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Nikon Coolpix L340 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 28x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

If you are looking for a snapshot camera that can pretty much do it all, this Nikon Coolpix L330 is worthy of your consideration. I am a camera nut and own both full-size Nikon SLRs (my present one is the Nikon D5300) as well as small pocket cameras. This L330 is essentially a hybrid between the two -- it is small (and light) enough to be easily carried, and yet has a large and powerful lens that can do many things better than a true pocket camera.

The outstanding characteristic of this camera is the lens. The lens features a much larger objective lens than any pocket camera, which means that it is capturing more light for more detail and sharper shots. For taking still pictures, for example, I notice a clear difference in favor of this camera in comparison to my Canon pocket camera. The 26X optical zoom really makes this camera a "do all" for both landscape shots, portraits, and many other kinds of shooting. Like all cameras of this class, this one is probably not the camera to use for action shots such as flying birds or football games, although it may do in a pinch.

Ergonomically this camera is well thought-out. I was able to pretty much completely figure this camera out without resorting to the manual, which is a good thing as the manual is nearly useless. Most users should simply spend 20 minutes browsing through the camera menus; this will adequately familiarize most users with the camera. (The manual is very rudimentary.) Frankly, you can put most settings on "auto" and do just fine with this camera. The viewfinder shows both shutter speed and F/stop, which is a nice feature for more advanced shooters. The flash is easy to use and is pretty good for a flash of this class. I took night party shots with it and it functioned about as well as any on-board flash that I have used. The overall fit-and-finish of this camera is excellent, as one expects from Nikon. This is an all-plastic camera, which is good as it makes the camera nice and light, while still adequately sturdy for almost all users.

As seems to be the remorseless trend in camera design, this camera does not have an optical viewfinder; it uses the rear LED screen for framing shots. I am against this trend, as this can present problems in bright sunlight. But all camera manufacturers seem determined that for cameras of this class they are eliminating optical viewfinders. A shame, in my futile opinion. I will say that the LED on this camera is nice and bright and does about as good a job as you can expect for this type of screen.

The maximum shutter speed on this camera is 1/500 which is adequate for action shots in bright sunlight; you can forget about indoor sports or other indoor speed shots though; the lens here is simply not fast enough. This camera will not yield satisfactory results for snapshots of indoor basketball games, for example. The continuous shooting speed on this camera is 1/FPS which is really not fast enough for wildlife shots in my opinion, but it is better than nothing.

This camera takes excellent photos wherever there is adequate light. For night shots you will be cranking up the ISO setting (with the resultant graininess) or using the flash. Either approach can yield decent photos although in practice I found night shots to be somewhat tricky. Fortunately you can immediately review a photo and re-take it most times if it turns out unsatisfactorily. Sure beats the film days.

I am very pleased that this camera uses 4 AA batteries. Firstly, AA batteries are ubiquitous; always available on vacations and my family always packs a bunch of them on trips. The 4 AA batteries that power this camera give a LOT of shots -- I am on 500 and still going; many using the flash. I am very pleased that Nikon eschewed using those puny little AAA batteries for this camera. The AA battery bank gives this camera lots of juice; the flash recycles pretty fast, does not drain the camera quickly, and the camera just keeps chugging along. This was a very good design choice by Nikon in my opinion.

This camera takes 720p movies. I have not used mine much for this so my review will not cover this feature.

Overall, this is an excellent camera for its class and will outperform true pocket cameras. It is small enough to be much less a chore to carry than a full-blown SLR such as my trusty D5300, and takes really good photos within its limitations. This is a good choice for family trips, portraits, or industrial/business use. There is a lot of camera here in a small package, and it is very easy to use. Recommended. RJB.

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