love this camera, takes wonderful photos. However, i've been through two of them, and neither of them take photos in black and white. and it's missing a lot of it's other adjustable functions.
August 8, 2011
Disappointing (Access to a full manual would help)
A complete owner's manual for the camera is only available on a cd rom. My computer's disc drive is broken. You can imagine the learning-curve without the access to the manual.
I've had the camera a couple of months now and still haven't been able to take the decent photos with it that I expected from the camera. (Access to a manual sure would be nice.) Once in awhile I get lucky and get the photo, but usually not. Photos tend to not be quite in focus, even on wide-angle shots or 'normal' angles. (Access to a compete manual sure would be nice.)
Maybe some day soon Nikon will make the manual available online. Until then, I'm stuck with a 16 mega-pixel camera that doesn't stand-up to a 2 mega-pixel phone camera that I used to use.
(Access to a full manual would be nice.)
May 23, 2011
Be aware of some caveats
I bought this camera a few weeks ago and perhaps my review will be a bit premature. Also keep in mind that I am not a professional photographer, or even close. I have owned point-and-shoot Nikons before and I have been disappointed with the quality of photos taken under low light. This is not different with the Nikon-L120, at least when you take photos using the smart auto function. Furthermore, oftentimes with this function selected, the flash will not flash, even though the picture produced reveals that a flash was needed. Therefore, in order to take better pictures at night, one needs to give up on the smart auto mode, select among the “night picture mode” and manually set the flash to trigger no matter what. Another thing that bothers me is that almost every landscape or portrait photo I take is “soft”. I am not about carrying a tripod everywhere I go, and this camera is heavy enough that a simple light “table tripod” will not do it. Photos do end up acceptable when you manually select the photo mode, and even more when the camera be stabilized somehow other than just with your hands. There is no viewfinder so that you do not have the option to have the camera stabilized against your face. The Macro and sports modes do take good pictures though, and the zoom quality is very good as long as nothing moves (the camera or the subject or the wind). Battery life is very good, but one irritating thing is that in order to take the memory card out and in, one needs to open the battery container.
Again, I have not used all the functions this camera has to offer yet and I do believe that it will perform better with a semi-professional or professional photographer. If your intention is to take photos on the go and do not have time to fiddle with the manual, and if you do not want to carry a tripod around with you, chose from one of the compact point-and-shoot Nikon has to offer. You will save money and end up with very similar results.
May 16, 2011
Takes great pics outdoors!
It's a great camera for taking outdoor pictures & has an amazing zoom, but I never did figure out how to have good indoor 'non blurry' photos---even with the flash! That was a bit of a pain, but I got many a good picture with it, & if you get lithium batteries, they last forever in it! Also takes great videos.
September 26, 2013
Only 3 months old and shutter button broke already...
It takes some descent pictures and good video, but overall this camera has some major issues...for one the shutter button broke after 3 months of light use, and I had to pay shipping both ways to the Nikon repair facility...Also, this camera eats batteries like you would not believe. Takes 4 double AA...they last about 80 shots and some picture review time, and that is it...DEAD...More batteries....More batteries...Get a camera that has a rechargeable battery pack or you will regret it...I originally purchased this camera to replace my 5 year old cheapo Kodak point and shoot...Come to find out that my old cheap Kodak point and shoot (cost me $79.99) has many more nice features like (in camera) panoramic photo stitching and long shutter times for night time long exposure pictures...this camera does not do (in camera) photo stitching and it only has a 4 second maximum exposure time , and only in (fireworks mode)...Missing some basic features that cheap cameras already have...I will not buy another NIKON...
February 7, 2013
Full of Problems
After a few weeks, these problems developed:
1. On starting, I get a message to turn off the camera and remove the lens cap- even tho the cap was not on. The lens cycles in and out and then turns off.
2. On telephoto, the quality of the pics is bad- blurry. The pics are reasonably ok if you use the standard distance and no flash. The flash is too bright almost ALL the time.
I took the camera on vacation to Maine and my son's camera, some cheap point and shoot job, made much better pictures than my Nikon.
I'm sending it in to Nikon to get fixed. I'm not surprised they don't make this one any more.
