Nikon L22

 
Nikon Coolpix L22 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-134mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 183g - 98 x 61 x 28mm
  • Introduced February 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
14
Overall
27

Nikon L22 summary

Nikon L22 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on February of 2010. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The L22 stands at #230 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1176 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Nikon L22 history

The Nikon L22 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-L28 front thumbnailNikon L28
L22 vs L28
26-130mm
F
20MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-L610 front thumbnailNikon L610
L22 vs L610
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-L26 front thumbnailNikon L26
L22 vs L26
26-130mm
F3.2-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-L810 front thumbnailNikon L810
L22 vs L810
23-585mm
F3.1-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-L120 front thumbnailNikon L120
L22 vs L120
25-525mm
F3.1-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-L24 front thumbnailNikon L24
L22 vs L24
37-134mm
F3.1-6.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-L110 front thumbnailNikon L110
L22 vs L110
28-420mm
F3.5-5.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-L21 front thumbnailNikon L21
L22 vs L21
38-136mm
F3.1-6.7
8MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-L22 front thumbnailNikon L2237-134mm
F3.1-6.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-L100 front thumbnailNikon L100
L22 vs L100
28-420mm
F3.5-5.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-L20 front thumbnailNikon L20
L22 vs L20
38-136mm
F3.1-6.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Nikon L22 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon L22 based on things which are generally regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

flash built-in
in built zoom lens (37-134mm 3.6 x zoom)
screen size is good (3 inches)
very good minimum ISO (80)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have HDMI port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have microphone port
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse function
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
manual mode not available
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f6.7)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
wide angle not great (37mm)
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Nikon L22 Sensor specs

The Nikon L22 is powered by the Expeed C2 processor. The sensor spec on the Nikon L22 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the L22's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The L22 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L22 dimensions

Nikon L22 weighs in at 0.40 pounds (183 grams / 6.46 ounces) & has exterior size of 98mm x 61mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon L22 is similar as compared to its competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon L22 besides a soda to help you get a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix L22 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button layout on the L22.

Nikon Coolpix L22 topview buttons dials

Nikon L22 Lens details

The L22 has got a fixed lens having a focal range of 37-134mm giving it a 3.6 x zoom which might not be significant nevertheless it is going to be invaluable in some circumstances.

At it's widest 37mm, it has an aperture of f3.1 and that is really sluggish and not good for low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You would also need to increase your ISO leading to noisy shots. With the long end, 134mm comes at f6.7 making it very sluggish and you might have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon L22 Connectivity

The L22 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and at times adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Several apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Nikon L22 Video details

The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon L22 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should shoot for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to have a look at another model if you want better audio for your videos.

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Nikon L22 Weather Sealing

Nikon L22 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Nikon L22 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon L22 comes with a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix L22 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The View Finder specs for Nikon L22 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are very useful.

Nikon L22 Shutter details

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon L22 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon L22 has just built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon L22 Autofocus details

Nikon L22 has only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon L22 lacks manual focus. Manual focus option can be good in low light or you require more precise control on depth of field.

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Nikon L22 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the best (470) battery life in this group of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Nikon L22 for specific types of photography

The following illustration gives a outline of the Nikon L22 for specific types of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon L22 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon L22 gets a score of 21 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not good to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the option to use external flash.

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no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Nikon L22 Street photography advice

Coming in at a reasonable points total of 47, the Nikon L22 is relatively appropriate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Nikon L22 Sports photography details

A really bad sports photography points total of 18 suggests the Nikon L22 is just not good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Nikon L22

Portability is really important when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon L22 gets a modest 51 as a travelling camera which is relatively acceptable to take on your trips.

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built-in flash
missing Timelapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)

Nikon L22 Landscape photography highlights

If you are looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon L22 and it's really bad grade of 28 for a landscape camera is just not good among its rivals.

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decent sized screen (3")
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual mode
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Nikon L22

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon L22 is just not good for vlogging as it receives a really bad score of 22.

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wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not contain selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic port

Nikon L22 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the L22, here is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram underneath offers you a bird's eye view of the L22 versus it's top rated rivals shown above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may regard as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix L22
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2010-02-03
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Highest native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
37-134mm (3.6x)
Max aperture
f/3.1-6.7
Macro focus range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
8s
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
183 gr (0.40 lb)
Dimensions
98 x 61 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Other
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
One
Launch cost
$130