Nikon Coolpix L27 review

Lightweight, 16MP novice friendly compact camera

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Compared to the specs of similar cameras such as the Olympus VG-180 and the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS, the Nikon L27 fairs well. Both the VG-180 and A4000 IS however have the option to adjust the ISO sensitivity, and the VG-180 offers 'art framing' so may appeal to a wider audience. The Canon also offers an 8x optical zoom, compared to the Nikon's 5x.

We liked

The Nikon Coolpix L27 is easy to pick up and use and would suit first time digital camera users.

We disliked

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Unfortunately the menu structures and button functions can be frustrating.

Final verdict

The Nikon L27 is a very basic camera, designed without frills or some of the functions we've come to expect from even entry-level cameras. With no full or part manual modes it is more likely to appeal to users who would prefer not to fiddle with options, making it a viable choice as a first camera.

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
Marketing Information

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