When Nikon entered the photographic industry back in the 1960s, more than once the cameras were compared to Rolls-Royce-built cars that were tough, yet could handle with the best on the road and, indeed, a lower-cost version called the Nikkormat debuted that was, if not a Rolls, a good strong Cadillac that could share lenses, filters and films.
In the hands of a professional photographer, either camera turned in quality shot after shot with no problem. Notice though, the use of the word professional. Even though the Nikkormat was aimed at the advanced Amateur photographer, the best results were still achieved by the pros.
That’s why Nikon’s move into the point-and-shoot category, bringing its technology with it, is a welcomed addition to the low-end of the photographic field. Imagine having a camera with a three-inch LCD photo monitor that, when combined with the 5X built-in zoom, allows even the newest beginning photographer to shoot exactly the image he or she wants and when it is put on line, it looks like it was taken by a pro.
Credit that to Nikon’s built-in, easy-to-use electronic systems that handle all of the changes such as speed, F-stop and/or whether or not to use the built-in strobe. The Nikon Coolpix L26 features the multi-feature Nikkor glass zoom lens that can take macro shots as close as four inches from the lens to the 5X zoom that gives the photographer a wide range of freedom.
The three-inch rear monitor in this 1.7 by 3.8 by 2.4-inch camera – that weighs in at 15 ounces is a key to the capability of the L26. Because it is a high-resolution device one can frame a picture and then reframe it as needed quickly. The Smart Portrait mode automatically retouches photos one has taken by enhancing the facial images and enhancing them even further. Also, the electronics in the L26 include a sophisticated auto stabilization package that enables steady, shake-free photos even at long lens settings.
The L76 shoots at native mode 726p – high-definition – so that one can, depending on the size of the microSDHC memory card installed, shoot high-definition movie clips that include sound and which can be used on a high-definition monitor. Because this is a point-and-shoot model, aimed at the lower end of the camera market, there is very little as the L26 handles everything for you. Nikon believes in letting the camera do the work, one finds all of the modes are automatically set. They include: Portrait Mode;; Landscape Mode; Night Settings; Close-up Settings; Easy Mode.
The Coolpix L26 gives you all these modes and turns out professional grade work. Indeed, a pro might just want to carry one of these digital cameras along as a spare, just in case.