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Nikon launches budget-friendly Coolpix L620 ultra zoom

By dpreview staff on Aug 6, 2013 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has unveiled the Coolpix L620, an ultra zoom camera in its budget-friendly L-series. It sports an F3.3-5.9, 25-350mm equivalent lens coupled to an 18.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Other features include lens-shift Vibration Reduction, a 3", 480k dot LCD, 1080p video recording, and use of AA batteries. You'll be able to pick up the Coolpix L620 in your choice of black and red in September for around $250/£199/€239.

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Press Release:

THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX L620 IS THE EASY WAY TO CAPTURE GREAT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS, EVEN AT A DISTANCE

The Latest Addition to Nikon’s Comfort Long Zoom Camera Lineup Helps to Capture Life’s Special Moments with Little Fuss

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 6, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the new COOLPIX L620, an easy to handle compact camera with a versatile 14x optical zoom lens that makes it easy to shoot amazing images and Full HD video up close or from a distance. A great companion for the always on-the-go individual looking to capture special moments, the L620 offers user friendly features such as Scene Modes, Easy Auto Mode, Special Effects and Target Finding AF, as well as Full HD video recording at the touch of a button.

“The comfortable ergonomics and thoughtfully placed controls of the COOLPIX L620 make it easy to capture amazing memories from a baby’s first steps to a big hit at a little league baseball game,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX L620 also includes many user-friendly features and controls to help consumers capture beautiful photos and videos with ease and confidence.”

The camera body of the COOLPIX L620 is designed specifically for users who seek simplicity with the added benefits and capabilities of a long zoom lens. The incredible 14x optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens covers a focal length of 25mm to a distant 350mm (35mm equivalent), making the L620 ideal for taking on vacations as well as special moments that require shooting at a distance. For added stability, the integrated grip provides extra support when shooting or composing on the bright, high resolution HVGA 3.0-inch LCD monitor.

The new COOLPIX L620 boasts an 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, which assists in capturing detailed images with rich color and clarity. Even in low-light conditions, the camera can help the user to create sharper images with the assistance of lens-shift VR Image Stabilization and wide ISO range up to 3200 ISO. The L620 also features one-touch recording making it is simple to create fun videos and memories in Full HD 1080p video with stereo sound.

Capturing great still shots is effortless with Nikon’s easy-to-use Scene Modes or Easy Auto Mode which enable users to enhance their photos with options like Red Eye Fix and Face-Priority AF. Other special effects include Quick Retouch, Filter Effects and Skin Softening to create truly flattering portraits. For added convenience, the use of readily available AA-size batteries makes it easy for the user on the go.

Price and Availability
The Nikon COOLPIX L620 will be available in September 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $249.95* and is available in either Black or Red. For more information about this COOLPIX camera or other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about this and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com

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Comments

Total comments: 40
utomo99
By utomo99 (8 months ago)

Hello everybody (all manufacturer) :
Now the Trend is Big Sensor and Fast lens.
Please make the camera like that.
Do not make toy cameras with Small sensor with Big MP again.
Camera phone can match it easily.

2 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

A superzoom with a large sensor or fast lens would be as big and expensive as an slr so there would be no point to it. A superzoom with a large sensor /and/ fast lens would be bigger still!

2 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (8 months ago)

Would you believe not everyone wants a full frame f1.0 camera? In fact, I think there's quite a few people who don't really give a damn and just want a picture.

1 upvote
Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal (8 months ago)

This may be literally one of the worst products Nikon could ever launch. These are specs that were available in 2009. "Incredible" 14x zoom lens? Is this an April Fool's joke or something? When are they going to just give up with these ridiculous tiny sensor cameras that lose money and just make something that can actually outperform a cellphone?

4 upvotes
JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (8 months ago)

It's a cheap camera aimed at punters: why bother discussing it from the standpoint of serious photographers? Most of the people who buy it will hardly notice if the IQ makes a phone look good. Main thing is that with nice big figures for Mp & zoom it might bring a few shekels into Nikon's piggy-bank so that we can go on buying their DSLRs.

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

The press release actually states the lens being "versatile." I guess it is more versatile than a fixed focal distance length lens. I am sure that for just a little more money, you can get a phone camera that takes better pix than the L620 will. And Nikon: we have went well past the 1/2.3-inch form factor sensor domain quite some time ago, you know. APS-C sensors, you have heard of those, right?

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

APS-C sensor in a *compact* superzoom? It's not physically possible.

1 upvote
Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (8 months ago)

How about a good camera Nikon?

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

Big YAWN, everyone!

1 upvote
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (8 months ago)

Then it's past your bed time.

