Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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A great all rounder!
Nikon Coolpix L21
Member Name: northernlovely
Nikon Coolpix L21
Advantages: Quality, ease of use
Disadvantages: Lower mpx than some
I was very lucky to win a black Nikon Coolpiz L21 in a competition online, but you can pick them up for around £65 - a great price for an all round camera, starter camera, for a teenager, or a family.
Inside the box you get the camera, the rechargable battery, the charger, CD and instruction manual along with a lanyard and USB cable. You don't get a camera case but it is quite a standard size and I found it fitted into a cheap case from Home Bargains, a snip at 99p. If you do want a branded leather Coolpix case these are £14.99 or you can pick them up on Ebay.
So, the camera itself - it looks fantastic - they come in a range of colours so you can really tailor them but it's worth noting the colours are not interchangable - what you buy is what you get so maybe go for a more neutral colour - I don't think my husband would have borrowed my camera had it been bright pink!
So, the specs:
It has an 8.0 megapixel lens so the pictures whilst not at the highest end of the spectrum are still very sharp and very clear whether indoor or out, as the flash is very effective. The only loss you would see is if you were printing the pictures in a very large size - not something the average person would do. It's perfect for every day shots, family shots, holiday snaps, and for printing out either on your home printer or using a photo printing service.
It has a 3.6x optical zoom which means close ups can be taken with no loss of quality (digital zoom can be a bit pixelly).
The camera has a range of nifty features in auto mode - anti blur technology reduces the chances of a shaky or blurred shot, and smile recognition means the camera actually recognises a smile and focuses on the face (or multiple faces) to ensure the subject is captured! It's amazing.
The video camera feature is good quality with high quality sound too.
The camera holds up to 32GB of memory on an SD/SDHD card, I have an 8GB in mine which is more than enough. I don't tend to use the USB cable as I find it so much easier to use a card reader, I'm sure most people are the same.
The camera is so easy to use - press the power button, point and click. Zoom is via a small lever on top. It's an absolute doddle and if you're familiar with cameras at all it's literally a pick up and go situation. Even if you are not at all tech savvy this has to be one of the most user friendly cameras I have ever used. It's so easy to use, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this for an older person or someone not technical, or as a first camera.
Picture quality as I've said is great and it's easy to get the pictures off the camera and onto Facebook, Flickr, CD etc. It's given some great results in macro mode (extreme close up) and in bright sunlight or dark environments.
This might not be a high end 12 megapixel camera but it never tries to be. As an all rounder at a great price it is absolutely spot on. It does everything it says on the tin, and for that I have to give it a 5/5. 100% highly recommended, if you have this on a list of possibles - move it right to the top - you won't find a better, more user friendly, high quality camera for the price.
Summary: Brilliant for the price
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