Available in black, silver, and red, the Nikon Coolpix L26 is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera with a body made of plastic. Measuring only 96 x 60 x 29 mm (3.78 x 2.36 x 1.14 in) and weighing 164 g (5.78 oz) including 2 AA batteries, the L26 could slip easily into any pocket. As a digital camera aimed at photography newbies, the L26 comes in a very simple design with minimum amount of buttons and dials. The L26 is thicker at one end; the bulge is actually home for the 2 AA batteries, but it also makes holding the camera easier.
The front side of the Nikon Coolpix L26 is dominated by the Nikkor 5x 4.6-23mm f/3.2-6.5 lens, which offers a focal length equivalent to 26-130mm in 35mm terms. The lens itself consists of 6 elements in 5 groups. Along with the lens, there are also a monaural microphone, an AF assist lamp, and a built-in flash with a flash range of 0.5 m to 3.6 m (1 ft 8 in to 11 ft) at wide-angle and 0.8 m to 1.7 m (2 ft 8 in to 5 ft 6 in) at telephoto. The flash is located at the top left-hand side of the L26, so you must be careful not to accidentally cover it with your fingers while using the camera.
On the back side of the Nikon Coolpix L26 is a 3-inch LCD screen with approximately 98% frame coverage. The LCD screen features a 5-level brightness adjustment and anti-reflection coating for better viewing under bright sunlight. There are also a dedicated movie recording button, a scene button, a play button, a 4-way control dial, a menu button, and a delete button, all of which are located on the right side of the LCD screen. On the top side of the L26 you will only find a power on/off button and a shutter-release button which is encircled by a zoom ring, while on the bottom side of the camera you will find the battery / memory card compartment door, a monaural speaker, and a ¼ in tripod socket.
The Nikon Coolpix L26 really emphasizes on ease of use, so any photography newbie will be able to operate it in no time. The L26’s user interface is very easy to understand and to navigate, and the camera also offers some user-friendly scene modes to make capturing images as easy as possible. For instance, not only will the L26’s Portrait mode recognize human faces and then release the shutter automatically as soon as a smile is detected, but it also has a Blink Warning function that will detect any blinking faces and then frame those faces with yellow border to warn you.