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NikonCOOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Large clear LCD (16)
  • Zoom range/performance (16)
  • Good image quality (15)
  • Good in low light (14)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Low light (11)
  • Travel (11)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Features galore at the press of a button

Features galor at the press of a button, but which button do I push? And which mode do I choose? It can be confusing. Do I use sunset or dusk? Which one...Read complete review

Features galor at the press of a button, but which button do I push? And which mode do I choose? It can be confusing. Do I use sunset or dusk? Which one is best for indoor performaces? It will take some practise and experimenting to figure out which is best for the situation.
Pushing the shutter button halfway is tricky - too easy to take a photo when trying to focus.
I photographed a concert and recorded some of it and even zoomed in and with low light without flash, the photos and video are great quality.
I have already recommended it to people and will continue to do so. It is a great camera with lots of features at a modest price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Image quality less than expected

This is my 5th Nikon digital camera over the past 10 yrs, including two digital SLR bodies I use for better photography. Many times I can't or don't want to haul the SLR bodies...Read complete review

This is my 5th Nikon digital camera over the past 10 yrs, including two digital SLR bodies I use for better photography. Many times I can't or don't want to haul the SLR bodies and lenses, so I like having a small point-and-shoot camera, too. I got this L620 to replace an L3 I bought in '08. I wanted a camera with better low light performance than the L3, image stablization, and additional user control. A P7800 would've been ideal, but I didn't want to spend that much money, so this was an admitted compromise.

I have yet to fully test the camera, having only shot about 50 images, and only shot one short video, but so far I am unimpressed. The biggest problem is the color saturation and balance. Many of the images I've taken in open shade or under cloudy conditions using the auto features are "washed out," unlike with the L3. It doesn't appear to be an overexposure tendency, an issue I had with my D40. Rather, it may be the auto white balance or even the CMOS sensor itself, as some reds have a magenta cast, too. (See attached image. Actual leaves were bright crimson.) I certainly don't want to have to manually adjust lots of images on my computer to make them look right, but so far, about half of what I shot needs adjustment. The funny thing is that the images look good on the monitor, but once the exposure is recorded, the replay shows obvious differences. Indoor photos under artificial light don't seem to have the same problem.

The camera has a maximum resolution of 4896x3672 (18M pixels, 5MB file size) which is much greater than I will likely need. For my purposes, the 4M pixels (2272x1704, 1 MB file size) option is what I will likely shoot at most often. So far, I've only tried 8M and 4M. All modes but one shoot at a 4:3 aspect ratio, and that other mode shoots at 16:9. I would prefer an option to shoot at the 3:2 ratio used by my SLRs, since that transfers directly to the most common 4x6 paper size without cropping.

Like the L3 before, the auto program tends to choose low ISO sensitivities and slow shutter speeds. I tried shooting my dogs playing outdoors in open shade and all the motion was blurred, as the camera chose ISO 125 and a shutter speed of 1/50 (f/3.9). I have not tried the Sports mode, yet, but I could manually up the ISO to 400 and sometimes get a faster shutter speed. The L620 doesn't offer shutter or aperture priority.

The 14x zoom range is nice, but any zooming in still mode requires 2-3 sec. for the autofocus to readjust, so you can't really follow a subject by zooming when taking photos. (However, zooming in video mode does not seem to immediately throw the camera out of focus.)

The camera comes with two AA alkaline batteries that were exhausted in only 50 shots (10% of which used flash). I have yet to fully test the rechargable Ni-MH cells I bought. I like the fact that it takes AA cells, as it is easy to carry spares, but if you can only get 50-100 shots per pair of batteries, that would be annoying.

I also bought the recommended 16GB SDHC card. At 4 megapixels, that will hold ~9,000 images, or up to ~30 min. of video.

The camera arrived with a small defect (surface nick) in the monitor screen, but it doesn't affect performance.

