Nikon L32 overview
Nikon L32 is Nikon's Ultracompact digital camera initially released on January of 2015. The camera includes a 20MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The L32 stands at #15 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all around #648 out of 1431 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personal factors.
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Nikon L32 history
The Nikon L32 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can see all past and current models alongside key features.
Nikon L32 Gallery
You can check the L32 from different angles in the gallery here.
Nikon L32 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon L32 based on things which are generally viewed as important in a digital camera.
Nikon L32 Sensor details
The sensor size in the Nikon L32 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the L32's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The L32 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon L32 dimensions
Nikon L32 weighs 0.36 pounds (164 grams or 5.78 ounces) & has external dimensions of 95mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Nikon L32 is more heavy in comparison with other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a shot of the Nikon L32 alongside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will show you the button layout on the L32.
Nikon L32 Lens specs
The L32 has a built in lens and it has a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really huge however it could be valuable in certain scenarios.
At the widest 26mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.2 and that's fairly slow and not great for low light circumstances and you might find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to up the ISO setting which results in noisy shots. For the tele end, 130mm comes to f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.
Nikon L32 Connectivity
The L32 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and in some cases alter settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Many applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Nikon L32 Video specs
The maximum video quality in the Nikon L32 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should really target at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket which means that you have got little control over the audio. It is probably best to get another model should you want good audio for your videos.
Nikon L32 Weather Sealing
Nikon L32 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.
Nikon L32 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon L32 includes a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
It has got a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and even group shots when required. Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details for Nikon L32 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be rather useful.
Nikon L32 Shutter specs
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Nikon L32 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon L32 features only built in flash with no external flash ability.
Nikon L32 Autofocus specs
Nikon L32 features just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be useful for people photography.
Nikon L32 has not got manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful for low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.
Nikon L32 Battery life
The battery (2 x AA) on the Nikon L32 is fashioned to last for 320 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks which is higher than the usual for its class. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life for this kind of cameras.
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Nikon L32 for specific forms of photography
The following chart presents a overview of the Nikon L32 for specific forms of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Nikon L32 Portrait photography information
The Nikon L32 gets a points total of 39 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not suitable for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the ability to work with external lighting.
Nikon L32 as a Street photography camera
With a moderate score of 56, the Nikon L32 is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sports photography with Nikon L32
A moderate sports photography points tally of 48 suggests the Nikon L32 is fairly suited for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon L32 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is extremely important when choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon L32 gets a very good 71 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit for your journeys.
Nikon L32 as a Landscape photography camera
For anyone looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Nikon L32 and it's decent grade of 48 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable within the current market.
Nikon L32 Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon L32 is a very decent pick as a vlog camera as it receives a very good rating of 66.
Nikon L32 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the L32, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the category of Ultracompact.
The chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the L32 compared to it's highest scored rivals listed previously.
There are more cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To go through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.