Good features, but...
Zoom focus does not do well quickly, especially in video mode. Zoom in tight first, then zoom out, and it seems the focus works better (in video mode).
October 5, 2011
Good Point and Shoot
All in all a good point/shoot camera (Baka-chan).
Besides snapshots, the L-120 was purchased to shoot pictures for instruction manuals for media equipment at a school. At first couldn't get decent extreme closeups of small objects, but after reading the pdf. manual, learned that the lens had to be set to certain focal lengths (pg.39, 40, 41) before the closeup/macro feature would focus sharply, things are good now. Wishing: additional manual focus, view finder, and a real paper manual.
October 3, 2011
Excellent For Price
Bought Nikon L120 for wife after she showed interest in item at local store (my D80 & D300 were too much for her). The L120 takes superb pictures and has a fast learning curve especially if you've had prior experience with Nikon but also for a first-time user...wife picked up on it almost immediately.
Admittedly, I've used it as much around house to shoot pictures of our horses, family, etc. and found it light weight and full of features for the price. Zoom function is unbelievable, wide angle shots beyond expectation, and Macro function outstanding for camera this size.
My only complaint is that I am biased toward use of a viewfinder vs. LCD screen and wish this camera had that option (reason for only 4 stars). Otherwise, buy one and keep it around if only for a backup. Too, I can't believe the long battery life while using only Alkaline AA batteries; can't wait to see what it does with the Lithium Photo Batteries I purchased.
September 27, 2011
Good low ligth pics.
Excelent pics in almost no ligth conditions , good zoom, easy to operate.,sharp videos.
too bad it had a malfunction . But it may be was a bad item , i sent it in for repair.
September 20, 2011
Very easy, and simple to use.
Creates very crisp and wonderful pictures, for a cheap price.
There are different choices of 'shooting' that you can choose from ranging from Pet Portraits, Black and White, Landscape, and People Portraits. It takes just a few seconds before you get a clean picture after just hitting the shoot button.
I love this professional looking camera, and would definitely recommend it to budget-pressed future photographers.
September 19, 2011
A good product but problems after 4 months.
I really liked my Nikon camera when I first got it. I do think the operator's manual should be in book form as well as on CD. It was not difficult to figure out but if someone is not technical, it could cause problems. I am now having problems with my camera turning on. I have recently sent it back to the company. Luckily, it was under warranty. The phone service person was nice and very helpful.
September 15, 2011
Awesome camera at reasonable price
I bought this camera on sale at bestbuy it cost me $245,it is a reasonable price for this type of camera,However there is a con in the camera is that when u zoom in our zoom out,it is pretty loud for this camera.
August 29, 2011
good camera, but a little bit bulky abd heavy. Can you make it lighter. Also how do i recharge recheargeable batteries with this camera? Every time I use them I need to take them out.
August 15, 2011
Great Features and Drawbacks
Fantastic camera except for one feature it's lacking. It does not have a viewfinder! In bright daylight, viewing what you're shooting with the viewing screen is very dificult. I jury rigged a non-telescopit viewfinder out of the barrel of an acid brush and the end of a small spool, which I drilled a hole thru! I painted the rig black and glued it to the camera beside the flash. At least I can see the center of what I trying to shoot! Other than that one feature, it's it a very, very good camera, with excelent definition and great zoom. I'd buy it again, even without the viewfinder.
July 27, 2011
The red option is very hot. Pictures are excellent, though I haven't tried all the settings. The lens cap is a bit of a bother, and it is kind of easy to hit the settings buttons with your thumb if you aren't really careful to get your thumb on the rubber pad. Once you get your thumb in place, the rubber pad is good for handling though, as is the rubberized curve created by the battery compartment. Optical zoom works great.
July 27, 2011
Good Beginner's Camera
I bought this camera at the beginning of May and so far have had a good experience with it. This is my first Nikon; and I chose this model because while I really wanted a DSLR, they're still a bit out of my price range and this seemed almost as good.
