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Nikon Coolpix L23 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £62
inc VAT

A seriously low price, but with disappointing automatic exposures and no way to adjust settings, you get what you pay for.


1/2.9in 10.0-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (28-140mm equivalent), 170g

We don’t see many compact cameras like the L23 these days, with its AA batteries and bulbous body to accommodate them. Then again, not many cameras are this cheap. Bear in mind that rechargeable batteries aren’t included when weighing up this camera against models with Li-ion batteries, though.

Nikon Coolpix L23

The lens is surprisingly well specified with its 5x zoom range, starting at a wide-angle 28mm equivalent focal length. Most of the other specs reflect the low price, with a basic VGA-resolution video mode and barely any control over photographic settings. The menu includes a continuous mode and white balance control – including a custom white balance option – but there’s no way to adjust the ISO speed, metering or autofocus. Even face detection is absent, except in the Smart Portrait scene preset, which combines it with a gimmicky smile-detect function.

Nikon Coolpix L23 back

The lack of control would be fine if the L23 picked the best settings automatically, but in low light with the flash suppressed it invariably resorted to excessively long shutter speeds, which led to blur. It’s no surprise that a camera this cheap doesn’t include optical image stabilisation, but without it there’s little hope that shutter speeds as slow as 1/6 seconds will result in blur-free shots.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 10.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.9in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 5.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-140mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 3,648×2,736
Maximum movie resolution 640×480
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 22MB internal
Battery type 2x AA
Battery Life (tested) 220 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 170g
Size 60x97x29mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £62

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/2.7 (wide), f/6.8 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls none
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 3cm
Auto-focus modes centre, face detect
Metering modes multi, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer