GREAT ZOOM FOR A COM­PACT CAM­ERA

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The Nikon Coolpix L820 has a 30x op­ti­cal zoom, packed into a bridge cam­era body. This zoom is also the best fea­ture of the cam­era. The 30x trans­lates to 4.0-120mm and that is good enough for bird watch­ers and even to shoot the craters on the moon, pro­vided you have a very steady arm. The im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion is im­pres­sive, even at the long end of the zoom. How­ever, do all your 30x shoot­ing with a tri­pod. There are zoom tog­gles on both the lens and the trig­ger which is good while shoot­ing dif­fer­ent ori­en­ta­tions.

This 16MP cam­era has no man­ual set­tings like other new com­pacts and that is a bit dis­ap­point­ing. But you have all the au­to­matic set­tings you will need along with a bunch of pre­set scene modes. There is no viewfinder and the LCD has a VGA dis­play. So the im­age ap­pears a bit too elec­tronic, but trust us the re­sults are much bet­ter. The pho­tos lack a bit of sub­tlety, though.

The cam­era can shoot Ful­lHD video at 30fps and also comes with stereo record­ings. The auto fo­cus works really well in both still and video modes. The flash is good and does not burn out pic­tures like in most en­try-level cam­eras and phones. How­ever, use the flash spar­ingly as this cam­era uses four recharge­able cells that tend to drain out much faster than a Lithium-ion equiv­a­lent.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

De­cent en­try-level cam­era with im­pres­sive zoom.

NIKON COOLPIX L820

Price: ` 15,000 Specs:

16MP CMOS, 4.0120.0mm, f/3-5.8, ISO 125-1600

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