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Backpacker Magazine – January 2009

Nikon Coolpix L18

Nixon's budget-priced point and shoot camera runs on AAs

by: Jason Stevenson

Nikon Coolpix L18 (Courtesy Photo)
Nikon Coolpix L18 (Courtesy Photo)

The 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix L18 costs less than half of some competitors, but you still get a full complement of automatic settings and scene modes, as well as anti-shake technology, red-eye elimination, and a best-of-class 3-inch LCD screen.

Bonus: It runs on trail-friendly AAs.

Bummer: The battery-sucking LCD can't be turned off. $140; 4.4 oz.; Reader service #108

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skip shephard
Oct 08, 2009

I just purchased the Nikon CoolpixL100. I paid $220.00 and I got it from Amazon. It is a 10 Megapixel point and shoot with added features. So far I like it. We are going on a 2 week trip soon so I will take a lot of pictures with it and see how it stacks up. This is my first Nikon Camera and I am excited to put it through the paces.

Aug 16, 2009

I have the Nikon L20.......bought for $119. It is a 10 megapixel.......... lots of features for a compact camera,same as the L18. I also use rechargeable batteries. It's a great little camera, but then again, it should be, it's a Nikon!

Feb 19, 2009

You can get the Nikon Coolpix L18 for $120 on I actually bought one myself last September for $115 on Amazon, I guess the price has gone up. If you invest in some rechargeable batteries, then having a big LCD isn't such a big deal. I haven't taken mine on any trips, but I have 2 set of Ni-MH rechargeables that I got so I wouldn't have to worry about memory drain (when you have to completely deplete the battery before you charge it so it will keep its charge capacity) and that way I always have one pair charging. Besides, LCDs are famous for their ability to conserve energy.


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