Nikon Coolpix L810 review

Nikon's stylish entry-level superzoom with a 26x zoom and 16MP

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The Nikon Coolpix L810 powers up in two to three seconds, the lens barrel extending a little beyond its protective housing to arrive at maximum wide-angle setting while the rear LCD screen bursts into life.

A half-press of the shutter release button and at best there's a second's wait while the camera determines focus and exposure, although this varies depending on the subject.

However, with just the slightest of shutter lags, a full 16MP resolution JPEG is committed to memory in two seconds, which is respectable for this class of camera.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

Light sensitivity starts out lower at ISO 80 and tops out at a modest ISO 1600, avoiding noise up to and including ISO 400. Although very fine specks start to intrude into shadow areas at ISO 800, results at this setting and even at top whack ISO 1600 are fair for the price.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

In fact, although softer, our test result at ISO 1600 has punchier colours and better contrast than at ISO 800.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

Serviceable if unspectacular is a continuous shooting capability of just 1.2fps. However, furthering the beginner-friendly ethos there is a Best Shot Selector that automatically selects the sharpest of 10 sequential shots.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

The true test of any superzoom is of course how it performs at its widest and maximum telephoto settings. Unfortunately in choosing an ultra wide 22.5mm equivalent setting, Nikon has over-egged the pudding on the Coolpix L810, since we're losing focus towards the corners. However, in fairness it's only really noticeable when enlarging those portions of the frame.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

At maximum zoom it is possible to achieve a steady shot when shooting handheld, if results at this setting come out slightly lacking in contrast - something it's possible to fix in Photoshop.

Nikon Coolpix L810 review

The Nikon Coolpix L810 delivers pleasant enough results, with occasionally cool colours subtly boosted with the selection of the 'Vivid' setting. We just wish, perhaps a tad unfairly given the price, for a bit more user flexibility in terms of how you might achieve them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix L
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom26x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Blink Detection, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)430 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height76.3 mm
Width111.1 mm
Depth83.1 mm
Product SeriesL
Focal Length4 mm to 104 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelL810
Product NameCoolpix L810 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed Auto Exposure

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA972E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The classic-looking 16-megapixel COOLPIX L810 is every camera you'll ever need.

Get closer than you thought possible and take any picture, anywhere, with the incredible 26x zoom lens. Fit the biggest building into the shot with stunning wide-angle, or snap dolphins from far away from the boat with incredible telephoto.

Easy Auto mode will take care of all the camera settings for you. The side zoom lever combines with clever anti-blur technology to keep all your shots sharp and looking great.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix L810 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • 4 x AA LR6/L40 Alkaline Batteries
  • Lens Cap LC-CP25 (with Cord)
  • USB Cable UC-E16
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software Installer CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Limited Warranty1 Year