Summary: We had great fun using the Nikon Coolpix L18. The similarly priced Casio Exilim EX-Z9 is more versatile and sophisticated, but the L18 is a fast shooter. You won't get bogged down with distracting options and parameters, and at the end of the day, you'll get good stills and videos.
Conclusion: Nikon's CoolPix L18 is a basic, entry-level compact camera that does little to separate itself from the pack. It will be fine for novice users but anyone more discerning will be frustrated by the image quality and speed issues.
Pros: Low price, simple interface
Cons: Pictures a little over-sharpened, some visible graininess, can't manually adjust ISO, somewhat sluggish