Nikon has today announced a chunky looking beast in the shape of the Coolpix L1. The 'versatile' L1 boasts 6.2 effective megapixels and forfeits a viewfinder for a large 2.5-inch LCD screen. Other Nikon functions include in-camera red-eye removal, D-Lighting which can compensate for badly lit images and Face-priority AF. The L1 boasts a 5x optical zoom lens and also has a HELP button which displays explanations for functions on the main menu. The Coolpix L1 is available at the end of the month priced €299.

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The compact digital camera that has it all – superb quality, 5x optical zoom and a host of exclusive features

Nikon Coolpix L1

Nikon has unveiled the latest member of its COOLPIX compact digital camera family with the introduction of the powerful and versatile L1.

The COOLPIX L1 packs an impressive, high quality package into a lightweight body, with fantastic results guaranteed from its 5x optical zooming performance and the ability to improve images in-camera.

In short, it’s a compact digital that has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

As with all Nikon compacts, the COOLPIX L1 has a great lens in the shape of the powerful 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent), affording users much greater freedom to compose shots as they wish, letting you zoom in for tight portraits or zoom right out to capture wide-open scenery.

Great performance…
It also features a CCD that has been specially designed to deliver higher performance within smaller dimensions — contributing to the camera’s highly usable, portable feel - while packing in an impressive 6.2 effective megapixels that ensure superb clarity from the moment you turn the camera on.

The COOLPIX L1 also features a large, bright, easy-to-view 2.5-inch LCD monitor that makes it easy to compose shots and fun to play back the results straight away.

…and great looks
Design wise, the COOLPIX L1 is simple, streamlined and attractive. Its curved grip is stylish and appealing and enables comfortable, stable shooting. It is ideal for carrying anywhere, with
compact dimensions, and light weight.

Convenient features
COOLPIX L1 are compatible with AA size battery widely available in lithium, rechargeable or other forms, making it easy for the user to use the COOLPIX L1 right across the world. The camera’s easy operation begins with the simple-to-use multi-selector button and a Graphic User Interface (GUI) that enables users to select functions by either name or icon. There’s even a handy HELP button that displays simple-to-understand explanations for functions on the main menu, which can be displayed in a choice of 12 different languages.

Full range of features
Unique Nikon capabilities give the user the power to improve recorded images in-camera automatically and easily. Available in Playback Mode, the D-Lighting function lets users select images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash. The COOLPIX L1 then automatically creates a copy of the selected image with added detail and light where necessary.

The Face-priority AF function is able to detect the location of a human face within the frame, automatically providing sharp focus on it to produce pleasingly sharp portraits no matter where the subject is positioned in the frame. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function detects the red-eye effect that can sometimes be caused by flash, then automatically corrects it in-camera for consistently better portraits in low light.

The COOLPIX L1 also offers a Blur Warning function that alerts users whenever a shot has been compromised by camera shake, giving them a chance to take a better shot before the opportunity passes.

Setting the scene
With a choice of 15 Scene Modes, the COOLPIX L1 is well equipped to tackle a wide range of common situations and deliver smashing results. The user needs simply to select the Scene Mode best suited to the subject at hand and the COOLPX L1 automatically selects the optimal settings for results to be proud of. Four of the Scene Modes also offer the additional benefit of Scene Assist, which helps the user to take shots with better composition.

The COOLPIX L1 is compatible with widely available SD memory cards. Furthermore, it features 10MB of internal memory that makes it possible for the user to keep on shooting even when no additional memory media is available and allows images to be easily moved from one SD card to another. The COOLPIX L1 offers movie-shooting capability with sound at up to 30fps too, with a choice of TV-size, small-size and smaller size shooting.

Making the right connections
With the COOLPIX L1, ease of use and enjoyment continue beyond shooting to the sharing and printing of images. PictBridge enables the camera to be connected to a compatible printer for printing without the need for a computer while USB connectivity makes it easy to transfer data to computers and other peripherals. And the COOLPIX L1 comes complete with Nikon’s PictureProject software, which offers simplified image editing, organizing and sharing with a range of user-friendly functions.