This camera's strengths are its zoom, outdoor daylight shots, the shutter speed (for a point and shoot), clarity of photos, and the sports continuous shooting mode. The main limitations I have noticed are in close-up/macro mode. I take quite a few macro shots, and the macro mode isn't what I'd like it to be. I have had a lot of difficulty getting the autofocus to focus on what I want it to at times.
In summary, this camera is perfect for someone who is starting out and wants something a little more than a pocket camera. It's also great for the family photographer. If you're thinking about getting into semi-professional photography, however, I'd suggest springing for a DSLR.
July 3, 2011
Love this camera
This camera takes Great Pictures, And the color is better than I expected. It is better than the S3000 that I Bought awhile back. I have not used it much since I work most of the time, but when I have it worked very well. The controls are easy to use, and the pictures are good. I have a little trouble finding the right mode sometimes, and at times the pictures are a little too light, so I had to adjust the brightness.
Overall it has done better than I expected for a point and shoot camera.
The one thing that I would have liked is to have a a/c adaptor included with it. I have bought Ni-MH batteries two sets, and it has woked out well.
It is too bad that I can't switch lenses, this camera would be well suited to use different lenses and filters.
July 2, 2011
A few shortcomings
I like the ease of use of the Nikon L120, but there are a few things I would have liked better. 1st, I would have liked the memory card and batteries in separate compartments and the cover is very flimsy, and sometimes is a bit tricky to open.
I can see a possible breakage problem in the future. Also, I'm constantly hitting the review button when I put my thumb on the thumb rest. Lastly, when not shooting people or well defined subjects, the camera has trouble focusing, you can hear the motor working to focus which could lead to missing some important shots.
June 27, 2011
Great zoom and picture quality, easy to use.
I just got this camera a few days ago. Great zoom, great quality, and easy to use. Great for beginner photographers or just anyone who needs an everyday camera. The only drawbacks is that it uses 4 batteries and they run out very fast (1.5 days of average use) and the battery level icon only only shows if it's full or very low. Overall a good camera.
June 23, 2011
Blurry pictures when zoomed
This camera looked like exactly what I wanted - a point and shoot camera that had a high powered zoom and enabled me to take continuous pictures in a series and had several options similar to a SLR. I loved it all except when the camera was zoomed out for my son's award ceremony and my daughter's high school graduation where I utilized the 21x zoom, not the digital zoom though, the pictures it took were all blurry. I tried changing several settings and even sent in images to Nikon's awesome help staff who tried to help me troubleshoot the problem. After one month of frustration, I returned it today and am looking at the new Nikon S9100which is a little smaller but most importantly has a newly redesigned stability control according to the website. Nikon led me to believe the original l120 was defective so this may not be a problem for anyone else. We are going to Europe in 2 weeks and I just did not want to take a chance on the same camera type having the same problems, but as I said I plan on sticking with Nikon.
June 16, 2011
saw it on Oprah had to have it.
One of Oprah favorite and I had to have it,she said it is easy to use,But as you take the picture from the right your finger sometime hit the play back button,multi selector and do the flash pop up on it's own?I have no picture to send for now cause I am sending my Nikon in to be looked at around 6-17,18-2011.I know as I get to know my Nikon I will be come the best picture taker in the world.
June 14, 2011
This is an awesome camera for beginners!
Well i just got tired of my old camera which is a 10 mega pixel 12x zoom and I wanted an upgrade. So when i saw the ad i fell in love with the 21x zoom. The pictures I've taken are beautiful, but i was a little dissapointed that I didn't have the ability to manually control the aperture and shutter speed settings. It's a small price to pay for such an amazing camera. I highly recommend this camera for beginners!
June 10, 2011
Better than P500
I am owner of L120 and P500.
Photo with L120 is better than same photo which I got with P500 . CCD of L120 (today yet) is more useful than CMOS (of P500, which - at last - gives a light noise - i.e. a low contrast). Great priority of P500 is higher speed of photography.
May 30, 2011
Issue with zoom.
