Nikon Coolpix L27 review

Lightweight, 16MP novice friendly compact camera

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Colours on the LCD monitor appear darker than in real life, but they are brighter on a computer screen. Nevertheless, images taken using the auto settings without adjustments to the exposure compensation can appear washed out and faded.

Although the screen is advertised as having anti-reflection coating, the on-screen image is sometimes hard to see, especially in strong sunlight.

At times the L27 doesn't quite get the exposure right, but no more often than you might expect. Fortunately, all the exposure modes have access to exposure compensation so this is easily fixable, but not ideal.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

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Several of our test images have quite a bit of fringing in high contrast areas. This is not unexpected for a compact camera of this price-point, and shouldn't be too noticeable unless your images are printed at a large size.

The sensitivity settings aren't adjustable on the Nikon L27, so it's difficult to assess its capabilities, although the camera itself can choose from between ISO 80 and ISO 1600 depending on its mode.Although as you would expect images taken in low light, when the high sensitivity settings would be selected, have visible noise, it's nothing unexpected from a camera in this price range.

The white balance modes work well and the custom mode is simple to use and gives accurate results.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

The images created by the L27 are of fairly good quality - certainly as good or better than most standard smartphone cameras. The colours are generally bright and vibrant, and the macro mode can pick up reasonably small details well.

With a full battery, the Nikon L27 has an acceptable shot length time, but when the batteries are low it can become very slow, so it's worthwhile carrying a spare set around. When using the flash the shot to shot time is noticeably longer, because the flash needs to recharge between fires.

Nikon Coolpix L27 review

During testing we experienced some issues with the battery indicator - several times the Nikon L27 showed a 'battery exhausted' message only to return to a battery full indicator after turning the unit off and on again.

The battery life does, however, seem fairly short with standard alkaline batteries, and the indicator did not seem to always be entirely accurate. It's possible this was due to the outside temperature during testing.

Overall the Nikon L27 is functional, quick and easy to use, but some of the menu placements and button functions may confuse at first.

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