1 upvote
rb59020
By rb59020 (8 months ago)

Where do you attach the EVF? The bloody tripod socket?

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

Sad truth:the average compact camera buy doesn't care about an EVF

0 upvotes
ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (8 months ago)

The raison why Nikon ot other companies put as some say those 'tiny' sensors with such high megapixel count on their compacts is Sony and the mass production effect, that's what the sensor market propose them, and they take it because it's probably the best product for the price
if they put bigger sensor, they have to put bigger lenses etc and so on, and the price will rise and so the sales will go down, if you want a big sensor compacts you can have it, there are several ones depending of what you mean by saying 'big' sensor
1/2.3 already have it's market and production lane, on so it's somehow the optimum for sensors that provided and megapixels that rise are usefull for marketing and dont take from you anything but your disk-space so it isn't end of the world

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

There are no big sensor compacts with decent zoom. And yes, they are possible, see how tiny the lens in RX100 is. Software corrections.

0 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (8 months ago)

I feel like software corrections were discussed to death only recently.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

1/2.3-inch sensor cameras in the year 2013 are pretty much a disgrace. Now, maybe up to a certain price, say $100 or $150, they are fine. But not past that.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

WOW 18+ megapixels on a 1/2.3" sensor. I am not really sure why anyone would think that is a good idea.

7 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Sony makes them up to 20 mpix already. Anything about about 12 on 1/2.33" is pure waste of course.

2 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

I am just waiting for some company to say forget it we are going to just cater to what our customers THINK they need.

Just put 50 megapixels on a 1/4" sensor and slap an F4.0-F9.0 10-1600mm lens on it. Say it has Magical powers to "Capture light from stars other than our Sun even when our Sun is visible". It will sell like crazy for a few months until everyone figures out that sensor size and Focal Ratio are the only specs that really matter.

6 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

f4.0 sounds generous. Why not "constant aperture" (F11 or so)? ;)

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

I like how the Focal Ratio is not visible in any of the photos or in the specs.
f/3.3-5.9 is something I would want to hide in a small chip camera.

2 upvotes
The Jacal
By The Jacal (8 months ago)

Crikey, three posts to rant about the same thing. We get it, you don't like compacts, live with it.
Nobody is forcing you to replace your beloved GH2 with one.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

Wow, F3.5 at 25mm WA focal length, and then F5.9 at 350mm maximum open aperture settings. The optical genius of Nikon, everyone. No wonder they call it a Nikkor lens, huh?

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (8 months ago)

Another tiny sensor....

while consumers are becoming more knowledgeable...

and the manufacturers wonder why sales are in a steady decline.

5 upvotes
harry
By harry (8 months ago)

What is different of L620 from L610? Too many superzooms, L620, L820, L520, etc.

1 upvote
Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (8 months ago)

2 million more pixels :)

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

So they took L610 and added 2 extra useless megapixels which the slow lens cannot resolve because of diffraction. Great.

Who would buy this? For 250, you can buy much faster and 24x Oly SZ-31, for example.

4 upvotes
Hubertus Bigend
By Hubertus Bigend (8 months ago)

I wonder whether there will be a more advanced, but still compact ultra-zoom camera with a viewfinder one day. Until that day, I'll stick to my ancient Olympus C-70Z/C7000Z, for the occasions I want some focal length range (even though it's only 36-180) but don't want to carry the bulk of the mirrorless gear I'd need (let alone the DSLR gear).

0 upvotes
JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (8 months ago)

Wretchedly ugly. Reminds me of a 1950s Boyer. Might even be made of Bakelite.

1 upvote
ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (8 months ago)

As there is no info about aperture it is 3.3-5.9

2 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (8 months ago)

So 14x optical zoom is now called "ultra zoom" and 60x optical zoom (Lumix DMC-FZ70 ) is called superzoom ? Really ?

1 upvote
guamy
By guamy (8 months ago)

Good.. but its almost the same size as my new canon dslr.

0 upvotes
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (8 months ago)

the question is ,which canon dslr?

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (8 months ago)

Compared to the smallest Canon DSLR:

http://camerasize.com/compare/#473,448

The top view is quite revealing, I think.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

Don't forget the lens

http://camerasize.com/compact/#473,448.26,ha,t

0 upvotes
Zvonko
By Zvonko (8 months ago)

it looks the same as every other camera my kids have broken on the first outing.

1 upvote
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (8 months ago)

Then the problem is not with the cameras !!! your kids need some real service ;-))

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Zvonko
By Zvonko (8 months ago)

they're just kids Ken, whose the camera meant for, YOU??

0 upvotes
day2012
By day2012 (8 months ago)

In the first para you have "L820" instead of L620.

1 upvote
Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (8 months ago)

Good catch, thanks!

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