After receiving this camara, tried to take a picture at maximum zoom, and unless you set the camara on a solid surface, the focus constantly appears to be readjusting and picture moves in small circles. Customer service reps had no information to give on this issue, and told me I would have to send my brand new camara to them to get fixed instead of sending me a new one and I would be without it for a couple of weeks. Instead I purchased another one at walmart which did the same thing so I took it back and got a kodak.
May 26, 2011
I'm very happy with this camera! It takes incredible video as well as superior images. I Bring it with me everywhere i go! For it's price, it's definitely worth the buy.
May 25, 2011
entry level digital camera for photo enthusiest
Mustliple camera scene settings, face recognition, and dual vibration controal boosts the entry level photographers confidence while manual controal features reward experimantation. For the novice photographer, this is a really fun camers to shoot.
May 24, 2011
better than L100
Just bought one. the camera is perfect! price is ok.
March 15, 2011
La Nikon L120 es una de las mejores cámaras de su segmento, ligera, con fácil agarre y diseño que permite buena estabilidad en tomas sin trípode. Buena calidad de imagen comparable en algunos casos al logrado con cámaras de mayor nivel. Funciones amigables que se ajustan a casi todas las situaciones en que se puede encontrar el fotógrafo amateur. Lo negativo, es que es totalmente automática y no permite ningún tipo de ajuste distinto a los escenarios que trae la cámara.
May 19, 2014
Bon appareil Qualité/prix
Tres bon appareil pour ceux qui adore faire de la photo sans se casser la tête
September 17, 2012
Great Camera Some Flaws
When I got this camera I was focused more on video recording 720p at 29.97FPS wasn't that bad the mic on it is ok but i still prefer something that gives me a option of adding a external microphone. Picture quality is something on the lines of 6 on the 10 scale though it is a Auto Focus camera it is clearly not that great loses focus a lot of the times i try to take a picture but it is a camera it does what it needs to do i would recommend it if your a beginner its a amateur camera but it does what you need it do.
July 22, 2012
Great camera, one downside.
This is probably the best camera for the money that I've used. The only downside is that I can't update the firmware to 1.1 as I don't have a 32-bit operating system. It is very frustrating as I just dropped the money on an sd card that is supported, but only with firmware version 1.1. I cannot find a 64-bit version of the update, nor anyone that still uses 32-bit here.
Great camera, but a pain to update. Currently in the market for a new camera because of this issue.
February 1, 2013
Generally Ok but has issues.
The camera is OK in that it is compact, lightweight and relatively easy to use. There are issues when used at digital telephoto and the upper end of the optical telephoto - focus is slow, is confined to the center of field only, and in less than bright light conditions is not as sharp as my Nikon D5000 w/ 200 mm lens. Anti-shake is not very good at telephoto and the auto focus causes field of vision to shift randomly as the camera tries to find something to grab onto.
I worked with the camera for a couple of days and saw these issues but figured it was due to the cloudy days. I even shot identical pix with and without tripod to eliminate the shake.
Unfortunately I took it on an eagle watching trip and got the performance I noted above.
Tried iso variations and anything else I could think of. I am an experienced photographer and my Nikon D5000 is superb but this one did not live up to expectations except as a bright light snapshot camera..
December 5, 2011
Good but 21x zoom means nothing in this case.
Do not confuse zoom with "power" as in binoculars. If you do the math the CCD sensor of this thing is about 11mm and the max lens focal length is just over 94 mm, leaving you with about 8 times actual maximum magnification.
This is far less than I originally though when I bought the camera. Being more experienced now, I know this is not how magnification works.
With that said, the zoom is impressive and the camera is pretty good.
November 26, 2011
Everything is great except low light photos.
I like this camera a lot but the flash needs to be on to get good pix. Our make sure you are in full sun.
October 26, 2011
I am struggling with this camera
My previous camera died and was no longer available.
I need a camera to photograph my artwork.
So far the L120 does not seem to give me what I am used to quality wise. I am still learning to use it. I find the manual daunting.
I loved the reviews online for this camera so I got it. I should have returned it.
October 7, 2011