Nikon Coolpix L820 Detailed Review

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The Coolpix L820 was presented by Nikon in February 2013. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Nikon
Category Superzoom
Date 02/2013
Sensor Properties

In additional Coolpix L820 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also Coolpix L820’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Nikon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 16.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 16.00 megapixel
Pixel size 1.79 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 8 frames/second
Focal length (min) 22mm
Focal length (max) 675mm
Aperture (max) 3.0
Aperture (min) 5.8
Viewfinder Properties

The Coolpix L820 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera’s display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The Coolpix L820’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 4s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 4s
Sensitivity Properties

The Coolpix L820’s sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 125 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Coolpix L820 supports all general exposure modes.

The Nikon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Coolpix L820’s auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Nikon doesn’t support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

Type TTL
AF points 1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Coolpix L820 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Nikon.

Range 6.00m
(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The Coolpix L820 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That’s about average.

Unfortunately, the Coolpix L820’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Coolpix L820 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Coolpix L820 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Nikon Coolpix L820 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Nikon. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

Connect the Nikon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Nikon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Nikon Coolpix L820 works with a 4 Mignonzellen, auch aufladbar battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 400 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The Coolpix L820’s battery battery parameters:

Type 4 Mignonzellen, auch aufladbar
In-camera charging
Battery life 400 photos

The Nikon Coolpix L820’s dimensions are 111 x 76.3 x 84.5mm³. (4.4″ x 3.0″ x 3.3″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is a reasonable 470 grams (15.2 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Coolpix L820:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Coolpix L820 is not much bigger:

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