Friday, September 25, 2009

The Nikon Coolpix digital camera is priced just right for the consumer camera range, and although it’s not the cheapest nor the most expensive, the Nikon digital camera does offer a range of features to make it appealing to most people, and it boasts a set of features to customize how pictures are taken.
The Nikon Coolpix digital camera range has been around for a while now, and the L18 is in the bottom portion of the range. It does offer a good set of features though.
A brief list of the features of the Coolpix Nikon digital camera
8.0 megapixel
3264 x 2448 maximum pictures resolution
640 x 480 maximum movie resolution
SD/SDHC memory card slot
JPEG picture format
AVI movie format
3x optical zoom
3.0 inch viewscreen
Firstly, there is the 8.0 megapixel picture quality. This is enough for any family pictures and even then is probably more than necessary, considering that most pictures will be downsized and then uploaded to the Internet. The Nikon digital camera does support lower resolutions and if you plan to take a lot of pictures then choose a resolution that is more reasonable. Even for my family photos I use 2.0 megapixels (1600 x 1200), even though my camera supports more.
The 3.0 inch viewscreen gives a nice large view of the picture before taking it. The Nikon digital camera’s screen also gives a clearer idea of what the final picture will look like because it applies the pictures settings to the displayed picture while viewing.
The ability to take low resolution movies is a definite plus. 640 x 480 might not seen like a lot compared with HD TV and other such high resolution technologies, but it is probably enough. It took two years before I tried movies on my old camera. It could only take 320 x 240, but was still enough for home movies because the subject is very focused and in a controlled environment.
It is worth noting that this Nikon digital camera takes AA batteries. Proprietary batteries often last well and are designed for the camera they are used in but are expensive to replace and require that you take a spare and charger for longer trips. The AA batteries on the Nikon Coolpix digital camera allow you to choose any AA sized rechargeable battery you like, you can use regular AA batteries if your rechargeables run out and they are easily replaceable.
For the price, getting a good camera, decent video recorder all in one make the Nikon Coolpix digital camera a good pick.

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