Sunday, June 19, 2011
Nikon COOLPIX L120 14.1 MP Digital Camera, The Best Choice For A Semi-professional Photographer
For anyone searching at acquiring a decent, mid-level point-and-shoot using the look and really feel of an SLR, the Coolpix L120 is by far the best option, even with its few shortcomings!
As a semi-professional photographer who primarily shoots film (but is gradually converting to digital) I always have kept at the least a digital P&S camera with me to get those "quick" shots that I can't get because of the time involved in setting up the shot in an SLR. My previous digital camera, the Minolta DiMAGE S414 had been acquiring long in the tooth and was starting to blemish. A friend gave me his Nikon Coolpix E5200 and I was immediately totally hooked on Nikon's legendary imaging quality. Nevertheless, the 5-megapixel sensor in the Coolpix E5200 was short of what I truly required, so the same friend who gave me the E5200 also let me try out his Coolpix L110. I was blown away with how well the photos turned out! In my search for buy my own Coolpix L110, I had heard back in February that Nikon was launching the Coolpix L120, with a 2-megapixel improve over the L110 and several new features. Having read the first testimonials of the digital camera, it seemed like a sure success, so I took the plunge on March 14th of this year and secured one for myself. See also Coolpix L120Instantly, I was hooked on it. Right out of the box, this digital camera is a success! The settings, user-interface, the sleek design and the nifty zoom selector on the lens barrel makes this camera worth the cost. In the short time I have owned it, I have already taken approximately 1,200 photos from it; everything from nature, bridges, even the sun! (with a solar filter, of course). And with its fantastic 21x optical zoom, I'm able to photograph a car at over a quarter-mile away and be able to clearly read its license plate!
The only disadvantage I can see is that Nikon has left out the ability to manually take control of your aperture and shutter speed configurations (instead, leaving that for the Nikon Coolpix P500 which I was unimpressed with). However, those small shortcomings are overwhelmed by the simplicity this digital camera features. Itching to get into Panorama photography, with no need for an costly SLR with built-in panorama stitching? Consider it done! Using this camera's Panorama-Assist feature (which overlays a compact portion of the picture onto the screen for the next shot to be constructed), and the given Arcsoft Panorama Maker Pro 5 software, Panorama-style photography has never been more affordable. Seeking to enhance photos with HDR-like color quality? Consider that done, also! This digital camera products with it built-in D-Lighting that preserves the color intensity of an image yet bringing out the details otherwise hidden within darker shadows. Also supplied, incase you don't want to edit your photos in-camera, is Nikon's own View NX-2, which not just consists of D-lighting enhancement filters, it also provides a host of other image-editing features! Check also another article on Coolpix L120