I'd not recommend this camera to anyone and considering the cost, I would reasonably have expected a much better product.
November 16, 2012
At first i was sooo happy with it, 3 months later i couldn't even stand it. It kept going off whenever i wanted to take a pic. What a waste of my savings!!
January 23, 2012
Powerful zoom capabilties and good ergonomics but mediocre image quality
I purchased a Coolpix L120 to replace a five year old Canon PowerShot A630. The L120 offers logical menus, crisp LCD display, a secure handgrip, and very good battery life using Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH rechargeables.
While the 21x optical zoom is impressive, image quality overall is mediocre at best. There is noticeable chromatic aberration toward the outer fringes of the focus area. Graininess is very pronounced when any of the high ISO settings are used, making the L120 a poor choice for low-light photography without a flash. The Easy Auto mode is best avoided, as it rarely seems to choose the optimum combination of aperture, shutter speed, flash, focus mode, macro mode, and white balance. The scene modes are somewhat better, but still constrain specific adjustments. The Auto mode offers greater flexibility, but does not allow the user to set aperture or shutter speed (L120 lacks true manual functionality). Image compression is aggressive even with the highest quality 14 megapixel setting, resulting in limited options for enlargement. VR Image Stabilization is not very effective in low-light environments; a tripod should be used in such situations.
The L120's 720p 30fps video capability is merely an item for the sell sheet. Quality of videos from the L120, particularly those taken indoors, are among the worst I've seen from a device that advertises "high-definition" movie-making.
I'm going to donate this Nikon Coolpix L120 to charity and continue using my PowerShot A630 as the latter produces consistently superior photos. While the L120 was less than exemplary, I may consider purchasing a Nikon digital SLR in the near future.
January 3, 2012
I had bought this camera on July, at first its took very clear and bright picture and I was really happy that I was made a correct deal.
But after 3 month the ZOOM residing on the capture button goes to dead mode, it's not work any more, then the Flash problem, using the Flash light is painful because whenever want to took a picture using the Flash Light camera automatically shut down.
It is in ready to repair state.
December 20, 2011
Lots of problems with this camera including something on the inside of the lens. It also takes two pictures at once and there is a delay when I take a picture causing me to miss many pictures. The color is mediocre.
November 8, 2011
Thought I would love this camera...
after only a month of use, I just sent it in for repair. I would expect more from a camera that is not that cheap. It would turn on, but as soon as the shutter button was pressed to take photo, it shut itself off. I read that other users had the same problem. I wish I read this before I spent my hard earned money.....
November 7, 2011
saw it work beautifully in Africa
I bought the make and model after seeing it used on safari by a fellow traveler. She was replacing the same camera that she dropped in Ireland. She also did not receive a User Manual with her new camera and the CD did not work but she was able to use the manual from her first camera.
I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE PHONE AND THE INTERNET AT NIKONUSA.COM. SETTING UP AN ACCOUNT ETC. AND WAS TOLD THAT THEY AREN'T PRINTED ANY MORE SO I HAVE NO.WAY TO FIND OUT HOW TO FULLY USE MY NEW CAMERA.
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!.
October 31, 2011
I am not satisfied with the quality of the photos on this camera. The zoom feature is not what I was told, the zoom photos are not good, in fact I am considering returning the camera.
September 20, 2011
not so hot
I bought this camera to replace my Sony Cybershot that I've had for about 8 years. I needed something with a better zoom and burst shooting to catch my kids in action. I didn't get along very well with the Cool Pix. I read the small booklet that came with the camera and headed off for the football game. I came home later in the day without a single good picture. I had 264 blurred photos. I then downloaded and printed the 197 page instruction book. After reading it and playing with the camera I still couldn't get a good photo! I gave up...took it
back for a refund and bought the newest Sony Cybershot with the huge zoom and user friendly set up. After a five minute review of the Sony book, I have a camera full of action shots from a day at the lake. As for the positive... The Nikon was smaller and easier to pack around. I also like that it takes regular batteries as aposed to rechargeable.
September 5, 2011
Would be a Great Product...
