Nikon Coolpix L14: setting ISO

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Michael, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Does anyone know how to set (or even read what the camera sets) the ISO
    on the Nikon Coolpix L14? The instruction manual is mute on this issue.
    Michael, Dec 12, 2007
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  2. I don't have that particular Coolpix, but on one of my older models that
    happens to be right at hand: you have to go into the menu system, scroll
    down to the "Sensitivity" item, move over to the right and select the ISO
    you want from the available choices. I presume your L14 has some similar

    If the camera's on Auto ISO (the default) it doesn't tell what ISO it's
    setting. You have to get that information later by software from the Exif
    data. The only way to know what it's using when you're shooting is to set it
    yourself -- except when you're using flash; then most small Coolpixes in my
    experience set the ISO at 200.

    Neil Harrington, Dec 15, 2007
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  3. Michael

    Michael Guest

    There is no sensitivity item on any of the menus. The letters ISO
    appear on the screen when it turns on but there is no way to find out
    what it is set at or to set it. And the manual lists ISO in the index
    but there is nothing on that page about it when you read it.
    Michael, Dec 16, 2007
  4. Well, you're right. I just downloaded the L14 manual out of curiosity and
    indeed there doesn't seem to be any way of setting the ISO. The same is true
    of the L15 and L12 manuals, so apparently that's the way it is with the
    whole L series. Really weird that "ISO" appears on the LCD monitor but seems
    to have no use. Must be a holdover from some older Coolpix model.

    I have quite a few Coolpixes in fact (but none in that series) and all of
    mine do have provision for setting the ISO. So this is really strange. I
    guess they decided that buyers of those cameras wouldn't ever want to tinker
    with the ISO.

    Neil Harrington, Dec 22, 2007
  5. Michael

    Michael Guest

    What's bizarre is there are so many other things you CAN tinker with,
    including white balance settings up the YingYang, multiple scene modes,
    flash choices, and exposure compensation, but no ISO choice. The print
    manual implies you CAN because ISO is in the index, but not on the page
    referred to.
    Michael, Dec 22, 2007
  6. Yes, that struck me too when I was reading the manual. All those controls
    but no ISO setting.

    I saw that too. My guess is that they *originally* intended to provide an
    ISO setting in the L series cameras, dropped it for some reason, but left
    the reference to it in the manuals -- and then just kept repeating the
    faulty reference in manual after manual. (The L15 manual seems about
    identical to the one for L14, same page number for the nonexistent ISO
    stuff. The L12 manual is somewhat different, the index gives a different
    page number for ISO -- but there's nothing about ISO on that page either!)

    I've just downloaded the L1 manual -- I presume that was the first model in
    the series. There's no mention of ISO at all, not even in the index.

    Now the L6 manual. Aha. That gives page 25 as a reference for ISO, but all
    p. 25 has to say about it is this: "The ISO icon is displayed when the
    camera increases sensitivity from the normal to minimize blur caused by slow
    shutter speeds. The picture taken when the ISO icon is displayed may be
    slightly mottled."

    So I guess that's the answer. There isn't any ISO *setting*, only the icon
    warning that the camera has boosted ISO because of low light. No clue as to
    what it's boosted to. In the Specifications section it mentions ISO 50 and
    "auto gain to ISO 800 equivalent" but nothing about intermediate levels, if

    Neil Harrington, Dec 23, 2007
  7. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Well, I am not going to bitch about it. I am primarily a film
    photographer and wanted a digital P&S for when that is handy, and the
    options on the L14 at 7.1 megapixels for just over $100 at BJ's was too
    good to turn down. And it is quite serviceable at office lunches and
    birthday cakes and things like that, as well as having a grab camera at
    all times. I'll stick to my Olympus OM2 and OM10, my Pentax 6x7 and
    even my Minolta Vectis APS S-1 SLR for more artistic work.
    Michael, Dec 24, 2007
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