- 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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- Size Comparison
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 #128 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1002 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.
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 Gallery
You can look at the L26 from various angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Down below is a shot of the Nikon L26 with a soda so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the L26.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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:
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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 35 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.
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.
Nikon L26 Sports photography info
A really bad sports photography points tally of 28 indicates the Nikon L26 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
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.
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.
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.
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.