Nikon Coolpix L22 Review

July 15, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |


The Nikon Coolpix L22 is easily the most simple camera we have reviewed thus far. Providing no user control over aperture, ISO or shutter speed, it gets about as close to embodying the true meaning of "point-and-shoot" as possible. It is therefore not the ideal choice for an experienced photographer looking for a compact to complement their DSLR. However, it was likely never meant to be. There are a lot of people out there that are looking for an intelligent, fully automated little camera that takes "good enough" snapshots and represents a step up from the ubiquitous camera phone. The Nikon Coolpix L22 fits the bill perfectly. It’s small yet reasonably sturdy, takes easy-to-obtain AA batteries, has a zoom lens that’s actually pretty sharp, and does a lot of things - like start-up, shut-down or zooming - surprisingly quickly, all at a price point well below £100. If all is not rosy it’s mainly because low-light focussing is both slow and indecisive, meaning those shots of your buddies in your favourite restaurant may indeed come out blurry. If you can live with that - and the afore-mentioned lack of manual control - the Nikon Coolpix L22 is unlikely to disappoint. Of course if you are a stickler for image quality or want to make action shots or poster-sized prints, you should look elsewhere - but in that case, you probably know perfectly well that an entry-level compact like the L22 isn’t what you’re after.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3
Features 2.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4.5