Nikon Coolpix L120 review

Nikon's new L-series model wows with its 21x zoom, but what about image quality?

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Nikon L120 Review: Verdict

The proof of the pudding is in the eating – and although some of its operation may be limited and many manual enthusiasts may find the set up a little restrictive the actual image quality produced by the all-rounder L120 shows that the new Coolpix is an enviable contender in the well stocked super-zoom market and certainly worth its £249 price tag.

We like

The 21x zoom makes the Coolpix L120 a great all-rounder. What's more, the camera consistently proved to capture strong colours and details.

We dislike

There isn't much in the way of manual control, and the AF system seemed to struggle a bit in low-light and low-contrast settings.


The Nikon Coolpix L120 stands up well against other 'super-zoom' compact cameras. While image sharpness begins to drop off towards the edges, on the whole the level of detail and colour replication exceeded our expectations.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix L
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom21x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)431 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height76.5 mm
Width109.9 mm
Depth78.4 mm
Product SeriesL
Focal Length4.50 mm to 94.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelL120
Product NameCoolpix L120 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA740E6
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The freedom to capture stunning photos and high-definition movies just got even easier thanks to the COOLPIX L120. Optimized to create stunning images, it boasts an impressive 21x zoom NIKKOR lens that offers precise wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage. Four different anti-blur functions automatically deliver sharp results, and the camera features a side zoom control that helps you move smoothly throughout the 21x range.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix L120 Compact Camera
  • 4 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Camera Strap AN-CP21
  • Lens Cap LC-CP22
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year