Coolpix L18 Review

Quote: “Great camera… until!”
Rating: Coolpix L18 Review
Review From: McKinney at Amazon.com

This was a great camera, but unfortunately the key word is “WAS”. I purchased the camera for general shooting, nothing fancy, and it worked great. I replaced my Fujifilm FinePix with this Nikon Coolpix. I enjoy the thinner design, making it easier to keep in a small purse. The red shell adds nothing to the photos, but I’ll take that over a dull gray any day. Aside from aesthetics, there are many features packed into this stylish hardware, probably more than I’ve fully utilized. As with any digital camera, the most important feature is point and shoot picture taking. I hate the cameras that have 17+ picture modes and the rotating “option wheel” on top. 99 times out of 100 I am just turning the camera on and snapping a shot… I don’t need to change any shutter settings. This Nikon has a handy toggle on top that allows for picture taking, picture viewing, or video taking.

The large LCD screen is vibrant and makes it easy to view photos. It saves space by eliminating the old-fashioned “eye hole,” which is fine with me because I rarely use it anyway. I’ll take the larger LCD. Red-eye was always a problem with my Fujifilm, but this Nikon did a great job of eliminating it; every photo seemed very clear and bright.

I’ve also used the video feature a few times. Unlike my Fujifilm, you can actually zoom in and out while taking video. Video quality is nothing spectacular, but it is tolerable for short clips.

Downloading the pictures and videos to my computer was a snap. Again, Nikon won big points with me because this is the easiest camera I’ve used… and one of the cheapest too.

However, as I mentioned earlier, there was a catch. After only 4 months of use, my photos began to have a hazy ring around them. It looked like there was some fog or a smudge on the lens. I’ve wiped the lens carefully, but the problem remains, causing me to believe that this problem somehow lies inside the camera lens – a problem I, of course, can’t solve without having to call the distributor and get the run-around on how to get it fixed, despite my free one-year warranty-with-purchase. A digital camera that takes blurry photos is no better than a paper weight, even if the paper weight is colorful and shiny. Either the lens is out of alignment or my entire family has developed astigmatism.

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