The front from the L120 is dominated with the huge lens, even when it sits retracted into its housing, despite the fact that commendably it's no larger than the L110's 15x optic. Upon power-up, the lens extends, presented you've got not forgotten to eliminate the lens cap beforehand. If you might have, you can not just must get rid of it but also to ability the photographic camera away and on again, unless you swiftly take away it inside of a few seconds, whereupon the lens extends as usual. The L120's lens just isn't terribly quick with regards to its maximum aperture, which can be f/several.1 at huge angle and f/five.8 on the telephoto end. The focal variety, to the other hand, commands respect, beginning at four.5mm (equivalent to 25mm) and planning the many technique to 94.5mm (equivalent to 525mm).
The L120 sports activities an awesome addition in the form of a side manage lever about the lens barrel. This makes it possible for you to zoom the lens in and out working with your still left hand, too as the conventional procedure with the zoom lever. It does not sound like a great deal in theory, but in follow it proves to generally be an incredibly beneficial feature, particularly when operating the zoom for the duration of film recording. Kudos to Nikon for coming up which has a genuinely innovative and beneficial style and design attribute, rather a rarity today.
Thankfully Nikon have included Vibration Reduction (VR) to help stop digicam-shake, an essential function using a video camera like this. As is the event with many other Nikon compacts, VR from the L120 is of your sensor-shift variety rather then the in-lens version employed in the manufacturer's SLR technique. Additionally to 'pure' mechanical vibration reduction, you may select a 'hybrid' type of image stabilisation, during which scenario sensor-shift VR is complemented by a solution that involves getting two shots in succession, that are then combined in-video camera for higher effect. Naturally this takes additional time, but can yield much better final results in sure circumstances.
You will discover comparatively number of external controls for the Nikon Coolpix L120. The top plate features a power button along with the shutter discharge, surrounded from the zoom lever - and that's it. The flash is now raised via a smaller button for the left of your housing, but it surely's even now a single from the handful of factors which the photographic camera will never do to suit your needs automatically. Only behind the flash are a pair of microphones intended to file stereo sound when shooting movies.
Most in the L120's rear panel is used up with the 3-inch LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY display, whose resolution has become enhanced from 460,000 to an exceptional 921,000 dots. The L120#s filter retains an anti-reflective coating, which can make it perfectly usable for framing your pictures even in immediate sunlight, an essential virtue given that the L120 has no eye-level viewfinder of any sort. As for image research, it is some thing you might still wish to do from the shade of the system instead of out from the sun.
The layout of the rear controls is pretty much exactly the same as on the L110, with a couple of minor variations. The film file button, marked by a pink dot, has long been created larger and moved towards the top in the rear in the video camera. This button signifies you don't have to choose a dedicated movie shooting mode from your menu, but can commence filming whenever you would like. Sadly, it however usually requires the Nikon L120 a few seconds to truly begin recording a picture clip immediately after you've got pushed the movie history button. There's now a extra ergonomic rubberised area in which your proper thumb naturally rests to aid support your grip around the video camera.