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Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Silver)

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  • 12.0 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
  • 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens (37mm to 134mm); bright 3.0-inch LCD
  • Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector; capture 640 x 480 movies with sound at 30fps
  • 3-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • EXPEED Image Processing; Smart Portrait System
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: L22 Champagne Silver
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.6 x
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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036ORZC8
  • Item model number: L22 Champagne Silver
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (618 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,398 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 2, 2010

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

Make memories and share joy with Nikon's new high-resolution Coolpix L22 and its 12.0 effective megapixels, 3.6x zoom and huge, bright 3.0-inch LCD. Nikon's 3-way VR Image Stabilization System automatically detects subject movement and adjusts the shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and minimize image blur. The camera's Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector simplifies your picture-taking experience by letting camera automatically select the best setting to get great pictures. Nikon's Smart Portrait System will; fix red-eye, detect faces, fire the shutter when your subject smiles and warn you if they blink, to get you great portraits.

Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera highlights

Carefree operation and high performance combined for consistently great pictures

Combining the precision optics of a Nikkor lens with the image quality and performance benefits of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image-processing concept, the Coolpix L22 is a quality compact digital camera that combines high performance with outstanding operating ease.

Intuitive and automated operation ensures carefree command over the high performance features of the Coolpix L22. Activated in Easy Auto Mode, Nikon's Scene Auto Selector makes capturing special moments as easy as turning on the camera and shooting without worrying about any settings. Electronic VR image stabilization, Motion Detection, Nikon's BSS (Best Shot Selector) function and ISO 1600 capability help ensure sharper results in lower light, or when capturing fast-moving subjects.

The Coolpix L22 is powered by AA size/R6 batteries, for the added advantage of being able to pick up a new set in virtually any corner of the world. The Coolpix L22 provides reassuring freedom from any worries about recharging or running out of power when a special shutter chance presents itself.

The large high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor offers a bright image that is a pleasure to view, even outdoors. Controls are sized and placed to ensure intuitive operation. For example, dedicated buttons on the back of the body make it easy to switch between shooting and playback modes. And the contours of the large thumb rest and the body itself assure a solid grip. Design is just one aspect of the Coolpix L22 that combines beauty and functionality.

Nikon Coolpix L22 Feature Highlights

EXPEED digital imaging technology
Nikon's smarter approach to digital imaging technology. From image capture to processing, Nikon's comprehensive EXPEED digital imaging concept encompasses the entire picture-taking operation. EXPEED is much more than a processing engine; it is a revolution in digital photography.

Intelligent automation contributes to carefree shooting
Easy Auto Mode simplifies photography by taking control of settings; just turn on the camera and shoot freely. Activated in Easy Auto Mode, Nikon's Scene Auto Selector eliminates the need to manually select a scene mode to match the shot, making it faster and easier to capture the moment in beautiful fashion. The Coolpix L22 and L21 use this intelligent function to analyze the subject and its surrounding settings and automatically select the most appropriate scene mode to achieve optimal results.

Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera highlights
Advanced image stabilizing features* help ensure sharper results Nikon's Electronic VR image stabilization and Motion Detection compensate for subject movement as well as camera shake. Nikon's original BSS (Best Shot Selector) function automatically shoots a series of sequential frames and saves the one with the sharpest focus.
* The camera selects and uses only the features required to optimize each image.

Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera highlights
Nikon's exclusive Smart Portrait System
Automatically detecting as many as 12 faces in the shot, Face-priority AF helps produce satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure. Smart Portrait Mode* helps to faithfully record precious moments by automatically releasing the shutter when the subject smiles. Blink Warning displays an alert when it suspects that a subject has blinked. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.
*The Smart Portrait Mode function for the Coolpix L22, L22 and L21 operates in the same fashion as the Smile Mode function for other models.

