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NikonCoolpix L20 Digital Camera (Navy Blue)
 
4.1

(based on 59 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (51)
  • Large clear LCD (33)
  • Compact (30)
  • Good image quality (30)
  • Image stabilization (16)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (10)
  • No image stabilization (9)
  • Limited zoom (8)
  • No viewfinder (8)
  • Short battery life (8)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (49)
  • Travel (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Fun (11)
  • Low light (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (27), Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy & portable

Got a replacement for my wife's point & shoot. I had a few basic criteria: easy to use, easy to carry, use AA batteries (otherwise be like my wife's video...Read complete review

Got a replacement for my wife's point & shoot. I had a few basic criteria: easy to use, easy to carry, use AA batteries (otherwise be like my wife's video cam... always a dead battery).

It is easy to use.
I did go through the menu once to check settings & didn't make any changes, which was nice.
Handed it over & she has been happy.

I was concerned about comments it was slow to focus. With rare exception she doesn't find that to be the case.

One exception (her first use) was in a dark church at a wedding. It was just a bit slow. She also kept trying to shoot too fast so the flash would have the 3-5 seconds to recharge. When she shots at a slower pace (when flash is needed) no problems.

I was able to check the speed while at the B&H store of it and a competitor's model, both about the same price & features. The Coolpic was noticably quicker to snap the pic.

Maybe not great pic quality, but it is good pic quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent budget camara

I was not impressed with its lo light ability, however for the price and application you can't beat it anywhere on the market. I purchased a red one and a blue one(Daughter 13...Read complete review

I was not impressed with its lo light ability, however for the price and application you can't beat it anywhere on the market. I purchased a red one and a blue one(Daughter 13 and son 8.)They enjoyed its simplistic feature set. My son "likes how you can make it set to different scenes." If you couldn't care less about 720p video and your looking to purcase a rugged camera for your children then 2 cameras for under $180 is an exceptional value.

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2.0

Poor quality design

By John

from Ravenna, OH

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Battery Door

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Navy Blue):

      I bought this camera late 2012 as a refurbished unit. In April 2013, the battery door broke because of poor design. Nikon would not sell me a part, they only wanted me to pay their service to repair it. Nikon customer service is about as good as Toyota Prius customer service.I found a door on ebay and replaced it myself in 10 minutes. One year and 4 months later, battery door broke exactly the same way.Sad, because the camera itself takes great pictures. But when you can't use the camera, what good is that?Do NOT buy Nikon point and shoot cameras.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Wonderful little point & shoot

      By Mamabug

      from NW Florida

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        My husband wanted a small point and shoot that would be easy to use. The coolpix L20 fit the bill. He likes the small size that he can fit in a pocket and the quality of the photos is great.
        He's well pleased with this digital camera. So far there are no complaints or dislikes.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Excellent camera buy!

        By Ron

        from Southern New Jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        A great little pocket carry camera, not on a par with a full DSLR model but nice to have in reach. Good battery life with fresh Alk or full charge MiMH. Picture quality is good in outdoor lighting and fair to poor on low light with the low ISO. I found you can get better shots by using Auto mode and setting to full color level and a careful use of flash settings.Lag is a big problem w/ the L20 but you can work with it. Burst mode is fair but usable. Optical Zoom is fair to good but the NIKKOR Glass Lens is excellent over-all. Bright 3.0-inch High-Resolution LCD is easy to view in full light.Face-Priority AF mode is very good. This is not a Pro-grade camera but still a very good model for a first or travel camera to pack.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        great little cam for the price..

        By steve

        from east brunswick, nj

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        got this referb and for the price.. it can't be beat. can't tell no difference from a new product

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        I would buy again

        By bluto

        from san diego

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        good camera easy to use and inexpenive

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        best bargain online

        By YWAM Pro Photog

        from san diego, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        I purchase for a mission that operates in a 3rd world slum. We need a variety of small cameras that are good enough to document house building projects and visiting teams and yet inexpensive enough that if we lose or smash them it doesn't bankrupt the mission.

        I buy all of our cameras used from B&H and have never been disappointed.

        This camera is perfect. It's color makes it easy to find in strange conditions (dark, raining, dirt everywhere) it is easy to clean the exterior and the photos are completely presentable for our uses.

        We got it for very inexpensively and I consider that almost a donation to the mission.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        simple and inexpensive

        By blondie

        from Molalla, Oregon

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        I loved my L3 so much, that when it broke down, I went specifically looking for a newer model that uses AA batteries, because you can take so many more photos than with the newer square chip batteries. Crisp photos that have fooled many a SLR photographer. Camera fits easily into pocket, has clear onscreen menu, and you won't be out a lot of bucks if you lose it.
        Only negative: the cheesy battery compartmnet latch, which is what broke on my other Coolpix.

