First Look: Nikon Coolpix L120
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First Look: Nikon Coolpix L120

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As long as you have plenty of light, the Nikon Coolpix L120 is a nice camera for snapshooters in love with long lenses.

Hey, I'm John Goldman, Senior Editor with CNET, and this is a look at the Nikon Coolpix L120. Now, what you should know about the L120 is that despite its appearance, it's just a fairly basic point and shoot camera with a very long lens. Now by basic, I mean you won't find a lot shooting options beyond full automatic and scene modes. And by very long lens, I mean that it goes from an ultra-wide 25 mm out to 525 mm; that's 21x zoom. It can be very handy, but it's also difficult to keep still especially without a viewfinder. On the upside, you get a really nice ultra-high resolution 3-inch LCD, something you don't typically find in this class and extras like a one-touch record button for HD movie capture, stereo microphone, and secondary zoom control on the side here. The shooting performance is improved from its predecessor, the L110, but it may still be too slow if you're trying to get specific shots of active kids or pets. You'll have to rely on the Sport Continuous mode for those, but the quality isn't as good as the L120's regular shots. Speaking of, the photo quality doesn't match that of Nikon's P500 or S9100 Megazooms particularly indoors or in low light which is where this camera really falters. But, outdoors or indoors with lots of light, it does fine. So, if you're after a simple shooting experience and a really long lens, it's worth checking out. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Nikon L120.

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