Nikon Coolpix L120 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 9
Features 24
Size 75
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 110 x 77 x 78 mm
  • Weight: 431 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon L110.

Nikon Coolpix L120 Summary

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.

Nikon Coolpix L120 Compared to other SuperZoom 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.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 330 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix L120 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix L120

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix L120 — 330 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix L120 — 78 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix L120 — 431 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix L120

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix L120 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix L120 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix L120 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Nikon Coolpix L120 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix L120 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (110 x 77 x 78 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Nikon Coolpix L120 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)

Nikon Coolpix L120 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (431 g)
  • Big size (110 x 77 x 78 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix L120 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Nikon Coolpix L120 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix L120
Announced Feb 09, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
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
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 431 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 77 x 78 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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