Nikon L610

Nikon Coolpix L610 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon L610 summary

Nikon L610 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on August of 2012. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The L610 is scored #174 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #828 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your customized requirements.

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

Nikon L610 family

The Nikon L610 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all previous and more recent models as well as key specifications.

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Nikon L610 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Nikon L610 based on things that are usually considered necessary in a camera.

amazing zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (25mm)
good megapixels (16MP)
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
long reach (350mm)
screen size is good (3")
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse function
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW support
no shutter priority
not so great battery pack (120 per charge)
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Nikon L610 Sensor info

The sensor spec in the Nikon L610 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 125 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the L610's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The L610 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L610 dimensions

Nikon L610 is 0.53 lb (240 grams or 8.47 oz) and features outside measurements of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Nikon L610 is less heavy when compared to other competitors.

Photography Glossary

The following is a visual of the Nikon L610 alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix L610 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button design on the L610.

Nikon Coolpix L610 topview buttons dials

Nikon L610 Lens info

The L610 offers a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 25-350mm making it a 14.0 x zoom which is amazing and would allow you to zoom right in.

At the widest 25mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.3 which will be quite slow and not the best in low light events and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost the ISO producing noisy photographs. At the tele end, 350mm is excellent zoom and comes to f5.9 which is really slow and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon L610 Connectivity

The L610 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy photos and in some cases alter settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon L610 Video info

The max video resolution in the Nikon L610 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file sizes but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and headphone socket which means that you have got little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find another camera should you need good sound in your video clips.

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Nikon L610 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Nikon L610 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Nikon L610 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon L610 has got a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon L610 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Nikon L610 Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/6000 seconds.

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Nikon L610 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon L610 has got only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon L610 Autofocusing info

Nikon L610 lacks Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Nikon L610 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing is useful in low light conditions or you need more precise focus control.

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Nikon L610 Battery life

The battery pack (2 x AA) for the Nikon L610 is made to last for 120 images with respect to the CIPA requirements making it less when compared to its rivals. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life in this range of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the best battery life:

Nikon L610 for varying types of photography

The following chart indicates a outline of the Nikon L610 for varying types of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon L610 Portrait photography features

The Nikon L610 gets a rating of 30 which is really bad, and means the camera is not good to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the potential to utilize external flash.

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MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon L610 as a Street photography camera

With a above average rating of 61, the Nikon L610 is a good option for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (240g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Nikon L610 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography rating of 45 indicates the Nikon L610 is not good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
amazing zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery (120 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus

Nikon L610 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty critical in selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon L610 gets a very good 66 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent pick to purchase for your journeys.

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lighter than others in class (240g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (350mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery life (120 per charge)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Nikon L610 as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will be image quality. The Nikon L610 and it's really bad grade of 41 for a landscape camera is not good within the current marketplace.

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rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery life (120 CIPA)
no Time Lapse function

Nikon L610 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon L610 is not good for vlogging as it delivers a really bad rating of 33.

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rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (240g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no external microphone support

Nikon L610 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the L610, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart just below provides you an overview of the L610 vs it's top scored rivals shown above.

Following are additional cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix L610
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-350mm (14.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech
TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/6000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
240 gr (0.53 lb)
Physical dimensions
108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
Battery life
120 photographs
Type of battery
Battery ID
2 x AA
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at release