TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Smaller size (160) at 30fps
  • Capture Modes: 1) Single; 2) Continuous (approx. 0.7fps); 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
  • Number of Frames: Internal Memory (10MB): High (2816*) approx. 3, Normal (2816) approx. 6
  • Shutter: 4-1/2,000 sec
  • Aperture: Two-step (f/2.9 and f/4.9 [wide], f/5.0 and f/8.4 [telephoto])
  • Built-in Speedlight (Flash): Range: 1 ft. 8 in. – 11ft. 6 in./0.5-3.5m (W), 1 ft. 8 in. – 6 ft. 7 in./0.5-2m (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Off, Fill flash and Slow sync
  • Interface: USB, Audio Video output (NTSC/PAL)
    Features

  • 6.2 Effective Megapixels: for stunning prints up to 16 x 20 inches
  • High Quality 5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor 38-190mm Glass Lens (35mm equivalent): lets you zoom in on all the action to capture spectacular images
  • Incredible, Bright 2.5 inch LCD: makes composing pictures and sharing them with your friends and family much easier
  • Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System: turns pictures into photographs. Featuring: In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM) to remove red-eye in the camera; Face Priority AF to automatically focus on faces for great portraits; and D-Lighting for in-camera repair of dark images
  • 15 Scene Modes: for great Portraits, Panoramas, Landscapes, etc.; 4 of the Scene Modes come with Scene Assist to guide you in taking better pictures, automatically
  • Long Battery Life: let’s you shoot up to 230 images with a set of COOLPIX rechargeable AA batteries and up to 400 images with lithium AA batteries
  • Adjustable GUI (Graphic User Interface) with Help Button: allows you to choose between the traditional menu item view or the new icon view. Press the help (?) button and it will instantly display an explanation for all main menu functions on the LCD


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