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Nikon COOLPIX L840 Digital Camera with 38x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi (Red) by Review Summary ,  Sep 28, 2015

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Nikon COOLPIX L840 Digital Camera with 38x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi (Red)
Report Date: 01/04/2016
Based on 249 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.8   above average
Screen4.4   above average
Zoom4.3   average
Image4.2   average
Photo4.1   average
Quality4.1   average
Battery3.3   average
Wi-Fi3.3   below average
Focus2.6   below average
Lens2.3   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Opened the box, put in the batteries, and Lens Error."
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"The only fault with the camera is that it uses AA batteries instead of a rechargeable battery."
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"Problem got solved by removing and reinserting the batteries, but it happenedagain yesterday;The menu and scenes 'menu' took a fair amount of time trying to accessa particular Scene which I saw could be a problem when hoping to capturea great landscape or wildlife shot;I mustn't forget the Moon feature: I never got to use it, because somehowthis feature disappeared on me."
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"I wasn't overly happy thinking about having to purchase batteries for a digital camera but thus far the batteries had been long lasting and no problem."
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"Camera feels good in my hand, I love that it uses regular batteries, but I hate missing shots because of auto-focus."
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"If you use the camera to take movies, I recommend you take extra batteries as that feature uses them up quickly."
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"Great that it uses regular batteries."
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"Battery life is great, used it all day with no issues."
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"It does take AA batteries, I would recommend getting some good high capacity rechargeables"
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"Good camera, but should have rechargeable battery."
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Focus

Focus:
"It is easy to fix if it won't focus- point your camera somewhere close and let it focus then resume to your desired target, but it is inconvenient if you're trying to capture a specific moment."
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"The auto focus is horrible."
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"People complained about the auto focus, but they had to have just gotten duds."
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"It would be absolutely perfect, except the focus on this camera is horrible."
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"With the focus being so bad, it was really hard to get awesome pictures..I'm pleased with the photos I got, but it could have been way better."
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"The camera looks just like the picture, but I am a bit disappointed in the way it does not focus well when zoomed in from a distance."
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"But if you press once for focus and a second time to take the picture is amazing."
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"It is easy to fix if it won't focus- point your camera somewhere close and let it focus then resume to your desired target, but it is inconvenient if you're trying to capture a specific moment."
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"My niece says the auto focus is super good, the battery life is great, and she can see the craters on the moon if she zooms in! "
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"Would like things like a viewfinder and manual focus, but I'm not surprised this are missing at this price point."
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"I also enjoy the zoom quality but the auto focus kills it."
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Image

Image:
"I find myself missing so many photo opps because it will not take the picture fast enough."
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"I know it's hard to believe what I'm saying, and this is why I'm inviting whoever is planning to purchase this useless bulky thing to google for some photo samples for this camera... And again, ignore the features and just focus on image quality, because features are useless if the camera fails in doing it's primary job: Shooting nice photosIf there's less than one star I would definitely give to this piece"
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"Image stabilization was good, missed not having guide lines (which may have been buried in the menus), auto focus was OK. Would have given it 4 stars, but lack of QA loses another star."
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"I mean focus at all.2 - Whether a lens, sensor or software problem is unknown to me, but virtually EVERY image taken with this camera required post camera CONTRAST correction."
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"And it didn't take clear pics closely, i'm a little disppointed...Update: it really annoying me now, i need return it and want my money back right now !"
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"Got home VERY excited to look at all the amazing pics..... NOT."
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"We went to my fiancee's daughters house for Christmas and I took over 100 pictures, everything looked awesomely clear in the display so I jsut concentrated on pics of babies, kids, hugs, and presents getting opened."
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"Yeah, they were all focused beautifully on the the center of each pic... a clear round spot about 3 feet in diameter and everything else a worthless blur."
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"It is very difficult to get nice, crisp images."
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"was excited over this by its #s of 16 meg and 35 opt zoom ,, and fancy red paint is nice , tilting viewscreen is nice ,,,,,, however this is by no means a low light cam ,,, will not focus at night on crowded busy block party street with movement ,, bought this for fantasy fest key west ,, I had to delete 2 3 my still pics not in focus ,,,,,,, and for video , once you zoom out then in a little , it will not focus ,, also ,, the video playback seems too fast I have a mickey mouse voice a little ,,,, you must download an app by Nikon to use wifi , which sends only still pics only no video to your smart phone or tablet to load on FB , or wtvr .. the app will work a remote control function on shutter release,,, it will only send pics now taken once camera and your phone tablet are logged on in sync, no sending yesterdays pics or video ,,,, overall if your not taking kinda action shots or at nite action , its nice , good pics,, but bad for low lite or movement ,, I think Nikon rushed this one ,, it coulda shoulda been better ,,, I am actually reordering a Fuji s21oo I had and broke the zoom lens movement by cramming into a cam bag accidentally hitting on button which forced it out but had no whwere to go , my fault but loved it so buying again even tho many years old model , still better,,,,, that is one thing good also about the Nikon is it will not allow the zoom lens to pop out when turned on if the lens cap is on ,,,,,, I wish my Fuji had that and hsn offered correct size bag at that time , I wouldn't have broke it"
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Lens

