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Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830


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Nikon Coolpix L830
Fujifilm FinePix S8200
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W
Fujifilm FinePix S4800
Fujifilm FinePix S8500
Nikon Coolpix L830
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Digital Camera
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Digital Camera
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Digital Camera
Fujifilm FinePix S8500 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Jan 2014
Jan 2013
Jun 2013
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact, SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
34.0 x
40.0 x
44.0 x
30.0 x
46.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
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    Like its baby brother, the L330, the Nikon Coolpix L830 is a puzzling prospect. Both cameras are certainly easy to use, but no more so than most cameras with an intelligent automatic mode. Neither can the L830 bring anything remarkable to the table in terms of image quality, performance or features. Sure, it is competitively priced, but you’ll still need to factor the extra cost of a set of rechargeable AA batteries. Ultimately it’s left to that 34x zoom lens to seal the deal.


  • In summary the Nikon Coolpix S8200 improves a couple of major features and adds a few new functions to further improve on a camera that we already liked a lot. Unfortunately it still has some key deficiencies, most notably the so-so image quality especially at the higher ISO speeds, the frustrating need to access the main menu for commonly used options like ISO speed, and the lack of any manual controls for more advanced users.


  • That said, while the similarly priced Nikon L820 features a smaller build and a much higher resolution screen, coupled with comparable features, you'll struggle to find a similar model with the same zoom range as the Fuji S8200.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix S8200 is typical of many bridge cameras on the market. You get loads of useful features which make using the camera a similar experience to a DSLR. Highlights include 10 fps continuous shooting, good battery life, the electronic viewfinder and full manual controls. The downside is that image quality isn't the best you'll get on a camera though, but for those who like to share pictures on sites such as Facebook, this isn't really a big issue for many users.


  • Cameras with Wi-Fi tend to be significantly more expensive than those with similar specs and no Wi-Fi, given the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W has a 44x optical zoom lens, the £239.99 price tag looks extremely fair. There are loads of other features for the aspiring photographer to enjoy, it's ideal for someone who wants to step up their photography but doesn't want the burden of an expensive DSLR and a kit bag of lenses.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix S4800 will appeal to those who are on a budget, but want a versatile camera that has plenty of zoom and full manual controls. This is ideal for those who want to test their photographic skills without the investment required for a DSLR. The battery has a decent life and image quality is respectable given the cameras price. What you don't get is a viewfinder which is useful for a camera with so much zoom and continuous shooting is quite slow. Overall, the S4800 offers plenty for its price tag.