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After having to sell my larger Nikon D200, I was searching for a smaller camera that took photos just as well as the larger, more complicated Nikon D200. I saw the Nikon Coolpix L610 at the store and I decided to test it out. I really loved the photos that I took in the store. They were very clear. They actually looked as good as the photos that I took with my Nikon D200! There are also a lot of photo editing options built right into the camera. I can crop photos that I take, change them to sepia or black and white coloring, zoom in and out really well, take very detailed videos, adjust my camera for many different environments, apply filter effects to photos that I have already taken, "soften" the skin of subjects in my photos and much more! It really is an amazing, all-purpose camera. It is small enough to take with me everywhere. It fits perfectly in my pocket, purse, or wrapped around my wrist at theme parks. I have used it to take photos of landscapes, sunrises/ sunsets, people, animals and urban areas. I was completely satisfied with all of my photos. I really like how well this camera zooms as well. It has a 14X wide optical zoom. I honestly don't know exactly what that means, but It's pretty amazing! I can be quite a distance away from a flower in the middle of a bush, I zoom in and I get a perfectly detailed photo of just the flower. I love it! Oh, and I also dropped it once and it survived. The only negative opinion that I have about this camera is that it takes AA batteries instead of rechargeable batteries. There are rechargeable AA batteries on the market, and I do use them. I much prefer the rechargeable lithium batteries though because I can leave them in my camera and just plug the camera in to charge it. Besides the batteries though, i absolutely love and recommend this camera! It is a small, cheap option for a person who loves to take pictures, but doesn't have the budget or the desire to carry around a much larger camera. I would go so far as to say that this camera would work perfectly to take 'professional' photos with. The quality is seriously no different than the quality I received with my Nikon D200. Yes, there are a few less options with this camera that the Nikon D200 does have, but it truly doesn't matter if you do not need the extra additions or the ability to change lenses and such. Oh, and this camera also has a ten second timer so that you can take a group photo without having anyone hold the camera. That's always nice so that you can have a nice group photo on outings without having to ask someone to take it for you. It works best if you have a small tripod. If not, there are usually sturdy places to prop your camera up! Thank you for reading! I hope I helped!