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Nikon COOLPIX L840 Digital Camera - Black (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 38x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD
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- Capture every detail with the 38x optical zoom, extendable to 76x Dynamic Fine Zoom - coverage from 22.5 - 855mm
- Stay social by sharing with the one-touch Wi-Fi button or tapping your NFC-enabled camera to your smart device
- Take a new perspective with the tilt screen by shooting low-angle for a child's eye-line or high-angle over crowds
- Easily take moon shots and birdlife images with Scene auto selector enabling settings for hard-to-shoot subjects
- Swap easily from stills to smooth Full HD movies (1080/60i) at the touch of a button and edit movies in playback
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16||20.1||20.1||16.1||18||20.3 megapixels|
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|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 11.35 x 7.83 cm||73.5 x 6 x 44.6 cm||71.7 x 6.1 x 42.9 cm||11.82 x 13.02 x 9.7 cm||13 x 11.9 x 9.4 cm||9.19 x 12 x 8.17 cm|
|Item Weight||0.54 kg||495 grams||0.63 kg||0.56 kg||0.62 kg||418 grams|
|Max Focal Length||855 mm||954 mm||1,550 mm||1,200 mm||1,200 mm||1,200 mm|
|Min Focal Length||22 mm||157.5 mm||24 mm||20 mm||20 mm||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16||20.1||20.1||16.8||18 megapixels||—|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode||-||Serial Shot Mode||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||—||Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority|
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It's easy to zoom in on life's special moments with the 16-megapixel L840. Capture landscapes and wildlife or take amazing close-ups at family celebrations with the 38x optical zoom, extendable to 76x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Taking detailed shots of the moon or wildlife are made simple with Scene auto selector, plus you can create a unique viewpoint with the large LCD tilt screen and shoot Full HD movies (1080/60i) at the touch of a button. Favourite images can be shared instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support.
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Zoom in on the details and frame superb images with the Coolpix L840 from Nikon. Shooting subjects and capturing facial expressions is simpler than ever with a long optical zoom and a range of automatic technologies to optimise settings so you’ll always get the better results. Designed to keep-up with fast-pace living; instant image sharing and convenient battery operation are just two of the many features you'll love. Available in black or plum and an ergonomic grip make the compact Coolpix L840 easy to hold for steady photographs wherever you travel.
Capturing better close-ups of faraway action, the Coolpix L840 houses the power of a 22.5 - 855 mm, 38x optical zoom  Nikkor lens. For even more reach, zoom up to 76x with Dynamic Fine Zoom while still maintaining maximum image resolution. The camera’s amazing versatility also extends to Macro Mode where you can focus as close as 1 cm.
Getting the very best from the lens in low light, a back-illuminated 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the Expeed C2 image processing system offers both impressive noise reduction and high-speed performance, resulting in sharp, detailed images that are better for photo or poster enlargements. Combined with Lens-shift Vibration Reduction that effectively counters camera shake even at the telephoto end of the range, this supreme Nikon optical technology ensures higher performance.
Uploading images to your favourite social networking sites has never been easier. A dedicated Wi-Fi  button allows you direct access to Wi-Fi settings, while NFC  support for compatible smart devices makes image transfer as simple as tapping your camera to your device. Pre-select the images or video so they are automatically transferred when you use an NFC connection. Or for a single shot, you can directly transfer the picture displayed in playback mode by pressing the Wi-Fi button. You can also use your smart device as a remote control for your camera and synchronise its GPS to add your shooting location to the transferred images.
Switching instantly from photo to video with the dedicated movie-record button, shoot Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound. Keep your movies smooth and images clear with a side zoom control positioned on the left of the camera to help reduce camera shake and maintain stability. Explore creative shooting angles and capture any pose with the large 7.5 cm (3 inch) 921-k dot, tilt screen. With superb visibility, the tilt screen allows flexible framing and comfortable in-camera editing to remove unwanted footage. Experimenting with your creativity, Short Movie Show automatically combines a number of your movie files into a 30-second movie and still shots can be taken while you’re recording so you capture every aspect of your art. Once you’re ready to view your work, HDMI connectivity ensures your clear, crisp video can be enjoyed directly on HD televisions .