Nikon COOLPIX L1 Feature Highlights

Higher performance from a smaller CCD
Specially designed to realize smaller dimensions that assist in facilitating the compact size of the COOLPIX L1, the 1/2.5-inch CCD offers the added advantage of even higher performance. Packing an impressive 6.2 effective megapixels, it enables the shooting of sharp, clear images that retain their quality even when significantly enlarged.

5x zoom capability in a compact body
Despite its compact dimensions, the COOLPIX L1 features a powerful 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent) that gives you the freedom of 5x zoom. Delivering greater compositional freedom than the average compact digital camera, it allows you to zoom in for closely composed portraits or zoom way out for expansive landscapes, for example.

Features for simple shooting. Features that improve images in-camera
A range of 15 Scene Modes makes it easy to achieve pleasing images in a range of common shooting circumstances. There is also a range of unique Nikon functions that gives the photographer the power to actually improve images in-camera. Available in Playback Mode, the D-Lighting function lets users select images with insufficient flash or excessive back light. D-Lighting then automatically creates a copy of the selected image, but with added light and detail wherever necessary. Face-priority AF, available in Portrait Mode, has the ability to detect the presence of a human face in the frame, achieving crisp focus on it automatically for satisfyingly sharp portraits — regardless of where the subject is located in the frame. There’s also In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically detects the red eye effect that can be caused by flash and corrects it to produce better portraits in low light.

AA-size battery compatibility
Compatible with AA-size batteries, which are widely available around the world in lithium, rechargeable and other forms, the COOLPIX L1 makes it easy to keep on shooting virtually wherever you travel.

Nikon COOLPIX L1 Other Features

  • Highly portable dimensions of 89.5 x 60.5 x 47mm (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.9 in.) (W x H x D)
  • Light weight of approximately 180g (6.3 oz) (without battery and memory card
  • BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the best exposure automatically from ten sequential shots
  • Time zone function enables local time to be set regardless of where you are in the world
  • 4x digital zoom takes you even closer
  • Single AF and Continuous AF selectable in Movie Mode
  • Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 5-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy and Flash) and Preset
  • Playback options: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow
  • Built-in flash: features settings for Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Off, Fill Flash and Slow sync.
  • Noise reduction ensures better color reproduction during Dusk/Dawn and Night landscape modes

Nikon Coolpix L1 specifications


• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 6.4 million pixels total
• 6.2 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30 fps
• 160 x 120 @ 30 fps
• With sound
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: MOV
• Sound: WAV

Lens • 38 - 190 mm (35 mm equiv) 5x optical zoom
• F 2.9 - 5.0
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Contrast-detect TTL AF
AF area modes • 5-area automatic selection
• Center focus area
AF assist lamp No
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity
• Macro: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity
Metering • 256-segment matrix metering
• Center-weighted
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing No
Shutter speed 4-1/2000 sec
Aperture F2.9/F4.9
Scene modes • Auto
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Night Portrait
• Party/Indoor
• Beach/Snow
• Sunset
• Dusk/Dawn
• Night Landscape
• Close up
• Museum
• Fireworks Show
• Copy
• Back Light
• Panorama Assist
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• Color Options
• Blur Warning
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Cloudy
• Flash
Self timer 10 secs
Continuous shooting • Approx. 0.7 fps
• Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
Image parameters [no spec from Nikon]
Flash • Built-in
• Range: 0.5-3.5m/ 1 ft. 8 in. – 11ft. 6 in. (W), 0.5-2m/ 1 ft. 8 in. – 6 ft. 7 in. (T)
• Modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Off, Fill flash and Slow sync
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
• DC in (AC adapter supplied)
Print compliance • PictBridge
• Exif
Storage • SD card
• 10 MB internal memory

• 2x AA battery
• Charger supplied

Weight (no batt) 180 g (6.3 oz)
Dimensions 90 x 61 x 47 mm (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.9 in)