Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix L820
has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring
approximately 921,000 pixels, an anti-reflection coating, and a five-level
brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor's wide-angle viewing area makes it
easy to see and use. The LCD monitor has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in the
shooting mode and 100% coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix L820 features a
1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately
16.79-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.1-million.
Optics: The Coolpix L820 digital camera uses a Nikkor glass
zoom lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing
process is controlled by Nikon. The Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and
image sensor combination.
The Coolpix L820 uses a 30x optical zoom, that is equivalent
to a 22.5-675mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the
camera's total zoom capability is 120x. The angle of view is equivalent to that
of approximately 2700mm lens (35mm format).
Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization: The Coolpix
L820's Vibration Reduction (VR)
Stabilization System effectively corrects blur that commonly occurs when shooting
at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in. The camera utilizes a combination of lens-shift
and electronic vibration reduction technology to reduce the effect of camera
shake when recording still images. The camera uses the lens-shift method during
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 65 MB internal
memory for storing still images and movies with sound. Images will be saved to
the internal memory when no memory card is inserted.
Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images
can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory
card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the
card. The camera can support SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to
32 GB, and SDXC cards of 64 GB or 128 GB. Memory cards with a Speed Class rating
of 6 or faster are recommended for recording movies.
Image Sizes: The Coolpix L820 records still images in JPEG
format, as well as High Definition and Standard Definition movies in MOV format
(Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: LPCM stereo). You have a choice of
seven still image size options and
two movie options:
- Still Images:
- 16M: 4608 x 3456 High Quality 1:4 compression ratio
- 16M: 4608 x 3456 Standard Quality 1:8 compression ratio
- 8M: 3264 x 2448
- 4M: 2272 x 1704
- 2M: 1600 x 1200
- VGA: 640 x 480
- 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
- Movies (Frame Rate 30 fps):
- HD1080p: 1920 x 1080 High Quality (Bit rate: 15
- HD1080p: 1920 x 1080 Standard Quality (Bit rate:
- HD 720p: 1280 x 720--16:9 (Bit rate: 9 Mbps)
- iFrame 540: 960 x 540 (Bit Rate: 24 Mbps)
- VGA: 640 x 480--4:3 (Bit rate: 6 Mbps)
- HS Movies:
- HS 240/8x: 1/8x speed playback (record up
to 10 sec; playback 80 sec)
- HS 480/4x: 1/4x speed playback (record up
to 15 sec; playback 60 sec)
- HS 720/2x: 1/2x speed playback (record up
to 30 sec; playback 1 min)
- HS 1080/0.5x: 2x speed playback (record up
to 2 min; playback 1 min)
3D Photography: The camera can take 3D photos that are
viewable on a 3D-compatible TV or monitor. Images are recorded at a size of 1920
x 1080. Recording a 3D image is a two-step process. After taking the initial
picture (left eye image), a second picture (right eye image) is taken
automatically by moving the camera horizontally to the right until the subject
is aligned with the guide on the monitor. To play back 3D images, you will need
to connect the camera to the TV via a 3D-compatible HDMI cable. Only the initial
(left eye) image can be viewed in the camera's monitor.
Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Easy Auto Mode: The camera automatically determines an
appropriate shooting mode when you frame a picture, allowing you to easily
take pictures with a shooting mode that suits the scene. Easy Auto Mode
scenes include: Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Landscape,
Close-up, Backlighting, and Other Scenes.
- Auto Mode: A mode used for general shooting. In Auto Mode, you can apply the macro mode and
exposure compensation when shooting pictures. You can choose a flash mode
and activate the self-timer.
- Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a
scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation: Portrait,
Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape,
Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Black & White Copy, Backlighting,
Pet Portrait and 3D Photography.
- Special Effects Mode:
Effects can be applied to images when shooting. You can choose from the
following special effects: High Key, Low Key, Soft, Nostalgic Sepia,
High-contrast monochrome, and Selective Color.
Smart Portrait: Using face priority to
recognize human faces, the shutter is automatically released when a smile is
detected. A skin softening option can smooth the skin tones in human faces.
Continuous Shooting: You can set the camera to take one picture at a
time or multiple images by selecting one of the following options:
- Single: The camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is
- Continuous H: While the
shutter-release button is held down, up to 6 pictures are taken at a rate of about
8 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 16M (4608 x 3456).
