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Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red)

B&H # NICPL30R MFR # 26438
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Product Highlights

  • 20.1 MP 1/2.3" CCD Sensor
  • Nikkor 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 26-130mm
  • 3" 230k-Dot LCD Display
  • HD 1280 x 720p Video Recording
  • Vibration Reduction & Motion Detection
  • 19 Scene Modes
  • Smart Portrait System
  • Easy Auto Mode
  • Runs on 2 x AA Batteries
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The red COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera from Nikon is a compact point-and-shoot camera that features a 20.1 MP 1/2.3" CCD image sensor. A Nikkor 5x optical zoom lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 26-130mm, making the lens suitable for wide-angle photos as well as telephoto zoom lengths, covering most situations. Electronic Vibration Reduction helps to maintain image sharpness when working in low-light conditions or at the longer end of the zoom range. In addition to high resolution still images, you can also record HD 720p video, which can be easily accessed via the dedicated movie button. Image review, composition, and menu navigation are done via the 3.0" 230k-dot LCD monitor.

The COOLPIX L30 makes shooting high quality images easy by offering 19 scene modes, as well as an Easy Auto Mode. This allows you to focus on composing your photograph, rather than worrying about the settings. The camera is powered by two AA batteries.

20.1MP Image Sensor and HD 720p Video
The 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD sensor is capable of recording high resolution imagery that is suitable for both online sharing as well as printing. Additionally, the sensor lends itself to producing HD 720p video at 30 fps. Movie recording is accessible via a dedicated movie button.
Nikkor 5x Optical Zoom Lens and Electronic Vibration Reduction
The integration of a Nikkor lens builds on the quality offered by the imaging sensor. The 5x optical zoom provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 26-130mm, making this camera suitable for capturing almost any type of scene with ease. This lens benefits from the inclusion of electronic Vibration Reduction for stills and videos, which works to reduce the appearance of camera shake and blur that can become increasingly notable when shooting in low-light conditions or at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Additionally, a Motion Detection feature makes necessary changes to settings when shooting still images of moving objects.
Scene Modes and Easy Auto Mode
The L30 is specifically designed to allow you to shoot with ease, and concentrate on taking the photo or video, rather than on changing your camera settings. Easy Auto Mode will automatically control all camera settings for true point-and-shoot functionality. For a more specialized approach, you can choose from one of 19 different Scene Modes, including Beach, Snow, Night Portrait, Sunset, among others, to optimize certain camera settings that best suit the type of scene you are photographing.
In Camera Image Editing
There are 7 different built-in editing tools to give you extra creative control right from your camera:
  • D-Lighting restores shadow and highlight detail
  • Quick Retouch adds a balance of contrast and saturation to your image
  • Small Picture saves a small resized photo
  • Filter Effects add creative effects to your images
  • Glamour Retouch
  • Red-Eye Reduction
  • Crop
  • Smart Portrait System
    With the Smart Portrait System activated, there are a number of features that help you get the best shots. Face Priority AF finds and focuses on faces, and Skin Softening applies a soft focus effect. The camera can also be set to take a photo as soon as someone smiles.
    Imaging
    Pixels Actual: 20.48 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG
    Movies: AVI, MJPEG
    Audio: WAV
    Max Resolution 20MP: 5152 x 3864
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Digital
    Optics
    Lens NIKKOR, 6 elements in 5 groups
    EFL: 4.6-23 mm (35 mm equivalent: 26-130 mm)
    Aperture: f/3.2 (W) - 6.5 (T)
    Zoom Optical: 5x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.64' (50 cm) - Infinity
    Telephoto: 2.62' (80 cm) - Infinity
    Macro: 3.94" (10 cm) - Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-1600
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 1 - 1/2000 
    Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 4  in  Fireworks Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Programmed Auto, Scene Auto Selector, Scene Modes, Smart
    Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Shooting Modes Back Light
    Beach
    Black and White Copy
    Close Up
    Dusk/Dawn
    Fireworks
    Food
    Landscape
    Museum
    Night Landscape
    Night Portrait
    Panorama
    Party/Indoor
    Pet Portrait
    Portrait
    Scene Auto Selector
    Snow
    Sports
    Sunset
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
    Self Timer 10 Sec
    Flash
    Flash Modes TTL Auto
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 14.0' (0.5 - 4.27 m)
    Telephoto: 2.62 - 6.89' (0.8 - 2.1 m)
    External Flash Connection None
    Memory
    Built-in Memory 25 MB
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Resolution 1280 x 720: 30 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps
    320 x 240: 30 fps
    Viewfinder/Display
    Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels)
    Screen Coverage 98%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity AV Output
    Power
    Battery 2x AA Batteries
    AC Power Adapter EH-65A (Optional)
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.2" / 96.5 x 61.0 x 30.5 mm
    Weight 5.78 oz / 164 g
    Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red)
  • UC-E16 USB Cable
  • Strap
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Battery
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    NikonCOOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red)
     
    4.0

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (9)
    • Good image quality (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
    • Nice body color (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • Low light (3)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Easy to get started using this camera...

