Nikon L830

Nikon Coolpix L830 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-765mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 508g - 110 x 76 x 91mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Superseded the Nikon L820
  • Renewed by Nikon L840
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon L830 overview

Nikon L830 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially released on January of 2014. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Nikon released this model in an effort to improve the older Nikon L820 (Read Full Comparison) and then introduced the updated Nikon L840 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this model.

The L830 is positioned #99 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all-around #622 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to try out our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon L830 history

The Nikon L830 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can discover all earlier and new models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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L830 vs L840
Nikon-Coolpix-L830 front thumbnailNikon L83023-765mm
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Nikon-Coolpix-L820 front thumbnailNikon L820
L830 vs L820
Nikon-Coolpix-L610 front thumbnailNikon L610
L830 vs L610
Nikon-Coolpix-L810 front thumbnailNikon L810
L830 vs L810
Nikon-Coolpix-L120 front thumbnailNikon L120
L830 vs L120
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Nikon-Coolpix-L110 front thumbnailNikon L110
L830 vs L110
Nikon-Coolpix-L100 front thumbnailNikon L100
L830 vs L100

Nikon L830 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Nikon L830 based on aspects which are generally viewed as essential in a digital camera.

better than average battery (390 CIPA)
great zoom (765mm)
great zoom range (23-765mm 33.3 x zoom)
has built in flash
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
provides tracking focus
really wide (23mm)
screen has good resolution (921 thousand dots)
screen size is good (3 inches)
tilting screen
can't use external flash
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
focusing manually not possible
heavier than competitors (508g)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of headphone support
lack of mic support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse function
no manual control
no phase detect AF
no RAW support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Nikon L830 Sensor details

The sensor specification in the Nikon L830 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 125 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the L830's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The L830 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Nikon Coolpix L830 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L830 dimensions

Nikon L830 has a weight of 1.12 pounds (508 grams / 17.92 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 110mm x 76mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Nikon L830 is weightier when compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Nikon L830 besides a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix L830 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the L830.

Nikon Coolpix L830 topview buttons dials

Nikon L830 Lens specs

The L830 features an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 23-765mm giving it a 33.3 x zoom which is amazing and would allow you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 23mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.0 which will be very slow and not great in low light conditions and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase the ISO setting resulting in noisy images. Towards the tele end, 765mm is fantastic zoom and comes to f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon L830 Connectivity

The L830 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and usually change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon L830 Video specs

The maximum video quality in the Nikon L830 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not give you much room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means that you get no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to find another model in case you want decent audio in your videos.

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Nikon L830 Weather Sealing

Nikon L830 doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions can affect the camera.

Nikon L830 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon L830 is equipped with a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon L830 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Nikon L830 Shutter specs

Nikon L830 continuous shooting rate is 7.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Nikon L830 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon L830 boasts only built-in flash without external flash ability.

Nikon L830 Autofocus specs

Nikon L830 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & exact when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it helpful for portraits.

It also includes Tracking AF for moving things. Nikon L830 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus is useful in low light scenarios or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon L830 Battery life

The battery on the Nikon L830 is designed to last for 390 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications which is higher than the usual for its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Nikon L830 for different styles of photography

The following chart presents a analysis of the Nikon L830 for different styles of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon L830

The Nikon L830 gets a rating of 35 which is terrible, meaning that it is not acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the capability to utilize external flash.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Nikon L830 Street photography features

With a decent score of 53, the Nikon L830 is fairly acceptable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (508g)

Nikon L830 Sports photography factors

A average sports photography score of 51 means the Nikon L830 is somewhat acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (23-765mm 33.3 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
good battery power (390 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Nikon L830 Travel photography highlights

Portability is super important in picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon L830 gets a reasonable 58 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat suitable for your holidays.

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great battery (390 CIPA)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (23mm)
great reach (765mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (508 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)

Nikon L830 Landscape photography features

If you find yourself planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon L830 at it's terrible rating of 43 for a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current market.

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relatively wide (23mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
great battery power (390 shots)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording

Nikon L830 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging ought to offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Nikon L830 is not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a terrible score of 28.

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quite wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (508g)

Nikon L830 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the L830, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph listed below offers you an overview of the L830 compared to it's highest ranked rivals suggested previously.

These are some more cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To review a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix L830
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
23-765mm (33.3x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Screen type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Screen resolution
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
4 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting rate
7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
9.00 m (Auto ISO)
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 960 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
508 gr (1.12 lbs)
110 x 76 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.6")
Battery life
390 pictures
Type of battery
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Cost at launch