Nikon L26

Nikon Coolpix L26 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 96 x 60 x 29mm
  • Launched February 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Nikon L26 summary

Nikon L26 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first released on February of 2012. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The L26 comes in at #123 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #996 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Nikon L26 family

The Nikon L26 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.

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Nikon L26 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon L26 based on factors which are oftentimes considered crucial in a camera.

built-in flash
decently wide (26mm)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
has face detect focusing
screen size is good (3 inch)
very good minimum ISO (80)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have microphone port
does not have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
low battery pack (200 shots)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
sluggish at full zoom (f6.5)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Nikon L26 Sensor information

The sensor dimension on the Nikon L26 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

Photography Glossary

The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the L26's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The L26 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L26 dimensions

Nikon L26 weighs around 0.36 lbs (164 grams / 5.78 oz) and features exterior measurements of 96mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon L26 is very much the same when compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Nikon L26 with a soda so you can have a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix L26 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the L26.

Nikon Coolpix L26 topview buttons dials

Nikon L26 Lens information

The L26 comes with a built-in lens having a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be ideal nevertheless it will probably be valuable in certain cases.

At it's widest 26mm, it offers an aperture of f3.2 making it somewhat sluggish and not the best in low light events and you will find it hard to capture good bokeh. You would also need to increase your ISO resulting in noisy pictures. At the long end, 130mm comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon L26 Connectivity

The L26 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send photos and oftentimes alter settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon L26 Video information

The max video resolution on the Nikon L26 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really aim for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The body does not have a mic and headphone port which means that you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to shop for another model if you need decent audio in your video clips.

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Nikon L26 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Nikon L26 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Nikon L26 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon L26 has a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Nikon L26 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.

Nikon L26 Shutter information

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon L26 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon L26 includes just built in flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon L26 Autofocus information

Nikon L26 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it helpful for portraits.

Nikon L26 does not have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be good during low light conditions or you want to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Nikon L26 Battery life

The battery pack (2 x AA) on the Nikon L26 is designed to last for 200 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks which is less when compared with its competition. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the maximum (470) battery life within this class of cameras.

Below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:

Nikon L26 for different types of photography

The following graph gives a rundown of the Nikon L26 for different types of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon L26 Portrait photography details

The Nikon L26 gets a points total of 34 which is really bad, meaning that it is not good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support together with the potential to use external lighting.

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good MP (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Street photography with Nikon L26

With a modest points tally of 47, the Nikon L26 is fairly appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Nikon L26 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography points tally of 27 indicates the Nikon L26 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery (200 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF

Nikon L26 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really crucial when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon L26 gets a above average 62 as a travel camera which is a fine choice to take on your vacations.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)

Landscape photography with Nikon L26

When you are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon L26 with it's really bad score of 37 as a landscape camera is not good among it's competition.

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decently wide (26mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
good MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
no manual control
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery power (200 shots)
does not have Timelapse function

Nikon L26 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon L26 is not good for vlogging as it gets a really bad rating of 28.

Photography Glossary
reasonably wide (26mm)
has face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone socket

Nikon L26 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the L26, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph down below provides you a bird's eye view of the L26 compared to it's highest rated rivals listed above.

These are some more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix L26
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
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
Min shutter speed
4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
164 gr (0.36 lb)
Physical dimensions
96 x 60 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery life
200 images
Battery form
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at release