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(based on 30 ratings)
Brand: Nikon
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The COOLPIX L18 is Nikon's newest addition to its Life Series line of digital cameras. Compact and easy-to-use, the L18 is the ideal camera for people looking to capture life’s memories at an affordable price. The L18 has 8 effective megapixels for generating superior quality prints, a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens for creative compositional freedom, an incredibly huge and bright 3.0-inch LCD screen for sharing images, and Anti-shake AE for images with outstanding clarity. Available nationwide starting in March, the COOLPIX L18 will be offered in Navy and Ruby Red.

Adding to the L18’s ease-of-use, the camera is equipped with an Easy Auto Mode, allowing the user to enjoy carefree shooting without having to adjust any settings or controls. The L18 continues Nikon's tradition of including its unique image innovations in its COOLPIX cameras. The L18 features enhanced Face-priority AF*, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject’s face in a frame; In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which can automatically detect and correct red eye in a photo; and D-Lighting, which compensates for excessive backlight or insufficient flash in images. For composing and displaying images, the L18 is equipped with a huge, bright 3.0-inch LCD screen. When viewing images, the L18 features a special playback option, which magnifies a subject’s face to ensure that each image is scrapbook worthy.

The L18 is equipped with a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens for creative control and freedom in a variety of settings, from intimate personal portraits to wide landscapes. Even close-up photography as close as 5.9 inches is as easy as point and shoot.

To ensure steady shots, the L18 has an innovative Anti-shake AE feature that minimizes blurry images by automatically adjusting shutter speeds and ISO settings. For superior low light performance, the L18 has ISO capabilities up to 1600.

In addition, the COOLPIX L18 offers TV-quality movie recording with sound ideal for being played on televisions and computers. The L18 is compatible with AA-size batteries in alkaline, lithium, oxy-nickel and rechargeable forms for ultra-portability. The camera also has 32 MB of internal memory and is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards.

The COOLPIX L18 even simplifies printing with PictBridge and is USB compatible for transferring pictures to computers and other peripherals. Additionally, the camera includes a complimentary copy of COOLPIX Software Suite for importing, editing and organizing images.

Equipped for Life's Magic - amazing views on a huge 3-inch LCD screen
  • 8.0 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
  • 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens gets you close to the action
  • Anti-Shake Mode minimizes the effect of camera shake
  • Huge, Bright High Resolution 3.0-inch LCD makes it easy to view and share pictures
  • Adjusts up to ISO 1600 to keep shooting even in lower light
Nikon In-Camera Innovations
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera. You may never see red-eye again
  • Face-Priority AF - Nikon's face-finding technology that automatically focuses on faces
  • D-Lighting rescues dark or backlit images by improving brightness and detail where needed

 

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.1 stars
(based on 30 reviews)
87% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to keep clean(13), Easy to setup(23), Easy to use(9), Great picture quality(5), Large clear LCD(25)
Cons:
Long lag time(6), Poor quality(4), Short battery life(3)
Best Uses:
Documentary(5), Family photos(7), Fun(22), Photojournalism(5), Travel(22)
Describe Yourself:
Casual photographer(9), Casual user(11), Enthusiast(4), Professional(3)
 
best camera yet
By ibuildvansVerified Purchaser from loogootee indiana on 12/8/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

small simple camera, light weight easy to use

 
Nice for the price
By TopshotVerified Purchaser from Baltimore MD on 12/8/2008
Pros:
Easy To Use
Cons:
Long Lag Time
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

Personally I miss a viewfinder, as holding a camera at arms reach doesn't allow for a shake-free image. Also there is no place to rest your hand on the camera without touching the LCD screen, ensuring lots of fingerprints. Image stabilization would have been nice. That said, for a beginning photographer who wants reasonably decent shots, the various scene modes are useful. The portability and dependability of this camera makes it nice to stick in a pocket when on the go. Flash is pretty decent - we took a picture of a black dog outside at night using one of the special scene modes and the image was well defined. For the price (just under [$] you really can't go wrong. Although red and blue are color options for the body, I like the black body since it's a lot less overt/obvious when shooting candid shots in a crowd, for casual photojournalism, or at the scene of an accident or crime, for instance.

 
Nice little camera
By adibizVerified Reviewer from Newark, DE on 12/7/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality
Cons:
Poor Operation in Low Light, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

I have Canon powershot camera which I bought 3 years ago. I wanted to change to a newer better camera. I settled with Nikon coolpix after good reviews and once I got a very good deal, I just bought it.

