Nikon CoolPix L18
Entry-level camera with a low price tag
- Low price, simple interface
- Pictures a little over-sharpened, some visible graininess, can't manually adjust ISO, somewhat sluggish
Nikon's CoolPix L18 is a basic, entry-level compact camera that does little to separate itself from the pack. It will be fine for novice users but anyone more discerning will be frustrated by the image quality and speed issues.
Price$ 219.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 3 stores)
With an entry-level price tag and features to match, Nikon's CoolPix L18 is a pretty basic compact camera. Its 8-megapixel sensor snaps reasonable pictures but its operation can be quite sluggish. However, if you're after a no-fuss, happy-snap unit then it may be up your alley.
We found the L18's pictures to be satisfactory for small and medium print sizes, but as expected more enthusiastic photographers will be disappointed with the output. Sharpness is fairly good, although edges do look a little soft at times. There was also some over-sharpening (this was corroborated by Imatest), although it wasn't too severe.
Chromatic aberration also had an impact: there was prominent purple fringing outdoors and haloing on our high-contrast chart shots. There was also some noticeable detail loss towards the corners of the frame.
Image noise was somewhat tough to measure, as the camera doesn't allow you to manually adjust ISO. We were forced to simply let it default to automatic ISO, which produced some fairly noisy images. It was a fine grain but it covered the pictures and resulted in a loss of clarity that was obvious at higher magnifications.
Colour balance was typical for a unit at this price point. With a focus on producing bright, enjoyable pictures rather than incredibly accurate ones, the overall tone is quite vivid. Reds and yellows in particular are noticeably oversaturated. Greens looked a little pale, but blues were almost spot-on. We also noticed the L18 had some minor exposure issues; most notably, whites often looked blown out and extremely bright.
The camera was a little on the slow side. Time between shots was quite quick at 1.9 seconds; however, the camera suffered 0.2 seconds of shutter lag and a 3.3 second start-up time, both of which are sluggish results. The burst mode is also less than speedy, capturing 1.8 frames per second.
The camera's features are fairly minimal, but that's no surprise considering its market position. As with all Nikon cameras it has Best Shot Selector, which is essentially a bracketing mode. Aside from that there is Face Detect and digital, but not optical, image stabilisation. ISO sensitivity apparently goes to 1600, but we couldn't verify this. White balance can be set via a list of presets or using the manual option.
The overall focus is clearly on simplicity, with an Easy Auto Mode specifically designed for novices. It takes all control away from the user and lets them focus on taking pictures, which should please amateurs.
Physically, the L18 is quite plain. It follows the same trend as past L series models. The camera is built from dull silver plastic and is quite sturdy, with a deceptive amount of weight behind it. The controls and interface will be familiar to anyone who has used other Nikon units. While they aren't perfect, they do the job.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) review: Raising the bar
- 2 Xiaomi Mi4 review: Xiaomi's best yet
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Lightly flawed, Undeniably special
- 4 Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship
- 5 Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- NIST pledges transparency in NSA dealings over crypto standards
- North Carolina could be next in Google Fiber roll-out
- Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history
- Box rides high on Wall Street’s warm welcome
- China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.