I have had a good digital camera for about 8 years now (I have already reviewed my Olympus)
However, due to my hobby, I now also have a Nikon Coolpix L24 - I enter competitions online in my spare time and I won this gorgeous Nikon from a competition on Twitter, from Tesco.com
This new camera is brilliant, it really is. It is lightweight, easy to carry around - and the pictures from it are superb..
It has 14 megapixels, which in my opinion is enormous, the clarity of the photo's taken with this camera are just superb.
The LCD screen is 2.7 inches and take up the majority of the back of the camera - excellent
UP to 4 x digital zoom facility, so compared with the size of the screen you can magnify the photo into the viewfinder beautifully
It weighs only 181 grammes - so very portable
It has a self timer setting of either 2 seconds or 10 seconds
Red eye reducer
Built in flash, that the spec's tell you will cover up to 7 metres
In my opinion there are only two minor negative points to this camera - one is that the camera is slightly more fragile that I would like it to be - this camera stays in my kitchen drawer or in my handbag - unfortunately, somehow the fastening for the battery cover has broken and now the batteries do not stay in place - I couldn't say that this is a design fault as it must have knocked against something in my bag and damaged it, but this must be because the fastening was not as robust as I would like it to have been..
The other disadvantage for me is that it does not come with a lithium rechargeable battery - you must be sure to always use very good quality AA batteries, as inferior batteries only last a few minutes...
The camera did not come with a memory card, but I bought one for under £5 from Ebay, which holds hundreds of pictures. so perfect.
In summary - a great camera, buy good quality batteries for it and keep it in a case, in case of damage..
This camera is a 2010/12 model, and is still available/current now n January 2013, retailing new at around £80
For many years I had a Canon Powershot 500 which I received as a gift. I was quite happy with it but only used a few of it's functions as I only use a camera to take family snaps and also to use at work. If something goes wrong on a boat it is far easier to send a photo of the broken fitting, pipe or whatever than to try and explain it to an owner over the phone,
Eventually the Canon came to the end of it's life and we had to look for a replacement. We started to look around and honestly it took us three months to make up our minds! First of all we were seduced by cameras that had many functions and did everything but cook the dinner. Then we became more realistic and considered the uses that the new camera would be put to.
First of all it had to be small and light so that I would actually put it in my handbag instead of leaving it at home. It had to have the maximum mega pixels that we could get for a reasonable price and the largest screen to make photo snapping as painless as possible. It had to be inexpensive as working on boats thing frequently go splash into the sea and occasionally into the bilges, Oops! and I did not want to break my heart when an expensive camera went for a swim.
After much debate and wandering around shops we decided on the Nikon Coolpix L23 which we bought from Mediamarkt in Spain for 56euros on special offer. This included the fabric case, a memory card and two AA batteries, a wrist strap and USB cable. I was impressed with this deal and came home happy.
Ours is the silver version and weighs 170gs. Measuring 10cm by 7cms.It fits into the palm of my hand and has a wrist strap which I try always to use as a friend's camera was knocked out of his hand by an excited dog once and that was the end of that. Below is the overview of it's specification taken from Amazon.co.uk where you can also find a more detailed specification if you wish.
*10.0 megapixel resolution lets you capture outstandingly detailed images that are suitable for printing complete
*Selectable scene modes offer optimized settings for popular photographic situations
*Easy Auto mode optimizes all camera settings according to the light you are shooting in
*2.7 inch LCD monitor with anti-glare coating simplifies composition and playback, even in bright sunlight
*Electronic Vibration Reduction to automatically counter blurred images
As you can see it really fits my needs and using it is simple even for a Luddite like me. The batteries and card are easy to install by sliding open the compartment in the base of the camera. Press the on/off button, point it and click the big button. You have now taken a photo.! This is classed as an Entry Level camera which is a polite way of saying it's very, very easy to use.The zoom is easily controlled by a swivel on the take button and I have found this to be a very useful function for work for photos of broken bits of boat. Press the green camera button next to the screen and you can easily navigate the menu which considts of, Easy Auto ( this is my setting as it does everything for you). Portrait, with lots of options. Smart portrait, Movie and Auto Mode. More than enough for me. Press the button with the arrow and you will see the photos you have taken by navigating back and forward with the dial surrounding the OK button . The dial also has flash function, a timer, a contrast intensifier and at the bottom a little flower whose meaning eludes me at the moment! The remaining two buttons are a bin for deleting a photo and the menu button which access the image mode.
