Nikon Coolpix L28 Camera - Ideal Choice For Limited Budgets

5/29/2013 9:11:29 AM

Nikon Coolpix L28 has a slim design with a 20 megapixel sensor. It also has 5x optical zoom, runs on AA batteries and is available in 4 colors: pink, red, black and silver, at a price of $122.

Nikon Coolpix L28 camera

Nikon Coolpix L28 camera


Nikon Coolpix L28 is equipped with CCD image sensor and 5x optical zoom lens.

It has an Easy Auto mode, which allows the camera to automatically adjust the settings. Especially, the camera has a Smart Portrait mode that will enable a Smile Timer, a Blink detection system and glamorous retouch.

Video is recorded in HD 720p format.

The salient features

·         20 megapixel image sensor

·         5x optical zoom lens

·         Motion Blur Reduction

·         3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen

·         720p HD video recording

·         ISO sensitivity range 80-1600

·         10cm minimum focusing distance

·         AA-size batteries

·         Smart Portrait Recognition System

·         Color variety: pink, red, silver and black

L28 is available in 4 colours: red, black, silver and pink

L28 is available in 4 colors: red, black, silver and pink


L28 camera has a small plastic body, with a side slightly thicker than the other to accommodate the 2 AA batteries which makes it easier to grip the camera. It has a 3 inch elegant LCD screen, bright and easy to view in varying light conditions. The buttons are quite typical for a compact camera, with a dedicated camera button on the back of the camera. The menu system on the L28 is easy to understand and navigate.

We have tested the camera performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting, etc. and the results are listed below. To test this, we have taken 6 pictures then calculated their mean value, as to give consistent results.

·         Shutter Response: 0.175s

·         Wide – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.65s

·         Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response: 0.75s

·         Conversion time when shooting: 2.2s

·         Shot-to-shot without Flash: 5.0s

·         Shot-to-shot with Flash: 5.9s

·         Continuous shooting: 1.1 frame/1s

Continuous shooting mode records images at full 20 megapixel resolution. L28 machine boots slowly and its shot-to-shot taking is slow.


Sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Image samples

Portrait taken by L28

Portrait taken by L28

The L28 takes images which are well exposed with good color reproduction. In portrait mode, skin tones are good, with just the slightest touch of red-eye Landscape mode provide beautiful image with blue and green tone.

Lens test images

Lens performance

Detail is okay if you shoot at low ISO settings, those images are appropriate for sharing on the web rather getting large prints. The 20 megapixel sensor seems to be unnecessary, for example, the Nikon S5200 has a 16 megapixel sensor and images have more detail. In contrasting area, there is clearly visible purple fringing. The lens has a minimum focusing distance about 10cm, which make it difficult to get really close to your subject.

ISO noise

You cannot manually set the ISO speed on the L28 camera. The lowest ISO speed available is ISO 80 where images are noise free. Image noise occurs at ISO 200 (you can see samples at different ISO in other photos of this article). Images are quite noisy at ISO 400, but retain some sharpness. At higher ISO settings, images become very noisy; this is probably the reason why it was hard to get the L28 to use higher ISO settings.

Photo taken under the L28's optical zoom.

Photo taken under the L28's optical zoom

White-balance test images

Image in AWB preset (left) and Incandescen preset (right)

Image in AWB preset (left) and Incandescen preset (right)

White balance - Auto white balance (AWB) is doing fine under the incandescent lights, with similar shots produced whether using the AWB or incandescent presets Under the fluorescent light, the AWB setting seems to be more effective, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.

Digital Filters

Optional colors: Vivid (left) and Black & White (right)

Optional colors: Vivid (left) and Black & White (right)

The L28 has a number of color options to add creativity to your pictures You can also edit images in playback format, with D-Lighting and Skin Softening options are available.


720p HD Video recording, optical zoom is not available during recording, but the digital zoom is still available.

Value for money

The L28's price is at $119.4. You can hardly find another 20 megapixel compact camera at this price, but there are some cameras that you can consider; they are Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6 at a price of $75, Fujifilm FinePi JZ200 at a price of $ 80, Pentax Optio LS465 at $87.6, Canon Powershot A1300 at $90.9, Sony Cybershot DSC-W710 at $129 and Olympus VG-180 costing $136.

You will also need to purchase a memory card and camera holder to keep the camera safe - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


If you are in a state of limited budgets, or are buying a child their first camera, the L28 is an ideal choice. Despite the 20-megapixel sensor, the captured images are not ideal for large prints, but look great when sharing on Facebook thanks to its good color reproduction. You do not need to worry about charging the camera because the camera uses AA batteries, with replacement batteries are very easy to find.


·         Good color reproduction

·         Replacement batteries are easy to find

·         3inch LCD Screen

·         Low price


·         Unable to manage ISO speed

·         10cm minimum focusing distance

·         Camera is generally slow to use


·         Features: 3/5

·         Design: 3/5

·         Performance: 3/5

·         Value for money: 3/5

·         Overall: 3/5



·         Maximum Aperture f/3.2 – f/6.5

·         Optical Zoom: 5x

·         Image sensor:

·         CCD pixel: 20Mp

·         Pixel (W): 5152

·         Pixel (H): 3864

·         Type of sensor: CCD

·         Sensor size: 1/ 2.3 inches

LCD Screen

·         LCD screen - 3 inches

·         Screen resolution: 230k dot


·         Minimum Focus Distance 10cm

·         Focus mode: Face Detection Center

Exposure Controls

·         Shutter speed shortest: 1/2000s

·         Shutter speed longest: 4s

·         ISO range: 80 – 1600

·         White balance modes: Auto, Manual, Outdoors/Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Florescent, Flash

Shooting options

·         Continuous shooting: 1.2 frames/1s


·         Video resolution: 1,280x720 720p

·         Video FPS: 30fps

Power supply

·         Battery: 2x AA

·         CIPA rating: 200


·         Package: camera strap,

·         LR6/L40 battery (AA-size) (x2)

·         USB Cable UC-E16,

·         ViewNX 2 Installer CD

·         manual CD


·         Dimensions (H x D x W)  59.7x28.8x96 mm


·         Weight: 164g



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