This review is devoted to Coolpix L120 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Feb 09, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product L110.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #157 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #1018 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix L120 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix L120. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Nikon Coolpix L120 has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 78 mm (43.31 x 30.31 x 30.71″) with the weight of 431 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix L120, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix L120 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 78mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix L120 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix L120 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix L120 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix L120 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix L120 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon Coolpix L120 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Nikon Coolpix L120 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix L120. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Nikon Coolpix L120 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Nikon Coolpix L120 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix L120 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon Coolpix L120 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix L120 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix L120 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Coolpix L120 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix L120, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix L120 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Nikon Coolpix L120 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Coolpix L120 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix L120 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Nikon Coolpix L120 offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix L120’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix L120’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix L120 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L120 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 22. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L120 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L120 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L120 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L120 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L120 can be called a 41 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L120 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L120 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L120 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 32. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L120 can be called a 32 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 09, 2011|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4320 x 3240|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||110 x 77 x 78 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots|
|Battery Type||330 shots|
|Battery Model||4 x AA|