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4.0

Handy pocket Nikon

By DLG

from southern Indiana

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • No Battery Charge Meter

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

Wife's camera; I usually use a D7000, but take this one to places where photos are not allowed.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great camera

By Teahmeah

from Phoenix az

Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

Love it. Easy to use. Just the right camera for me

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5.0

Great pictures

By Boca Bub

from Boca Raton, Florida

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

    I got this camera to replace one that was 10 years old. It takes excellent pictures and video as well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    lost one bought another

    By bigdaddy10314

    from statten island ny

    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

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

    no complaints easy to use photos are good quality just eats batteries carry lots of spares

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Pocket Camera for the Money

    By Evan

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good video quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

    I commnly take pictures with DSLR cameras, but when I was going to travel overseas, so the conserve space I needed a good pocket camera. All the point and shoot cameras I have had in the past, I have never been quite happy with. I was looking for a camera that wasn't too small (which many point and shoots are too small) so I would be able to hold it without trouble. The camera fit the bill and is still able to easily fit in my pocket. Another problem I would have with my previous point and shoot cameras is that the UI is always clunky and not friendly. This camera is super friendly to use. I wasn't quite qesting for a camera that could shoot video, but this one does it almost flawlessly with how clear the image is.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent choice for a small camera

    By John

    from Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

    I use the camera for casual picture-taking, for "record" pictures, and for carrying around "just in case." Its point-and-shoot mode is extremely simple to use. I think picture quality is excellent, although I have not done any quantifiable experiments. The optical zoom range is astonishing. Its convenience and quality will likely cause me to leave my SLR at home.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Great Pictures but too slow

    By tbone

    from Ohio

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

      Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

      The quality of the pictures is great. The time between taking pictures is way too slow. 3 to 4 seconds before shooting again and if using the flash it can take even longer.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great value

      By Travel with Mike

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

        My first round of pictures demonstrate this Nikon takes crisp pictures. It is exactly what I need.

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        • No

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        5.0

        excellent product

        By Jay

        from cincinnati Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

          I use this when I go hiking. I also take this when I get off a cruse ship in the different ports of call.Great quality for the dollar

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent camera

          By Blaster

          from Huntsville, Al.

          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
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

            The cameras are used for work related issues. It is very easy to operate in still or video mode. I like being able to change the batteries when needed insteaded of having to find a plug.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By Jim

            from Indiana

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

              I got the camera for my wife, who is not good with electronic gear. The camera has a great general photo setting, and takes great shots as a "point and shoot" camera. Then I can take it and use the specialized settings to take some great special shots. Great product, with a great price from B&H! (shipping was FAST too!)

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By jsamilio

              from Washington, DC

              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
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

              It works great, easy to use, excellent photos!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Nice rugged and ergonomic Qualities

              By Wati

              from Clarksville, TN

              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

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

                The power and what specifics this camera offers are the great things about it, I have no complaints thus far.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Value for Money

                By Sai

                from Fremont CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

                  This is simple & easy to use cam....

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Features galore at the press of a button

                  By herblady

                  from Greeneville, TN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Light weight
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Too Touchy Shutter Button

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Features galor at the press of a button, but which button do I push? And which mode do I choose? It can be confusing. Do I use sunset or dusk? Which one is best for indoor performaces? It will take some practise and experimenting to figure out which is best for the situation.
                  Pushing the shutter button halfway is tricky - too easy to take a photo when trying to focus.
                  I photographed a concert and recorded some of it and even zoomed in and with low light without flash, the photos and video are great quality.
                  I have already recommended it to people and will continue to do so. It is a great camera with lots of features at a modest price.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By Gunner

                  from Houston ,Tx.

                  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
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

                  Being able to take fast photos everywere.Love the camera.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Image quality less than expected

                  By D Black

                  from Laurel, MD

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large 3 14
                  • Large 3 Inch Monitor
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Autofocus Lag After Zoom
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

                  This is my 5th Nikon digital camera over the past 10 yrs, including two digital SLR bodies I use for better photography. Many times I can't or don't want to haul the SLR bodies and lenses, so I like having a small point-and-shoot camera, too. I got this L620 to replace an L3 I bought in '08. I wanted a camera with better low light performance than the L3, image stablization, and additional user control. A P7800 would've been ideal, but I didn't want to spend that much money, so this was an admitted compromise.

