Nikon L100

 
Nikon Coolpix L100 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-420mm (F3.5-5.4) lens
  • 360g - 110 x 72 x 78mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Later Model is Nikon L110
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
79
Imaging
34
Features
28
Overall
31

Nikon L100 summary

Nikon L100 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially revealed on February of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Nikon launched the newer Nikon L110 (Read Full Comparison) to replace this model.

The L100 stands at #238 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #1074 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please test our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Nikon L100 history

The Nikon L100 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all past and current models as well as key specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-L840 front thumbnailNikon L840
L100 vs L840
23-855mm
F3.0-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-L830 front thumbnailNikon L830
L100 vs L830
23-765mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-L28 front thumbnailNikon L28
L100 vs L28
26-130mm
F
20MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-L820 front thumbnailNikon L820
L100 vs L820
23-675mm
F3.0-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-L610 front thumbnailNikon L610
L100 vs L610
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-L26 front thumbnailNikon L26
L100 vs L26
26-130mm
F3.2-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-L810 front thumbnailNikon L810
L100 vs L810
23-585mm
F3.1-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-L120 front thumbnailNikon L120
L100 vs L120
25-525mm
F3.1-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-L24 front thumbnailNikon L24
L100 vs L24
37-134mm
F3.1-6.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-L110 front thumbnailNikon L110
L100 vs L110
28-420mm
F3.5-5.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-L21 front thumbnailNikon L21
L100 vs L21
38-136mm
F3.1-6.7
8MP1/2.3"2010
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Nikon-Coolpix-L22 front thumbnailNikon L22
L100 vs L22
37-134mm
F3.1-6.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-L100 front thumbnailNikon L10028-420mm
F3.5-5.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-L20 front thumbnailNikon L20
L100 vs L20
38-136mm
F3.1-6.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon L100 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon L100 based on aspects which are typically regarded as useful in a digital camera.

amazing zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (80)
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
very long zoom (420mm)
you can focus manually
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of manual mode
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse recording
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.4)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no moving screen
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Nikon L100 Sensor features

The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon L100 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath illustrates the L100's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The L100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L100 dimensions

Nikon L100 has a weight of 0.79 lbs (360 gr or 12.70 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 110mm x 72mm x 78mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 3.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Nikon L100 is similar when compared to other rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Nikon L100 alongside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix L100 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the L100.

Nikon Coolpix L100 topview buttons dials

Nikon L100 Lens features

The L100 includes an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 28-420mm giving it a 15.0 x zoom which is huge and could allow you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f3.5 and that's fairly sluggish and not the best in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to up your ISO leading to noisy images. At the long end, 420mm is exceptional zoom and comes with f5.4 making it pretty sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon L100 Connectivity

The L100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy files and sometimes alter settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon L100 Video features

The highest possible video quality on the Nikon L100 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You should aim for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket which means that you get zero control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for an alternative model in case you want decent audio in your videos.

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Nikon L100 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Nikon L100 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Nikon L100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon L100 is equipped with a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Nikon L100 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be quite helpful in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Nikon L100 Shutter features

The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Nikon L100 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon L100 includes just inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon L100 Autofocus features

Nikon L100 includes only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon L100 has got manual focus when needed in low light scenarios or you need more accurate focus control.

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Nikon L100 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life in this group of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Nikon L100 for different kinds of photography

The following graph gives a outline of the Nikon L100 for different kinds of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon L100 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon L100 gets a rating of 27 which is lousy, and means the camera is not good for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support and option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Nikon L100 Street photography advice

Coming in at a moderate points tally of 50, the Nikon L100 is somewhat appropriate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Nikon L100 Sports photography details

A lousy sports photography rating of 33 means the Nikon L100 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Nikon L100 Travel photography advice

Portability is super crucial when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon L100 gets a decent 55 as a travelling camera which is fairly suited to take with you on your trips.

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has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
long reach (420mm)
no Timelapse function
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)

Landscape photography with Nikon L100

If you find yourself looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Nikon L100 at it's lousy score of 39 as a landscape camera is not good within the current market.

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has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
low resolution (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Nikon L100

A vlogging camera should really have a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon L100 is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 25.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port

Nikon L100 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the L100, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph below shows you a bird's eye view of the L100 vs it's highest scored competitors mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you might view as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix L100
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2009-02-03
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW images
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-420mm (15.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.5-5.4
Macro focus range
1cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
360 grams (0.79 lbs)
Physical dimensions
110 x 72 x 78mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 3.1")
Other
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
One
Pricing at release
$399