- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
- 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
- Released February 2015
- Previous Model is Nikon L830
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon L840 summary
Nikon L840 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally released on February of 2015. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Nikon introduced this camera as a way to update the previous Nikon L830 (Read Full Comparison)
The L840 is positioned #83 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #580 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.
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Nikon L840 family
The Nikon L840 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can discover all past and current models as well as key features.
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Nikon L840 Gallery
You can see the L840 from different angles in the gallery here.
Nikon L840 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Nikon L840 based on aspects which are often considered crucial in a camera.
Nikon L840 Sensor info
The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon L840 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture underneath illustrates the L840's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The L840 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon L840 dimensions
Nikon L840 is 1.19 lbs (538 gr or 18.98 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Nikon L840 is weightier when compared with various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Underneath is a shot of the Nikon L840 with a softdrink so you can have a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will provide the button design on the L840.
Nikon L840 Lens info
The L840 houses a built-in lens providing a focal range of 23-855mm making it a 37.2 x zoom which is ideal and is going to allow you to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 23mm, it offers an aperture of f3.0 and that's fairly slow and not the best in low light situations and you will find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also need to raise the ISO resulting in noisy photographs. Towards the tele end, 855mm is brilliant zoom and comes with f6.5 which is very slow and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.
Nikon L840 Connectivity
The L840 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and usually alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Certain applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Nikon L840 Video info
The max video resolution on the Nikon L840 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and headphone socket which means you have no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy a different model in case you require better audio in your video clips.
Nikon L840 Weather Sealing
Nikon L840 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.
Nikon L840 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon L840 comes with a 3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.
Please note that the screen offers no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder details regarding Nikon L840 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very handy during sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Nikon L840 Shutter info
Nikon L840 is able to shoot continuously at 7.4 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Nikon L840 Flash and Hot shoe info
Nikon L840 includes only inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.
Nikon L840 Autofocusing info
Nikon L840 includes just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it useful for taking photos of people.
It also has Tracking AF for objects that move. Nikon L840 does not have manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful during low light situations or you need to have more exact depth of field control.
Nikon L840 Battery life
The battery pack on the Nikon L840 is built to last for 590 photographs with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than the usual for its class. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life within this category of cameras.
Here is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:
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Nikon L840 for varying kinds of photography
The following graph gives a rundown of the Nikon L840 for varying kinds of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon L840 Portrait photography highlights
The Nikon L840 has a rating of 36 which is bad, and means the camera is not suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos plus the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Nikon L840
Getting a moderate score of 51, the Nikon L840 is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Nikon L840
A moderate sports photography points tally of 51 suggests the Nikon L840 is reasonably acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon L840 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is super critical when buying a travel camera. All round, the Nikon L840 gets a reasonable 57 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable for your trips.
Nikon L840 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon L840 at it's bad score of 43 for a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.
Nikon L840 Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon L840 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a bad rating of 27.
Nikon L840 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the L840, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart down below shows you an overview of the L840 vs it's highest scored rivals shown earlier.
These are various other cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.