Nikon Coolpix L22 Other Features
  • Macro shooting from as close as 5 cm (2 in.)
  • ISO 1600
  • 16 scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings
  • D-Lighting
  • Two movie modes with sound
  • Approx. 19 MB of internal memory
What's in the Box
  • LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries x2
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • AN-CP19 Strap
  • Coolpix Software Suite CD-ROM

Product Description

  • 12.0 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
  • 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens has a versatile zoom range from 37mm to 134mm telephoto coverage that gets you close to the action while capturing expansive landscapes
  • Big, Bright 3.0-inch LCD makes it easy to compose and share your pictures with a wide-viewing angle and anti-glare coating
  • Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector simplifies your picture-taking experience by letting the camera automatically select the best setting to get great picture
  • High Quality TV Movies with Sound records 640x480 at 30fps movies for easy in camera playback or on your computer
  • 3-way VR Image Stabilization System
    1. Electronic VR Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake
    2. Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO setting to compensate for cameras hake and subject movement
    3. Nikon’s original Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the shutter is pressed and saves the sharpest image
  • ISO up to 1600 capability helps give you sharper results when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects.
  • Smart Portrait System includes:
    1. Smart Portrait Mode makes sure you’ll always catch the decisive moment when your subject smiles.
    2. Blink Warning, when activated alerts you that the subject may have blinked and allows you to retake the photo.
    3. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes, while shooting, most instances of red-eye in the camera. You may never see red-eye again
    4. Face-Priority AF Nikon’s face-finding technology that automatically focuses on up to 3 faces
  • AA Batteries for ease of mind with long battery life plus easy, anywhere replacement
  • 16 Scene Modes
  • Macro shooting as close as 2”
  • 5 Color Options for special filter effects. Choose from: standard color, vivid color, black-and-white, sepia and cyanotype
  • EXPEED Image Processing ensures

