Nikon L840

Nikon Coolpix L840 front
  • 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
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #79 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #578 out of 1465 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 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.

amazing zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
better than average battery pack (590 per charge)
flash built-in
good MP (16 megapixels)
good resolution screen (921 k dots)
great minimum ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
includes HDMI out
includes tracking autofocus
long zoom (855mm)
NFC connectivity
relatively wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
screen tilts
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW files
missing external microphone support
missing headphone support
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (538 grams)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual exposure
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f6.5)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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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.

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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.

Nikon Coolpix L840 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon L840 with a softdrink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix L840 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button design on the L840.

Nikon Coolpix L840 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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good megapixels (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

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.

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screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than average (538 grams)

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.

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excellent zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
good battery power (590 shots)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

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.

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good battery life (590 per charge)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (23mm)
very long zoom (855mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than others in class (538g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

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.

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relatively wide (23mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
better than average battery (590 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Timelapse recording

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.

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really wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (538g)

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.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix L840
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
23-855mm (37.2x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of display
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
7.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
538 grams (1.19 lbs)
114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8")
Battery life
590 shots
Battery style
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Price at release