Nikon Coolpix L32 review

First launched in January 2015, the Nikon Coolpix L32 is an ultra-compact 20.0 MP camera with a CMOS sensor measuring 1/2.3 inch (6.17 x 4.55 mm), built-in image stabilization, and a 26-130 mm F3.2-6.5 lens.

Nikon Coolpix L32: Price

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Generally, the company’s L-series cameras come in two flavours: long and short zoom. This year, with its ol ‘accurate 5x zoom, they are portrayed by the 38x zoom Nikon Coolpix L840 and the more conventional Nikon Coolpix L32 (MSRP $119.95). In the digital camera world, the two share a characteristic that has become exceedingly rare: AA battery compatibility.

Why will such an anachronistic source of influence be depended on by any modern digital camera? Easy: Because practically anywhere in the world you can find AA batteries. There may be no revolutionary specs or world-beating results for this compact camera, but the best camera you have is not the one you have with you, it’s the one for which you can find a charger. In Thailand when you’re backpacking.

Nikon Coolpix L32: Specifications

Full model name:Nikon Coolpix L32
Resolution:20.10 Megapixels
Sensor size:1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens:5.00x zoom
(26-130mm eq.)
Viewfinder:No / LCD
Native ISO:80 – 1600
Extended ISO:80 – 1600
Shutter:1/2000 – 4 sec
Max Aperture:3.2
Dimensions:3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.
(95 x 60 x 29 mm)
Weight:5.8 oz (164 g)
includes batteries

Nikon Coolpix L32: Body

The Nikon Coolpix L32 is available in black, silver, or red models with a friendly, lightweight body and provides an incredibly inexpensive alternative to taking images with your smartphone. The one feature that your phone almost definitely lacks is also included: an optical zoom lens.

Nikon Coolpix L32: Features and Performance

Centered on a 20-megapixel, 1/2.3-style image sensor—press materials list a type of CMOS, but we think it is simply a CCD as used in the past—the Coolpix L32 has a reasonably limited sensitivity range of ISO 80-1600 equivalents only. As of press time, burst output was not disclosed.

The sensor of the Nikon L32 sits behind a convenient 5x optical zoom lens. Unfortunately, the L32’s optics lack any form of mechanical image stabilization with a maximum aperture of f/3.2-6.5 around the zoom range. However, what it provides is a 35 mm equivalent focal range that begins from a small angle of 26 mm and runs out to a 130 mm telephoto in a body that is 1.2 inches thick at the handgrip.

A 3.0-inch LCD display that is used for framing and watching pictures or movies is on the rear panel of the L32. It is about par for the course in terms of size, but with a resolution of just 320 x 240 pixels it saves a little on expense. On the positive side, five-step brightness control and an anti-reflective coating are included.

Other features of the Nikon Coolpix L32 include 30 frames per second 720p high-definition video recording, a variety of special effects and fast effects features, a Smart Portrait mode that simplifies the challenge of having an attractive portrait, and a stylish retouching feature that allows the portrait subjects to look their best.

Nikon Coolpix L32: Battery

Power comes courtesy of two standard AA batteries that you should be able to lay your hands on almost anywhere — we recommend saving money with some NiMH rechargeables — and it’s rated as good for 320 shots on a set of alkalines, or 570 shots per charge with Nikon’s own EN-MH2 NiMH rechargeables.

Nikon Coolpix L32: Storage

Images and movies are stored in a limited 25MB of internal memory, or on Secure Digital cards, including the higher-capacity SDHC and SDXC types. And you can transfer data from the camera via a USB 2.0 High-Speed connection that also doubles as an NTSC / PAL standard-definition composite video output.

Nikon Coolpix L32: Conclusions

The L32 is a model that provides easy operation and excellent image quality with an efficient 20.1-million pixel count and a 5x NIKKOR optical zoom lens spanning a wide range of focal lengths, from 26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto (equivalent angles of view in 35mm [135] format). For both shooting and image playback, the 3-inch, roughly 230k-dot TFT LCD display with anti-reflection coating integrated into the sensor ensures direct viewing. Furthermore, the camera is fitted with a Glamour Retouch feature (offering 8 effects) that helps users to make unforgettable portraits after images are taken by applying a range of effects to the faces of human subjects.

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