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Nikon Coolpix L4 review: Nikon Coolpix L4

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MSRP: $129.95

The Good Simple to use; decent images; inexpensive.

The Bad Sluggish performance; no manual ISO setting; noticeable purple fringing; subpar movie mode.

The Bottom Line The Nikon Coolpix L4 produces solid pictures for a budget camera.

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6.2 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 5
  • Performance 6
  • Image quality 6

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The Nikon Coolpix L4 is the least expensive of Nikon's low-end L-series line of digital cameras. The L4 has a small, 4-megapixel sensor, a 3X optical zoom lens, and a handful of scene preset modes but few high-end settings. Though slow and not very versatile, it puts out some pretty good pictures for its price.

The L4's silver-plastic body is compact, light, and fairly stylish for such a low-end camera. Just less than an inch and a half thick, the L4 is a little bit too fat to slip into your jeans, but it weighs less than six ounces even with an SD card and two AA batteries, making it comfortable to carry in a jacket or purse.

Controls are simple and direct, though the recessed buttons might make thicker-fingered users feel awkward. The top side of the camera holds a large, round shutter-release button and a smaller, rectangular power button. The power button isn't as responsive as we would have liked, and it needs to be held down for a few seconds to start up the camera.

The back panel holds the rest of the camera's controls. A small zoom rocker; a mode slider for switching between automatic, scene-assist, and movie modes; a four-way-plus-OK control pad; and menu, review, and trash buttons sit next to the L4's 2-inch LCD. The control pad can navigate the camera's menu system as well as directly access the flash, timer, and macro modes.

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