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        4.0

        Fabulous

        By EMO

        from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily handledlightweigh
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

        Used the Coolpix while on a Grand Canyon vacation. Purchased it for our 11 yr. old (her first camera) and she loved it. Easily held, logically engineered and fun to use. Being digital, it allowed our daughter to shoot whatever she wanted and then critique and learn what shots were good, bad and how to improve her photography skills.

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        4.0

        Great entry level camera!

        By dasphoto

        from NYC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

          Bought this for my 4 year old who was playing too much with my camera. Very impressed so far, for a AA powered camera its as quick as my more expensive point and shoot. Photo quality is pretty good and better then I expected. For the price you really can't go wrong.

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          4.0

          Easy to carry and use

          By Spyk

          from Cyprus

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Aa
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

            Very nice pictures, easy to use (my 8-year old son uses it from day-1) and carry. Also the usual AA battery compatibility is very stress free.

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            4.0

            pocket-friendly

            By traveling Rob

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

            Once you get the hang of how it works, it isn't difficult to use. It fits into pockets so you always have it. The viewing screen is hard to use in direct sunlight, so often you have to guess that your subject is where you want it. I recommend using rechargeable batteries to save on buying/carrying many AAs.

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            4.0

            Great camara for the family

            By Annie Garcia

            from Caracas, Venezuela

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Zoom
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

              I bought it for my brother. He is happy with the product. Not only is cheap, is also attractive and well-made.; Very simple to use.; Fast flash with long range.; AA batteries.; Inexpensive, attractive and well-made.; Very simple to use.; Fast flash with long range.; AA batteries

              For zooming, the Coolpix L20 uses a wide-to-tight zoom bar, placed on the back of the camera where your right thumb would normally rest, rather than a ring around the shutter. The bar is easily operated and comfortable to use thanks to a grooved indentation for the thumb, but it's something to take into account before buying if you prefer the ring around the shutter (I do).

              The L20 is quick on the shutter, as long as you autofocus before taking your shot. Holding down the shutter to autofocus before snapping a shot resulted in no noticeable delay in capturing an image. When I didn't autofocus in advance, I noticed a slight delay between pressing the shutter and capturing a shot, but it was less than a second.

              You have to get patience with some other things as taking pictures indoor because maybe this camara doent have the best low light performance.

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              4.0

              I Love This Camera!

              By Unique Monique

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear LCD
              • Easy to use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

              I was very suprised that it tells you when someone blinks! Very user friendly.

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              5.0

              Great little compact camera

              By fstopnancy

              from Metro NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                  I'm a semi-pro whose usual camera is a Nikon D90 with Canon Powershot G11 as backup or street camera. I bought the little Coolpix to have something that fits in my bag and thereby ensures that I'm never without a camera. It's surprisingly sophisticated for something this small and inexpensive. The time lag often complained about with this sort of camera isn't anywhere near as long as with most other similar cameras I've used; in fact, it's virtually nonexistent. Easy to use, so it's even a good camera if you want to give or recommend a "first" digital camera for someone.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again and again

                  By Morganna

                  from Ontario

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                  Great for taking pictures of kids. I love that it tells you when someone blinks! Very user friendly.

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                  4.0

                  Fairly nice all around

                  By Smoot

                  from Saratoga Springs, Utah

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                    Everyday use, trips and partys
                    Love it and would recommend a friend to buy it

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                    4.0

                    not bad for a gift

                    By artie

                    from Irvine, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • No Viewfinder
                    • Poor Flash

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                    At $80, the optics of nikon overshadows the cheap made battery-charged body.

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                    4.0

                    OK for its price

                    By dreamer

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Stabilization

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                    Pros:Easy to use;Large screen;Battery

                    Cons:Battery cover kind of tricky to open and close; No IS

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                    5.0

                    Just as described.

                    By Mom of a Teenager

                    from Lake Geneva, WI

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • Limited Zoom
                    • Poor Image Stabilization
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                    We bought this camera for my daughter for her 13th bday.
                    It's great for the price. Takes quality pictures, flash is great, small and compact. Takes regular batteries (2 AA) which is great, but it eats them! Definitely invest in rechargables.

                    But again, this is not a professional camera.Image stabilization a little slower compared to my professional camera. Zoom is next to nothing, but most cameras in this price range are the same.

                    She loves it though, and that's all that matters.

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                    4.0

                    Good camera for the price

                    By Nithin UK

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Coolpix L20 Digital Camera (Deep Red):

                    Picture quality is great under good light condition. But in low light, the camera settings need to be tweaked to get a good picture. But then, this is how most cameras perform. So overall, it is a good purchase for the price offered.

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