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Nikon Coolpix L1 6.2MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix L1 6.2MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Black)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 59 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 8.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Setting5.0   exceptional
Zoom4.6   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Image3.3   below average
Video3.3   below average
Battery3.2   average


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Battery

Battery:
"The only negative I have is that it seems to go through batteries fairly quickly."
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"The only problem is with downloading snaps to computer.. You need to have batteries in it, it doesn't take power from computer USB."
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"Unfortunately the required flash really wears down the batteries."
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"I also liked that it runs on normal batteries but this turns out to be a problem."
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"Caveats - VERY, VERY BAD battery life + NO manual controls whatsoever."
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"I got the Nikon Coolpix L1 to replace a Kodak digital camera I had was fairly large, ate batteries like popcorn and took mediocre pictures."
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"It also has a timer function that has come in handy, and it seems good with battery power (it takes two double A batteries)."
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"Simple to use, easy to change batteries when needed."
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"Also, it burns through battery power fast, so rechargable batteries are a good investment."
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"I've tried high-quality batteries, and fast memory cards, to no avail."
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Focus

Focus:
"This camera takes forever to focus, and 9 times out of 10 fails to focus correctly."
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"I've read some reviews that say this is a blurry camera, and I must say, there is some slowness in the focus, and it does not take great pictures if you turn off the flash."
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"There is a way to improve the audio quality: by setting the camera up to only focus in the beginning of the shot, which eliminates some of the sound problems picked up but a) does not totally avoid them and b) it has to keep that one focus for the entire shot - potentially a problem depending on what you are shooting."
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"Still having a problem with the zoom & blurring, and the camera will auto focus perfectly on a subject in macro or zoom- then pull back out of focus and blink red.. try again."
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"Still having a problem with the zoom & blurring, and the camera will auto focus perfectly on a subject in macro or zoom- then pull back out of focus and blink red.. try again."
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"I recommend you get the default setting to Auto Focus Center and then take a tour on the internet in order to fully understand what Multi Are Focus is and how you can take advantage of this feature.2."
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"Multi Area Focus, great new feature on L1."
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Image

Image:
"I keep it on amped up Color mode all the time because I'm a painter and have never liked the grayed down images of photography."
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"But I could not get a good pic with this camera."
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"I could not get a clear pic."
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"Moderate sunshine makes it very hard to see the image before you shoot."
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"i dislike the quiality of the Nikon's pics at night, but i'm very satisfied with the results with the DSC-W50.I cannot say the Nikon is a bad camera, but for sure there are better options for the price range."
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"The image quality is decent."
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"I read the instructions on the flight over to Seattle, and when I got there and took some pics I was amazed."
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"The pictures turned out great, several pics I took throughout the city almost look professional."
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"I have read the manual and have to change all the settings for any hope of a good photo."
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"read the manual in order to take the best out of this camera, but if you don't read it, still will get nice pics."
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Price

Price:
"Again, totally unacceptable for a camera in this price range."
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"This is a great Camera for the price."
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"The camera has great qualities at such a good price."
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"For the price it offers a superior lens, great zoom, great mp, lots of features, and the price was good."
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"I decided that the L3 with less features and an easier interface was worth exchanging it for- then I saw the L5 for the same price- Has even more features, still MUCH simpler to understand and image stabalization so that sweet 6X optical zoom is not completely worthless without a tripod."
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Quality

Quality:
"It takes good quality pictures, but it's hard to have a photoshoot with toddler and have any of the pictures look okay because the toddler is faster than the camera."
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"This camera also has a 640X480 mode, but the quality is terrible in that mode and it's very choppy and films at only 15 frames second while the other modes shoot at 30 frames second."
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"Overall, I think this camera is a great choice for a person who wants good quality pictures on a camera that will last a long time."
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"True point and shoot camera with a great quality picture."
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"The image quality is decent."
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"These pictures are the best quality that I have ever seen."
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"The camera has great qualities at such a good price."
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Setting

Setting:
"There is a vivid color setting and the pictures that I have taken outside are very nicely colored."
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"Just being able to adjust the White Settings according to types of lighting is awesome because you can take indoor shots with much less color distortion."
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"This is my first digital camera and am having a lot of fun with all the settings."
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"The scene assistant feature is really nice, helping you to automate the configuration of various settings (flash, exposure, etc.)"
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"It is a really universal camera that will take beautiful pictures in a wide range of settings."
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Speed

Speed:
"Pros:PriceNikon quality, very durableBattery life is MUCH better than most digital point-and-shootsCons:Flash stinks, which is expected for an on-camera point-and-shootLag time between shots in low light is painfully slow"
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"Another negative trait is that the camera is so slow."
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"Also, it burns through battery power fast, so rechargable batteries are a good investment."
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"This camera works well, except that the shutter speed is a bit slow."
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"VERY slow storage even with a fast card....small but too thick for comfortable handling."
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"It was fast, light, compact, very durable, and took excellent qaulity photos."
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Video

Video:
"I use to think this was a lame feature offered in order for camera makers could offer it as a feature, but when I use to see this on older cameras, it was mostly useless because the audio was bad, and the video was choppy and looked terrible, but on this camera, it looks not all that bad."
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"Here is my main problem: the video function of the camera."
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"I have to say the images themselves are fine but I wanted a point and shoot with video capabilities (both video & audio) and this camera fails to deliver that."
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"His complaints are valid, but this camera isn't meant to be a video camera, so I don't get why he's complaining."
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"I also love the video mode on this camera."
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"It's just so great to have a mini video camera in such a small package."
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"The video is really fun for capturing little moments."
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"There are many cameras I have seen and used since that do not have this audio problem in the playback of the videos so please look into this before purchasing if this is an important function for you."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Still having a problem with the zoom & blurring, and the camera will auto focus perfectly on a subject in macro or zoom- then pull back out of focus and blink red.. try again."
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"3x just won't cut it at times, and digital zoom is another word for pixelized (unprintable).Easy interface - I learned on this camera."
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"If you're looking for a basic point and shoot, it's excellent.5 x optical zoom - that saved me more than once."
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"It has wonderful zoom and great resolution in its class."
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"For the price it offers a superior lens, great zoom, great mp, lots of features, and the price was good."
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"It is very easy to use, it has a nice zoom, and the large preview screen it amazing!"
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