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Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon Coolpix L5

Overall score:76%
Image Quality:75%


  • Face-recognition focusing, VR stabilisation


  • Average image quality, slow performance


Nikon Coolpix L5 Review


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A new entry to Nikon’s ‘Life’ series, the L5 is an entry-level point and shooter sold exclusively through DSG Retail – that’s PC World, and PC World to you and me. The L5 does not offer many manual settings, but instead incorporates 15 scene modes. Features include a 5x optical zoom lens, a 7.2MP 1/2.5in CCD, a 2.5in LCD monitor, face recognition and Nikon’s VR (Vibration Reduction) lens-shift image-stabilisation system. A standard-looking digital compact, the L5 is a fairly small handful of silver plastic. Limping to life in around three seconds, the L5 is not a sprightly performer, and this extends to slow shot-to-shot and reaction times. Scene modes present multiple options, which are helpful as often as they are distracting.

Image Quality
Sharp, colourful shots are abundant in bright outdoor conditions, but images captured indoors or in low light lack contrast, while automatic white balance struggles to perform well.

Value For Money
While £199 presents fair value for a camera of this resolution and feature set on paper, the slow performance and iffy image quality mean there are plenty of other compacts out there that will pip the L5 to the post.


Despite offering some interesting features such as VR and face recognition, the L5’s performance remains at the entry-level end of respectable.

Full Specification


Dimensions:97 x 61 x 45mm

Connectivity:USB 2.0
Memory Card:SD

Flash Modes:5.5m (W), 4.0m (T)
White Balance:TTL 7 modes

Metering System:-
ISO Range:80-400

Exposure Modes:Auto, 15 Scene, Best Shot
Shutter Speeds:4-1/2000sec

Sensor:7.2MP effective, 1/2.5in CCD