Nikon Coolpix L3 – A great value camera.

Nikon Coolpix L3 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (White)About two years ago, I bought a DXG camera for my wife, Jessica. It was on sale at radio shack when we were in Sioux Falls, and she and I thought it would work great.

After using it for a while, we noticed a few major quirks. There were two that were the most problematic. First, the camera would reset all settings whenever it turned off. Second, it would not take good pictures in low light (such as indoors).

These two factors nullified most of the advantages of the high megapixels and small size of the camera. It was very unfortunate that we did not discover these problems earlier.

Today, I was able to finally replace that camera for Jessica. Now, she has a Nikon Coolpix L3. In my opinion, this camera rivals a large part of the Canon Powershot series in size, functionality, price, and quality.

This is a very small camera. It is just slightly larger than a deck of cards, yet it fits comfortably in your hands.

The camera comes with several preset modes for taking pictures. It advertises 15, but in actuality, there are more. For several of the modes, there are sub categories of modes. The camera has a video mode that captures audio; a basic feature for more expensive models, but a luxury in this price range. Another very useful feature, is the fact that the camera can be used as a voice recorder. If you want, you can even tag a 20 second audio description on each picture.

The price was simply amazing. It runs about $150 dollars at stores around my area, although Sam’s Club is selling it for cheaper than the rest by a little. For such a low price, I would think the quality would have been reduced, but it is not.

The picture quality is pretty good on this camera. It definitely exceeds the $150 dollar camera quality range. Video is clear, even when moving. Pictures turn out clearer than some more expensive models. The wide range of modes allow for a setting for almost any situation you would find yourself in. One innovation Nikon has included is an “Auto Focus on Face” portrait mode. It automatically focuses on the face no matter which quadrant of the screen the face is in. It baffles me how it finds the face, but it does every time.

So, if you are looking for a low cost, high quality alternative to the Canon Powershot “A” Series Cameras, I would strongly recommend investigating the Nikon Coolpix L3.

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