I can recommend this for family pics for easy operation and larger LCD screen

 
Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera
By KRKVerified Purchaser from Denver on 12/6/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

Great travel size camera.

 
a good deal
By jin and artVerified Purchaser from los angeles on 12/4/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Fun
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

i use for fun and easy to use. the size is perfect to carry around. it would be better if with bigger optical room.

 
great value and simple to use.
By FUZZYVerified Purchaser from AUSTIN, TEXAS on 12/4/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Fun
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

SMALL AND SIMPLE TO VERY SIMPLE TO USE. THIS IS MY FIRST DIGITAL AND WORTH THE MONEY

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great little camera packed with everythi
By ChrisVerified Purchaser from Los Angeles, Calif on 11/11/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup
Cons:
Medium Lag Time
Best Uses:
Family Events, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

This is a graet little camera packed with the features of more expensive point and shoot.
vibration reduction, face reconition and a great 3 inch screen. These features are found on cameras that cost two to three times as much.
Great for the first time digital photo person.
Real easy to use.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Sleek, but big hit at family functions
By DanoVerified Purchaser from Denver, Colorado on 10/13/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Cool colors, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction, Wonderful features
Best Uses:
Any time camera, Family Photos, Fun, Graduations, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

Used for any outing, with friends as well as family gathering and Holidays !
Everyday life and fun stuff indoors or outdoors!

 
Great Camera for the Price
By DarrylVerified Purchaser from Houston, Tex on 10/10/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

We use the camera at my work. use it to take pictures of items we ship to customer and then email them. We also use it to take pictures of any damage so we can email them to the vendor.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good enough outdoor. Poor photos indoor
By JMVerified Purchaser from Huntington Beach, CA on 10/2/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Easy Setup
Cons:
Long Lag Time, Poor Operation in Low Light, Weak Construction
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

I bought this camera so that I could have a camera in my pocket at all times. I knew that image quality would not even come close to my Dslr, but good enough as a carry everywhere camera.

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Taken early morning, outdoor.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great so far.
By mapcaseVerified Purchaser from NoVA/DC on 9/25/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Strong Construction
Cons:
Long Lag Time
Best Uses:
Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

The camera lacks some control on functionality, but for the price, it's perfect. I was thinking about getting the Nikon S600 (I think that's the model letter) but it [$] was only 2 megapixels more. Money being tight, I went with this. I was disappointed that you don't have any control over ISO/Fstop/shutter speed settings. It's a good, convenient size/weight, but not as thin as the S600... though that one feels like it'll break in your hands. So this fits slightly bulky in your back pocket, but not bad. Just don't sit on it (luckily, haven't tried that... yet).But other than that, it functions really well, great, clear photos, especially in natural (sun) light with shadow. I had a Kodak (my second) and it was a piece of junk, cruddy resolution/very pixelated even at the highest setting. This camera doesn't have that (from what I can tell, so far). And the video's really nice... take a bit to adjust the white balance from going from shade to light, but it is a camera after all. Though don't talk when you're shooting, otherwise it'll playback really LOUD while everything else is quiet.For it's price, I'd give it 5 stars, but I had to give it 4, just from the lack of a few things (and therefore not "perfect"). Hope this helps you. :)

 
good picture for low$$
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Richmond, Va. on 9/17/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls
Best Uses:
Documentary
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

use it for work. takes good photos and is easy to use

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Compact and clear viewing
By maddogVerified Purchaser from Fayetteville, Ga. on 9/7/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
Best Uses:
Outdoors, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

The brand name 'NIKON' tells it all. Even though ther were some nevative reviews, it still outpreforms my last digital camera. It's light and compact. The large viewing screen is fatastic, I don't have to weare my reading glasses to see, even braud day light. Your custoer service wes very coorporative when I found out there was going to be a ling delay they made arrangment to send a different color in record time. Thank you...

 
good but not great
By sjtVerified Purchaser from Colorado Springs, CO on 8/28/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Easy Setup, Short Lag Time
Cons:
Weak Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

I wanted a small, simple point and shoot for me as my other half is the real photographer. The camera takes good photos if you select the appropriate preprogrammed scene settings (i.e. landscape, beach/snow, dusk/dawn, etc.) The completely automatic setting doesn't always get it right. It's a little larger and heavier than similar cameras in the same price range, in part to the AA batteries. The large LCD screen was fantastic until it was cracked inside a camera case with out being struck or dropped. I don't know how it happened. With no manual view finder there is no way to frame photos or access the menu features until it is fixed. I have yet to hear if it will be covered under warranty. If I had to buy a new one I might give up the larger screen for a smaller, lighter camera. Every once counts when backpacking.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
An excellent Pix for travelers.
By Rhode Island JimVerified Purchaser from North Kingstown, Rhode Island on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

I have a Nikon DX with multiple lenses but found it difficult to use in my travels. The Nikon Coolpix is easy to use. I can carry it with me and take pictures at a momments notice. I have just returned from a trip to Pakistan where I was involved in consulting work for the Ministry of Education. I took over 300 photose during a two and one half week period. I was able to take excellent photos of the participants in the workshop as well as some excellent candid photos of people and places in and about Islamabad. These include marketplaces, textile shops, street scenes, a tailors shop, resturants, outlooks, and food dishes. I found my CoolPix easy to use and easy to carry. I would recomment it highly for travelers and casual use.

