Summary: Skip this digital camera and go directly to the Coolpix 880 by Nikon (also on Amazon). Why, you ask? Well, this Coolpix is quite old (in terms of digital) and you'll be throwing your good money after a badly outdated camera. Here are the details why: Megapixels. The Coolpix 800 takes 2.1 megapixel pictures, but the 880 take 3.1 megapixel. (More pixels are preferred to less since this will affect your image quality. ANd believe me - you will SEE the difference!) Zoom.
Summary: Wow, those pictures are really cool. Have it for a few days now and mainly made different pictures in automatic setting. I bought the camera for it's awsome picture quality and so far it delivers. As others have said before, there are a few kinks you will have to live with, if you go for Nikon's entry level: 1) flimsy covers for battery/smartcard/lens 2) this thing eats up batteries, get lots of NiMH rechargables.
Summary: Nikon Coolpix 800 has two shortcomings: 1. The flash is terrible. Almost always, the flash shots come out with the subject bright in the center and the backround completely dark. It looks like a metering/exposure problem. 2. The camera is slow. I take a lot of pictures of moving objects, my kids etc. Almost all moving shots, the camera takes the picture a second or so later than the actual shot which means I missed the shot.