Nikon Coolpix L110 review:

Nikon Coolpix L110

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Surprisingly good 720p movie mode; excellent LCD display; great value for money.

The Bad Very basic photographic controls; no electronic viewfinder.

The Bottom Line Superzoom cameras may cost almost as much as cheap digital SLRs, but they'll never be as good. What you're really looking for is versatility and value for money. On that basis, the Nikon Coolpix L110, basic as it is, scores very highly indeed

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8.3 Overall

Nikon's L-series cameras might not be at the cutting edge of technology, but they provide decent build and picture quality at a very affordable price. That's especially true of the 12.1-megapixel Coolpix L110 superzoom, which comes with a 15x zoom and a 720p, high-definition movie mode. It's available for around £200.

Magnification elation
The L110's 15x lens isn't much by superzoom standards, but a 30x zoom will only give twice the magnification of this one. These magnifications are pretty huge anyway, so you may only need a longer zoom than the L110's once in a blue moon.

The detail softens up as the ISO increases but, otherwise, the L110's pictures are bright, clear and colourful. There's hardly any distortion either (click image to enlarge)

More importantly, the lens performs well across the whole range. Too many superzooms loose definition at full zoom, which kind of defeats the object of buying one, but the L110's lens holds up well. You get a sensor-shift image-stabilisation system to cut camera shake, and the picture quality doesn't deteriorate too quickly as the ISO increases, so, as long as the light's fair, you can expect decent long-range shots from this camera.

The L110's pretty good at the wide-angle end of the zoom range too. Many budget superzooms skimp on wide-angle lenses, but this one has a focal range of 28-420mm, so there's no problem in that regard.

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