                  I have yet to fully test the camera, having only shot about 50 images, and only shot one short video, but so far I am unimpressed. The biggest problem is the color saturation and balance. Many of the images I've taken in open shade or under cloudy conditions using the auto features are "washed out," unlike with the L3. It doesn't appear to be an overexposure tendency, an issue I had with my D40. Rather, it may be the auto white balance or even the CMOS sensor itself, as some reds have a magenta cast, too. (See attached image. Actual leaves were bright crimson.) I certainly don't want to have to manually adjust lots of images on my computer to make them look right, but so far, about half of what I shot needs adjustment. The funny thing is that the images look good on the monitor, but once the exposure is recorded, the replay shows obvious differences. Indoor photos under artificial light don't seem to have the same problem.

                  The camera has a maximum resolution of 4896x3672 (18M pixels, 5MB file size) which is much greater than I will likely need. For my purposes, the 4M pixels (2272x1704, 1 MB file size) option is what I will likely shoot at most often. So far, I've only tried 8M and 4M. All modes but one shoot at a 4:3 aspect ratio, and that other mode shoots at 16:9. I would prefer an option to shoot at the 3:2 ratio used by my SLRs, since that transfers directly to the most common 4x6 paper size without cropping.

                  Like the L3 before, the auto program tends to choose low ISO sensitivities and slow shutter speeds. I tried shooting my dogs playing outdoors in open shade and all the motion was blurred, as the camera chose ISO 125 and a shutter speed of 1/50 (f/3.9). I have not tried the Sports mode, yet, but I could manually up the ISO to 400 and sometimes get a faster shutter speed. The L620 doesn't offer shutter or aperture priority.

                  The 14x zoom range is nice, but any zooming in still mode requires 2-3 sec. for the autofocus to readjust, so you can't really follow a subject by zooming when taking photos. (However, zooming in video mode does not seem to immediately throw the camera out of focus.)

                  The camera comes with two AA alkaline batteries that were exhausted in only 50 shots (10% of which used flash). I have yet to fully test the rechargable Ni-MH cells I bought. I like the fact that it takes AA cells, as it is easy to carry spares, but if you can only get 50-100 shots per pair of batteries, that would be annoying.

                  I also bought the recommended 16GB SDHC card. At 4 megapixels, that will hold ~9,000 images, or up to ~30 min. of video.

                  The camera arrived with a small defect (surface nick) in the monitor screen, but it doesn't affect performance.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Eats batteries

                  By JoeBob

                  from Texas

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                  • No low battery warning
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

                    While I was thoroughly impressed with this little camera in the beginning, I have to withdraw my recommendation because of its ability to eat batteries. It also has absolutely no low battery warning to give you time to change them before it dies. It also has the habit of just freezing up when the batteries are almost gone, giving you the impression something is wrong with it. It is sad as I liked the camera otherwise.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    L620 Camera

                    By Steve

                    from NJ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Red):

                        Consumer Reports recommends the L610.
                        This is the successor.
                        It seems to be a fine camera
                        I've had it for about 2 weeks.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Best little camera I've owned

                        By JoeBob

                        from Texas

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about COOLPIX L620 Digital Camera (Black):

                          I haven't put it through all the paces yet, but so far this has been the best pocket camera I've owned. I've had a variety over the years, trying to keep it cheap since it will most likely be abused. I have a DSLR for the quality shots, but always want to have a little one to carry around. It has taken some excellent low-light shots which weren't so great on my last camera. I'm happy with this one. My only complaint is the lack of viewfinder which is so common these days in the smaller cameras. You just can't see the screen in bright sunlight in any of them.

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