Pros + Price is good for features
+ Zoom is powerful (15x zoom)
+ Large 3" LCD
+ Nikon's Easy Auto Mode will have your grandma taking good pics
+ AA batteries are cheap and last a long time in this camera
+ Camera firmware is easy to understand
Cons - No manual mode
- Very little stereo separation in audio when in video mode
- Integrated lens cap would have been very nice
Summary This is an awesome little point and shoot camera.
I purchased it because I needed something that would take really nice photos but could be easily slipped into my handbag whilst on vacation. My DSLR and lenses are a little bulky to be lugging around all day.
My first choice after reading tons of reviews was the Canon SX20, mainly because I really didn't want to sacrifice a viewfinder, plus it had the HD video capability. But I have to get a hands on the product first and no stores in our area had one in stock.
When I found the L110 was just being released I decided to give it a go....I have to admit I am impressed....this is a neat little camera. I've read some reviews where people are dissapointed that there aren't any manual settings, but the many preset features are really good for just about all conditions.
One feature that I really like is the smart portrait setting - the camera will automatically shoot the pic when it detects a smile. This feature helped me get some of the cutest photos of our baby nephew. When I was trying on plain auto mode I missed the smile every time. Theres also a setting that will let you know if someone blinked with a pop up on screen warning. This certainly helps avoid those *would've been a great pic if only you hadn't blinked* photos that you notice hours after the event.
As for digital zoom...I don't really like it on any camera...so chances are I won't use it unless absolutely necessary. But, I did try it out and found that using the full zoom capabilities you can get a pretty impressive photo of the moon, craters and all :o) (I'll post a photo I took of the moon with the L110) I did need to use a tripod though, because at that power zoom the camera shake was pretty bad. But it could be just me, I don't have the steadiest of hands.
I also love that I can record HD video, even indoors in low light it's not really that bad when played on a HD TV. Outdoors in natural light it is pretty impressive. However, its not intended to replace a stand alone video camera so don't expect Hollywood results. Oh and the mic isn't ideally placed, but thats probably to minimize the recording of the lens movement when zooming (it already picks up on it so avoid zooming if possible)
All in all its a great camera and I didn't really find any real cons to it. It definitely isn't a *pocket* camera, but its not bulky either, somewhere in the middle I'd say.
Oh and as for battery life.....using either the optional recommended Nikon rechargeables, or the included energizer ultimates you won't be dissapointed, I just can't seem to get either of them to run out of power.
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Pros I like it has AA battery's and a selector from normal off the shelf AA to Rechargeable AA and Lithium Has SD Cards as my older camera has sd it is perfect for me hate getting something different and looking around for another media storage.
Cons Dont like the fact that in a Continuous shot mode it down grades it self to a 3 megapixel mode Pictures are grainy and bleached compared to the normal 12.1 megapixel mode. Its a big improvement from the L100 but still blurs Pictures when fully zoomed
Summary Bottom line for the Money its perfect no special Rechargeable Battery's so if there dead and your out some place you can rob a remote from something it might take two remotes but still you have the option. Have heard there coming out with a Rechargeable Lithium Ion AA not sure if its true but it would really be nice. I have been using this Camera for a week now and my wife has been playing with it it came with energizer Lithium Battery and it still says it has alot of power very happy with the power saving and how it uses it. I am upgrading from a Olympus 4 megapixel that still until this camera was the best for Pictures in the out doors as well as indoors. I tried the L100 and i was not impressed with the Camera i was considering the Canon 120 But a big thing for us with Kids is being able to zoom in Video Camera Mode Canon could not do that. The Zoom is very nice 15x optical there is some Digital zooming but i dont like using it Why in my opinion when you use Digital zooming in your software on your Mac or PC. When i was looking online and in the stores for my wifes birthday present it was very hard to meet what she wanted she wanted basically a Olympus like she has that uses SD cards and 4 AA with all Optical zoom at the time that was not available it ether had AA but XD or SD with a Rechargeable Lithium Ion that only fit that camera when it was dead your SOL Not a fan of brand battery's. AA is the way to go. In the End i waited from October too Feb until this Camera Came out and Bought it at Target for the reason if something goes wrong i can just take it back to the store and get one in exchange right away with no waiting. Even tho the Amazon price was Cheaper for the Kit i still like the ability to just run down to the store and get it exchanged.
