Nikon Coolpix L27 review

Lightweight, 16MP novice friendly compact camera

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  • Very easy to operate
  • Good handling
  • Custom white balance available


  • Depressing shutter button doesn't return you to shooting mode
  • Limited setting options
  • Struggles in bright light
  • Short battery life

Successor to the Nikon Coolpix L25, the Nikon Coolpix L27 is equipped with a CCD sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.1 million pixels, a 5x optical zoom Nikkor lens, a 2.7-inch TFT LCD monitor, and HD 720p movie recording.

The 5x optical zoom lens built into the camera covers the wide-angle 26mm to 130mm (equivalent in 35mm format) range of focal lengths.

Nikon makes the L27 available in five colors: black, silver, red, white or decorative purple and it comes equipped with four exposure mode options. These are Easy Auto mode - where the settings are determined based on the scene you're shooting - Smart Portrait, Auto mode and Scene Selection mode. The latter offers 18 modes including portrait, sunset, pets, food and close up.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

Smart portrait mode offers skin softening, a smile timer and a blink-proof option. It's worth noting that the timer and flash options are only accessible when the smile timer and blink options are turned off.

In Auto mode there are seven different tools white balance options including setting option enabling you to measure the white balance for your surroundings.

There are four drive modes - single, continuous, BSS and multi-shot 16 - and five colour options including vivid colour and black and white.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

It's also equipped to shoot videos, with movie settings offering the choice of recording at 720p HD (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x 240) and single or full-time autofocus mode.

There are some basic in-camera editing options available in review mode, enabling you to rotate, resize and adjust the d-lighting. Skin softening is also available for photos taken in smart portrait mode.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

The Nikon Coolpix L27 is priced at £69.99 (around US$106/ AU$104), so it sits comfortably in the budget area of the market, alongside compact cameras such as the Olympus VG-180 and the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS.

Build quality and handling

The Nikon Coolpix L27 feels light, but once batteries are inserted it has a pleasant weight, totalling 161g (5.7oz).

Once in the hand the camera is easy to hold and operate, with a grip on the right-hand side that keeps hands well away from the lens or the flash on the left.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

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The physical controls are all situated on the back of the Nikon L27 and are easily accessible. Although the LCD screen takes up the majority of the space, the buttons aren't cramped together and are a decent size.

The on-screen menus are basic and sometimes a little confusing - the OK button selects the option but also returns you to the previous menu instead of to shooting mode.

One major bug bear is the lack of some common options such as the ability to return to shooting by depressing the shutter button, something that quickly becomes frustrating with extended use. The record button for video is conveniently located for ease of access, and you are able to zoom the lens during recording.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

It's not possible to change the information displayed on the screen or to view a framing grid while in Easy Auto mode, and even in other modes these options are only accessible after trawling though three menu levels, which is not particularly intuitive and may be missed by the more inexperienced user this camera is aimed at.

The post-shot review length is unadjustable, but it varies from two to six seconds depending on the strength of the batteries. Some users may find this bothersome since there is no way to cancel it or take another shot while it's on the screen.

The preview can also sometimes appear a little blurry, especially in macro modes, which could again be a little confusing for less experienced users.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)161 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.2 mm
Width96.4 mm
Depth28.9 mm
Focal Length4.60 mm to 23 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelL27
Product NameCoolpix L27 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA363E1
Manufacturer Website Address
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Attractive, sturdy and easy to use, the 16-megapixel COOLPIX L27 is clever with images-so you don't have to be. Simple controls and smart automatic technology deliver steady images and ensure you capture portraits with smiling faces and open eyes, through the NIKKOR wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens.

A large 6.7-cm (2.7-in.) LCD screen displays images with superb clarity at any time of day or night and you can switch to filming the action at the touch of a button, or set the camera to Easy Auto mode and capture photos without worrying about a thing.

The COOLPIX L27 - Making memories last.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix L27 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • 2 x AA LR6 / L40 Alkaline Batteries
  • USB Cable UC-E16
  • Software CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Limited Warranty1 Year