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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - but returned it, April 26, 2011
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX L120 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 21x NIKKOR Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL) (Camera)
Bought this camera and loved the ease of operation and picture quality. I also have the Panasonic DMC-FZ35, which is VERY complicated. I needed something simpler. I learned to use this Nikon after only 1 hour of reading the manual (compared to months still trying to figure out the Panasonic). Was easy getting great pictures. Smile detection and Pet mode worked terrific. Unfortunately, my primary reason for this type of hybrid camera, is for the convenience of camera and HD video in one unit. Video quality on this unit is well below average. I compared it to my Panasonic - no comparison. The Panasonic's video was smooth and clear, the Nikon - grainy and jerky. I really wanted to keep this camera for it's ease of use and picture quality, but the poor video quality ultimately caused me to return it. Until I find an easy to use camera with good picture and video, I'll continue with the months of trying to figure out the Panasonic.

PROS: Ease of use, great pictures, smile detection, pet mode, easy to understand manual, price.
CONS: Poor video quality
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Initial post: Apr 30, 2011 3:45:08 PM PDT
Glenn Camp says:
It sure would be helpful if Amazon would list what power source is available with this camera. Rechargeable Battery ? ? ? AA Batteries ? ? ?

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 8:28:12 AM PDT
This camera takes 4 AA batteries which are included - no charger.

Posted on May 8, 2011 4:14:20 AM PDT
What problems are you having with the Panasonic Fz35? I have it and Love it. I'm using mostly Auto Intelligent mode tho till I learn some of the more advanced features of it.

Here's some recent pics I took a few weeks ago when I went down to the lake to test the camera. The pics were taken in Auto Intelligent mode. http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b149/Beli33/Morning%20at%20the%20lake/

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 7:40:50 AM PDT
I wouldn't call it a problem, more a steep learning curve. With my Canon (and the Nikon), I could get great pictures with auto. It seems the Panasonic likes to be manipulated a little more using manual or the advanced auto modes. IA gets great pictures outdoors, but indoors it's inconsistent. Is there any way to expand the focus area? It seems that the only part of the picture that is in focus is the middle of the shot (where the focus box was). The areas around the focus box are blurry.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011 5:52:50 AM PDT
Watchful says:
Based in the photos you posted I would certainly be disinclined to buy this camera!

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011 6:01:53 AM PDT
Watchful says:
The problem with most Amazon listings is there are few if any specifications posted for the item being sold, requiring a look at the manufacturer's website to obtain such information. You may use alkalines as well as rechargeable AAs in your camera. Buy yourself 2 sets of rechargeable Li Ion AAs. Keep one in the camera and the others on standby to replace spent batteries. While the backups are in the camera don't forget to charge the ones you removed.

Posted on May 27, 2011 6:09:24 AM PDT
Watchful says:
Keith, any camera which proves as difficult to learn as the one you are wrestling with, belongs on the dealer's shelf and not in your camera bag! If you can't return the camera, sell it, trade it or donate it and get yourself something that makes your hobby fun, not hard labor. Take a look at the new Olympus SP-610UZ, it may just fill the bill for you.
Marc

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2011 4:46:48 PM PDT
Thanks Mark, I'll check it out. I'll been recently looking at the nikon p500 as it says it has better video quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2011 11:05:22 AM PDT
Ex-techie says:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en_US/o/EzOnyZh_mJZv1-ArTpfRY2wNfMQ/PDF/COOLPIX_L120.pdf

Approx. 330 shots with alkaline, 890
shots with lithium
, or 520 shots with EN-MH 2 battery

Thats what it says on the brochure, so I am guessing you can use double a or rechargeable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2011 9:32:57 AM PDT
zoppo says:
I strongly agree. This is important when buying a comera.
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