Lens:
"Opened the box, put in the batteries, and Lens Error."
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"This problem seems to be more and more prevalent the more you are using the zoom lens ."
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"It quit working on the second day with a lens error."
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"Unfortunately, I bought it for the zoom lens."
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"As I am aging, I find that I get a terrible backache carrying 2.5 pounds of camera + lens around my neck or on my shoulders."
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"I mean focus at all.2 - Whether a lens, sensor or software problem is unknown to me, but virtually EVERY image taken with this camera required post camera CONTRAST correction."
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"I got it mainly for the macro lens and it works great."
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"I have many Canon lenses and have gotten pretty good."
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"We were looking for a good bridge camera to go with our long lens DSLRs."
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"(I own a Nikon DSLR - was not sure this one with a fixed lens would be impressive enough but- this is a rather awesome - perfect for someone that is not wanting to fool with the camera but just snap away- not wanting to mess with changing lenses - but, wants more than a cheap little point and shoot) Size wise larger than a point and shoot - smaller and lighter than a DSLR)"
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"Great little camera- bought this as a gift - needed a point and shoot to capture new baby moments- wanted to get them something with a decent lens."
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Photo

Photo:
"My only compliant is that it doesn't take great instant photos."
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"The zoom works well but up close I can't get clear photos."
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"This is a big problem if you are trying to take photos of birds or butterflies, which won't stay still for long."
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"With the focus being so bad, it was really hard to get awesome pictures..I'm pleased with the photos I got, but it could have been way better."
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"He loves taking photos."
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"Great camera for the price takes very good photos of you know what you're doing with the camera I do recommend this if your just starting off"
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"Great photos and easy of use."
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"As with all photography you have to take several photos to get one that's a keeper, but the results have been good."
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"Photos came out great."
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Price

Price:
"Not that great of a camera for the price."
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"Great camera for the price! "
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"I sell on Ebay and needed something that would take good closeups at a reasonable price."
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"Overall, I would absolutely repurchase and recommend to anyone inbetween a cheap pocket camera and a more expensive 'fancy cam'."
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"Amazing quality for the price."
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"Great camera for the price takes very good photos of you know what you're doing with the camera I do recommend this if your just starting off"
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Quality

Quality:
"Terrible, unusable sound quality, and no microphone jack."
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"So far, the picture quality is good although I have not yet tried it out in low light areas so I am not sure how good the quality will be in those scenarios."
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"I know it's hard to believe what I'm saying, and this is why I'm inviting whoever is planning to purchase this useless bulky thing to google for some photo samples for this camera... And again, ignore the features and just focus on image quality, because features are useless if the camera fails in doing it's primary job: Shooting nice photosIf there's less than one star I would definitely give to this piece"
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"NOTE: A few years ago, I had bought and returned a Nikon D5100 because of obvious quality control problems."
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"Until and unless they examine their engineering and quality control, I cannot recommend any Nikon product and certainly NOT the Coolpix L840."
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"Have only used it a few times but I love the zoom capabilities and quality of pictures."
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"I'm not a professional by any means, but I do have a good eye and I wanted a quality camera to reflect that when I visit beautiful places."
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"Amazing quality for the price."
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"love the movie quality."
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"She has been sending me the pictures in her emails and the quality, lighting and clarity is exceptional considering the simplicity and the price."
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Screen

Screen:
"great product, took this to Africa and the zoom made it look like you are next to the animals, the tilting screen is nice when shooting over your head, sometimes the screen is hard to see in the sunlight"
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"Well lo and behold, I got a summary of charges, showing I had dropped it and damaged the screen, and it was under warranty."
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"The fold out screen enabled me to get great pictures of my niece's Christmas concert from across the room and over people's heads - it's a great feature!"
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"LOVE THE SWIVEL OF THE SCREEN."
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"Pictures look normal on the LCD screen but visually pleasing when opened in another device(desktops tv)."
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"because of tilt screen, it is easy to use in daylight, where others wash out."
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"great product, took this to Africa and the zoom made it look like you are next to the animals, the tilting screen is nice when shooting over your head, sometimes the screen is hard to see in the sunlight"
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Size

