Nikon Coolpix L840 Point & Shoot

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Nikon Coolpix L840 The Nikon COOLPIX L840 Compact Digital Camera features on-board Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC, an optical 38x zoom lens, all with a compact layout. You can easily and quickly capture high quality images and share with the entire world. At the axis of the Nikon L840 is a 1/2.3" 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor withy the ability deliver quality high resolution images along with full 1080p HD video. Combined with the NIKKOR 38x optical zoom 4-152mm f/3-6.5 ED VR lens, you have a stalwart, versatile setup. The lens delivers an amazing 22.5-855mm equivalent focal length as well as image Vibration Reduction stabilization to ensure steady images, even when applying the Dynamic Fine Zoom 76x setting which effectively doubles your focal length.

A sturdy grip facilitates handling of this long zoom Coolpix which is also improved with multiple tactile controls, together with a Snap-Return Zoom button. This button lets you quickly increase the zoom to locate your subject, then instantaneously zoom back in using the release button. At the rear of the L840 there is a 921k-dot 3.0" tilting LCD screen which will facilitate with composing and image review while shooting. The tilting aspect of the monitor even provides for easy shooting of both high and low angle pictures.

Full 1080p HD video recording is available as fast as 30 fps along with stereo sound using the on-board microphone. Videos are easily shared by connecting the camera direct to an HDTV by using an optional cable. Other resources include ISOs as high as 6400 along with continuous shooting at as fast as 7.4 fps. The L840 also features a Scene Auto Selector providing for simple control and operation which can survey the scene and optimize the settings for every shot. In addition, the L840 is congruent with the Nikon Snapbridge system, providing fast sharing of your images when connecting with a mobile device. This system also delivers control wirelessly over your camera by using a tablet or smartphone.

16MP 1/2.3" CMOS Image Sensor
The 16MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor is capable of recording high resolution imagery that is suitable for both online sharing as well as printing. Additionally, the sensor lends itself to producing HD 1080p video.

NIKKOR 38x Optical Zoom ED VR Lens
The 38x optical zoom provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 22.5-855mm, making this camera suitable for capturing almost any type of scene with ease. This lens benefits from the inclusion of Vibration Reduction for stills and videos, which works to reduce the appearance of camera shake and blur that can become increasingly notable when shooting in low-light conditions or at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Also, a 76x Dynamic Fine Zoom function effectively doubles the focal length of the lens.

Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Immediately share your photos or wirelessly take control of the L840 with the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC. Compatible with Nikon's snapbridge system users can quickly tap to connect with a mobile device and start transferring images or remotely control your camera.

Other Features

  • Record full HD 1080p video with stereo sound at up to 30 fps
  • Scene Auto Selector for optimal settings in a variety of shooting conditions
  • 3.0" 921k-dot tilting LCD monitor
  • Snap-Back Zoom button allows you to zoom out quickly to find your subject and then zoom back in with the release of the button
  • Continuous shooting rate of 7.4 fps for up to 7 full resolution photos
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries
  • Saves photos and video to SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
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    Current Nikon Compact Cameras to Consider

    Body type SLR-like (bridge)  
    Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
    Image ratio w:h 4:3  
    Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
    Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
    Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
    Sensor type CMOS  
    ISO Auto, 100-6400  
    White balance presets 5  
    Custom white balance Yes  
    Image stabilization Optical  
    Uncompressed format No  
    JPEG quality levels Fine, normal  
    Optics & Focus
    Focal length (equiv.) 23855 mm  
    Optical zoom 38  
    Maximum aperture F3.0 - F6.5  
    • Contrast Detect (sensor)
    • Multi-area
    • Selective single-point
    • Tracking
    • Single
    • Continuous
    • Face Detection
    • Live View
    Digital zoom Yes (4X)  
    Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)  
    Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)  
    Screen / viewfinder
    Articulated LCD Tilting  
    Screen size 3  
    Screen dots 921,000  
    Touch screen No  
    Screen type TFT LCD  
    Live view Yes  
    Viewfinder type None  
    Photography features
    Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
    Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
    Aperture priority No  
    Shutter priority No  
    Manual exposure mode No  
    Subject / scene modes Yes  
    Built-in flash Yes  
    Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO)  
    External flash No  
    Continuous drive 7.4 fps  
    Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
    Metering modes
    • Multi
    • Center-weighted
    • Spot
    Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
    WB Bracketing No  
    Videography features
    Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)  
    Format MPEG-4, H.264  
    Microphone Stereo  
    Speaker Mono  
    Storage types SC/SDHC/SDXC  
    USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
    HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)  
    Microphone port No  
    Headphone port No  
    Wireless Built-In  
    Wireless notes with NFC  
    Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
    Environmentally sealed No  
    Battery AA  
    Battery description Supports alkaline, lithium, and NiMH batteries  
    Battery Life (CIPA) 590  
    Weight (inc. batteries) 538 g (1.19 lb / 18.98 oz)  
    Dimensions 114 x 89 x 96 mm (4.49 x 3.5 x 3.78)  
    Other features
    Orientation sensor Yes  
    Timelapse recording No  
    GPS None


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