I purchased this camera for my daughter's 15th birthday. She has a strong interest in photography & I thought this was a nice transition camera between a typical digital and an SRL. I've always purchased Nikon, I think they make amazing product. The COOLPIX had some wonderful features, some better than my expensive camera. It was simple to use & the photos that my daughter took looked amazing. The colors were sharp and vivid, the options for taking various photos was vast & the zoom is wonderful. Only issue was it stopped working about a month after purchasing it. My daughter would turn it on and in less than a second it would shut off - we changed the batteries and it made no difference at all. It was extremely frustrating that the gift I had just purchased her wasn't working only a few weeks after giving it to her. I've sent it in to Nikon to be repaired and a week later I'm still waiting for it to be shipped back out to me. I was pleased with the product - simply wish it was dependable.
August 29, 2011
Great Features - however lacks durability
The camera was purchased for photography in a harsh enviroment ( Fire Investigations). A great camera that is easy to use for day to day activites, however lacks features that allow the lense to have filters placed on it to help protect the lense. Film cannot be placed onto the lense to protect it...............
July 20, 2011
I think I spent a lot of money on a piece of junk. it takes great pictures when it want to work.
July 19, 2011
Good Point-and-Shot but not an SLR
I bought this camera for a Photography 101 class at a recommendation from a few people I knew (they heard of it but never owned one). I was please with the picture quality mostly; however, there is NO manual setting. You can only really adjust the ISO, White Balance, and Brightness & Contrast. Now, you think you'd be able manually adjust all the settings with an SLR, right? No Shutter Speed, Apature Settings (other than zoom), or anything like that. Heck, if this thing had those features I would've given it 5-stars for being a really cheap "SLR."
Also, why have something that shots HD video when the camera has no Headphone or Mic plug ins?
Honestly, I feel this camera is just a rip-off all the way around.
June 29, 2011
Blurred image when zoomed in
I am facing an issue when the camera is zoomed out , utilizing the 21x zoom, not the digital zoom though, the pictures it took were all blurry. I tried changing several settings but could not fix the issue. The picture on the LCD display would be clear when I try to focus on an object but I can feel the lens still trying to focus and hence the lens is still trying to focus (even though the picture seems to be well focused on the LCD display) and clicking on this just makes the picture blurred. This is really frustrating and would want to know if this is an issue with my camera or the model itself.
June 19, 2011
Media storage device option missing
The camera is fine but it's lack of connectivity to open source OS like fedora makes it unattractive for people like me... Earlier there was an option for Media storage device which has been discontinued and that has made it a problem to connect to OSS....
May 15, 2011
The WORST Camera Ever!
I have been with the Nikon family for years and never have been let down. But this camera is far below my standards. This camera is not any better than the L110. I had bought the L110 for when I took pictures at sporting events. I didn't want to carry my D700 around everywhere so I bought the L110. I was extrememly dissapointed with the quality of the pictures, however, I kept it because I would exchange it out for the L120 that was coming out. I've had this camera for about 3 days and the camera quality is horrible. The pictures turn out grainy and washed out the flash will not go off, even when I raise it. The only thing that I like is the 21x zoom which comes in handy when my family goes to sporting events. I would not reccomend this camera to anyone.
February 13, 2011
Not worth the price
I got this for my daughter as a christmas present and it is the worst camera i could have ever bought. When I bought it I got the warrantee just in case something happened to it and good thing I did because 2 minutes after opening it, it repeatedly shut down and only 1 out of the 28 pictures we took together turned out not blurry. I would definitely not recommend this. I was a waste of money. I took it into the store and they send it back to nikon and had to replace the lens. I had to wait two months and when I got it back, there was no difference in the way it worked. I am considering just throwing the camera out because I would feel bad to sell it to someone. I might as well have thrown 300 bucks out the window.
August 6, 2012
Radioshacks fault or nikon?
I bought the camera did every first step when i finished the time and yada yada yada i hit scene mode can anybody guess what happened? The camera didnt work it said "Shut off, put the thingy that protect the lens ( SOrry my native language is spanish) and turn back on" did for like 15 times myself other people tried and nothing. I dont know if this is the companys fault or radioshack? If its the company shouldnt they have people that try the camera first and see if they work correctly (SEE: this is where computer work fails we still need manual labor) and if they did and the company tested out and it work fine. Then that mean it was a return from another customer like me who obviously returned it, i mean really radioshack? Sell something somebody returned are that cynical? All i know is im so returning it tomorrow so i will get a new then i shall write a positive review of it hohas and what now until then i must type away!
