- 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 64 - 1600
- 640 x 480 video
- 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
- 135g - 97 x 61 x 29mm
- Introduced February 2009
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- Size Comparison
Nikon L20 overview
Nikon L20 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera initially announced on February of 2009. The camera uses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The L20 ranks at #244 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #1229 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.
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Nikon L20 family
The Nikon L20 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list below.
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Nikon L20 Gallery
You can look at the L20 from different angles in the gallery here.
Nikon L20 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of pluses and minuses of the Nikon L20 based on factors that are often seen as necessary in a camera.
Nikon L20 Sensor specs
The spec of the sensor on the Nikon L20 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 64 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.
The graphic below illustrates the L20's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The L20 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon L20 dimensions
Nikon L20 weighs about 0.30 pounds (135 grams / 4.76 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon L20 is lighter as compared with its rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Listed below is a pic of the Nikon L20 alongside a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view here will show you the button layout on the L20.
Nikon L20 Lens details
The L20 comes with an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 38-136mm making it a 3.6 x zoom which may not be ideal however it might be helpful in a few cases.
At it's widest 38mm, it offers an aperture of f3.1 making it rather sluggish and not great in low light occasions and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to up your ISO setting leading to noisy photographs. On the long end, 136mm comes to f6.7 making it fairly sluggish and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Nikon L20 Connectivity
The L20 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer pictures and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Several apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Nikon L20 Video details
The highest video quality on the Nikon L20 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low by today's standards. You should really go for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to find an alternative camera should you want better sound in your video clips.
Nikon L20 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Nikon L20 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Nikon L20 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon L20 houses a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Nikon L20 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are particularly valuable.
Nikon L20 Shutter details
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Nikon L20 Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon L20 includes just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.
Nikon L20 Autofocusing details
Nikon L20 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
Nikon L20 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good in low light or you require more accurate focus control.
Nikon L20 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:
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Nikon L20 for varying forms of photography
The following bar chart indicates a analysis of the Nikon L20 for varying forms of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Nikon L20 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon L20 has a points tally of 19 which is horrible, meaning that it is not good for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos plus the option to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Nikon L20
Getting a decent points total of 54, the Nikon L20 is reasonably suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Nikon L20 Sports photography information
A horrible sports photography score of 16 means the Nikon L20 is not good for photographing sports. A camera must have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon L20 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is pretty crucial when picking a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon L20 gets a decent 55 as a travelling camera which is fairly acceptable for your holidays.
Nikon L20 Landscape photography advice
When you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Nikon L20 with it's horrible grade of 27 as a landscape camera is not good within the current market.
Nikon L20 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon L20 is not good for vlogging as it comes to a horrible rating of 24.
Nikon L20 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the L20, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart here offers you an overview of the L20 vs it's top ranking rivals suggested above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may have a look at as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, click the "compare" link.