"Paid for this Nikon, mostly on the brand reputation, but I'm not unhappy."3.5 starson by windowlight
Pros: You can get some tremendous photos.
Cons: Sometimes you just know the camera won't grab what you see.
Summary: I like the zoom, as it rivals what I'm use to with a film camera. The big SD card I have (2GB) makes it possible to take as many shots of your subject as you feel you need to get it right. Long recovery with flash makes it better to leave low-light and indoors shots to another camera, this camera does very well outdoors. Bringing the massive amount of photos taken (with a large SD card) means you need a high-performance computer (fast advanced new processor and lots of RAM). Also, photo-editing software is really needed if you want photos taken with the L5 to mean something in a practical way, either for web design input of making prints. Maybe the new Nikon Coolpix P5000 would be a little better, and for the photographer with a keen desire for control etc, the L5 probably seems lacking, but this user is satisfied. When Nikon comes out with a digital camera with a 15x optical zoom, with 30x digital zoom, an absolutely excellent ISO range, plus resolution at around 20 MP, I'll be ready to buy. But it better be less than 1000 dollars (adjusted for inflation that would be 500 of today's dollars). Now that's too much to ask isn't it? Those that keep waiting for technology to stop spinning to buy their stuff probably will never buy - anything. But those folks are becoming more rare.