- Continuous L: While the
shutter-release button is held down, up to 38 pictures are taken at a rate of about
2.1 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 16M (4608 x 3456).
- Continuous H 120 fps: Up to 50 frames are captured at a
speed of about 1/120 seconds. (Image size is VGA 640 x 480)
- Continuous H 60 fps: Up to 25 frames are captured at a
speed of about 1/60 seconds. (Image size is 1M 1280 x 960)
- Best Shot Selector:
The BSS is recommended for situations in which inadvertent camera movement
can produce blurred pictures, or when parts of the image are prone to under- or
over-exposure. When BSS is on, the camera takes shots while the shutter-release
button is pressed, to a maximum of ten. The images are compared and the sharpest
picture is saved to the internal memory or memory card.
- Multi-Shot 16: Each time
the shutter release button is pressed, the camera takes 16 consecutive
"thumbnail" images at a rate of about 30 frames per second, and arranges them
into a single 5M (2560 x 1920) image.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second timer for self-portraits.
Focus Area Selection: You can select between the following
Focus Area Selection methods to determine where the camera focuses:
- Face Detection: When the camera recognizes a face (front view
only), the camera will focus on the face automatically. The camera can
recognize up to 12 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode.
- Center: The camera focuses
on the subject in the center of the frame.
Color Options: You can shoot still images with several color
options: Standard color, Vivid color, Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyanotype.
Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close
as 0.4". The flash may be unable to light entire subject at distances of less
than 1 feet 8 inches.
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock
feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in
Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator
may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is
pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 16' at the maximum
wide-angle position and 16' at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn
this function on or off, as desired.
Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is
available when you are shooting in Easy Auto, Portrait, or Night Portrait mode. When the camera detects
that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is
displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the
picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.
Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the
camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from
-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 steps.
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is
the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the
sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features
ISO settings of Auto, 125,
200, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200.
You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset Manual and use a
neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix L820 has a built-in Speedlite flash with a range of
1'-8" to 19' (Wide angle) and 5' to 19' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce
Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced
red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly
increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.
Play, Edit and Print Functions
Playback Menu: The following options are available in the
- Quick Retouch: You can compare the original photo
side-by-side with one with enhanced contrast and saturation, then save the
one you like best.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back
an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the
corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Skin Softening: The camera detects faces in images and
creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
- Filter Effects: Choose from five filter effects to
apply to the recorded image: soft, selective color, cross screen, miniature
effect, painting, or toy camera effect.
- Print Order: You can select images to print and the
number of copies for each.
Show: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an
automatic slide show. If
desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum
slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
- Protect: You can select images that you want to protect
from accidental deletion. Even protected images can be erased if the
camera's internal memory or memory card are formatted.
- Rotate Image: Recorded pictures
can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD
- Cropping: Create a copy containing only the portion
visible in the monitor.
- Small Picture: You can create a
small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with
a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x
480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web
pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4,
9, or 16) at a time.
While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to
highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing
you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback,
you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the
multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can
record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Multi-Language Menu: You can
choose from 34 different menu display languages including English,
Spanish or French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by
using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order
Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print.
Pictures can be printed as followed:
or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory
card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal
memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible
printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before
printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix L820 is powered by four "AA"
You can use alkaline (supplied) or lithium non-rechargeable batteries, or Nickel-Metal
Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeables. For best performance, you should use the camera's
setup menu to indicate the type of batteries being used. The approximate battery
life for each type of battery is as follows:
||1 hr 5 min
||3 hrs 25 min
||1 hr 50 min
Auto Off: When
the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically
turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are
performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit
for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30
Inputs and Outputs Notes
HDMI: The Coolpix L820 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D)
output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional
micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to
Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i. In addition, the HDMI 3D Output setting allows you to
view your 3D images on a 3D-capable TV.
USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single
proprietary jack on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB
cable (UC-E16) or AV cable (EG-CP16). This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or
printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using
an optional AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The
video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied CD-ROM contains the following
- ViewNX 2:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the
camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of
- Panorama Maker: for creating panoramic images from
the camera's recorded still images
Compatible Operating Systems: The supplied software will work with
the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
- Mac: OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8