gGadget > Nikon® Coolpix L120 Buying Guide – Page 2
The Nikon Coolpix L120 has 21x optical zoom, which means it allows you to take clear, crisp close-up pictures of subjects that are up to a fourth of a mile away. A camera’s optical zoom is basically its ability to magnify scenes. If you were to take a picture of a baseball game from the bleachers with a camera that had poor optical zoom capabilities, you wouldn’t be able to make out the details of the field or the players of the game very well at all. On the other hand, if you took a picture of a baseball game using a camera with good optical zoom capabilities, you’d be able to capture an image of a player’s smiling face as he ran to third base or get a clear shot of the pitcher smiling before she threw the ball.
Zooming in on a point in shoot camera doesn’t always mean that the quality of the picture is maintained. However, the optical zoom technology used in the L120 allows the camera to pick up details from faraway scenes and capture those details without causing the final image to lose any of its integrity. So, the L120 is an ideal camera to take with you to your child’s dance recital or orchestra performance. And its a great camera to use to take action shots of players during a sports game.
In comparison to other point and shoot cameras, the L120′s optical zoom capabilities are much better. Your average, run-of-the-mill point and shoot camera will usually come with less than 5x optical zoom. On the other hand, some long range zoom cameras come with 30x or more optical zoom. The L120 is actually around average in terms of optical zoom when stacked up against other long range zoom cameras. However, this camera is notably more affordable than most cameras of its kind. So, if you want the most zoom for your money, it’s a good choice.
8x optical zoom is considered “good” in the realm of point and shoot cameras. So, 21x optical zoom is definitely a plus, particularly if you want your camera to be able to capture images of special moments from any distance.
You may like what the L120 has to offer in terms of zoom, but what about its other specs?