Nikon Coolpix L110 Review

4.0
July 12, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4.5Mb.

The Nikon Coolpix L110 produces images of acceptable to good quality for a small-sensor superzoom camera. We surely have seen better IQ from cameras that cost significantly more, but at the price point it is being marketed at, the L110 does a commendable job. The lens is pretty sharp in the centre, and generally passable along the edges. Images taken at longer focal lengths tend to be less sharp than those captured in the wide to moderate telephoto range. Distortion correction, which used to be a menu option in the L100, is now apparently applied to all images automatically. Chromatic aberrations are noticeable along contrasty edges, but are perfectly acceptable for a 15x zoom. Noise reduction is pretty heavy-handed, with the result being that none of the photos appear truly noisy, but the images lack fine detail, especially at the higher sensitivity settings. Photos taken at ISO 800 in neutral light print OK at 10×15cm / 4×6”, but ISO 1600 is best reserved for on-screen display. The highest sensitivity settings of ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 - which are only available at a resolution of 3 megapixels to begin with - can really only be enjoyed if downsized to 640×480 pixels or less, i.e. Web size.

Noise

The Nikon Coolpix L110 has sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 80 to ISO 1600 at full resolution, with ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 being available at a resolution of 3 megapixels only.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix's 15x zoom lens provides a focal length of 28-420mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

28mm

420mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops - he right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are slightly soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can't change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

At full resolution, there are two JPEG quality settings available including Normal and Fine, with the latter being marked with a star in the menu. The camera does not save images in a Raw format.

Fine (100% Crop)

Normal (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

For a 15x zoom the Nikon Coolpix L110 shows pretty little purple fringing, although you can find examples of it in areas of high contrast.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Nikon L110 allows you to get as close as 1cm to your subject -  in this case a Compact Flash card - , with the greatest magnification achieved at the 83mm equivalent focal length. 

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

Vignetting is not a major issue with this lens, irrespective of whether you use the flash or not.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (420mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (420mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of head shots. Flash exposures produced by the L110 did not exhibit the kind of white balance inconsistencies we saw when reviewing the L100, and red-eye wasn't a problem, either.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Coolpix L110 is hardly the ideal tool for night photography, as the longest shutter speed is 2 seconds and you cannot set it manually. The shot below was captured at a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 400.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Vibration Reduction

These examples are 100% crops from two photos taken at a 35mm equivalent focal length of 414mm and a shutter speed of approximately 1/50th of a second at ISO 80. As you can see the shot with VR on is clearly sharper than the one without, although it is still not exactly crisp.

Off (100% Crop)

On (100% Crop)

D-lighting

While the Nikon Coolpix L110 doesn't offer the Active D-lighting functionality of the manufacturer's DSLRs, it does offer D-lighting as a post-capture option. The examples below demonstrate what a difference it can make when shooting a high-contrast scene.

Off

On

Colour Options

The camera offers a range of colour options including Standard, Vivid, Black-and-White, Sepia and Cyanotype. The images presented here show the differences across these options.

Standard

B/W

   

Cyanotype

Sepia

   

Vivid

 
 

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