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera is great - the pictures are really nice. The only drawback is that the shutter speed is a little slow or it would have gotten 5 stars - however in this price… Read more ›
It, was a nice low end camera, picture quality is below good, but at the end for the price you couldn't ask more. Read more ›
The zoom pretty much dont do anything, if you zoom not too far out, it ends up blurry. But as long as you have batteries and take close pictures, it works great. Read more ›
Pictures come out blaring red, it takes forever to snap a "special moment" pic so forget it if your trying to capture a…at least I was sure the quality was excellent. O… Read more ›
It makes me look like I know what I am doing. Taking pictures is really fun now, and I see things in a different way, because of this little point and shoot camera. I can… Read more ›
I bought this camera for my Dad and he totally loves it. It is very easy to use and the picture quality is amazing. I have a very expensive camera for myself but this… Read more ›
This was my camera of choice when I went on a tour of England. Nice -- easy to use -- great results. Read more ›
I got a great deal on this palm-sized little camera, and it's VERY easy to use, no 3000 page manual to wade through, small and light enough to keep in my bag or wear around… Read more ›
Has been an excellent purchase. Make very good pictures and is easy to use Read more ›
What can I say its easy to use the price was right and its now 3 yeard old. Best part it takes Std AA batteries. Read more ›
easy to use and compact. I thought the picture quality was very good. Read more ›
This camera is easy to use and takes good pictures. However, after a few months of use, the battery compartment latch does not work. Read more ›
The other is the button/menu layout. I had an earlier coolpix model which was much easier to navigate and made more sense. Why 2 buttons to toggle between picture-taking… Read more ›
They say you get what you pay for but if Canon could make…The canon also had an instruction book and the controls were so simple it took no time at all to learn to use it. Read more ›
I have this camera and I am very happy with it. it has sports mode which is great because I love taking pictures of fast movement. Read more ›
I have not had a clear or good picture since I started using this camera. The functions are easy enough to use, but I really hate the delay when I am trying to get a picture. Read more ›
Had this camera (blue one) for a year now and it still performs and looks…Quality is great and the smart portrait mode works well when looking for the smiling subjects. A… Read more ›
1. Has a bunch of features but is really easy to use in auto mode 2. Great Photos, scenery, sunsets, etc. Read more ›
It's easy to use and takes great shots. The value was outstanding -best price online. Compact with a great size screen. Read more ›
It's compact, and easy to use. The price was perfect! Read more ›
I should have known the price was too good to be true. I was aware I was buying a simple PHD (press here, dummy!) Read more ›
I was so pleased with it, that I bought another one, this time from Amazon merchant. The price was good, very competitive, and the product is perfect. The only problem with… Read more ›
After seeing so many positive reviews, other websites too, I decided to purchase. This camera met my requirements and the price was excellent. Read more ›
So if you're looking for a great SMALL…The price is fantastic, so I purchased the oops protection plan in case I fumbled and dropped it-(it's pretty tiny for large hands). Read more ›
They all work great and this is no exception. The large view screen is easy to see outside which helps me on trips across country. Read more ›
I paid 69 dollars for this used camera,which looks and works like…I cant find anything wrong with it and the lcd screen is very easy to see even on a bright sunny day. Read more ›
Great little camera for the price, does video as well. Very clear pics and the screen size is perfect! Software is a hit or miss whether you want to use it or not, but it… Read more ›
I took it to the beach on a clear sunny day, and even with the sun shining directly on the monitor, I could see the image clearly. In the dark the display is brightly lit. T… Read more ›
The controls are simple to understand and easy to use. The screen is a nice size. Read more ›
- Attractive red color. - LCD screen is bright. - Video results are good. Read more ›
this is a great camera, video is wonderful, big screen, and my girls love them, also if you are looking for a GREAT FREE Video dowloader, go here,… Read more ›
Battery life seems to be good, I have yet to really put it to the test (got the…Video is rather good for such a small camera; the time left to record is on the screen. B… Read more ›
Compact and easy to use. The video sound is not quite as loud as it should be, but the video quality is outstanding. Read more ›
It's not that I can't choose this option…The video quality is decent, not great, but I don't really expect it to be more than that from a small relatively cheap camera. Read more ›
The battery power so far has not let me down. The video quality is very good. The camera is very user friendly especially for someone like me that hates reading instructions. Read more ›
I was VERY disappointed with the action photos. The still pictures are very good quality and the video is great quality. I will keep this camera to use more as a mini video… Read more ›
This camera has an astounding, 12mps which is 4 more then my last camera. The size is perfect and it takes great pictures. Now the only flaw is it doesnt have much options… Read more ›
Its a pretty rad camera, and considering the price tag, you'd be a fool…Lots of picture options, zoom is AMAZING, and the screen is a very good size for reviewing images. Read more ›
The pictures that are not blurry are good, nice contrast and minimal red-eye, but most times all I get…It is a good size, lightweight, and has a user friendly menu system. Read more ›
I typically use AA batteries (Duracell or Energizer) and they last for an extremely long time,…It is very easy to get used to and operate, with a nice size preview screen. Read more ›
I have a big Nikon DSLR camera that is too bulky for him. This is the perfect size and still takes pretty good pictures. I say pretty good only because I'm use the my DSLR. Read more ›
Sharp clear images both indoors and out. Straight forward ease of use, perfect size, hand weight, and more than adequate LCD screen. I love this little camera! Read more ›
Picture was taken immediately, no wait time like some of the…Picture was in focus, colors were good, and overall for the price of the camera, it did a darn good job! I… Read more ›
It is effortless to take portrait photos, make videos, snap a picture once a smile appears, and shoot panoramic…I am so glad we got this camera (the color is cute too!) Read more ›
This camera takes true to life pictures with great colors. I really love it and did not expect such great photos from such a cheap camera. Read more ›
Best is that…My gift was received with great enthusiasm and has been put to full use immediately.- and it takes pictures with good color rendition and excellent clarity. Read more ›
I have a habit of moving my other camera at the moment of pressing the…The pictures are clear with great color and the movie I took of my new grandson came out wonderful. Read more ›
I only got a new camera b/c my other had…My parents picked it out and usually do a good job with electronics however I think my father was sucked in by the cool color. T… Read more ›
This is an excellent camera for several reasons. Battery Life is excellent, picture quality is amazing, and the size is just wonderful. Read more ›
However, is not as noticeable…Battery life is not great, but only needs 2 batteries at a time (last point and shoot I had used 4 batteries at a time, but lasted forever). Read more ›
It has a pretty easy to figure out navigation system and you can easy figure out what you…The battery life is decent, but as with all cameras you will want to get an extra. Read more ›
Battery usage is above average(with lithium), I found the camera SO easy to use, easy to navigate, shutter was flawless, very quick( using a class 10, 4mg card), and… Read more ›
Crazy, but true. Something positive I can say for it though is that the battery life is very good. I've never even seen the Low Battery warning pop up, even on the 4th of… Read more ›
I had an entire 32-ounce water bottle leak in my purse (the camera was very…Well, the battery and card door broke when I dropped it and taping it worked for almost a year. Read more ›
HE LOVES THIS CAMERA and thinks there is something wrong with me because…This camera takes great photos, it is small and easy to carry and has lots of options and settings. Read more ›
I loved this camera! It takes awesome pictures and is easy to carry. My favorite thing is that it runs on double AA'S which means that while i may shoot pictures for the… Read more ›
I have used Nikon for more than 20 years, from N65, D50 to D90, plus all the lens. I purchased the L22 just for business travel and easy to carry. It last for 6 months and… Read more ›
I can carry it where ever I go. It is easy to carry around and user friendly. I use it mostly to take picture of flowers. Read more ›
I'm still getting used to this product, I thought it would be easier to get used to…Otherwise, good photos, good battery life, easy to carry, and some fun functions. Read more ›
We had her open it first so she could take photos of the gift opening - and the camera without the card…Great value for the price and very compact for carrying anywhere. Read more ›
I have missed really good shots because of this. The zoom feature is pretty good but other than that i wouldnt recomment this camera. Read more ›
I had ordered the camera thinking it would be simple to…Although the zoom was stronger and more megapixels, taking pictures from a distance is still very disappointing. W… Read more ›
I often turn off the flash for better results, and the pictures do not get blurry like…The zoom works very well, even after you go past the optical zoom and into digital. Read more ›
The 12 megapixel resolution is fantastic. The zoom is great, although not as dramatic as some of the more recent cameras. The description of the functions in the various… Read more ›
i use this camera for family photos and vacations, it works good for those proposes but it doesnt have great zoom, and if your into photography then you should look at a… Read more ›
But worst of all, the zoom control lever stopped working after 46 photos. Without a functioning zoom, the camera was useless. I have purchase several digital cameras from… Read more ›
Very annoying. And after using this camera for a long vacation weekend, I noticed that 90% of my pictures are out of focus, which is a huge bummer. I blame it on the long… Read more ›
It's easy to use, I am in no means a "techie" and have learned to use this camera with ease. The automatic focus is wonderful. The fact that it uses AA batteries is a plus. Read more ›
There is an obnoxious…Even when you have all the time in the world to get a good shot, the focus is all over the place and you'll get one good picture out of a dozen tries. Read more ›
-low price -pictures are of good quality (12mega) and over 95% of them were in good focus and clear. I printed about 150 pics (including Disney World in HK) on photo paper… Read more ›
All the pictures and videos looked awesome to me and I did not have one problem with it at all. All the pics were sharp and focused. What more could you want? Read more ›
Cons - It has a hard time getting color correctness on close up shots (especially dark close up shots) and it's a PAIN to take a picture of something more than half a foot… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

