This camera is amazing. The zoom is incredible & the clarity is amazing! I was able to try it out in the store, and I bought it not only for it's zoom capabilities, but also because of the difference Scene setting options. The clarity is just beautiful and it really captures the colors of what I'm taking. The camera's ability to capture the detail is wonderful as well. I had a bit of a problem with the battery life, but after I switched to Advanced Lithium, I have not had a problem. Best camera I could have purchased.
February 13, 2013
Quality Images with Ease
Everything I wanted in one high quality package. Hi-res viewing screen, fast firing shutter, wide angle, excellent close-up capabilities... all easy to use and at a very reasonable price.
January 20, 2013
great for beginners and the experienced
I got this camera on a black friday sale, and I absolutely love it!
It's super easy to learn the ins and outs. Perfect for someone who wants to take good quality pictures but doesn't want to pay the steep price for a DSLR.
It captures the smallest of details.
Focuses easily when used correctly.
Easy to handle and change options if need be.
For me it lasts about 150-200 pics before dying on the double AA batteries. I would definitely recommend investing in rechargeable batteries.
Pictures come out a little pixely on full zoom, but nothing a proper re-sizing can't fix!
I took it out during a light sprinkle and it worked just fine.
I would also definitely invest in a neck lanyard or wrist strap, mine has kept me from dropping it so many times.
All-in-all it's a great camera for all uses and compact enough to take anywhere.
Great buy! I'm totally happy with my camera
January 7, 2013
A must have for your gear bag
I have had cameras in the past using the usual cartridge, roll, canister, etc. including 4x5 plate formats, twin lens reflex, SLR, etc., and a number of early digital cameras. The Nikon L610 is the first digital I have owned that feels like a more substantial SLR when holding it. Today, most digital cameras are awkward to hold, and if your hands are bigger than medium size, the challenge to keep fingers off of unwanted feature buttons can be daunting. The L610 has a grip feature on the right side, which is perfect. The shape of the top of the camera is, on first look, unusual, and then you recognize that it provides additional ergonomics that make your left hand grip better, and which keeps those errant fingers above the lens, and away from the viewing screen. And when you deploy the flash, the left hand still remains clear. The viewing screen is a terrific 3" wide, which doesn't seem like much, until you compose your photo on it. It is BIG. The top of the camera is super user friendly. The power button is in a perfect location, the shutter is easily found without looking for it every time you take a shot, and the zoom control (part of the shutter assembly) is also 'intuitive'.
Menu features are simple to use, even if you don't bother to read any of the instructions that come with the camera. Video was simple to use, and playback likewise was intuitive.
The price of the camera (found online at a substantial discount over retail) will be hard to beat.
Nikon engineers have a home run with this camera. The ergonomics are first rate - a case study in outstanding human factors engineering. This camera is at the perfect price point for new digital camera users, and is a welcome high quality addition to the more seasoned user's camera bag.
December 30, 2012
an amateur camera with professional results
I considered the big brother, P510 with its huge zoom capability, but max aperature was f9 at full extension. That's good for noontime, but blurriness could be a problem. I settled at 14x. That's settling? With a 4x digital zoom. Plus zoom in on your finished photos up to 10x more. This is serious magnification WITHOUT, repeat, WITHOUT losing quality. The Nikon ED glass, extra low dispersion has been a coveted element in only select Nikon lenses. While I wish it had more manual overrides, like PSAM, the many Nikon scene modes in the camera take care of that. Exposure is displayed so you can see your action mode up the shutter speed, macro down to .4 inches. My 105 micro was the only lens that could do that. To have this sharpness, and I'd compare it against any other manufacturers glass, power and versatility that can fit in a shirt pocket is priceless. Easy enough for someone starting out, all the way to a pro who wants pro pictures without the setup and luggage, you will all benefit from this. This can't be touched by anything out there. And check out the 3D mode. THAT'S interesting.
November 29, 2012
Just what I've been looking for!
I'm happy to report that this camera suits my needs perfectly! It's very easy to operate, the image quality is fantastic (low-light shots are superb!), the video button is very responsive and the LCD screen is super sharp. The camera's "voice memo" is a terrific bonus feature that allows you to record a voice memo and attach it to your images. The many other extras on the Nikon L610 truly make it a smart choice for anyone who enjoys taking great photos without a lot of hassle.
