When I first used this camera my original thoughts were that it seemed quite generic from the outside and didn't seem like it had anything special to offer. In addition it was quite bulky compared to the little cameras you can get for the same price.
However when turning this camera on, it does seem to be a bit better in terms of capturing live gigs. It also has a good video capacity if that is what you are interested in. I personally found the thickness of the camera to actually be useful in a gig as I made extra effort to keep it in my hand as I was being pushed around.
Putting the photos up to the camera was extremely quick and easy and I quickly got to looking at the photos. The pictures had come out really well despite the only setting I used at the time being zoom and a black and white effect. The pictures were not as high quality as professional photos but for someone in the pit, they were not at all blurry but instead very nicely defined and captured moments well due to the quick response from the camera.
A good camera for gig-goers.
TheNikon Coolpix L19 is an 8 Megapixel point and shoot compact digital camera, powered by two AA batteries and available in either silver (pictured) or pink. It measures around 10 x 6 x 3 cm, so is quite bulky for a Nikon but you hardly notice due to its smooth contours, low weight (185g) and seamless matt finish.
It comes with a 2.7 inch screen, which is easily large enough for the average user to frame their shot, and is pretty high resolution too. I've certainly not had any issues with it.
As it's a 'point and click' style camera, some of the features that more experienced photographers may take for granted are somewhat lacking. There is no manual exposure setting, focus distance, face detection, or red-eye correction and even the zoom is locked to 10 settings (between min and max).
For a budget point and click camera, you can't really go wrong with one of these, it's quick and reliable, and has all the basic functionality that anyone would need in a product. It's very simple to use, and does what it needs to in terms of getting a decent photo with minimal fuss. However if you're looking for something to capture the 'once in a lifetime shot' I suggest you look elsewhere.