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Nikon CoolPix L10

Shooting Modes, Continued

Face-priority AF, Portrait, Landscape, sports, night portrait, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, night landscape, close up, museum, fireworks show, copy, back light and panorama assist. However, several modes, unique to the L10, deserve special mention. Nikon’s Face-priority AF mode attempts to find faces in the frame and to automatically focus on them. The copy mode is optimized for photographing text or pictures on a white background. In addition to the preset scenes, the menu also has an option recording voice. In this mode, you can record voice up to the limit of the memory.

First screen (of four) for scene selection

Here is an example of a sunset shot both in "Auto" mode as well as the same image shot in "Sunset" mode. Notice how the Sunset mode provides a warmer coloration with increased saturation.

Sunset shot using Auto mode

Sunset shot using Sunset mode

You don’t generally buy a digital camera for its video capabilities, but if the camera does a really good job, it’s a pleasant surprise. The CoolPix L10 shoots video at both 640 X 480 and 320 X 240 at either 30 or 15 fps. That puts it head and shoulders above both the C533 and the M437. In addition, it can also shoot video at 160 X 120 @ 15fps - an ideal size for email attachments. The L10 was also the only camera of the three that could zoom in/out while recording. As you might suspect, in our test recordings, at 30 fps, it also created the best, smoothest video.

CoolPix L10 Movie options menu