*FRIENDLY TIP; when you buy a camera open it in the store or in your car so you will know if it works if not you will just have to turn around and thats it****
December 30, 2011
By far the worst camara i have owned..
This is by far the worst camera I have ever owned. The pictures are always blurry. Its extremely hard to get a clear picture. And even if you do it's nothing to be happy about. Previously a Sony CyberShot....and sad to say comparing to this nikon coolpix L120 ...it took amazing pictures.
The only nice things about this camera is...the battery life and the look of it. Other then that...I would not recommend it if you want something that you can depend on.
December 27, 2011
I have had this camera for less than a year. It starts off taking great pictures easily. Then it starts to stop working slowly. It runs through batteries like thats its job. Now when i turn it on and focus it, it immediately turns itself off. I always took perfect care of it and never did a thing to hurt it but it somehow broke itself.
December 25, 2011
Does not live up to the Nikon name.
I bought this camera 4 months ago. Started out great and then, always have to change shooting modes. You cannot go from inside to out or other way around with out changing the settings.
I had a C____ camera before this one. I wish I would of bought another c____. Just point and shoot great pictures everytime. Thought I was buying up. NO WAY. Sorry.
December 25, 2011
THE CAMERA WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO FOCUS
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS NIKON COOLPIX L120 CAMERA WAS NOT WHAT I
EXPECTED FROM A NIKON CAMERA.
THE CAMERA WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO FOCUS AND MADE TAKING QUALITY PHOTOS A REAL PROBLEM FOR ME.
I TALKED WITH NIKON SUPPORT ABOUT MY PROBLEM BUT I WAS NOT ABLE TO SOLVE THE FOCUS ISSUE.
THIS IS NOT A CAMERA I WOULD RECOMMEND
December 10, 2011
Everything's So Blurry
Terrible camera for a family with young kids on the move. All modes come up with blurry , grainy pics. Have to use sports continuous mode all the time and when I zoom in that mode when my kids are playing soccer, same result. Blurry and grainy. At first I thought it was me, but this seems like a common complaint. Why have Indoor/Party and all such modes when they don't even work? Not user friendly for my family that's for sure.
October 17, 2011
Must be me....
I thinnk it must be my amateur skills and the unfamiliarity of my new Nikon L120 that is causing the poor quality of my photos. Right now I hate this camera. I can't seem to get a decent picture out of it. Every picture is blurry and it seems like the shutter stays open too long (causing the blurring). Others have tried unsuccessfully as well. I'm sure it's a setting that I am using incorrectly but I can't figure out what it is. Why isn't there a more complete user manual??
October 5, 2011
The worst camera I have ever owned.
I was on a trip visiting family I had not seen in years and my very good and reliable camera I brought had gotten dropped by someone. I searched the internet and found this one with "Great" reviews and it was sold at a store near where I was so I ran out and bought the last one they had. It was new and from a reliable store. I and my husband read the manuel and it was easy to figure out. We both also have a lot oh camera knowledge. I am dismayed to say that EVERY Photo taken with this camera was Blurred, poorly lit even when flash was used and even in video the movie and sound quality are the worst I have ever seen. All photos both indoors and outdoors are awful in every way you can think of. More then one person took photos using this camera even a professional photographer and all are bad. Not a single one worth keeping. I bought this because I had not seen these relatives since I was a kid and wanted photographs for memories. Now I will have to rely on just my memory. I used the no name brand $20.00 camera I bought for my 12 year old daughter for some pictures and though it does not take great photos it blew away the photos taken with the Nikon l120.Unfortunately The receipt had gotten lost on our trip. I purchased it The day after easter of this year 2011. Basically now I am stuck with a camera I will never use and out the $279.99 it cost. I usually love nikon products but this is the exception. I will now think twice before buying Nikon again no matter how good the reviews are.
I had to give it ! star only because it would not let me leave it at 0 stars which is what it should be.
August 11, 2011