We found more owner complaints than usual for the 10-megapixel Nikon Coolpix L20. Typically, a cheap digital camera will get its share of "what did you expect for the price?" user reviews, and the Nikon Coolpix L20 is no different. But some owners complain that the images are blurry and grainy, making it not worth any price -- one user review even compares the L20 to a cell-phone camera. Professional reviewers are a bit more generous, saying the Nikon Coolpix L20 is good for simple snapshots, although less impressive on close-ups (it has a 3.6x zoom lens). A 3-inch LCD screen is large for this price point, but reviews say it's hard to see in bright light (and you have to use it as a viewfinder). The Nikon Coolpix L20 uses two AA batteries, and reviewers say battery life is a bit disappointing. While some professional reviews say shutter speed is good for the price, users disagree. At this price range, most reviewers recommend the Canon PowerShot A490 (Discontinued).
TrustedReviews.com reviews both the L20 and its sibling, the L19, in the same report, which is rather extensive. We also found good professional coverage at Macworld and About.com, as well as owner reviews at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
TrustedReviews.com evaluates the Nikon L19 and L20 together, noting differences between the two models. For example, the L20 has a larger LCD screen (3 inches) and higher resolution (10 megapixels). Reviewer Cliff Smith says experienced photographers will be disappointed, but novices will like the cameras' ease of use and good image quality in most conditions.
Review: Nikon Coolpix L19 and L20 Review, Cliff Smith, April 2, 2009
Macworld's Tim Moynihan says the L20's image quality is "surprisingly stellar," even when he intentionally shakes the camera while shooting or zooms in to the max. Still, Moynihan recommends the L20 as a good choice only for a beginner.
Review: Nikon Coolpix L20, Tim Moynihan, June 4, 2009
While About.com's guide to digital cameras stops short of comparing the Nikon Coolpix L20 with similarly priced cameras, he does assign a score (4.5 out of 5 stars) and says it produces "very good" images for the price. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Nikon Coolpix L20 Review, Kyle Schurman
Ratings for the Nikon Coolpix L20 are all over the map. Most of the complaints concern blurry or grainy photos; one reviewer compares the quality to that of a cell-phone camera.
Review: Nikon Coolpix L20 10 MPDigital Camera, Contributors to Amazon.com
A large percentage of the over 300 owner reviews at Walmart.com give the Nikon Coolpix L20 at least 4 out of 5 stars. There is no real consensus on the complaints in these very brief reviews.
Review: Nikon Coolpix L20, Contributors to Walmart.com