Nikon Coolpix L31: Featuring a 16MP Sensor and 2.7 Inch LCD
Nikon’s latest ultra-compact in Coolpix L31 looks sleek and promising. This camera comes equipped with several high-end specifications and assures worry-free shooting, irrespective of the conditions. The specs sheet associated with this handset is detailed as follows:
Sensor and Lens
The Coolpix L31 offers a 16MP CMOS sensor which measures 6.17x4.55mm. The maximum image resolution on offer for the same is 4608x3456 pixels in addition to other denominations. Aspect ratios can be selected between 4:3 and the standard 16:9. The sensor is paired up with the NIKKOR lens offering up to 5X in terms of optical zooming prowess. Image stabilization is basic digital and the Coolpix L31 lacks the RAW uncompressed format as well. Fine and Normal JPEG quality levels are also supported by this camera.
The given lens offers a focal length range of 26-130mm for both wide angle viewing and the telephoto. Maximum lens aperture range is F3.2-F6.5. Manual focus seems to be missing with this camera which also offers a digital zooming prowess of up to 4X. Normal focus range up to 50cm is supported and the macro focus range is fixed at 10cm for the same.
Scene Modes and Video
Starting with the built-in autofocus, the Coolpix L31 sports multiple modes in Contrast detect, center, single, face detection and live view. Shutter speed is also an attribute and the range featured by the Coolpix L31 is 4-1/2000 sec. This camera also packs in the built-in flash with a range of 3.60m. Self timer is also supported with a 2 or 10 second limit. Metering modes can also be selected amid the existing modes in Spot, Multi and Center-Weighted. Exposure compensation mode is also an option with this reliable camera. Other features include the Scene Auto Selector which works well in addition to the Smart Portrait System. These specs provide special effects in addition to the skin softening schemes.
HD or 720p video recording support is available for the Coolpix L31 at 30 frames per second. Supported video format is restricted to Motion JPEG.
The Coolpix L31 features a fully articulated display measuring 2.7 inches. The screen resolution of 230K dots comes in handy even without the touch screen support and the image viewfinder. The TFT-LCD panel also incorporates the Live View option. The five step controller for brightness is another exciting attribute.
Connectivity and Storage
In terms of connectivity, the Coolpix L31 supports USB 2.0, meant for file transfers at 480Mbit/sec. HDMI and other capabilities seem to be missing with this budget-friendly gadget. The Coolpix L31 offers 17MB of internal storage limit for the snaps and videos. Besides the internal storage limit, the camera offers SD, SDXC and SDHC compatibility as well. Orientation sensor is included but the gadget lacks GPS support.
Design and Battery
The Coolpix L31 measures 96mmx59mmx29mm in terms of dimensions and weighs 160g as well. This is one rare ultra-compact supporting two standard AA cells with a capacity of 200 shots.
Nikon Coolpix L31 Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix L30
Nikon Coolpix L27
Nikon Coolpix S32
Canon IXUS 140
Canon IXUS 255 HS
Sony Cybershot DSC W800