Summary: Purchased for my mother-in-law. She treats the camera like it is Gold and even uses a camera case etc. The battery door latch will not stay shut. She returned it under warranty and they will not repair. They claim "impact damage" and want $75 to repair a $100 camera and $13 to return it either way. Next time (which looks like soon since the camera is not useable) I will buy a Canon.
Summary: You better find something to lean against if you want to get a non blurry shot with this one. My 9 year old digital camera with a view finder always takes steady shots. Also after taking each shot you have to wait till that image stops showing on the screen before you can take another picture. There may be a way to turn this feature off. If you can find something to brace the camera on for each shot it will take a good picture. I have let others try it and they hated it.
Summary: After owning this camera for 8 months, I have decided I really don't like it and will be replacing it. It works fine if you're taking pictures outside in broad daylight, but if you want to take pictures of moving objects, or indoors (even with adequate lighting), forget it. The photos turn out grainy and blurry, and most of the settings are useless. You can't tinker with any of the settings so there is not much flexibility at all.
Summary: We spent the extra money and went for the Nikon because we have always heard good things. Our last 2 cameras were Kodak's and they put this camera to shame. The picture quality is very poor and it just did not live up to the expectations I have for a Nikon.
Summary: I'm a very loyal Nikon fan and have been using their digital SLR cameras for years. My "bar" camera has always been a Canon, but I decided to try the Nikon Coolpix since I have always trusted Nikon's technology. The camera takes nice pictures and is a very good price for a 12 megapixel camera. There is a large view screen, which is also a plus.
Very mediocre photo results. Video quality is better. Several intermittent issues.
Abhinav Agarwal "AA", Amazon
17 November 2010
Summary: Hugely disappointing camera. Mediocre flash photo results, purple fringes, severe noise in low light, and intermittent issues. Positives are good video results, bright LCD screen, and good-enough results in bright light. The battery compartment latch is useless, and has to be held together with a rubberband. This is my first Nikon camera. The combination of the price and the fact that it is a Nikon led me to purchase this camera.
Summary: I recently purchased this camera to replace my Nikon Coolpix S230 that had died from the very common "lens error" problem. Three weeks after arriving, the battery door latch broke. I had not dropped the camera or used it in any way outside of normal use. I have taken about 15 pictures with it. The retailer said that I had exceeded the two week return window, and Nikon said that this part is not covered under warranty.
Summary: The camera tries to do everything for you. It is very slow to zero in, so you better not be in a hurry. So far about 50% of my pictures are out of focus. If you intend to take quick snapshots - forget it. If you intend to take sports pictures where something is moving - forget it. I wish I had spent a little more and got a camera where I can control the shutter speeds, lighting etc.
Summary: I got this camera because of the price, and I guess you get what you pay for. As another reviewer mentioned, it has a long delay to take the picture after pressing the shutter button. Very annoying. And after using this camera for a long vacation weekend, I noticed that 90% of my pictures are out of focus, which is a huge bummer. I blame it on the long delay. I'm going to get another camera and not use this one. I'd return it if I could.