Nikon L810 overview
Nikon L810 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first released on February of 2012. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The L810 ranks at #156 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #727 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
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Nikon L810 family
The Nikon L810 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete list below.
Nikon L810 Gallery
You can look at the L810 from several angles in the gallery here.
Nikon L810 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of good and bad points of the Nikon L810 based on features that are normally seen as crucial in a camera.
Nikon L810 Sensor features
The sensor spec on the Nikon L810 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the L810's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The L810 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon L810 dimensions
Nikon L810 weighs about 0.95 lbs (430 grams / 15.17 oz) and features outer measurements of 111mm x 76mm x 83mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 3.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Nikon L810 is heavier as compared to various competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a photo of the Nikon L810 besides a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the L810.
Nikon L810 Lens features
The L810 comes with a built-in lens offering a focal range of 23-585mm making it a 25.4 x zoom which is huge and will enable you to zoom right in.
At it's widest 23mm, it will have an aperture of f3.1 making it rather sluggish and not ideal in low light conditions and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to raise your ISO setting resulting in noisy files. Towards the long end, 585mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f5.9 which is very slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.
Nikon L810 Connectivity
The L810 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Nikon L810 Video features
The highest video resolution on the Nikon L810 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to find a different camera in case you need decent sound in your video clips.
Nikon L810 Weather Sealing
Nikon L810 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions might damage the camera.
Nikon L810 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon L810 houses a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder details regarding Nikon L810 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are very useful.
Nikon L810 Shutter features
Nikon L810 is able to shoot continuously at 1.2 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Nikon L810 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon L810 boasts just built-in flash without external flash ability.
Nikon L810 Autofocusing features
Nikon L810 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it valuable for portrait photography.
Nikon L810 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good in low light scenarios or you need more exact focus control.
Nikon L810 Battery life
The battery power (4 x AA) for the Nikon L810 is built to last for 300 clicks as per the CIPA standards making it on par with its competitors. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest (600) battery life in this category of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Nikon L810 for various kinds of photography
The following bar chart shows a overview of the Nikon L810 for various kinds of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Nikon L810 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon L810 gets a score of 36 which is really bad, and means the camera is not very good to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support and option to utilize off-camera lighting.
Nikon L810 Street photography info
With a decent rating of 49, the Nikon L810 is relatively suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon L810 Sports photography info
A really bad sports photography points total of 45 indicates the Nikon L810 is not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon L810
Size is really critical when getting a travel camera. All round, the Nikon L810 gets a average 60 as a travelling camera which is fairly suitable to take with you on your trips.
Nikon L810 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon L810 with it's really bad score of 41 as a landscape camera is not very good in the current market.
Nikon L810 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging ought to offer a moving display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon L810 is not very good for vlogging as it gets a really bad rating of 27.
Nikon L810 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the L810, below is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph down below will give you a bird's eye view of the L810 versus it's highest scored rivals shown earlier.
These are some more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To review a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.