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Deciding on Standards

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Monky business

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NICE PURCHASE - I RECCOMEND IT
By AngeliriVerified Purchaser from Puerto Rico on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

Easy to set-up, easy to use, really nice pictures and you don't have to be a pro to enjoy it !!!

 
This Is It!
By PhotopeteVerified Purchaser from Moscow, ID on 8/21/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Short Lag Time
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

This is one of the easiest to use digital cameras I've found. The controls and functions are logically arranged and simple to figure out. This would be an ideal camera for both first time users and more skilled photographers who prefer simplicity and uncomplicated controls. The large LCD screen makes capturing images and viewing recorded pictures effortless. Unlike many cameras, this one takes two AA batteries, available anywhere. You won't be tied to your charger or find yourself without power and no way to continue use.

 
Great size for camera.
By Johnny 5Verified Reviewer from Tampa,FL on 8/19/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Nice and compact
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

Like the easy auto mode just point and shoot. Bought a shield for the LCD. Helps with blocking out sun in daylight and protects the screen.

 
Great Camera--Easy to use
By beach goerVerified Purchaser from Charlotte, NC on 8/19/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

Easy to use--with large LCD screen. Camera size is perfect, and controls are handy and easy to read and use. Also, pictures upload with ease.

 
enjoy it very much
By topspeedVerified Purchaser from naples fl. on 8/19/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Easy Setup
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

needs to have acover over the picture frame so it will not scratch when not in use

[0 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
its not good
By sirishaVerified Purchaser from chicago on 8/19/2008
Cons:
Poor lencs, Poor quality, Weak Construction
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

its goodbutit should be designed in good manner..

 
This Camera is perfect for snapshots
By Dave the purchaserVerified Purchaser from Central Coast, CA on 8/18/2008
Pros:
Easy Setup, Price, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Documentary
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

I have purchased this camera and earlier coolpix cameras for years because they are small, rugged, have a low cost and most importantly, the Police staff that use them feel they are simple to use. Using AA batteries is important because the cameras are shared. I would buy again.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Coolpix L-18 Digital Camera
By PDSVerified Purchaser from Clearlake ,CA on 8/13/2008
Cons:
Long Lag Time
Best Uses:
Art, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

I am 68 and do not have good eye sight. because of this I find it hard to use the display in bright sunlight,especially. I am also disappointed that this camera does NOT have a view finder that you could use instead. Most of the buttons are very small and hard to see (black on black) These are my major complaints. Overall, I think the camera takes excellent pictures and I am very happy with it.

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Awesome, point and shoot camera!!
By RqStedyVerified Purchaser from Sherman Oaks, Ca. on 8/8/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Large screen
Cons:
Picture editing
Best Uses:
Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

This camera is awesome! Very easy to navigate. The 3" LCD is totally cool. Battery life is good. Takes great pictures.
Only negative is that you can not CHANGE color pictures to black and white like on the old Nikons. I wish they would reincorporate that feature...then this camera would be a 5 star!

 
I love it and carry it in my pocket
By dgbsrVerified Purchaser from Florida on 8/7/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Documentary, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

This is my 4th and it is the BEST

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Grand Baby vaction 2008

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
HUGE value at a little price!
By familyguyVerified Purchaser from Spokane, WA on 8/5/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Strong Construction
Cons:
Long Lag Time
Best Uses:
Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

camera takes extremely clear still photos of any setting: portrait, landscape, close-up, even text copying. Video function is surprisingly good, and better than some cheaper video cameras I've used!

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
LOOKS GOOD, BUT---
By BIG BIKEVerified Purchaser from EASTERN PA on 8/4/2008
Pros:
Comfortable Controls
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

TERRIBLE COLOR. DULL PICTURES. NOT SHARP. NOT CLEAR. ONLY CENTER OF PICTURES WERE IN FOCUS. AFTER READING OTHER REVIEWS LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF FOLKS ARE HAVING THE SAME RESULTS. I SENT IT BACK.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
LOVE IT just what my wife need
By Bill from Brookhaven Pa on 7/23/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Strong Construction
Cons:
Long Lag Time
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

It's small

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
its sweet
By andy nb from charlottesville,va on 6/19/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

just a great compact easy to use digital camera

[7 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
This camera is hott!
By Chelssss*Verified Reviewer from Los Angeles, Caliofornia on 3/23/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Coolpix L18 Digital Camera (Black):

This product is amazing! (in my opinion) i love it. i use it all the time!

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