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Nikon Coolpix L20 10MP Digital Camera with 3.6 Optical Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Deep Red) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix L20 10MP Digital Camera with 3.6 Optical Zoom and 3 inch LCD, (Deep Red)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 322 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Simple4.6   average
Size4.5   average
Video4.5   average
Zoom4.2   average
Color4.0   below average
Photo3.9   below average
Quality3.5   below average
Focus3.4   above average
Image3.3   below average
Amazon3.1   below average
Flash3.1   average
Setting3.0   below average
Light2.8   mediocre
Screen2.8   below average
Battery2.5   below average
Lens1.3   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I came to Amazon to order and saw a lot of people complaining about the battery door breaking."
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"Needless to say, I'm very disappointed that Nikon fails to stand behind their products (but understandable, if they're having this kind of failure rate), and disappointed at Amazon for letting Nikon sell this garbage, leaving their customers to end up with this junk."
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"Luckily, the people at Amazon was accepted my return w o any hassle."
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"After checking here on Amazon, I see that this is a common problem with this camera."
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"Amazon's refund policy is ridiculous."
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"I believe most of the problem was caused by Amazon and not CalumetPhotographic."
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"I ordered it from Amazon and received it promptly in excellent condition."
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"Great price, Of course I buy from Amazon all the time."
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"D: Buy a new one from Amazon (usually for a lot less than $150).See how easy and simple it is to solve problems, now that we're living in the future?"
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"I definitely recommend purchasing from Amazon, just not this camera! "
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"On the bright side, Amazon made the return process easy and convenient, and I promptly received a full refund."
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Battery

Battery:
"Look up battery door problem."
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"The door that held the batteries was broken in our camera and would not stay shut."
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"The door that holds the batteries in place was broken upon arrival."
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"Now that isn't really a back mark on the camera, but given the above is the life it led, and was in general not used, the battery compartment cover failed."
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"After exchanging the batteries about six times the battery compartment door broke."
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"I came to Amazon to order and saw a lot of people complaining about the battery door breaking."
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"Camera is good but I don't like keep on replacing batteries."
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"This camera takes decent pictures but it wears the batteries out too soon."
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"All aspects of this camera were quite satisfactory, except battery life."
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"I decided against buying another just in case---well, a few months later, my battery door hinge broke, too."
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"This was my favorite of the digital cameras I have owned- super easy to operate, nice image quality, AA batteries, video in easy format to edit, big LCD."
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Color

Color:
"Also, the color is a weird tint, and is almost always fuzzy and foggy looking."
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"The color of the case is great even my husband doesn't mind the great red color."
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"Otherwise the picture qualility is poor, with fuzzy or color problems."
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"Also I tried every scene on the camera and the colors were not good at all."
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"I was not at all happy with ability of the camera to reproduce colors - they were undersaturated and a little bit off on hue."
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"i will use it again in the future and i love the color."
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"When I saw it and saw Nikon and the beautiful color and the $100 sale price along with the microphone fearture I was all in."
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"I bought this camera modified by a 3rd-party to take only infrared photos, so I can't comment on color accuracy."
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"Professional reviews of this camera commend its sharp distortion-free lens quality and the camera's color accuracy."
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"He has had better luck with color and exposure than I have, but both of us have had issues with color being accurate and white light areas being horribly over exposed."
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Flash

Flash:
"Outdoors quality is fine but indoors, I don't care what kind of lighting you have, the quality sucks without a flash, which doesn't make it very good for mirror portraits."
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"We hadn't done anything differently and it was working but again, the flash is very inconsistent."
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"Fully changed batteries to dead in 38 flash photos."
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"The problem is that in Easy Auto Mode, the flash has 2 settings: Auto or Off."
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"- and other unacceptable and important thing for me is the flash's charging time... it takes about 7 sec to charge and you cannot take pictures between that lap."
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"I took quite a few pictures with it, and it has great quality...with the flash."
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"I bought this camera for a client and i tried it out first,it takes great pictures when the flash is on,if off its sort of blurry but the picture is really good when the flash works,id still recommend it and the price is not bad too.."
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"Since bulk and weight now count for travel, this could be a little thinner-- but I can always find it in my carry-on (taks a small case) Using flash in auto mode is easy and automatic for low light."
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"I have to put it on flash mode for the pics to come out good."
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Focus

