Nikon Coolpix L330 is a brilliant compact camera with a powerful 26x optical zoom lens to snap long range targets in incredible detail, especially for printing in A4 size and below. It is the immediate successor of Nikon L320 and it comes with a 20.2 megapixel CCD sensor.
This superzoom camera has a focal length range of 22.5-585 mm in 35 mm terms with an ability of recording 1280 x 720 pixels HD movies. It is able to also record remarkable macro shots from as close a range as 1 cm. Aside from that, it comes with lens- shift vibration reduction technology that is Nikon’s inbuilt mechanism for eliminating shakes while recording.
Most of its controls will tell you that this is a point- and- shoot camera that is particularly suited for beginners and amateur photographers on a shoestring budget. The shooting modes you will find as part of the settings to tweak include Easy Auto, Smart Portrait, Auto Mode and Scene.
It is still a relatively large camera at 430 grams which you will not be able to simply stick in your pocket for a casual stroll. It is not just the physical weight but the DSLR styling that makes it awkward as well as too chunky to fit in a tight spot for mobility but a camera pouch should serve the purpose alright.
The buttons found on top of the Coolpix L330 include the on/ off button, the shutter release and the zoom knob. On the back side are the dedicated video record and playback buttons, mode control, delete and menu buttons. On the right hand side, with very easy access using your thumb, is a button for activating the flash. Still on the rear side is a 3- inch HVGA LCD screen that acts as the viewfinder with a clarity of 460, 000 dots for the display. Although not as clear as other more expensive compact cameras like Samsung NX1000, it has an anti- reflective coating at least to ensure you have a better glimpse of the display even under the glare of sunlight.
You can do basic edits to your photos from the camera itself like cropping, brightening and rotating. There is no built- in Wi-Fi or GPS, but then this is a budget camera for beginners and these are specs that are mainly meant for bridge, sophisticated Compact System Cameras and DSLRs.
Another major thing to note with this type of camera is the use of 4 AA batteries that will facilitate the taking of up to 370 shots before requiring replacements. If you were used to rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, you can see how this is a problem that will require to be dealt with. Probably the simple solution would be to have a pack of new batteries with you or the rechargeable AA batteries with their charger separately which might even afford you more shots depending on the type you choose.
|Device type||Compact Digital Camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||111.1 x 76.3 x 83.3 mm|
|Sensor||20.2 MP, 5152 x 3864 pixels, CCD|
|ISO sensitivity||80 – 1600|
|Zoom||26x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 Hi-Speed,
SD, SDHC, SDXC
|Battery||4x LR6/L40 size AA Alkaline non- rechargeable, 370 shots per charge
4x optional EN-MH2 Ni-MH rechargeable, 580 shots per charge
4x optional FR6/L91 size AA Lithium, 960 shots per charge
|Others||EXPEED C2 image processor, NIKKOR lens,
Lens- shift VR (vibration reduction)