 Actual focal length of 4.0 - 152 mm has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 22.5 - 855 mm lens in 35 mm  format.
 Requires installation of the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application (iOS and Android compatible) on your smart device.
 Near Field Communication (NFC) works with compatible smartphones and tablets. Requires installation of the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application and image-transfer setting prior to use.
 An HDMI cable (not supplied) with a Type D connector is required.
Taking full advantage of the auto-mode functions available lets you enjoy stress-free shooting with the Coolpix L840. Target Finding AF enables the camera to lock on to intended subjects, leaving you with clear, sharp shots of the scenes you want. For subjects where you can’t easily predict the direction or speed of movement, Pre-focus activates immediately upon detecting your subject’s face and if you lose your subject while zoomed in you can press the Snap-Back Zoom button for a quick zoomed-out view.
To get the camera settings just right, select one of 18 Scene Modes that best matches your shooting situation, such as Night Portrait or Fireworks or let the camera run the show with Scene Auto Selector. The in-camera Smart Portrait System can automatically retouch and enhance your photos on the spot with features like Red-Eye Fix or Blink Proof. Whilst shooting in Glamour mode you can even apply effects that enhance human faces or have fun trying one of the special effects; for example, nostalgic sepia or toy camera.
With this no-fuss camera, Nikon has ensured you can spend more time enjoying the moment. Wherever you travel, near or far, powered by easy-to-find alkaline AA batteries, you can keep shooting without running low on battery charge. You can also use lithium batteries for longer life or Nikon rechargeable batteries (available separately). Additional image storage space can be provided by inserting an SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card (not included) and all Nikon users can enjoy 20 GB of free online cloud storage with our dedicated Nikon image storage and sharing site, Nikon Image Space.
Sharing extraordinary views with fast-handling and exceptional power, the COOLPIX L840 from Nikon is ready for action.
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The advantages are clear to see - many of the compact point and shoot cameras only have an optical zoom of between x5 and x10, which even at the top end of the range, isn't that great and doesn't really allow you to take fantastic pictures of faraway objects. On the other hand, a DSLR is very flexible in this respect, but the effort required in carrying around multiple, very heavy lenses is just too much for the average photographer (me included). "Bridge" cameras therefore offer huge optical zooms of up to x60 (and in the case of this Nikon, x38) whilst still remaining very light and practical. The majority of bridge camera also offer a significant digital zoom (in addition to the optical zoom) however you really need a tripod to get the best out of this and even then, the results can be mixed.
In terms of the Nikon Coolpix L840, the x38 optical zoom is fantastic and I personally think that this is demonstrated by the picture of the rather active blackbird (which would hardly stay still for more than a couple of seconds!) attached to this review. To put this into perspective, this photo was taken using the full x38 optical zoom, from around 20 metres away, with no tripod and quite a shaky hand. I acknowledge that there is a marginal amount of distortion in the photo, but given the above circumstances, I think the camera did a remarkably good job in producing a very clear photograph of what was a rapidly moving blackbird.
The other two pictures (of the red daisy and blue grape hyacinth) were taken using the macro mode and again my hand was rather unsteady but I think that once again, the camera did an excellent job in stabilising the image and producing very clear pictures.
In terms of the operation of the camera controls, many of these are very similar to the majority of other cameras on the market for example, how to operate the flash (although this is usually automatic), how to view your pictures, how to record full HD movies, changing the shooting mode etc. Therefore, there is actually very little learning required and if you've used a digital camera before, you should be able to use the L840, almost straight out of the box.
Many people will find that the automatic shooting mode will be suitable for the vast majority of photo opportunities, but for those who like a little bit more control, it is possible to pre-select your shooting mode from a wide number of options, including (but not limited to) landscape, sports, night portrait, party/indoors, beach, snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, close-up, food, fireworks, pet, moon, bird watching etc. In the default automatic mode, the camera will try to match your photo opportunity to one of the scenes referred to above prior to taking the picture (instantaneously).
