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The classic-looking, 16-megapixel COOLPIX L820 is clever with images—so you don’t have to be. 

Get closer than you thought possible and take any picture, anywhere, with the incredible 30x zoom lens. The remarkable sensitivity of the 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor allows you to capture outstandingly detailed images, even in the lowest light conditions.

A large 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) LCD screen displays images with superb clarity at any time of day or night and you can switch to filming the action in Full HD at the touch of a button. Easy Auto mode will take care of all the camera settings for you, while the side zoom lever cleverly combines with optical Lens-shift vibration reduction technology to keep all your shots sharp.

The COOLPIX L820 — Easy to use features for every occasion.

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Key features

High-power NIKKOR 30x zoom lens (22.5–675mm)

With extreme wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage. From sweeping vistas to distant action, enjoy the freedom to capture it all.

High-power NIKKOR 30x zoom lens (22.5–675mm)

Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction

Nikon’s automatic vibration reduction technology counters the effects of camera shake in real time, allowing you to capture sharp photos and movies with ease.

Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction

Easy to use: with Easy Auto mode that optimizes all camera settings to suit the light in which you are shooting.

Side zoom lever: use the side zoom lever to maintain a steady grip on the camera when shooting. The less the camera shakes when you hold it, the sharper your images will be.

Back-illuminated 16 MP CMOS sensor: with each pixel receiving more light, this highly sensitive image sensor works in tandem with the EXPEED C2 processor to deliver fast, clear images in all light conditions.

Full HD (1080p) movie recording: a dedicated video-record button makes it easy to record life in Full HD motion and stereo sound.

7.5-cm (3.0-in.) 921k-dot LCD screen: whether you shoot in bright sunlight or in low light, this large, high-resolution LCD monitor offers clear viewing and playback.

Compact body: with one of the smallest cameras in its class, the COOLPIX L820 still manages to pack in all the features you will ever need.

Smart portrait system: snap perfect portraits every time. Smile timer takes the shot when your subject smiles, Blink proof alerts you when someone’s eyes were closed, and Glamour retouch options help you make portraits look more flattering.

Retouch menu: enhance your photos on the spot with a wide range of filter effects. Examples include Selective Color, which converts your image to monochrome and then adds a splash of color to the area of your choice, while Cross Screen adds a starry effect to bright objects.

AA-size batteries: your camera is powered by four AA-size batteries, which are readily available across the world.

19 scene modes: automatically optimize the camera settings to produce popular photographic styles and effects. Achieve great shots simply by selecting the mode that best matches your situation.

EXPEED C2 image processing system: provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

Easy sharing: connect directly to an HDTV via the camera’s built-in HDMI connector.

Wireless transfer: compatible with Eye-Fi X2 (or later) cards. Transmit your digital photos (in JPEG format) directly to your smart device or personal computer and take advantage of Nikon’s online photo sharing service, Nikon Image Space.


Technical Specifications

Product nameCOOLPIX L820
TypeCompact digital camera
Effective pixels16.0 million
Image sensor1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.79 million total pixels
LensNIKKOR lens with 30x optical zoom
Focal length4.0-120 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-675 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens construction12 elements in 9 groups (2 ED lens elements)
MagnificationUp to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2700 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reductionCombination of lens shift and electronic VR (still pictures), Lens shift (movies)
Motion blur reductionMotion detection (still pictures)
AutofocusContrast-detect AF
Focus range[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.5 m (5 ft) to infinity Macro mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) (when zoom is set to middle position) to infinity (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
AF-area modeCenter, face detection
Monitor7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverageApprox. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Storage mediaInternal memory (approx. 65 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File systemDCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
Storage file formatsStill pictures: JPEG; 3D images: MPO; Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)16M (High) [4608 x 3456(fine)]; 16M [4608 x 3456]; 8M [3264 x 2448]; 4M [2272 x 1704]; 2M [1600 x 1200]; VGA [640 x 480]; 16:9 [4608 x 2592]
Shooting modesEasy Auto, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy panorama, Pet portrait, 3D photography), Special Effects, Smart Portrait, Auto
Release modeSingle (default setting), Continuous H (images are captured continuously at a rate of about 8 fps), Continuous L (up to 38 images are captured continuously at a rate of about 2.1 fps), Continuous H:120 fps (50 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/120 s or faster), Continuous H:60 fps (25 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 s or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16
Movie - file format1080(fine)/30p (default setting): 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/16:9/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540/30p: 960 x 540/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 480/30p: 640 x 480/4:3/approx. 30 fps, HS 240/8x: 320 x 240/4:3, HS 480/4x: 640 x 480/4:3, HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720/16:9, HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080/16:9
ISO sensitivityISO 125-1600; ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)
Exposure meteringMatrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Exposure controlProgrammed auto exposure and exposure compensation (-2.0 - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter typeMechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter speed1/1500-1 s; 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting); 4 s (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
ApertureElectronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection
Aperture range2 steps (f/3 and f/6 [W])
Self-timerApprox. 10 s
Flash range (approx.)[W]: 0.5-6.0 m (1 ft 8 in.-19 ft); [T]: 1.5-6.0 m (5-19 ft)
Flash controlTTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Data Transfer ProtocolMTP, PTP
Video outputCan be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI outputCan be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminalAudio/video (A/V) output; digital I/O (USB) HDMI micro connector (Type D) (HDMI output), DC input connector
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sourcesLR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline battery x 4 FR6/L91 (AA-size) lithium battery x 4 EN-MH2 rechargeable Ni-MH battery (available separately) x 4 AC Adapter EH-67 (available separately)
Battery life1Still pictures: Approx. 320 shots when using alkaline batteries, Approx. 870 shots when using lithium batteries, Approx. 540 shots when using EN-MH2 batteries; Movies (actual battery life for recording) 2: Approx. 1 h 5 min when using alkaline batteries, Approx. 3 h 25 min when using lithium batteries, Approx. 1 h 50 min when using EN-MH2 batteries
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 111.0 x 76.3 x 84.5 mm (4.4 x 3.1 x 3.4 in.) (excluding projections)
WeightApprox. 470 g (1 lb 0.6 oz) (including batteries and a memory card)
Operating environment - temperature0°C-40°C (32°F-104°F)
Operating environment - humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesCamera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (x4), Lens Cap LC-CP28 (with cord), USB Cable UC-E16, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD, Reference Manual CD
Optional accessoriesBattery Charger MH-73 (includes four EN-MH2 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries), Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries EN-MH2-B4 (set of four EN-MH2 batteries), AC Adapter EH-67, Hand Strap AH-CP1
  1. Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.
  2. When recording a single movie.