      Easy to start using this camera but there are LOTS of features to learn. It isn't a "one button / one function" type of camera. Be sure to go ahead and...Read complete review

      Easy to start using this camera but there are LOTS of features to learn. It isn't a "one button / one function" type of camera. Be sure to go ahead and order the usb transfer cable for your computer since it's a Nikon proprietary item (not generic). I like using my iPhoto rather than Nikon's ViewNX2 software. That's just my personal preference. This camera has all the latest bells & whistles.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Slow performance

      The shutter speed and save speed on this camera is very slow. Also, in lower light the face recognition did not work as well as the focus was sub standard.

      The shutter speed and save speed on this camera is very slow. Also, in lower light the face recognition did not work as well as the focus was sub standard.

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      4.0

      NIKON

      By DAVE BLUE

      from QUEENS, NYC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

      THE CAMERA IS VERY EASY TO USE.

      THE SALES PERSON WAS FRIENDLY, KNOWLEDGEABLE,

      PATIENT, AND EXPLAINED HOW TO USE THE CAMERA.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great camera.

      By Picture_this

      from california

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Overall A Great Camera
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • More color choices

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

      All the selection options are easy to use. Huge led screen. Overall a Great camera.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good Choice for Inexpensive First Camera

      By Al

      from Casper, Wyoming

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Controls Intuitive
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

        I purchased 2 for my young grandsons as Christmas gifts, chiefly because the controls were clearly separated and more intuitive than some competitors: wide angle/tele up around the shutter button vs on the crowded back, discard a separate button vs one of "quad" that could result in undesired erasure. Auto focus seemed quick and picture quality quite good. The menu provides various scene modes and most of the customization found on more expensive cameras. Power is via 2 readily available AA batteries. While it would not be my first choice for an enthusiast's backup or travel camera, it offers a lot for the beginner at a surprisingly low price from B&H.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        COOLPIX L30 is a COOL Camera

        By Gamecock009

        from Sumter, SC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • None noted

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

        The Nikon COOLPIX L30 takes great pictures and is really light weight so it's easy to use. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my wife and she really loves it. Plus since B&H Photo offered this camera at a GREAT price I did not have to pay a premium price to get it. Thanks B&H Photo!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Quality at low cost

        By Lindy

        from Long Island

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

        So far, this camera is proving to be a good little work horse of a backup camera, just as it's predecessor, the L18. Small and inexpensive, yet produces quick, quality images with a longer telephoto and higher pixel count than many more expensive cameras.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Easy to get started using this camera...

        By none

        from Florida

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

          Easy to start using this camera but there are LOTS of features to learn. It isn't a "one button / one function" type of camera. Be sure to go ahead and order the usb transfer cable for your computer since it's a Nikon proprietary item (not generic). I like using my iPhoto rather than Nikon's ViewNX2 software. That's just my personal preference. This camera has all the latest bells & whistles.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Slow performance

          By Erin

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

            The shutter speed and save speed on this camera is very slow. Also, in lower light the face recognition did not work as well as the focus was sub standard.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great 4 wheeling camera!!!

            By Nightrider

            from Denver CO

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Slick And Hard To Hold

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

            I use it on 4 wheeling trips and taking pictures on the move in my JK of the trail and mountain trails in Colorado. Great inexpensive camera that takes great pics. Would be nice to have an option on the movie option to start and stop video clips.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very handy, easy to use and good camera.

            By Shripad

            from Birmingham, UK

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

            It is good for those who do not want carry bulky camera'w with them but still want good pictures. Excellent picture quality. Only issue is after taking a picture, can only be taken after few seconds.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Camera, but...

            By Rob

            from Laurel, Md

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX L30 Digital Camera (Red):

            Everything about this camera is Great. #1 it is a NIKON, but without a viewfinder the monitor gets washed out by the sun. It is feature rich and put it in my camera bag along side my other (3) NIKONS. A L830, D3100 and D520. The L830 is a "bridge" camera and the "D"s are true DSLRs.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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