Nikon L28

Nikon Coolpix L28 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F) lens
  • 164g - 95 x 60 x 29mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon L28 summary

Nikon L28 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on January of 2013. It houses a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The L28 comes in at #50 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #778 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Nikon L28 history

The Nikon L28 is part of a family of products. You can view the full range underneath.

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Nikon-Coolpix-L28 front thumbnailNikon L2826-130mm
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Nikon L28 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon L28 based on things which are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
fast maximum aperture (f)
good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
great battery life (280 CIPA)
has built in flash
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice screen size (3 inches)
pretty wide (26mm)
can't use external flash
does not have image stabilization
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of external microphone socket
lack of HDMI socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of manual focus
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse mode
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
no aperture priority
no manual mode
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Nikon L28 Sensor details

The sensor measurement on the Nikon L28 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5152 x 3864 pixels .

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The CCD sensor has 20 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the L28's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The L28 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L28 dimensions

Nikon L28 weighs in at 0.36 lb (164 grams / 5.78 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 95mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon L28 is similar as compared with other rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Nikon L28 alongside a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix L28 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button design on the L28.

Nikon Coolpix L28 topview buttons dials

Nikon L28 Lens specs

The L28 has got a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really great nevertheless it can be valuable in certain situations.

At the widest 26mm, it comes with an aperture of f making it perfect for low light conditions and getting good bokeh. It would also let you choose a much lower ISO to have crisper photos.

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Nikon L28 Connectivity

The L28 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send images and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Nikon L28 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon L28 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket which means you have little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to consider another model if you require decent audio for your videos.

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Nikon L28 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Nikon L28 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Nikon L28 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon L28 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon L28 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial in sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Nikon L28 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon L28 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon L28 comes with only built-in flash with missing external flash support.

Nikon L28 Autofocusing specs

Nikon L28 has not got Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon L28 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode can be useful in low light scenarios or you need to have more exact depth of field control.

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Nikon L28 Battery life

The battery life (2 x AA) for the Nikon L28 is fashioned to last for 280 images based on the CIPA measurements making it higher than average for its class. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Nikon L28 for varying styles of photography

The following chart gives a outline of the Nikon L28 for varying styles of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon L28 Portrait photography details

The Nikon L28 gets a points total of 33 which is low, and means the camera is just not very good to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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resolution is good (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon L28 Street photography advice

Coming in at a moderate score of 48, the Nikon L28 is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Nikon L28 Sports photography information

A low sports photography points total of 39 suggests the Nikon L28 is just not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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resolution is good (20MP)
great battery life (280 CIPA)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Travel photography with Nikon L28

Portability is extremely important when choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon L28 gets a nice 74 as a travel camera which is a good pick to buy for your holidays.

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great battery pack (280 per charge)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon L28 Landscape photography details

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Nikon L28 at it's moderate score of 48 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable amongst it's competition.

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rather wide (26mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
great battery power (280 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Nikon L28

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon L28 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a low rating of 29.

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rather wide (26mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic port

Nikon L28 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the L28, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph down below provides you a bird's eye view of the L28 vs it's top rated rivals shown previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look into as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix L28
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Max resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720
Max video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
164 gr (0.36 lbs)
95 x 60 x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery life
280 images
Type of battery
Battery model
2 x AA
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch price