Nikon Coolpix L610 with Long Zoom Lens and Compact Size Might Interest A Few

January 24, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Nikon Coolpix L610 is quite a handy camera in its class and might do well if you are looking for something with a long zoom lens and fits snugly in your hands. Read on below to find a little about the L610, and why you could consider it for your photo expeditions.

Not everything is great about this Nikon baby, but still under its class, it certainly is one of the good ones out there. There’s a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that could provide good results in low-light.

Put up for around $150, the Nikon Coolpix L610 shoots a good deal better in outside conditions with better lighting. Especially with the zoom lens, shooting in sunlight would give you good results.


Color, white balance and exposure are good, and the photos look nice up to ISO 200. Going above ISO 400 would render the photos a bit useless at large sizes as noise increases.

Shooting videos in line with photos would be a good way to get better results, as the more light you have, the better the video will be. Audio quality is fine, but the bummer is that the optical zoom won’t work while video recording.

The L610 packs AA batteries, and contrary to other compact cameras that use the same grade of batteries, the Nikon product handles them quite well with commendable speed. The CMOS sensor lends a hand in maintaining the shooting speeds, but when you go inside or extend the lens fully, you might notice the lag.

The body of the Nikon Coolpix L610 is made from plastic, and you might feel it a bit low-grade quality. The zoom control on top does become unresponsive at times but the other controls keep up good health.

The buttons being large and well spaced make them easy to handle, and a one-touch record button is present for movies. Not having a pop-up flash would take off points from the camera, but the shooter displays onscreen when you need to lift the flash.

For the price it is tagged with, the camera holds good resolution and screen size, Unless you head out into direct sunlight, you can comfortably read from the screen.


The camera is easy to use, but the battery life isn’t very high. With the two AA batteries inside, the CIPA-rated for 120 shots, although they could drain much early.

But that could be rectified by having rechargeable NiMH or high-power Lithium ion batteries. These give a better performance than the alkaline brothers.

Those who are comfortable with just pointing and shooting without any thought to shutter speeds and aperture, then the L610 would be a good choice.

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