Summary: Beginning photographers typically look for two things in a camera: Ease of use and a great value (meaning a good mix of price and features). Such cameras might not do everything perfectly, but they should outperform others in their price range. My Nikon Coolpix L20 review shows that this point and shoot digital camera fits those two critera almost perfectly. In addition, it features excellent response times.
Pros: Low price makes L20 a great value, Very easy to use, Camera's response times are very fast compared to others in this price range, Easy to hold and shoot with one hand, Handles odd lighting conditions very well
Cons: 3.6X optical zoom could be larger, LCD can be difficult to see in bright sunlight, Close-up focus could be better, Battery life could be better
Summary: Nikon's Coolpix L20 represents one of the best options we've seen in a growing category of cameras: very affordable, easy-to-use point-and-shoots with surprisingly stellar image quality and a bit of fashion sense.