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Nikon Coolpix L620
18.1-megapixel digital camera with 14X optical zoom (Black)
Our take on the Nikon Coolpix L620 by Crutchfield's David Brown
The best photos can be the easiest ones to take
Just because a camera is super-easy to use, doesn't mean your photos only come out "so-so." Try the Nikon Coolpix L620 and see what we mean. Set it for Easy Auto mode, and let the camera adjust to your shooting conditions, so you don't have to worry about learning the ins and outs of f-stops, shutter speeds, and so on.
Shooting a portrait? Face priority autofocus and red-eye correction will keep your subject looking sharp. Trying to capture a moving target? Motion detection recognizes your subject's movement and makes adjustments so photos come out crisp, not blurry. Bright sunlight or evening shadows? The 'L620 can keep your shots clear and colorful even as lighting conditions change. About the only adjustment you have to make is this camera's impressive zoom — up to 14X for close-ups that far surpass most smartphones.
Beyond simple point and shoot
When you're ready to go beyond this camera's automatic functions, there's lots of fun to be had. Shoot a fast action sequence at the blazing speed of 10 frames per second. Or try adding effects like monochrome for black and white photos, or selective color to highlight one portion of your shot. Or edit photos on the 'L620 before you transfer them to your computer, so you don't have to fool with complicated software. Try cropping, softening skin, or even editing your HD movies right on the camera.
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 2' USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end)
- Wrist strap
- ViewNX2 software on CD-ROM
- Reference Manual on CD-ROM
- Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
- Warranty Programs sheet
- 18.1-megapixel effective recording
- 14X optical zoom (2X digital/28X total zoom)
- 3" LCD screen (460,000 dots)
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-350mm
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
- optical image stabilization with vibration reduction for blur-free photos
- continuous shooting captures up to 10 frames per second at full resolution (maximum of 6 shots)
- motion-detection recognizes fast motion and automatically increases shutter speed and sensitivity (ISO) for sharper photos
- variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings including a high sensitivity mode (ISO 3200) for low-light and flash-free shooting
- face priority autofocus for better portraits
- smile shutter and blink alert for capturing ideal expressions
- automatic red-eye correction
- built-in editing and effects include Quick Retouch, Selective Color, and Crop
- high-definition movie mode (up to 1080/30p resolution)
- 18 scene modes including Night Portrait, Sports, and Easy Panorama
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- micro HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
- high-speed USB interface
- 4-5/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 1-3/8"D
- weight (with battery and SD card): 8.4 ounces
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- 2 "AA" batteries
- USB cable
- wrist strap
- software CD-ROM
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||25-350mm|
|Internal Memory||83 MB|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3" CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/30p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||8.4|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix L620 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 460,000 pixels and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 96% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting and playback modes. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix L620 features a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 18.91-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 18.1-million.
Optics: The Coolpix L620 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 L620 uses a 14x optical zoom, that is equivalent to a 25-350mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 2x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 28x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of approximately 700mm lens (35mm format).
Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization: The Coolpix L620's Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System effectively corrects blur that commonly occurs when shooting at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in. The camera utilizes lens shift technology to reduce the effect of camera shake.
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 83 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. Memory cards with a Speed Class rating of 6 or faster are recommended for recording movies.
Image Sizes: The Coolpix L620 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:
- 18M: 4896 x 3672 High Quality 1:4 compression ratio
- 18M: 4896 x 3672 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: 4896 x 2754
- HD1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 High Quality
- HD1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 Standard Quality
- HD1080/60i: 1920 x 1080 Standard Quality
- HD720/30p: 1280 x 720
- iFrame 540: 960 x 540
- VGA/30p: 640 x 480
Note: The maximum movie length for each movie is 29 minutes, and the maximum file size is 4 GB, regardless of the memory card capacity.
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, Easy Panorama, and Pet Portrait.
- 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 pressed.
- Continuous H: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 6 pictures are taken at a rate of about 10 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 18M (4896 x 3692).
- Continuous L: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 6 pictures are taken at a rate of about 2 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 18M (4896 x 3692).
- Continuous H 120: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 50 pictures are taken at a rate of about 120 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to VGA (640 x 480).
- Continuous H 60: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 25 pictures are taken at a rate of about 60 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 2M (1920 x 1080).
- 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:
- Target Finding AF:
- When the camera detects the main subject, it focuses in that subject.
- When the subject is in focus, the focus area matches the size of the subject.
- When the camera detects a person's face, it focuses on it as a priority.
- 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 6' 6" at the maximum wide-angle position and 3' 7" 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.
Exposure 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 (ISO 125-1600), 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200.
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 lighting conditions.
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix L620 has a built-in Speedlite flash with a range of 1'-8" to 16' (Wide angle) and 3'-4" 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 red-eye effect.
- 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.
Playback Menu: The following options are available in the playback mode:
- 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: Toy Camera Effect 1 & 2, Fisheye, Soft, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Miniature Effect, or Painting.
- Print Order: You can select images to print and the number of copies for each.
- Slide 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 screen.
- 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.
Voice Memos: You can record voice memos, up to about 20 seconds, to be attached to an image. Voice memos are created as WAV files.
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:
- Printer 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 L620 is powered by two "AA" batteries. You can use alkaline (supplied) or lithium non-rechargeable batteries, or Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. 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|
|150 shots||10 min|
|Lithium||660 shots||1 hr 25 min|
|Ni-MH||410 shots||55 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 minutes.
HDMI: The Coolpix L620 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.
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 software:
- ViewNX 2:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your images
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies
- 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 XP
- Macintosh: Mac OS X Version 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
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1 question already asked
Yes and not sure... The batteries have been changed once since Christmas... [ Terra Jun 18, 2014 ]
I took 188 pictures of 4-5 megapixals. I took 63 photos after the warning that my batteries were dying. I would turn the camera off and wait 2-3 minutes, turn it back on and would get 4 more photos. The camera turned itself off. Wait a few minutes and I could take 3-4 more photos. This happened a number of times. I'm very happy with the camera! [ Cindy Jun 17, 2014 ]
You need lithium batteries for that camera or rechargeable ones. The regular AA die after like 3 shots. . [ RODNEY Jun 16, 2014 ]
Yes. You can use ordinary batteries for this camera. My issue was that the batteries were drained very, very quickly. I never was able to shoot video with the camera because the batteries always became exhausted almost right away. I returned this camera. I exchanged it for the Olympic Tough Series TG 850. I LOVE the Olympus Camera!! It is way, way superior. The Nikon battery and memory card area is in an awkward spot and the little door is plastic. I felt it could easily break so I returned the camera. As I said, I LOVE the OLYMPUS TG 850 -- It is very, very solid and takes wonderful pictures and GREAT video! Hope this info helps you. [ DENNIS Jun 16, 2014 ]