Nikon Coolpix L120 review: Remain in light

As long as you have plenty of light, the Nikon Coolpix L120 is a nice camera for snapshooters in love with long lenses. Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/nikon-coolpix-l120-black/4505-6501_7-34505738.html#ixzz1SqRrcEVJ

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Anyone looking for a megazoom for simple point-and-shoot photos at a lower cost should look at the Nikon Coolpix L120. It's a refresh of the generally good L110 (generally good for its class, at least). In fact, the L120 is basically the same as the L110, but with a wider and longer lens (21x up from 15x) and a higher-resolution 3-inch LCD (920K dots compared with 460K dots). Its photo resolution jumps to 14 megapixels from 12, too, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

Shooting performance, particularly shutter lag, is better this time around and the LCD is excellent given this camera's place in the market. Photo quality doesn't improve, though: it remains very good with lots of light, but barely passable in low light and indoors without a flash. That, unfortunately, hinders the usefulness of its 21x zoom lens, too. Still, for those looking for a simple camera with a long lens, the L120 is worth checking out.

Read the full review of the Nikon Coolpix L120.

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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