November 16, 2012
couldn't be happier!
I bought my L610 two days before leaving for vacation in Maine for some fall color and quaint harbor towns. Wow, am I ever glad I did not put off the purchase! This is my first digital camera and without even reading the instruction booklet I was able to do everything I wanted to do....and more!! The ease of use is fantastic, photo quality great and the neat little "tricks" I have found it capable of are amazing. I have yet to read the instructions and just imagine what other surprises my little camera has in store for me. One other major plus is the size of the screen...I could never make it with the tiny screens other models have to offer! What more can I say...I'm in love!
November 13, 2012
I got the L610 to replace a faulty S6100. Needless, to say the L610 is way better than the 6100. I also had my my choice of the 620 or an S6300. Even though I saw the 6300 as a reasonably improved upgrade, the L610 is even better for my needs. Most importantly, the 610 still uses AA type batteries. This makes the camera somewhat bulkier, but still easy to transport , store and use. I had significant troubles with the S6100 batteries and system. Give me the convenience of being able to throw in a pair of AA's and keep shooting.
I'm still learning about the camera, but the pictures are super-clear. The menu is simple and easy to access, as are main features such as record, shoot mode, picture viewing and deleting. I also like the pop-up flash and the large 3 inch lcd screen. I'm looking forward to enjoying this camera for some time.
October 10, 2012
Can't rate my first Nikon L610 as excellent. Received as a gift to replace my 7 year old Kodak digital. Nikon functions very similar. Fairly easy to switch from previous brand I was used to. Quality of prints, on-line photos good as expected since I went from 8 megapixel to this new 16 megapixel. In less than 30 days the battery signal showed @ 1/4 percent left. I'd only shot less than a 2 minute video & less than 40 pictures that were viewed more than once. Panasonic batteries that came w/ it expire 05/2017. Replaced with Sony AA batteries for digital equip. which expire 07/2019. Same thing happened with low battery signal after shooting only 35 more pictures. Returned camera to Best Buy for an even exchange. No hassles there. Let's hope this other one has better battery signal. Anxious to get fall colors on prints.
October 14, 2012
So far so decent
This is my first Nikon and coming from a Kodak just getting used to the controls are a little different. So far the images are pretty decent. I want to upgrade to an SLR but I know that I am not ready yet I just need to master the functions of this camera
October 16, 2013
I really like the zoom feature on this camera, but have had issues with the clarity of the photos. Even with the image stabilization feature I have problems getting crisp images. The even bigger issue I have is with the battery life. I have tried to record my son's marching band performance on two different occasions and neither time have had success. The camera says the batteries are exhausted before 5 minutes have passed. (The show is less than 8 minutes - so I find this very frustrating.) I do however, really like the low light feature of this camera. I rarely use the flash wich helps extend the battery life. I will consider investing in the rechargable lithium, but if that doesn't reslove my issues the camera will have been a great waste of money, time and effort.
October 21, 2013
A few pictures, no video
You can make very good pictures with this camera. You cannot make them for long, however. A fresh set
of rechargeable batteries will only get 80 pictures, no video. If you have made any pictures, when you try to make a video you get a " battery exhausted " message. I got 16 pictures from the last set of batteries. Now I have a new battery charger and six pairs of AA batteries which I don't need because I am returning the camera.
If you can get focus in the macro mode, which is almost impossible, you can get a very good picture. Overall, this camera is not worth the money. I had considered an L820, but I will never again buy a camera using AA batteries.
August 9, 2013
Had a older model and love it, but thought I would buy a newer one since we are going on a long trip. irst day using it we used up our supply of batteries. BUY DURACELL STOCK!!!
May 8, 2013
this camera is great if you have a bunch of money to spend on AA batteries because it literally lasts about a few hours. I got mine as a gift for going to Florida i loved it but spent most my money on batteries there.
January 24, 2013
From day one it used batteries, daily. I have sent it for repairs the second time already. It takes great pictures and video if it is not in the shop. The company that I work for uses older Nikon that use AA batteries we love the convenience and do not have any problems with them. I do not have any idea what happen to this model. I brought this model for vacation, the price and I it would fit in my pocket, I did not need to carry my large SLR and case around. I am not having a problem with Nikon standing behind the camera, which is great.
