Nikon L810

Nikon Coolpix L810 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 23-585mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 430g - 111 x 76 x 83mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Refreshed by Nikon L820
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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.

Nikon introduced the fresher Nikon L820 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.

The L810 ranks at #163 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #788 out of 1465 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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Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon L810 family

The Nikon L810 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete list below.

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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.

built-in flash
features face detection autofocus
good resolution (16MP)
good sized screen (3 inches)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes HDMI port
long zoom range (23-585mm 25.4 x zoom)
quite wide (23mm)
screen has good resolution (921 thousand dot)
very good min ISO (80)
very long reach (585mm)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
continuous shooting slow (1.2 fps)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have Timelapse function
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual exposure not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual focus
screen is fixed
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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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.

Photography Glossary

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.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Listed below is a photo of the Nikon L810 besides a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix L810 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the L810.

Nikon Coolpix L810 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 34 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.

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MP count decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Nikon L810 Street photography info

With a decent rating of 48, 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.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Nikon L810 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography points total of 44 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.

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amazing zoom range (23-585mm 25.4 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.2 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

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.

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decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (23mm)
very long zoom (585mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)

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.

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fairly wide (23mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Timelapse function

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.

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pretty wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic socket

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Nikon Coolpix L810
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
23-585mm (25.4x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
430 gr (0.95 lbs)
Physical dimensions
111 x 76 x 83mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 3.3")
Battery life
300 photos
Form of battery
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Retail price