Size:
"Perfect if you're inbetween budgets of wanting a professional fancy cam and a small one for travel-this is a perfect compromise."
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"A small downside to the Wi-Fi is that it's a bit difficult to set up, that said, it's really not that difficult and once in place it works perfectly, you do however, have to download the Nikon app onto your cell phone."
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"Perfect if you're inbetween budgets of wanting a professional fancy cam and a small one for travel-this is a perfect compromise."
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"It is baby size, adorable and does a great job in taking amazing pictures!"
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"was excited over this by its #s of 16 meg and 35 opt zoom ,, and fancy red paint is nice , tilting viewscreen is nice ,,,,,, however this is by no means a low light cam ,,, will not focus at night on crowded busy block party street with movement ,, bought this for fantasy fest key west ,, I had to delete 2 3 my still pics not in focus ,,,,,,, and for video , once you zoom out then in a little , it will not focus ,, also ,, the video playback seems too fast I have a mickey mouse voice a little ,,,, you must download an app by Nikon to use wifi , which sends only still pics only no video to your smart phone or tablet to load on FB , or wtvr .. the app will work a remote control function on shutter release,,, it will only send pics now taken once camera and your phone tablet are logged on in sync, no sending yesterdays pics or video ,,,, overall if your not taking kinda action shots or at nite action , its nice , good pics,, but bad for low lite or movement ,, I think Nikon rushed this one ,, it coulda shoulda been better ,,, I am actually reordering a Fuji s21oo I had and broke the zoom lens movement by cramming into a cam bag accidentally hitting on button which forced it out but had no whwere to go , my fault but loved it so buying again even tho many years old model , still better,,,,, that is one thing good also about the Nikon is it will not allow the zoom lens to pop out when turned on if the lens cap is on ,,,,,, I wish my Fuji had that and hsn offered correct size bag at that time , I wouldn't have broke it"
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"Due to the small sensor images have a good dept of field but lack detail, see the bird's close-up."
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"Great investment for a small price! "
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Video

Video:
"It is very slow and it fails to focus when you use it in the video mode and try to zoom."
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"love the movie quality."
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"If you use the camera to take movies, I recommend you take extra batteries as that feature uses them up quickly."
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"Great camera, awesome pictures amazing videos."
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"Made a short video of our dog running around the yard, nice, very nice If your looking for a good point and shoot camera I would give this one my recommendation."
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"So if you're shooting a video scene at good lighting... expect to loose focus during the footage for many seconds till it's back... Again, I can shoot better videos with a cell phone !"
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"it looks cool and has some really nice features like wifi control, ridiculous zoom, and it looks pretty high-end."
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"Very disappointed that the WiFi feature doesn't allow seamless uploads (or any upload at all, for that matter) to a Windows PC."
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"Beware..The wi-fi feature was one reason I bought it."
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"Disappointed that the wifi will not connect to a computer.. Only a smart device..Thank you for calling Nikon Customer Service."
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"I had no issue with the WiFi operation, but that is no good if I'm just transferring blurry shots."
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"I must say the wifi capabilities and Nikon app are terrible."
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"it looks cool and has some really nice features like wifi control, ridiculous zoom, and it looks pretty high-end."
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"Takes amazing pictures, the wifi is really easy and fast to use especially with iPhone 6 regular or plus and the shipping was fast."
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"Despite some reviews the wifi works perfect & I can transfer to my phone in seconds."
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"I haven't owned this camera long enough to know how much I'm going to enjoy using it, but I think the zoom, wi-fi and adjustable screen are going add a lot to the fun."
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"I love the wifi, and downloading feature! "
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Zoom

Zoom:
"it looks cool and has some really nice features like wifi control, ridiculous zoom, and it looks pretty high-end."
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"This problem occurred over and over again on close ups and on zooms ."
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"This problem seems to be more and more prevalent the more you are using the zoom lens ."
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"I bought it after an Alaska cruise, where I really missed not having a long zoom, and in anticipation of a trip to Hawaii and another to The fjords of Norway."
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"The camera looks just like the picture, but I am a bit disappointed in the way it does not focus well when zoomed in from a distance."
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"Unfortunately, I bought it for the zoom lens."
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"Impressive zoom."
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"it looks cool and has some really nice features like wifi control, ridiculous zoom, and it looks pretty high-end."
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"Amazing zoom!"
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"Have only used it a few times but I love the zoom capabilities and quality of pictures."
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"The zoom is incredible, with decent lighting you cannot even tell you zoomed in at full 38x."
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