Focus:
"The only complaint is there is sometimes too much of a delay while it tries to focus and get a good picture."
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"It is very easy to operate but 1 2 photos come out blurry because it doesn't focus too well, not too great in low light, etc."
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"Bought this camera because Fantasea had a custom underwater case for it and I was heading to Grand CaymanThe unit takes excellent pictures out of the water and good pictures in it-Deeper you go the bluer they get - You need a $40 red filter for some balance (or a $4 5000 pro model with an arm load of lighting gear) - Next year we will have the filterFor those complaining about out of focus, READS THE BOOK and use AUTO rather then EASY Auto"
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"While the modes were very good for their intended purposes (I got some amazing shots of a sunrise from the Promenade in Jerusalem while touring), the shutter speed and focus were disappointing."
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"Unfortunately, it never seems to focus on the subject well, either in the full auto mode or in special modes."
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"However, my camera seems to have problems focusing at longer distances."
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"Canon focuses faster but I LOVE the Nikon quality and she loves watching it play back, especially the videos."
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"The only complaint is there is sometimes too much of a delay while it tries to focus and get a good picture."
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"Unfortunately, it never seems to focus on the subject well, either in the full auto mode or in special modes."
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"Oh, and you do have to hold down the button 1 2way until it focuses then depress it all the way for a clear picture."
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"Some of my shots were shakey and out of focus and wow when I downloaded my pictures they became clear and in focus before my eyes!"
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Image

Image:
"Only problem I have had is vertical streaks in the captured image primarily when using the flash."
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"Image quality is horrible and grainy."
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"The LCD screen isn't great for viewing true images."
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"The only downside is images get noisy above ISO 400, a common issue with all digicams."
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"This a huge problem when trying to take spur of the moment pics, and pics of temporary things like perhaps a butterfly, or bird."
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"They sent me a photo of the camera to say that I broke it, and that it's not under warranty."
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"Easy to use camera, takes better pics than phone camera."
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"Took some good pics of my buddy holding onto the periscope."
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"This was my favorite of the digital cameras I have owned- super easy to operate, nice image quality, AA batteries, video in easy format to edit, big LCD."
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"Plus I have an HTC vivid, and it takes pics just as well, and I don't have to carry my camera everywhere with me, because I have an 8mp phone camera."
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"(But the infrared pics my modified Coolpix L20 takes are phenomenal.)"
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Lens

Lens:
"My husband and I got this camera as a gift to take pictures of our new baby we were so happy until we used it for my baby shower we had it on Easy Auto Mode or whatever it's called every single picture was blurry not like someone had moved to fast it was just fuzzy I thought there was a smudge on the lense or something......boy was I wrong!"
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"This camera is a piece of junk - cannot hold up to normal use...the lens mechanism is way too delicate - made from cheap plastic and breaks extremely easily making the camera nothing more than a $100 paperweight."
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"I will buy another camera rather than face the risk of yet another Lens Error."
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"Lens Error pops up on the screen and the lens is jammed."
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"Shortly after buying this camera there was a lens malfunction."
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"Professional reviews of this camera commend its sharp distortion-free lens quality and the camera's color accuracy."
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"In conclusion if you are looking for a low budged and high quality camera for the price, you need to go for this Nikon, the lens is great and the features are much better than any other point and shot camera."
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"Nice camera for the kids, but the lense system jammed on two versions of the camera."
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"With 10 Mega pixels and the wide and telephoto lens are great."
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Light

Light:
"It is very easy to operate but 1 2 photos come out blurry because it doesn't focus too well, not too great in low light, etc."
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"I've used mine in a variety of conditions (outside, inside, low light, bright light, motion, stills, macro, etc) and have the same problem across the board."
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"This isn't a great camera for low light shooting unless you have a really steady hand."
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"The only problem we have is when taking pictures in low light, they very often come out grainy and the videos done in low lighting are a bit blurry."
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"Now, it may not appear right away in low light situations but again I did not expect it to be a perfect camera for every need at this price range."
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"Problems with my camera ranged from failure to read low light situations, to totally blurred photos in normal daylight."
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"The camera feels cheap, you can hear the plastic crunching sometimes, but it takes pretty good photos with adecuate light."
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"He has had better luck with color and exposure than I have, but both of us have had issues with color being accurate and white light areas being horribly over exposed."
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"It's small, light weight and easy to handle."
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"You hardly need the flash, even in low light and at night the image sensitivity is excellent and easily adjustable (just have a steady hand when you take the shot in low light because the shutter tends to stay open longer and that may cause some bluriness in the picture), again; you hardly need the flash (will save battery life)."
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"Since bulk and weight now count for travel, this could be a little thinner-- but I can always find it in my carry-on (taks a small case) Using flash in auto mode is easy and automatic for low light."
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Photo

