6 thoughts on “Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera (Black)

  1. Roger J. Buffington
    348 of 357 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good camera for its class, December 26, 2014
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    Roger J. Buffington (Huntington Beach, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera (Black) (Electronics)
    If you are looking for a snapshot camera that can pretty much do it all, this Nikon Coolpix L330 is worthy of your consideration. I am a camera nut and own both full-size Nikon SLRs (my present one is the Nikon D5300) as well as small pocket cameras. This L330 is essentially a hybrid between the two — it is small (and light) enough to be easily carried, and yet has a large and powerful lens that can do many things better than a true pocket camera.

    The outstanding characteristic of this camera is the lens. The lens features a much larger objective lens than any pocket camera, which means that it is capturing more light for more detail and sharper shots. For taking still pictures, for example, I notice a clear difference in favor of this camera in comparison to my Canon pocket camera. The 26X optical zoom really makes this camera a “do all” for both landscape shots, portraits, and many other kinds of shooting. Like all cameras of this class, this one is probably not the camera to use for action shots such as flying birds or football games, although it may do in a pinch.

    Ergonomically this camera is well thought-out. I was able to pretty much completely figure this camera out without resorting to the manual, which is a good thing as the manual is nearly useless. Most users should simply spend 20 minutes browsing through the camera menus; this will adequately familiarize most users with the camera. (The manual is very rudimentary.) Frankly, you can put most settings on “auto” and do just fine with this camera. The viewfinder shows both shutter speed and F/stop, which is a nice feature for more advanced shooters. The flash is easy to use and is pretty good for a flash of this class. I took night party shots with it and it functioned about as well as any on-board flash that I have used. The overall fit-and-finish of this camera is excellent, as one expects from Nikon. This is an all-plastic camera, which is good as it makes the camera nice and light, while still adequately sturdy for almost all users.

    As seems to be the remorseless trend in camera design, this camera does not have an optical viewfinder; it uses the rear LED screen for framing shots. I am against this trend, as this can present problems in bright sunlight. But all camera manufacturers seem determined that for cameras of this class they are eliminating optical viewfinders. A shame, in my futile opinion. I will say that the LED on this camera is nice and bright and does about as good a job as you can expect for this type of screen.

    The maximum shutter speed on this camera is 1/500 which is adequate for action shots in bright sunlight; you can forget about indoor sports or other indoor speed shots though; the lens here is simply not fast enough. This camera will not yield satisfactory results for snapshots of indoor basketball games, for example. The continuous shooting speed on this camera is 1/FPS which is really not fast enough for wildlife shots in my opinion, but it is better than nothing.

    This camera takes excellent photos wherever there is adequate light. For night shots you will be cranking up the ISO setting (with the resultant graininess) or using the flash. Either approach can yield decent photos although in practice I found night shots to be somewhat tricky. Fortunately you can immediately review a photo and re-take it most times if it turns out unsatisfactorily. Sure beats the film days.

    I am very pleased that this camera uses 4 AA batteries. Firstly, AA batteries are ubiquitous; always available on vacations and my family always packs a bunch of them on trips. The 4 AA batteries that power this camera give a LOT of shots — I am on 500 and still going; many using the flash. I am very pleased that Nikon eschewed using those puny little AAA batteries for this camera. The AA battery bank gives this camera lots of juice; the flash recycles pretty fast, does not drain the camera quickly, and the camera just keeps chugging along. This was a very good design choice by Nikon in my opinion.

    This camera takes 720p movies. I have not used mine much for this so my review will not cover this feature.

    Overall, this is an excellent camera for its class and will outperform true pocket cameras. It is small enough to be much less a chore to carry than a full-blown SLR such as my trusty D5300, and takes really good photos within its limitations. This is a good choice for family trips, portraits, or industrial/business use. There is a lot of camera here in a small package, and it is very easy to use. Recommended. RJB.

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  2. leah neldon
    150 of 158 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    LOVE LOVE LOVE!, December 2, 2014
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    This review is from: Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera (Black) (Electronics)
    I love this camera so much. I upgraded from a cannon elph 150 and it was a great little camera but with only 10x zoom this camera is so much better! I wish it didn’t take double A battery’s but I got the rechargeable kind and it’s great. The 25x zoom is amazing and will be great for my trips and concerts 🙂

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  3. J. mcdaniel "sunshine"
    72 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic!, February 10, 2015
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    J. mcdaniel “sunshine” (CA, USA) –
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    I LOVE my new Nikon Coolpix camera!! My last camera was the Canon Powershot A495. I could NOT believe the difference in quality of the pictures. This one takes noticeably clearer shots. The features are easy to understand…didn’t even need to read the manual. I haven’t had to change the batteries yet, and with my old Canon, I would have had to by now. Sooo happy I got this!

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  4. NJKramer
    1,044 of 1,099 people found the following review helpful
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    Instax Facts, July 23, 2013
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    I looked for a reliable, classy-looking Polaroid camera as a wedding reception guest book. After thorough research, I determined Instax was cheaper and just as reliable, if not more, than the new Polaroid instant cameras. Both cameras function similarly and use the same film; yet Instax has better reviews and is cheaper. The 8S has a few extra bells and whistles: a clip-on lens for close-up pictures, light/dark and indoor/outdoor settings, the mirror on the front of the camera, and two shutter buttons for either landscape or portrait photographs. Also, the lithium batteries are not hard to find for sale online; I haven’t had to replace ours yet, but we know that availability and price would afford on inconvenience.
    I have loved it; it was perfect for the party and I still use it frequently. The film is fairly inexpensive, so we continue to use it. The pictures are the size of a credit card with white borders, and the camera comfortably fits in a small purse. On our honeymoon, the good quality allowed us to take pictures of us in front of landmarks and beautiful areas. Also, a little mirror resides on the front of the camera to facilitate quick self-portraits, which can be taped later into journals as keepsakes. Learning which lighting settings work best in certain conditions took some trial and error, but every picture turned out vintage-y and fun, so no film was wasted.
    One last word on durability: I didn’t have the wrist strap around my arm and accidentally dropped the camera on a ceramic-tiled floor. The film flew out of the back of the camera, but nothing broke off or dented. The camera still looks great and functions optimally, and I only lost the top film, the rest of the cartridge still printed great pictures. That was a while ago, and I haven’t had any problems at all!

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  5. Michael Benavente
    268 of 289 people found the following review helpful
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    Amazeballs, April 13, 2014
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    This review is from: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Pink) (Electronics)
    Amazing. Takes great pictures! It has lots of settings to play with. Comes out instantly. Only thing is it doesn’t come with film.

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