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Nikon Coolpix L330

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2 Reviews
  • Generally hardy
  • Great for beginners of 'proper' photography
  • Flash is quite temperamental
  • Not as versatile as more expensive cameras
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      19.09.2015 14:58
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      Advantages

      • "Good image quality"
      • "Full range of auto modes"

      Disadvantages

      • "Lack of advanced settings"

      A good camera for beginners, can't change aperture, shutter speed, exposure time etc.

      I received this as a birthday gift from my friends after being interested in beginning photography for a while. This is a great entry level camera for someone just getting started in photography, and it has all the modes someone wanted to learn their way around a camera would need, including macro, landscape, firework, pet, sport, portrait and many more. It also has an auto, easy auto and a smart portrait mode which offer up more options. The image quality off these images is good, especially for macro shots. There is a decent range of zoom as it has a 26x zoom, and a wide angle lens so you get a lot in your frame. The focusing can sometimes be a bit off and there aren't many ways you can really select the focus properly, it's all pretty automated on that front. You can change the white balance and the ISO and there is an exposure compensation option, but past that there aren't many options to change things like aperture and shutter speed, which is noticeable as you progress in photography.

      The battery life is okay-ish , it tends to last about 3 to 4 weeks, but it takes a standard type of battery so it's not too bad. You can buy a rechargeable battery and use it that way, but I haven't done that.

      The flash is okay, there are different modes for the flash, including auto, fill etc. And it's bright enough to do the job, I suggest using it if you want to get a fast shutter speed because like I said there isn't anyway to change that.

      There is a timer which is handy, but it sometimes messes up, especially when used with the flash, I tend to find that during focusing one or both of these settings switches themselves off. But it's not too much of a problem.

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      05.05.2015 02:07
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      Advantages

      • "Generally hardy"
      • "Low price for the build quality and Nikon lens"
      • "Pictures come out great"
      • "Great for beginners of 'proper' photography"

      Disadvantages

      • "Flash is quite temperamental"
      • "For a little more money there are better cameras"
      • "Not as versatile as more expensive cameras"

      Nice entry level 'proper' camera, but for a little more money there's better Nikon devices

      I'm moderately interested in photography of practically all kinds, always have been, and so I am quite interested in getting the kids involved with my hobby. On hillwalks and forest walks - where we often go on holiday - it helps to have a sturdy, robust camera that can be used at a moment's notice, to capture landscapes, funny moments or animals. Whilst phones practically fulfil this function perfectly nowadays, the L330 offers a camera that is nice both for casual snaps and more considered, more artful shots. Shots that require a little more thought than your standard Instagram picture!

      I won't get into technicalities as those who know what some terminologies mean will know that this camera is ideal for entry level photography, and not much more. This doesn't make it a bad product in any way - it just makes it feel slightly limited when compared to Nikon models that are even a mere £50 more pricey. The Nikon L330 is very easy to operate: the kids were able to work out its rudimental fucntionalities after a few minutes of mucking around. Advanced settings can be played with, but at its core is a point-and-shoot camera.

      The quality of the pictures the L330 produces is great, and the camera is well put together as you'd expect from Nikon. Accessories for the camera come fairly cheap as it is such a standard piece of kit, further adding to its suitability for teaching children the basics about photography. The seatbelt-like carry strap makes the camera very easy to use safely and very difficult to drop, and the large screen lends itself to sharing photos from the palm of your hands (as well as allowing details to be considered when framing pictures).

      My only real complaints about the L330 is that its flash is a little bit inadequate. The fact it is a digital camera adds to the inadequacy, but often photos come out strange as a result of the flash being too bright or too dim. I think the (presumably electronic) problem may lie in the hinge mechanism the flash is attached to the camera by, but I'm not really very technically minded! This is a great 'first camera' though, which beats pretty much anything else at this price level in terms of quality and functionality.

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