Nikon Coolpix L21

Review Date : Wed, 2 Feb 2011

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A basic, but inexpensive, compact, the Nikon L21 is a budget priced model aimed at the beginner. The Nikon L21 review follows...

Pros: Cheap, easy to use, handling, large buttons with clear labelling
Cons: Image quality, operation issues, 41mm min focal length

This is a very basic compact with an 8MP sensor and a 41-145mm zoom. There's a range of exposure modes on hand, including Easy Auto and Auto modes, as well as 16 scene presets. Manual control is limited to just a handful of options.

Motion Detection is included, though, as is a post-capture Electronic Vibration Reduction. The rear 2.5in LCD screen has a 230k-dot resolution, and large and clearly labelled control buttons.
It takes less than a second for the L21 to power up, while images are displayed promptly after capture. There issues with responsiveness once an image has been taken.

With just a single AF point in the middle of the frame, the camera turns in a mixed performance with regards to finding focus. Image detail fails to be resolved to the expected degree, and there's a drop in sharpness towards edges and corners. Colour can also be very saturated, although with no choice of metering modes it's a relief that exposures are largely balanced.


A budget camera that's incredibly average, even for the low price

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Design 15/20
Image Quality 15/20
Performance 16/20
Value 16/20
Features 16/20
Overall Score 78%

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