Photo:
"This item took good photo's and was easy to use, but the closure for the batteries broke with in a year of purchase."
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"It is very easy to operate but 1 2 photos come out blurry because it doesn't focus too well, not too great in low light, etc."
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"Fully changed batteries to dead in 38 flash photos."
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"It is not a SLR, so don't expect wonderful zoom quality photos."
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"serious shutter lag results in many missed photos."
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"I purchased this camera a few months ago & am not very pleased with the quailty of the photos."
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"It shoots great photos as well as little 1 minute video which I was able to upload on Facebook, etc."
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"This item took good photo's and was easy to use, but the closure for the batteries broke with in a year of purchase."
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"Easy to use - excellent photos -- just what she needed."
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"I bought this camera modified by a 3rd-party to take only infrared photos, so I can't comment on color accuracy."
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"The camera feels cheap, you can hear the plastic crunching sometimes, but it takes pretty good photos with adecuate light."
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Price

Price:
"I regret not spending more money and getting something that is more enjoyable and easier to use."
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"It is easy to have bad photos if you don't know how to hold the camera or if your pulse is not to good, the capacity of image stabilization it not has good has the cannon but the cannon is double the price."
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"Now, it may not appear right away in low light situations but again I did not expect it to be a perfect camera for every need at this price range."
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"The only reason I purchased this item was due to price affordability, other than that, i would not recommend for anyone to get this camera."
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"The Nikon Coolpix is relatively easy to use.. has lots of decent features and the price was killer, but.. picture quality isn't as good as her late Olympus or the Canon Sureshot we also use."
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"For the price its sort of what i expected but you'd be amazed how many things you miss in the 2 - 3 seconds it takes to take the picture - especially when you are trying to capture toddler moments."
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"I needed a cheap camera for everyday, and this camera was the best."
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"this camera is easy to use ,i have very little experiance with cameras i like the pictures and how easy it is to load in my computer, it was shipped fast and very good price"
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"When I saw it and saw Nikon and the beautiful color and the $100 sale price along with the microphone fearture I was all in."
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"Great price too."
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Quality

Quality:
"Image quality is horrible and grainy."
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"I choose the L20 over a Lumix the last time because of the quality I used to associate with Nikons, but the L20 has been a huge disappointment."
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"The picture quality was OK. Not as good as my Nikon DSLR's, but that's not surprising."
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"The picture quality is so-so and cannot be reliable for taking a 'quick picture' as it can take a while (and a few presses) to focus."
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"Picture quality was good but not great."
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"Yet any re-size less than 1:50 (66 x 49px) has unacceptable picture quality, and even at 1:25 (131 x 98px) one notices flaws."
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"Canon focuses faster but I LOVE the Nikon quality and she loves watching it play back, especially the videos."
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"However, once you figure out the best settings for your situation, the picture quality is excellent."
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"This was my favorite of the digital cameras I have owned- super easy to operate, nice image quality, AA batteries, video in easy format to edit, big LCD."
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"I took quite a few pictures with it, and it has great quality...with the flash."
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"A lot of them are great quality, maybe I got lucky with the lighting or the subject."
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Screen

Screen:
"The LCD screen isn't great for viewing true images."
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"Everything was fine for a few months until suddenly one day, once again, no picture on the LCD screen, but this time the problem wasn't the LCD."
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"It takes good video but now the screen is dead, so who cares."
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"The same problem, battery exhausted message would appear on the screen."
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"Looked actually better on computer screen than on LCD but indoor wasn't too impressive."
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"Lens Error pops up on the screen and the lens is jammed."
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"For those who may ask why didn't I use the Kodak if it's so much better, well the screen was smashed."
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"It takes good video but now the screen is dead, so who cares."
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"It had a large screen, the camera was easy to use, and it had many features."
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"This camera on paper was perfect: large screen, great brand, huge resolution."
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"The LCD display could have a better resolution, because at the beginning when you don't know the camera, you can thing the photo that you take came blur or that you moved the camera but no, it is just low quality on definition on the LCD screen, when you download it on you PC, you see that the photo it has excellent color and definition."
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Setting

