Nikon CoolPix L16
- Cheap, manual white balance
- Pictures are strongly over-sharpened, no way to adjust ISO
The Nikon CoolPix L16 is an extremely simple camera but at this price you can't expect too much, and if you're looking for a budget, entry-level unit it isn't a bad option.
Price$ 179.00 (AUD)
Sitting at the low end of Nikon's compact range, the CoolPix L16 does nothing out of the ordinary, but it provides an adequate point and shoot for novice users. Image quality aficionados will probably not be satisfied with the images captured and the extremely basic feature-set although if budget is your primary concern this unit isn't a bad choice.
The L16 sports a 7.1-megapixel sensor, which is basically as low as they come these days. That said, while it won't produce images comparable to the many 8- and 10-megapixel units available today, this resolution is still fine for standard 4x6in prints.
Images captured with the L16 were reasonably sharp with only slight softening visible. However, at times they were grossly over-sharpened. This was particularly noticeable in our outdoors shots in areas of dense foliage, and it gave a very pixelated, digital look. Nevertheless this wasn't really evident at small magnifications and thus may go unnoticed by some users.
Fortunately chromatic aberration was kept relatively under control. There was some slight haloing in our indoors chart shots but it was pretty minimal and the same can be said for purple fringing in our outdoors snaps. There was also some minor detail loss towards the corners of the frame but this is to be expected.
Colour balance was middle of the road with a fairly soft overall mix. Everything came out a little washed out at times, particularly blues and greens but reds were surprisingly accurate. Things can be tweaked a little using the on-board colour options, but if you're after a camera that captures extremely rich, vibrant colours, you may want to look elsewhere.
Image noise was a little more difficult to measure than normal. The L16 has no adjustable ISO setting which means the sensitivity adjusts automatically. Normally we test at every ISO available from 100 onwards but we couldn't do that here. As it was, the camera performed to expectation. Shots were slightly grainy in well lit conditions but if you find yourself shooting indoors it will increase the sensitivity, which results in a sharp increase in noise.
Speed wise this model is an average performer. It takes a while to focus, which slows things down noticeably. As such the 2.2-second shot-to-shot time and three-second power-up time are not surprising. The shutter speed is also sluggish at 0.12 seconds while the burst mode is a little quicker capturing 2.1 frames per second.
As you'd anticipate for a unit with a sub-$200 RRP, the L16 is a little light on features. The most noticeable exclusion is the aforementioned ISO sensitivity, however, you also have no control over things such as focus mode and exposure metering. Bizarrely, manual white balance has found its way into the mix, which is a feature usually reserved for more expensive units. The lack of features isn't an entirely bad thing as the motto for this model was clearly 'keep it simple' and novice users will appreciate the ease-of-use.
Aesthetically this model won't win any awards, sticking to Nikon's L series style with a plain silver plastic body and a boxy shape. It feels sturdy enough however, and the controls are nice and simple. It also packs in a 2.8in LCD which is a nice size for an entry-level camera.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Google Daydream VR headset
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- LG 2017 OLED and Super LED UHD 4K TVs: Hands-on review
- Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- CCIT Project Scheduler- Port MacquarieNSW
- FTLinux Systems AdministratorNZ
- CCSystems AdministratorQLD
- CCTechnical Business Analyst (Security) - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTTechnical Business AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTService Desk Team LeaderSA
- TPSolution Architect - Transport DomainVIC
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!!!SA
- CCSAP FICO ConsultantWA
- FTSenior Functional Consultant - Data Analytics - TelcoVIC
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- TPService Desk AnalystVIC
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- FTSeeking all Java Developers!NSW
- TPTechnical Analyst - 6 Month Contract - Great Rates Of PayNSW
- FTServer Engineer l Windows l VMWare l Active DirectoryNSW
- FTLinux System AdminstratorQLD
- FTProject AnalystACT
- CCDomino SpecialistVIC
- CCOrganisational Change Manager - Banking/Financial ServicesNSW
- FTJunior Applications SupportQLD
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)QLD