Nikon L19

Nikon Coolpix L19 front
  • 8MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 130g - 97 x 61 x 29mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon L19 overview

Nikon L19 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera initially launched on February of 2009. It comes with a 8 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.5" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448.

The L19 comes in at #260 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1263 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon L19 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon L19 based on features which are typically viewed as useful in a camera.

flash built-in
great min ISO (64)
lighter than competition (130g)
can't use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have HDMI out
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have microphone support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
fixed focal length (()mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW format
low MP (8MP)
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
no manual focus
no manual mode
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen is small (2.7")
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
tiny sensor (1/2.5")
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
Photography Glossary

Nikon L19 Sensor specifications

The sensor measurement in the Nikon L19 is 5.744mm x 4.308mm (1/2.5"). The 25 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3264 x 2448 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 8MP and gives a native ISO range of 64 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the L19's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The L19 sensor comes with a crop factor of 6.3 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L19 dimensions

Nikon L19 is 0.29 pounds (130 grams / 4.59 oz) and features external size of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon L19 is lighter when compared with its competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon L19 alongside a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix L19 dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button layout on the L19.

Nikon Coolpix L19 topview buttons dials

Nikon L19 Lens specifications

The L19 provides a fixed lens providing a constant focal length of ()mm which means you have no flexibility to zoom.

At the widest ()mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.1 making it somewhat slow and not good in low light situations and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also have to up the ISO setting which causes noisy files.

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Nikon L19 Connectivity

The L19 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send pictures and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon L19 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Nikon L19 is 640 x 480 and it can capture in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's requirements. You should target at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone socket which means you get no control over your audio. It is probably best to look at another model in case you require decent audio in your video clips.

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Nikon L19 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Nikon L19 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Nikon L19 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon L19 comes with a 2.7 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon L19 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy during sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon L19 Shutter specifications

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Nikon L19 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon L19 has got only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Nikon L19 Autofocus specifications

Nikon L19 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & precise when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon L19 has no manual focus. Manual focus is useful during low light situations or you want to have more exact depth of field control.

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Nikon L19 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Nikon L19 for different forms of photography

The following diagram displays a overview of the Nikon L19 for different forms of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon L19

The Nikon L19 receives a score of 18 which is low, and means the camera is not really suitable to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support plus the ability to use off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
MP count low (8 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.5")
no RAW support

Nikon L19 Street photography info

With a moderate rating of 54, the Nikon L19 is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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lighter than competition (130 grams)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.5")
no RAW files

Nikon L19 Sports photography details

A low sports photography score of 15 suggests the Nikon L19 is not really suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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can't change focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (8 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
no phase detect autofocus

Nikon L19 Travel photography advice

Weight is super crucial when picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon L19 gets a decent 57 as a travelling camera which is reasonably suited to buy for your holidays.

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lighter than competitors (130 grams)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
megapixel count low (8MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)

Nikon L19 Landscape photography advice

When you are looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon L19 at it's low rating of 21 as a landscape camera is not really suitable amongst its rivals.

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manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (8MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW files
no Time Lapse mode

Nikon L19 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon L19 is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a low score of 25.

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lighter than others (130g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone socket

Nikon L19 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the L19, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart just below will give you a bird's eye view of the L19 versus it's top ranking rivals suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix L19
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
8 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3264 x 2448
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
Maximal aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
130 gr (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions
97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Cost at launch