I'm also pleased to report that the L840 does not suffer from shutter delay, which is something I've found on a number of other camera models i.e. press the shutter button and the camera takes the picture 1 second later, when the subject matter in question has disappeared. I should note that I was using a high speed memory card when testing the L840, but I would recommend that everyone uses these types of cards, especially if you plan on recording lots of HD videos (I know someone who was using a similar style of camera, but with a standard SD card and they found that their camera would only record about 30 seconds of video before stopping, purely because the card wasn't capable of writing the video as fast as it was being taken).
As you will probably have noted from the product description, the L840 has a tilting screen, which is something I've never used before, but I can see why it would definitely be useful, for example if trying to take pictures over the top of a crowd of people, or a very low angle shot etc. It should be noted however that it does swivel from left to right and therefore is not very practical for selfies etc., but then again, the camera is probably a bit too big for that kind of use anyway!
My last comment may seem like I get impressed very easily, but I have to say that I liked the design of the dust cover. On a number of other cameras which I have tried, the dust cover for the lens is not very secure and you can find that it will drop off, even with the slightest touch. I appreciate that on some models (including this one), it can be attached with a string to the camera body, but to me, this doesn't offer sufficient protection to the lens. Therefore, I was pleased to see that the lens cover on the L840 could only be removed by way of a very deliberate action i.e. it isn't going to get knocked off accidentally.
If I were asked to make any improvements to the L840, I would honestly have to say that there isn't very much I could say. Accordingly, I've only been able to come up with 3 very minor improvements which could potentially be made.
Firstly, I quite like a camera with a viewfinder however in common with the majority of digital cameras, the L840 doesn't have one. Secondly, I also noticed that in order to view your pictures on the camera, you need to remove the lens cover, because you have to turn the camera on prior to viewing (not surprisingly) but the lens cover prevents the lens from being extended and so all you get is a lens error message. Many other cameras instead have a "semi-on" mode whereby you can view the pictures, but without extending the lens - the L840 does not have this.
Finally (and this is very anal of me), I actually prefer a camera to use a dedicated lithium battery rather than AA batteries. I fully appreciate that there are occasions when AA batteries can be a real advantage (i.e. when your battery has run out, whilst out and about), but I tend to find that having a dedicated battery means it can be tailored to the size of the camera and thus be able to last longer than standard sized AA batteries. Having said that, the power usage of this camera seems to be very reasonable so far and maybe this will actually be a non-issue, rather than a very minuscule one.
In summary, my view is that this camera is very competitively priced for the range of features that it offers and the quality of pictures that it takes. Whilst it is likely that there are other "bridge" cameras on the market which are similarly priced and do equally as good a job, I don't think that you will get any better than this for the money.
It's always seemed a bit 'temperamental' but I wasn't sure if that was just my unfamiliarity with the settings, which tbh, do not seem very 'intuitive' or user friendly to me as I've become slightly more genned up on them.
NOW - I find that this camera swiches itself off randomly and also refused to turn on!
I have replaced all the batteries (inserted correctly!) and am still left with a camera with which it is total 'pot luck' whether it will deign to be operational or not when you attempt to turn it on!
This is clearly undesirable and far from good enough.
Looking on Amazon about how to return this faulty product, I learn that the 'return window' closed in April!
Well, sorry, seller of this camera - I know my statutory rights and I want a refund for this thing.
I've researched the 'glitch' (understatement) online and it appears that other people have this problem with this model, I've seen lots of 'suggestions' about how to fix it, but so far no solutions.
So - I'm very very disappointed with this camera, regret buying it, would never recommend it, and am left with the inconvenience of trying to get this situation righted. :(
Love the tilting screen, which is really useful in bright sunshine,
Also lots of features that I've not used before, there's a setting for the moon, which has given me really good results,
Overall very pleased
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