Nikon is one of the big market players when it comes to making cameras,today we check out the Nikon Coolpix L340 which is a point and shoot digital camera with 28 x optical zoom and 20.2 megapixel NIKKOR lens
Sounds exciting isn’t it so lets check it out,
Quick overview about Technical Specifications followed by Significant Sections
- Camera Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 7.6 cm
- Screen Size : 3 inches
- Optical Zoom: 28 X
- Video Resolution : 1280 X 720
- Optical Sensor Resolution: 20.2 megapixels
- 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
Alright so you know the technical aspects of the camera which are impressive,So now lets move forward,
The Basic Build and the Form Factor with Design
The Nikon Coolpix L340 has a product dimension of 11.1 x 8.3 x 7.6 cm and is a compact but sturdy device for a camera of this type,it can be easily gripped and handled and does have a rubberized hand grip for safety and thumb rest for extra ease.
The flash pops out with a push of a button which is located at the top and the 3 inch screen is located at the rear of the camera with control buttons on the right hand side.
The bridge styled yet point and shoot device has 4 menu buttons with an OK button on the menu which we usually see in Nikon devices as well as scene button and few more around the like the trash and the quick-view button to provide easy operation and functionalities and battery compartment can be popped open from the bottom of the Nikon Coolpix L340 to access them and change them quickly.
The device looks well built and surely does look stylish and is one of those device which you can just carry around and click photos while on a vacation or just hang it around your neck with a strap on as its light.
Lens Quality of the Camera and image processing
The camera can shoot high resolution photos of 20 megapixels which is really an impressive thing and does shoot videos and images of high quality and the CMOS sensor performs well.
Minimum ISO of 80 is pretty basic and the actual standard for point and shoots and they act well and in harmony together with very less grainy photos and noise.
The exposure speed is good making the fast moving objects not look blurry and distorted but the focus may seem a little bit slow when working in low light conditions on the Nikon Coolpix L340 and the scene selector presets will take a bit of time for the camera to adjust.
The device can also record videos of 720 p which is a really good feature and the optical zoom of 28 megapixels makes the long range shots crisp and clear.
How Big is the Screen and what about a Viewfinder
There is a 3 inch LCD display on the rear of the Camera and it offers good quality picture resolution and the viewing angles are also good on the screen which makes it good to capture shots easily in outdoor settings but you might struggle a little bit under bright sunlight.
It is a 460 k dot resolution display with good sharpness and good brightness to offer as a viewfinder is not available this is the way by which you will take clicks and maybe including a vari angled screen could have been better.
The inbuilt features and the Different modes
There are many options which come with the Nikon Coolpix L340 to make your images or videos look more creative and vibrant as well.The well and systematically arranged menu lets us access the menu on the 3 inch display where we can view our images or videos and can be seen in slideshow,rotation and much more and also the auto mode seems to work the best and you can also apply digital filters to the shots you have taken.
The menu settings are fairly divided in image mode video or general mode for the general settings of the camera.
The scene auto selector detects the scene automatically and focuses on its own and adjusts the settings accordingly like the ISO settings,the AF and also white color balance.
The zoom is pretty powerful on the coolpix and can be operated with the T and W buttons situated on the top.
So What do we Think About It and Our Verdict
No Doubt it is a well built and a well designed bridge styled camera with some really neat features such as the optical zoom and the ability to capture high resolution images and also the many shooting modes are provided to enhance the user experience and improve the quality of the shots.
Conclusively Nikon Coolpix L340 is a excellent product without a doubt and is available at such a tempting and a suitable price point.
Hence the gap between a digital point & shoot and a full featured DSLR is well filled by this Bridge styled camera as you may would not want to spend a lot of money o buy an expensive SLR,so in that situations this is an appropriate choice.