August 16, 2013
Good pictures but the L610 eats batteries
I purchased the L610 and a (4) 3100mah MiMH AA batteries with charger set. These 3100 MiMH rechargeable batteries are the strongest rechargeable batteries you can buy. The Nikon L610 web site says these batteries last over 400 pictures. The most I got after a full recharge is 12 pictures or 2 minutes of video. Carefully changing the battery mode setting, I then tried new alkaline then new lithium batteries. The lithium batteries did not even power the camera up and the alkaline performed similar to the MiMH. I used my digital volt meter to check the voltage and the camera was in fact killing the battery after minutes of standby use. Thinking it was the camera, I returned it and got another. The second camera has the exact same problem with all these new batteries I purchased. After 2 cameras and 12 batteries of 3 styles, the testing conclusively shows this model has a serious power consumption issue.
June 14, 2013
Battery exhausted error constantly comes up
I have been fairly happy with the camera, but I have an issue with the Battery exhausted error. I'm using Lithium Batteries and they are brand new. The unit keeps shutting down or won't come on because it believes the batteries are low. Still waiting from Nikon on a fix!
June 9, 2013
I could not be more unhappy with a product. The camera seems great at first until you realize that you need to lug around 50 AA batteries to make sure that you don't miss out on that perfect shot! The batteries drain very quickly and the camera shuts down with out warning.
I am so dissapointed.
May 18, 2013
No battery life
I received this camera as a gift. The battery life on this camera is horrible. I have gone through so many batteries that it would be cheaper to buy a different camera. Very disappointed!
February 4, 2013
Worst Nikon Camera I have ever purchased!
I purchased this camera back in NY during thanksgiving week and it has spent most of the time in the box while I try to figure it out what to do with it. First, and probably the most annoying problem is battery use, which started right out of the box, this annoying low battery message pops up constantly. I have recharged, replaced with new ones and again the same results. Overall is well designed, like the features it has, which is why I bought the camera in the first place, but everything is quickly useless because of the extreme thirst for batteries. I own a Nikon D3100 and very happy with it, and I'm currently in the market for the Nikon D600 but have to probably reconsider buying any more Nikon products again. Hopefully someone at Nikon can fixed the issues with this camera. No, I would not recommend this product to anyone, just not worth it.
January 10, 2013
I hate the camera uses AA batteries, they literally lasted less than a day. I had to buy a rechargable pack.
The flash doesn't pop up on it's own, it's manual.
My newborn baby is blurry in ever shot.
The camera is SO light it feels like a cheap toy camera.
December 31, 2012
very poor quality of pictures
I have purchased this camera hoping it would allow me to take nice pictures when they need to be taken fast. Not at all. None of the automatic functions takes good quality pictures. They come very blurry and with bed quality of colors. Either you don't use flash indoor and then picture is blurry or you use flashlight and picture colors look very plain. Changing ISO like the website recommends doesn't help. You may try to choose from many picture modes but that means sometimes you will miss the things that happen. I do not want to sound like an angry customer, but if company makes such a bad quality product I may hesitate to purchase any of other products ever again.
December 11, 2012
Every photo was blurry
I bought the camera at the end of November 2012. The first thing I saw on the screen was "Lens Error". I turned it off and on again and it worked, or so I thought: I took many photos and tried out every setting. I was so disappointed that no matter what I did, all the photos were blurry and the flash blew out the colour. For example: I tried to take macro photos of an angel Christmas ornament. It took a very long time for it to focus. It kept zooming in and out until I tilted the camera to make it stop. It then focused on the face (in the green square), but when I took the shot and looked at it on the screen, the face was blurry and the branch in the background was in focus. I tried this shot several times but the result was the same each time. I took several photos of the family cat on my mom's lap and no matter what setting I had it on - including the "pet" setting, the cat was out of focus but my mom's shirt was clear. Indoor photos, outdoor photos, good light, low light, all photos were blurry. (I had a few that were just OK). I did not get any good photos of our Christmas celebration and I am upset by that. Maybe I just got a dud out of a good lot, but now I'm leery on exchanging it for another of the same camera. I will call the 1-800 help number to see if there is a setting that needs adjusting, but now I have a bad taste in my mouth regarding this particular camera and I don't think I want it anymore. I am also disappointed in how fast it goes through a set of batteries.
January 2, 2013