Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix L120
has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring
approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflective 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 approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix L120 features a
1/2.3" CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately
14.48-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 14.1-million.
Optics: The Coolpix L120 digital camera uses a Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for superb image
quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon.
The Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and CCD combination.
The Coolpix L120 uses a 21x optical zoom, that is equivalent
to a 25-525mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the
camera's total zoom capability is 84x.
VR (Vibration Reduction) Stabilization: The Coolpix L120's Vibration Reduction (VR)
Stabilization System effective corrects blur that commonly occurs when shooting
at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in. For still images, the camera uses
image sensor shift to reduce the effects of camera shake, in combination with
electronic vibration reduction during image processing. When shooting movies,
the effects of camera shake is reduced by using Electronic Vibration Reduction.
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 102 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 48 GB or 64 GB.
Image Size: The Coolpix L120 records still images in JPEG format, and
high definition movies in MOV video format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC
stereo). You have a choice of
nine still image size options and
three movie options:
Storable Images (approx.)|
4320 x 3240
3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1024 x 768
640 x 480
4224 x 2376
1920 x 1080
|Movie Option||Movie Bitrate||Internal
1280 x 720
1 min 32 sec||
960 x 540
640 x 480
4 min 22 sec||
2 hrs 30 min|
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.
- Auto Mode: 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: Useful for
photographs where you want the main subject to stand out clearly from
- Landscape: For vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines,
colors, and contrast in such subjects as forests and skyscrapers.
- Night Portrait: For shots that provide natural balance
between the main subject and the background when shooting portraits
under low lighting.
- Party/Indoor: Shots
include details of the background behind the main subject, or to capture
the effects of candlelight and other indoor background lighting.
- Snow: Captures the brightness of sunlit snow
- Beach: Vividly
captures the brightness of subjects such as beaches or
sunlit expanses of water.
- Sunset: Preserves deep
hues seen in sunsets and sunrises.
- Dusk/Dawn: Preserves
the colors seen in the weak natural light before sunrise and after
- Night Landscape: A
slow shutter speed is used to produce stunning night landscapes.
- Close Up: Used to
capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects and other
small objects, with the background artistically blurred.
- Food: Used when shooting cuisines.
- Museum: Use indoors
where flash photography is prohibited or in other settings in which you
do not want to use flash.
- Fireworks Show: Slow shutter speeds are used to
capture the expanding burst of light from a fireworks show.
- Black and White Copy: Provides clear
pictures of text or drawings on a white board, business card or in other
- Backlighting: Use when
light is coming from behind your subject or when your subject is in the
shade but the background is brightly lit.
- Panorama Assist: Use
to take a series of photographs that you will later join to form a
single panoramic scene.
- Pet Portrait: For taking pictures of dogs or cats.
The camera detects the face of a dog or cat, and focuses on the detected
face. When the subject is in focus, the shutter is released
automatically (auto release).
- Smart Portrait: Using face priority to recognize human
faces, the shutter is automatically released when a smile is detected.
- Sport Continuous: This mode allows rapid, continuous shooting
while you press and hold the shutter-release button fully. The camera shoots
up to 20 pictures at a rate of up to 15.3 frames per second. You can change
the frame rate and image size within this mode.
Movies: Using the dedicated Movie-record button, you can
shoot high definition or standard definition movies at 30 frames per second. The
maximum movie length for each movie is 29 minutes, and the maximum file size is
4 GB, regardless of the memory card
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: While the
shutter-release button is held down, up to 19 pictures are taken at a rate of about
0.7 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 14M (4320 x 3240).
- 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 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 22 frames per second, and arranges them
into a single image, measuring 5M: 2560 x 1920 pixels.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second timer for self-portraits.
AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area
Modes 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 19' at the maximum
wide-angle position and 9' 10" at the
maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.
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
automatic ISO settings between ISO 80 to 800, or manual settings at 80, 100,
200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400.
White Balance: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 L120 has a built-in Speedlite flash with a range of
1'-8" to 19' (Wide angle) and 5' to 9'-10" (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
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- Cropping: Create a copy containing only the portion
visible in the monitor.
- Copy: You can internally copy
images between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD-card.
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 26 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 L120 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:
|Battery Type||Still Images||Movies|
|330 shots||3 hrs 5 min|
|Lithium||890 shots||7 hrs 45 min|
|Ni-MH||520 shots||4 hrs 25 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
USB/Audio-Video Output: The Coolpix L120 features a single
proprietary jack on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied AV or USB
cable. 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
the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The
video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.
HDMI Output: The camera has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for
connecting the camera to a high-definition TV. An HDMI-to-mini-HDMI cable (not
included) is required for connecting the camera to the HDTV. You can set the
picture resolution to Auto, 480p, 720p, or 1080i.
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied CD-ROM contains ViewNX 2,
Apple QuickTime (Windows only), and Panorama Maker 5. The Nikon Transfer 2
function of ViewNX 2 is
used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer. ViewNX 2 is
used for viewing your images and movies on the computer, retouch and print
photographs, and edit movies. Panorama Maker 5 is used for
creating panorama images from the camera's recorded still images.
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with
Windows and Macintosh. You computer will need to meet the following system
|CPU||Still Images/Motion JPEG movies: Intel Celeron, Pentium 4,
or Intel Core series; 1.6 GHz or better|
Movies (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format): Pentium D 3 GHz or better
for playback; Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or better for editing
|Still Images/Motion JPEG movies: PowerPC G4
(or better), G5, or Intel Core series, or Xeon series|
Movies (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format): PowerPC G5 Dual or Core
Duo, 2 GHz or better for playback; Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or better for
|Operating System||Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium, Enterprise,
Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business,
Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack
*All installed programs run as 32bit applications in 64bit editions
of Windows 7 and Windows Vista
|Mac OS X Version: 10.4.11, 10.5.8,
- Windows 7 / Windows Vista: 1 GB or more (2
GB or more recommended)
- Windows XP: 512 MB or more (2 GB or more
|512 MB or more (2 GB or more
|Hard Disk Space||500 MB or more available on the startup disk (1 GB
or more recommended||500 MB or more available on the startup disk (1 GB
or more recommended|
|Video Resolution||Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or
higher (1280 x 1024 pixels or higher
Colors: 24-bit color (True Color) or more
|Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or
higher (1280 x 1024 pixels or higher
Colors: Millions or more