We have been using this camera for 6 months and are extremely pleased with it! I am so glad we shopped around and found this one. We have changed the AA batteries with rechargeable batteries as the original ones suppllied with the camera ran out very quickly. We have also changed the fabric case and it now wears the old leather Canon 500 case which fits it perfectly.
If you are looking for a present for someone please keep this in mind as I think that it is exceptional value and is so easy to use. The light weight and compact size means that it is easy to carry in my pocket or handbag and it really does everything that I need a camera to do. The quality of the photos even taken upside down in a dark bilge are very clear and snaps of boats in the distance also come out well as do the traditional family groups. I have seen that it is currently selling on Amazon.co.uk for around 50.00pounds in a variety of colours besides the silver version that I have.
5 coolpix stars from me for a great little camera with a small price tag.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.
This camera is one of the best I think my boyfriend has ever bought. We bought it for our recent holiday to Corfu as we were looking for something relitively cheap and something which looked attractive. We bought it because it looks very sleek and stylish in black and silver, the main body of the camera is in black and the lens surround, the buttons on the top of the camera.
The buttons on the panel of the camera are black but the writing on them is mostly white and they stand out very well, the overall appearance of the camera is extremely attractive. The camera is very easy to use and the buttons on the panel are straightforward as is the zoom function located on the top of the camera, which you push slightly to the left or right to achieve optimum zoom. The camera is a 5X wide optical zoom, and can zoom in upto ten metres infront of you.
Once you are on the screen of the camera it shows you how much battery life you have left, how zoomed in the camera is, for example the standard distance displayed before zoom is 10m. The screen also has a constant centre marker so you can be sure to achieve the best photo possible and fit all the required areas into the photo. The camera has the common features that all digital cameras these days have, such as macro, flash and a self timer. The menu button to change factors of the camera such as brightness, time and date and saturation is clearly displayed and the menu panels are also easily manouvred around.
The option to look through your photos is easily identifiable by the generic play button, which features on Windows Media Player, for those who are unsure. It also has a camcorder setting which is located at the top of the camera beside the screen, this is incase you wish to film the action instead of taking stills. The delete button is also clearly displayed on the panel, this is located by the giant dustbin which is a standard icon for delete buttons across various ranges of products.
It was small and compact and fitted into my handbag, unlike other cameras which are chunky and annoying to carry around. This one is the complete opposite. It comes with a wrist strap for extra protection when taking photos and carrying the camera around. I felt this came in handly especially when look at the sights, as I wrapped it around my wrist for extra safety and I felt less likely to drop or have the camera stolen when it was wrapped around there.
Overall I think that it takes amazing photos and the focus on the zoom is brilliant and the photos never come out pixalated. The camera is also sleek and stylish with a silver and black colour scheme, which is what attracted us in the first place. The camera is very durable, as we went on a pedalo and it got slightly wet and sandy on the beach and the camera still works perfectly. The AA batteries that are included are not rechargable, which I would wholy recommend buying. This is because we bought these and they make the battery life of your camera last a lot longer, the ones included are most definitely cheap and cheerful and are a bulk buy from the company, they do not last very long at all, about 50 pictures. You also need to purchase an SD card if you want to be able to take more than ten photos to store on the camera, we bought the SD card and so far have over 185 photos on it, and it is nowhere near even half full. I would recommend buying this camera it is definitely worth every penny that you will pay, if you also buy the other accessories that I have recommended it may well be the best camera purchase you will ever make, for both value for money and durabilty.