127 of 130 people found the following review helpful By A. McFarlane on July 18, 2010
Color Name: Red
This camera is amazing! I bought it based on the reviews I read, but had NO idea of all the different things this camera does! It shoots videos and it shoots in "sports mode" - taking many pictures one right after the other so you don't miss anything. We have used this camera at some multiple-day music festivals and are simply amazed at the clarity of the pictures and how easy it is to use! The sound on the videos is good (if your computer speakers are good) and a unipod solves the shake problem if you have one. The batteries last pretty long if you aren't shooting videos - that seems to use them up quicker. This is my first digital camera, and I bought it because 1) easy to use, 2) large preview screen and 3) uses AA batteries. I was absolutely thrilled it did all this extra stuff. Friends who took the same pictures with their cameras were surprised at the difference when the pictures were posted. Ours were much better. Highly recommend this camera - especially to the camera novice (like me).
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246 of 263 people found the following review helpful By A. White on April 3, 2010
Color Name: Red
I bought this camera after reading all the + reviews on several web sites. This is a very good camera for the price.
Pro's: price, simple to use, slips right into you shirt pocket or purse, very good pictures, bright LCD (sorry Kodak), uses AA batteries, good video.
Con's: none! I highly recommend this camera.
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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mccarthy on May 22, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic camera. The macro feature is the reason I got this camera and it's great for taking pictures of my aquarium. The sports mode works great for capturing fish. It's super easy to use.