If your looking at buying a Camera i would recommend this Camera just for the sharp Pictures and the Auto Mode is nice and the Camcorder is really HD got to love that and it Zooms while recording.
Beware it will blur easy if your fully zoomed and take alot of Pictures at the same time Found its better to lay off the Zoom when you really dont need to zoom. It takes Pictures fast from Picture to Picture Perfect for the in the moment Child Pictures. I am sure there is always a better Camera but after looking for a few months and keeping it under 300 bucks with out having to get Special Battery's and Memory cards and everything else involved its the best pick for our family with a Nikon Name its not too bad as well. If we want a really good Camera would would break that 300 dollar Limit and get a High end camera. Perfect for a Family Camera.
Pros Excellent Battery Life. Nice Megazoom. Nice resolution. Great picture quality. Ease to Use.
Cons A bit bulky. Pictures a bit grainy at full zoom. Vibration Reduction not very effective at full zoom.
Summary I am not an SLR guy. But this Camera is great for the "Above Average" Users. This is far better than a point and shoot camera. The 15X zoom works great and 12.1 MP captures very minute details even at highest zoom. I have tried taking the pictures in all types of lights and it works well. I am very happy with this camera. An easy to use camera with 15X zoom, 12.1 MP resolution and less than $250... What else can I ask ???
However at full zoom, I have to take the pictures very carefully. Even a little bit of shake of hands at full zoom spoils the pictures.
Also the picture turns a little grainy at full zoom. Not so bad though.
However I must admit that the "Automatic Mode" captures the best pictures in all lights and all modes. I hardly need to use the manual settings. "Automatic Mode" does it for me most of the time.
Pros This Camera comes packed with 15x opt. zoom, a 3in. LCD, 12 MP's and 720p HD Movies.This camera is great for the average (point-and-shoot) user.
Cons Relatively slow performance for a camera in this class yet great quality prints. There is no viewfinder so it is not well suited for sunny days, slow optical zoom in video recording. The Major downfall for this camera is that it is all automatic.
Summary This camera is a step up from the highly reviewed Nikon Coolpix L100, this camera features the same zoom capabilities yet steps up in MP's from 10 to 12. The Quality of the prints are sharp, crisp and color accurate. There is some blur at the telephoto(long) end of the zoom yet you can still get great quality prints from this camera. The major downfall as the L100 is that it is all automatic, you can not set the ISO, shutter speed, aperture and there is no manual focus for the creative side.
The macro setting works well but i have compared the Nikon L110's macro to the Canon SX120's macro, and the Canon got closer by much more than this one while it stayed in clear focus. The camera comes in black or a dark cherry like red giving it a good appearance. i give this camera a 3.5 star for its lack of manual settings, and slow zoom in video mode. I would though recommend to a friend.
Pros 15x Optical Zoom
LOTS of Camera Modes
Can shoot MOVIES!
Cons A little shaky, but still okay.
The mic has a short range, and there is no way to use an external mic.
Summary I bought this camera TODAY, and have already taken almost 550 pictures! The ease of use makes this a PERFECT Bridge Camera. If you are not a professional Photographer, this camera is perfect. You can't really mess us, particularly if you have had any experience with any other Camera.
The price of this camera is low, particularly considering all the things you can do with it. Although there is no real Manual Focus, or other settings that you can set manually, the different camera modes make it easy to figure out what you need to do, and how to get great pictures.
Working on my Mac, things couldn't be easier. I plugged the camera into my Mac, and iPhoto instantly recognized it and downloaded the Photos and Movies.
This is a great camera for someone who wants a Point and shoot camera, and some of the features are really amazing. The Sport Mode works GREAT and takes excellent shots.
Although the camera is a little slow, that is something that is often the case with point and shoot digital camera's and really hasn't caused me any concern at all.
I have read some reviews that talked about the limitations with low light, but I have not found that to be true, particularly if you have it in the low light setting.
All in all, I would recommend this camera for any beginner or intermediate Digital camera user.