Pros The camera is lightweight and easy to use.. It has a fair response time between pictures for a point and shoot camera.. Also it has a 26x zoom and runs on AA batteries which I like
Cons This camera takes bad pictures.. There is no manual focus and the auto focus is slow and random and not at all sharp.. Also even in good light all the photos were incredibly soft..
Summary I usually prefer Nikon cameras, however the L810 has a close enough approach when it comes to focus if sharp quality is important to you its not a camera I would recommend
Pros Amazing zoom capabilities
Not very heavy
Good video capabilities (as long as the focus works)
Good picture quality in sunlight
Operates on standard AA batteries
Cons Poor picture quality in lower light conditions
Lag time between picts bad
Autofocus slow/not working at all
Video limited to 30 minutes
Slow SD card (Class 10) takes way too long
No RAW mode
Not a lot of manual choices like setting focus, aperture
Summary The L120 was a much better product at a lower price. The only difference is the zoom and resolution - both do not make a difference in real life though. I sold mine after 4 months of use and will either try different manufacturer or use my wife's Nikon DSLR... if it only was less bulky.
Pros Easy Set Up
Runs on AA batteries
Easy to travel with
Cons Lag time
Takes some time to get use to.
Summary This camera is great for beginners. I have had it for a full year now and have not been disappointed. Yes I am a beginner in the photography world but we all start somewhere. If you want good and focused pictures you have to take time with your camera and MANUALLY set up what setting you want it on. (Portrait, Dusk/Dawn, Close Up, Fireworks, Etc) After you figure out what would work best you can go and take your picture. The one thing I learned fast is not to just hold down the button and take the picture right away, like the guy in the video does. You have to hold it HALF way down and let the camera focus itself. There is normally a green box in the middle of the screen, once that lights up THAN you can hold it down all the way. You cannot expect that every picture you take is going to be great, everyone should not expect that with ANY camera. I love my Nikon Coolpix L810. This camera should get it's proper respect, yes it is probably not as great as some of the other Nikon camera's out there, but this one is affordable and great for beginners. Also with the whole ordeal about color issues, every photographer normally goes through and does a quick clean up of the picture and enhances it anyways, so I don't see why it is such a big problem. I have taken tons of pictures. Here is an example: http://colourfulelmo.deviantart.com/art/Katia-Kelty-377619114
Pros Easy to set-up and use.
Cons Slow response time. Camera readiness between frames were slow. Also, slow readinesss between video and still shots for my purposes.
Summary I used this camera for my children's graduation and awards ceremonies. I lost out on photo opportunities because of the slow response of the camera, especially while needing to take multiple quick shots. The picture clarity was fine for the price of the camera and served its purpose.
Pros light weight, easy to operate, Cnet's review is on point.
Cons slow shooting, slow flash, no cover for the back LCD screen, use a lot of battery power since there is no view finder that comes with this camera.
Summary I purchase this little camera so that I could take better long rang pics than my Canon A80 plus better long range shots. I am partial to Canon cameras, I use a larger Canon for the "real" shots but so far this is not that bad since I just purchased it last Friday. Best Buy had it on sale for a great price.