The only con is that there are many possible settings and most of them are pretty specific. If you get the wrong setting, then pictures will look odd (strange colors or incorrect focus). However, these were very specific situations (like the aquarium) and once I figured out which setting to use, it works great.
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288 of 318 people found the following review helpful By starrlit56 on July 5, 2010
Color Name: Red
I originally bought the Coolpix S203 and LOVED it. Good quailty pictures, chargeable battery and very slim. Super easy to carry around. When it got wet and died I wanted to replace it with the same model. Alas, it is no longer made. So, because I enjoyed my first Nikon Coolpix, I bought the L22 and was completly dissapointed. It seemed HUGE compared to my tiny S203 and the pictures were always blurry. It took extra seconds to switch from camera to movie and even to take a simple posed picture required 2.5 seconds of holding the button. Not a chance you would ever catch a good candid shot. I returned it and bought the S3000. Best idea and worth the extra $15. Plus this one does not require AA batteries like the L22.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By D. Beckett on July 7, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This is a great camera for everyday use, vacation shots, sports photos, and more. We take low-light, no flash photos with this on the "sports" setting for dance recitals and plays. The photos turn out terrific, and people always ask what camera we use because they are so impressed with the clarity of the shots.

This camera has numerous features and settings. The navigation between settings is pretty intuitive, and the instruction manual has lots more ideas too. It has good video capability for capturing something in a video file when you don't have a camcorder handy. You don't need special software to upload photos from this camera - I have a card reader in my computer to do all that.

The camera does a good job conserving battery life. We use rechargeable AA batteries without any problems for hundreds of photos per charge. It's compact and fairly lightweight, and it fits into a shirt pocket with ease.

The large screen makes reviewing photos easy, and deleting ones from the camera is simple with just a touch of a button plus an "are you sure?" question to keep you from potentially erasing something in error.

The 3.6x optical zoom is an improvement over the previous Nikon Coolpix we had, so this is now the favorite camera in my home! If you've had a Coolpix in the past and are thinking about getting a newer version, definitely do it! You'll find the operations and menu choices very similar to what you're used to, but with added improvements that you'll appreciate.

We've not had any problems with the battery cover on this camera or the previous Coolpix cameras we still own. If you break the battery cover, it's time for a new camera, unfortunately. But it's very sturdy and reliable, so we've never worried about it much.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By L. Runkle on May 1, 2010
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I simply LOVE this camera. I am an over 50 year old artist. I wanted good quality pictures but I don't really understand the new technology. This camera is so easy to use and gets the quality I want in the pictures. You can even adjust certain elements to improve the picture even more to your liking. I would recommend this camera to anyone.
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220 of 244 people found the following review helpful By yankeefan81 on August 3, 2010
Color Name: Black
I'm a very loyal Nikon fan and have been using their digital SLR cameras for years. My "bar" camera has always been a Canon, but I decided to try the Nikon Coolpix since I have always trusted Nikon's technology.

The camera takes nice pictures and is a very good price for a 12 megapixel camera. There is a large view screen, which is also a plus.

However, there are two major downsides to the camera that I wish I would have known before purchasing:
1) It uses AA batteries -- NOT a rechargeable battery pack. This actually makes the camera more expensive in the long run, since you need to constantly purchase AA batteries. It also makes the camera wider than battery-pack cameras since there has to be room for batteries. Hence, a camera that doesn't fit in your pocket as well as other models

2) After hitting the shutter button, it takes a LONG time for the camera to actually take the picture. So being out at the bar, everyone has to wait a LONG time holding their smiles... almost uncomfortably long. So this camera is not recommended for use at sporting events where you are trying to capture fast-action motion
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