Setting:
"There are too many settings so its hard to figure out which one you need to use and the favorite setting where its supposed to pick one doesn't really work."
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"This is a great little camera but honestly I hate the time delay and the sheer number of settings."
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"Let me put this in easy context so that you may know what to like and dislike about this camera:Pros: With the right setting, the camera may take beautiful pics (with the right photographer to:) Black and white pictures end up nice...is a good beginner cameraCons: Most pics end up blurry in color."
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"The Zoom is bad the flash takes way to long to recharge, and the face recognition and Auto settings are horrible."
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"Do not expect to be able to tinker with tons of settings."
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"It is not easy, and it automatically suggests the wrong settings for the environment."
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"However, once you figure out the best settings for your situation, the picture quality is excellent."
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"Let me put this in easy context so that you may know what to like and dislike about this camera:Pros: With the right setting, the camera may take beautiful pics (with the right photographer to:) Black and white pictures end up nice...is a good beginner cameraCons: Most pics end up blurry in color."
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"A great little camera, Easy to use, lots of settings, uses AA batteries so you always have a spare."
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"this camera is very good and easy to use if you are good at the extra settings you will have great pictures"
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"It can be set with full auto mode so elders do not worry about changing the settings, can easily take photos."
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Simple

Simple:
"D: Buy a new one from Amazon (usually for a lot less than $150).See how easy and simple it is to solve problems, now that we're living in the future?"
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"It's greatest asset is it's simple to use."
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"I would recommend this point and shoot camera to anyone wanting a simple camera that is easy to use."
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"Along with a simple and easy-to-use menu, this camera was the perfect gift for my wife, who does not like to fuss with settings when taking pictures."
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"[generic low-end, also sold as Polaroid and others] Should be very easy to meet exceed these simple cameras."
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"D: Buy a new one from Amazon (usually for a lot less than $150).See how easy and simple it is to solve problems, now that we're living in the future?"
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Size

Size:
"My only complaint was that the SD card is in the same compartment as the batteries, but that's a small complaint, and I loved having the convenience of AA batteries."
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"If you have problems with your eyes, the screen is great because of it's size."
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"The pictures were decent, the camera was small, and its operation was quiet, which is what I needed."
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"It's small, light weight and easy to handle."
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"LCD is a great size."
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"The features and size exceeded requirements for what I was looking for to replace my old (fading yellow flash) Fugi 4mp 3X zoom for a quality pocket camera using AA batteries."
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"Nikon Coolpix S230 10MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 3 inch Touch Panel LCD (Plum)Great Buy for teens... Not so small it will get easliy lost and not to bulky to take wherever they go..."
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Video

Video:
"It takes good video but now the screen is dead, so who cares."
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"Not a dslr but a good snapshot camera with video capabilities."
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"I took it out later the next day and was able to record video on those same dead batteries before the camera told me again they were dead."
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"Even the videos we've taken have been broken up and halted."
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"Canon focuses faster but I LOVE the Nikon quality and she loves watching it play back, especially the videos."
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"She's 2 now and she loves it when I use it to get videos and pictures of her."
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"It shoots great photos as well as little 1 minute video which I was able to upload on Facebook, etc."
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"This was my favorite of the digital cameras I have owned- super easy to operate, nice image quality, AA batteries, video in easy format to edit, big LCD."
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"It takes good pictures and video."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Aside from weak zoom options the problem I have with this camera is how long it takes the camera to take the picture."
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"It is not a SLR, so don't expect wonderful zoom quality photos."
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"I found this camera while looking for a decent point and shooter with a decent zoom and video function for less than $90."
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"I have a 10X zoom kodak for vacation great pictures and videos and long life battery but it's too bulky to take on social occasions."
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"Zoom is good."
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"The L20 was a nice upgrade with bigger LCD, a bit more zoom and a couple more mega-pixels."
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"One had zoom, great for when you have your hands full.4."
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