Nikon Coolpix L830 Point and Shoot Camera review


Nikon Coolpix L830 seems to be the new apex of Nikon’s pocket friendly, simple and easy to use Coolpix L-series. Available at an attractive cost of $299.95 (14,299 INR), will get you a ton of value for money. The best thing about this camera is 34x zoom lens, giving an exceptionally great focal length range of 22.5-765mm (in 35mm camera terms). To guarantee sharp shots at such long focal lengths, the L830 likewise uses Nikon’s Hybrid Vibration Reduction technology. At the center of the camera is a 16.0-megapixel CMOS sensor fit for a maximum ISO3200 sensitivity and Full HD video capture. However, the most outstanding new gimmick is a high-resolution, 921k-dot screen which could be tilted up and down while capturing any image or shooting video clip. The Nikon Coolpix L830 additionally follows the L-series trend of being fueled by AA batteries.

Nikon CoolPix L830 – Usability

Basically the L830 is a successor of L820 that features almost same specs, we will explore what exactly is the difference between these two models. Sensor specs is still unchanged, with both cameras packing a 1/2.3” 16.0-million pixel CMOS sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO125-3200. The two cameras also share Full HD video recording with stereo sound and there is wind noise reduction feature in both the cameras, but interestingly the newer model has to make do with a slower continuous shooting rate. 8 frames per second at full resolution for a 6-shot burst has now been reduced to only 6.8 fps for 5 consecutive shots.

Nikon Coolpix L830

Visually also there isn’t much different, Nikon Coolpix L830 does up the total zoom range from 30x to 34x, however the highest 22.5mm-equivalent wide angle setting remains unmodified, and its f/3-5.8 aperture is almost similar to the older model as well.

Compared to the earlier variant, Nikon Coolpix L830 also included the same rocker switch on the left of the lens barrel to manage zooming, means you can zoom with your left hand and leave your right hand free to snap the shot. The circular directional pad also controls exposure adjustments and the self-timer, along with macro and flash settings.

As I mentioned earlier, the main highlight feature on the L830’s rear panel is that new includes tiltable monitor. Here also screen resolution remains unchanged compared to its predecessor at a generous 921,000 dots, but now you can extend the display screen outward and tilt it approximately up to 90 degrees up or down.

Nikon Coolpix L830

Under the Nikon Coolpix L830 equips a plastic tripod mount and a single flap covering the battery and memory card slot. This design is quite complex if you want to remove the SD card.

Forget about the power, the Nikon Coolpix L830 is ready for action in around a second or two, and in good light its autofocus technology locks a subject very quickly.

Nikon CoolPix L830 – Key Specifications:

Number of effective pixels 16.0 million
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.76M total pixels
Lens NIKKOR lens with 34x optical zoom
Focal length 4.0-136 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-765 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
f/-number f/3-5.9
Digital zoom magnification Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 3060 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction Combination of lens-shift and electronic VR
Motion blur reduction Motion detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range [W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.5 m (5 ft) to infinity. Macro mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) (when zoom is set to middle position) to infinity.
Focus-area selection Face priority, target finding AF, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking
Monitor 7.5 cm (3-in.), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with 6-level brightness adjustment, approx. 921k-dot (RGBW), tiltable up to 85° downward, approx. 90°
Media Internal memory (approx. 59 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File system Exif 2.3, DCF and DPOF compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG. Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: LPCM Stereo)
Shooting Modes Easy auto, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy panorama, Pet portrait), Special effects, Smart portrait, Auto, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food
ISO sensitivity  ISO 125-1600. ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)
Exposure metering mode Matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Exposure control Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (-2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter speed 1/1500-1 s. 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting). 4 s (Fireworks show scene mode)
Aperture Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection
Aperture range 2 steps (f/3 and f/6 [W])
Self-timer Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Flash range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.5-9.0 m (1 ft 8 in.-29 ft). [T]: 1.5-4.5 m (5-14 ft)
Flash control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI output Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminal Audio/video (A/V) output; digital I/O (USB). HDMI micro connector (Type D) (HDMI output), DC input connector
Power sources Four LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries. Four FR6/L91 (AA-size) lithium batteries. Four EN-MH2 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (available separately). AC Adapter EH-67 (available separately)
Battery life¹ Approx. 390 shots when using alkaline batteries. Approx. 1180 shots when using lithium batteries.
Movie recording  Approx. 1 h 10 min when using alkaline batteries. Approx. 3 h 55 min when using lithium batteries.
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 4.4 x 3.0 x 3.6 in. (111.0 x 75.8 x 91.2 mm) (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 508 g (1 lb 2.0 oz) (including batteries and SD memory card)

Nikon Coolpix L830 – Sample Images

Bottom Line

I have now used this product for around 2 weeks, and it seems to be an absolute steal at this price. The zoom quality is undoubtedly awesome which makes you feel that the investment on this camera is not waste. Image clarity is pretty decent considering the price of this camera and for sure, the options available there for quick touch up are an added advantage.

I would surely recommend you to buy this camera, if you are looking for a camera in this budget and optical zoom is one of the features on your mind.