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Nikon Coolpix L2 Review
Date: May 15, 2006
The Nikon Coolpix L2 is a digital camera
targeted to entry-level point-and-shoot photographers.
It has 6.0 megapixel resolution on a 1/2.5 in.
CCD image sensor, and a 6.319.2mm (38-116mm,
35 mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens, with a
maximum aperture of F3.2(W)F5.3(T).
We find the overall image quality of the Nikon
L2 to be good to very good. Multi-Pattern metering
is precise and images have good detail and reproduce
with pleasant colours. The Nikon L2 lacks low-light
capabilities and is recommended for well-lit well-lit
|3x Optical Zoom
The Nikon L2 provides 3x optical zoom. In the
above pictures, we show the coverage for 38mm
and then 116mm (35mm equivalent).
The Nikon L2 has AUTO mode and easy-to-use Scene
Modes. You can dial in an exposure compensation
(no Auto Bracketing) and select White Balance.
19.2mm, P, Pattern
1/323.4 sec., F5.3, ISO Auto
The Nikon L2 lens allows you to focus as close
as 10cm (3.9 in.) at wide-angle. I find the macro
performance on the L2 not quite up to par to Nikon's
excellent macro capability we've come to expect:
it does not focus as close and it can sometimes
be quite difficult to obtain focus lock.
Metering mode is Multi-Pattern. Shutter speed
ranges from 2 to 1/1,500 sec. in AUTO mode, with
the Fireworks scene mode at 4 sec.
You cannot set the ISO on the Nikon L2; it is
automatically selected by the camera and ranges
from 50 to 200. This low ISO range ensures the
images of the Nikon L2 have generally very low
noise. The downside is that, unless the subject
is well-lit, the use of a slow shutter speed will
generate a Handshake Warning and a Blur Warning
(i.e. images are blurred due to camera and/or
CA is not a problem in everyday shots but may
be slight in high contrast situations. In the
shot above, the corner delimited by the red square
at middle, and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom
right, shows slight fringing.
The Nikon L2 does not have long shutter speeds
(slowest is 4 sec. in scene mode), so don't expect
to be able to take good Night Photography shots.
The flash range is not particularly impressive
at 3m (10 ft.) at wide-angle and 1.75m (6 ft.)
Overall, good image to very good quality for
a 6.0MP digital camera. Colours are very good.
The Nikon Coolpix L2 makes it easy for
a beginner to obtain very good images in well-lit
The pictures in the Nikon Coolpix L2 Photo
Gallery page provide a good sample of what
the camera is capable of. I have provided samples
at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100
in Photoshop Elements). Remember that this version
is of slightly lesser quality than the original
You can safely assume that most macro shots
and slow shutter speed shots required the use
of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels
in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended
to the file name.
I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels.
For those who have their monitor resolution set
to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit
and you should not have to scroll to see the whole
image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels
resolution, start the slide show and then scroll
to the right to position the image within your
screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using
Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode,
and the image should fill your screen nicely.
Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor
display back to normal mode.
To return to this page from the Photo Gallery,
click on the animated graphics of the camera.
Please open and download the original size version
only if you need to and only once
to your hard drive -- and save me some precious