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frankfrank Senior MemberPosts: 13,292 AG
what do you all think of the Nikon Coolpix L120 for a family camera?
have a line on a gently used one for $250


  • Cane PoleCane Pole Senior Member Stuart, FLAPosts: 10,024 AG
    I don't think it's a very good camera even for it's class. Might be ok for the right price. B&H is selling them refurbished for $109.

    My friend just asked about the same exact camera last week, it was being offered through some bonus points program.

    I dont like mid-sized cameras anyway. They're too big to carry in a pocket...if you're gonna lug a camera around your neck or in a case, might as well get a DSLR.

    But that's just me....
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  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Senior Member Posts: 24,412 AG
    Frank the Nikon Coolpix L120 style cameras are commonly called "bridge" cameras. Why? Because the "bridge the chasm between the pocket point and shoot cameras and a DSLR. As with most things there are good ones and bad ones. In this style Fuji and Canon make some good ones. The Nikon ones are just OK. Only you can decide what it will be used for, how frequently and your expectations of image quality. Will the Nikon Coolpix L120 take OK pictures of vacation, the kids and the holiday events? Sure. Will you be happy with how the photos look? Only you know that. How often will you print a photo? Will most of your photos be web shared and distributed?

    These "bridge" cameras at one time were considered (by the makers) as move up cameras for people eventually migrating to a DSLR. Today that has changed. Largely because of the so-called mirrorless cameras that have entered the market.

    You have posted a question so my expectation is you came here fore advise. I would prefer you take a hard look at some of the new P&S cameras and some of the mirrorless cameras. One thing you will need to decide is if you want an eye viewer or if you are fine with just looking at the LCD on the back of the camera.

    I know you have a decent job, so I will speculate you are not uber price sensitive. I suggest a few cameras for you to consider below. My next point is broadly general but true - within a given class (style) of camera you can expect better low light performance as the price goes up. For example when you compare the Canon and Sony pocket camera below - that is one of the reasons the Sony is so expensive.

    1. Canon S95 or S100

    2. Olympus EP 1

    3. Nikon One J1

    4. Oly EPL5

    5. Sony RX 100

    Frank, you will probably have more questions so ask away.

    Also, all the cameras I cite above (with the exception of the Sony - because it is brand new) can be found cheaper, if you shop a little, say, on Amazon.
  • bmarkeybmarkey Senior Member Royal Palm Beach, Fla.Posts: 319 Deckhand
    The only one in its class I would buy is one from the G series by Canon. The G15 looks awesome.

    Bob Markey
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    Sport, Event & Real Estate Photography
    Palms West Photo
  • BillgranBillgran Senior Member Posts: 350 Deckhand
    I recently purchased a G15 as a backup camera and it is great. Picture quality is unsurpassed and being able to adjust shutter and aperature quickly along with a 2.8 lens makes it super handy and it is easy to carry in a large pocket. Video is not bad either. I find that I'm using my DSLR less.

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  • frankfrank Senior Member Posts: 13,292 AG
    thanks wh for the long advice, got me looking
    this is the one for the family that looks good

    pentax x-5

    i like the silver throw back look, the features, size and price
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Senior Member Posts: 24,412 AG

    It is basically a refresh of an older camera. In the two reviews I can find - it is "better" than the Nikon you cite above. You seem committed to these super zoom bridge cameras. That is fine. This one is pretty good. One review said the image quality is not the best at the long (zoom) end. Don't expect to shoot to the other end of the football field or birds in flight and you will be OK. Would be a fine camera for the family with out spending too much cash. Typically image quality is hindered in these bridge cameras by (very) small sensor sizes (when compared to a DSLR.) Therefore, the idea is to find a camera with the best sensor performance.

    One nice feature is the tilt out LCD on the back - most bridge cameras don't have that feature. Handy if you are shooting in a crowd (so you can hold the camera overhead and tilt down the screen) or if you are shooting video.

    I agree this camera looks better in the throwback psuedo-nickle finish. Pentax had done this recently - having special runs of their DSLR's with the throwback styling.

    Pentax and Fuji are the high level players in the bridge camera market.

    Here is another one to look at. A direct competitor to the Pentax Looks like the Fuji scores a little better, albeit at a slightly higher price >>>>>>>

    Either camera will be fine. Also, hunting through the internet should result in THE screaming deal, even on these new(ish) cameras. It is the type of camera discounted this time of year for Christmas.

    Let us know what you do.
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