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The Nikon COOLPIX L24 has good picture quality, I love the features (there are many and they are super easy to use), it is light weight and easy to carry anywhere, but not so small you easily loose it. I enjoyed the camera for 1 year and 7 months. It had fairly low usage (5000-8000 pictures). In fact, I had nothing bad to say about it until the battery door broke.
After close examination, I found that the battery door is held shut by two tiny slivers of plastic. Since the batteries create a spring-loaded effect once the door is closed, a lot of pressure is put on these two little tabs of plastic. Apparently, after a while they bust off. I would expect a camera like this to last at least three years, and mine barely made it past the halfway mark.
If you buy this camera, take into account that it will not last a long time. If you plan to only use it for a few trips and then replace it, then maybe it's the camera for you. Otherwise, I'd stay away from this particular design.
I am a big fan of Nikon products and have never complained about any of their items but this will be my first. I have the L18 which is an 8MP and I've always been happy with it. It responds well, performs and was surely a value for the money.
This L24, don't waste your money on it. It's very slow (takes to much time to focus which means you will very much likely loose that shot you want). I lost quite a bit of shots with this camera. It's definely not a good camera to take pics of Moving objects. If you're subjects don't mind waiting for the camera to focus then okay but it's recuperating time before it will let you take a picture again is far too long. What happens if you don't wait and try to take another pic? Or if you shut this camera off before it's done processing the image? You will get an error that file cannot be found and/or it will FREEZE on you. Never had that happen to me before. Yes, it freezes. I had to take the batteries out to reset this camera and lost a few images. The people at the Camera store told me it was the memory card but I've spoken to many individuals who have used the L22 and this L24 and what I have mentioned above seems to be very common thing. So you have to wait for this camera to power up, do it's focus thing before you can take a pic. I am very disappointed with this camera. I definitely wished that I never bought this camera and thought it would make a nice Point and shoot but all it does is frustrate me. It does take Clear, Sharp pics! It focuses in dark situations very easily and well. those are probably the only good points about this camera. I took this camera on a trip and it was very frustrating to use. The very first camera ever that I do not like. I am still searching for another point and shoot.
The L18 is definetely better than this L24. It's a shame that this product is on sale in stores and here as well.
My recommendation, search for another Nikon Product. When I find one, I will add this information in this review.
UPDATE: I used this camera strictly as an underwater camera (I purchased an underwater pouch for this item for under $30) and it did very very well. I was going to give this away but thought I'd give it one last try. I got some amazing images in the water and underwater. I kept it and will be used only for that purpose. Other than that, it's still very slow in between waiting for the camera to process the image until it's ready to be used again. I've got a few friends who have this camera as well and that was their biggest complaint, too.
Nice pictures but invariably the battery door breaks due to pressure. They all break. No ISO control. I use it for diving in an ikelite casing, so I'm married to it.
Got what I paid for with this product NIKON COOLPIX.The design for the battery holder is bad. Should be constructed with a stronger material not plastic. Hard to close.
I am disappointed in this camera. With a 14MP I expected better pictures. The antishake doesnt seem to work very well. I cant get the macro mode to work at all. It also doesnt do black and white or sepia. I will probably keep it as a back up but wont buy it again.