Nikon Coolpix L110 Review
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The new Nikon Coolpix L110 follows in the footsteps of last year's L100, and improves on it by addressing several key issues we had with that model. The single biggest improvement is that you can control the ISO speed yourself, an ability that was sorely missing from the L100. Low-light focusing has also been enhanced noticeably, and the L110 does away with most of the small but frustrating operational glitches we bemoaned when reviewing the L100, too. Add to this the enhancements made to the rear screen and the movie mode, and the Nikon Coolpix L110 comes out as a much more commendable camera than its predecessor, while remaining similarly affordable.
As far as image quality goes, you obviously shouldn't expect DSLR-level clarity and smoothness from what is essentially a large-zoom point-and-shoot camera with a tiny sensor. That said, the IQ of the Nikon Coolpix L110 can be described as satisfactory, especially if you don't plan on making big prints (and let's be honest, most of the target consumers don't). The highest ISO speeds are of course only usable for Web display - and even that might be a stretch in some cases - but ISO 800 is perfectly adequate for the kind of small prints most users will be making. More advanced users will, however, find the noise reduction applied to the images way too aggressive, but then again, the L110 is not really targeted at the advanced user in the first place.
In summary, the Nikon Coolpix L110 is a highly affordable superzoom camera that provides a more satisfactory user experience than its predecessor, while remaining very easy to use. It won't win awards for image quality, but the images it turns out are likely to please anyone who makes regular sized prints only.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4.5|