Summary: The L25 is actually a lot better than I was expecting at, well, almost everything really, with a couple of caveats. It starts up with a slight lag as it braces itself for work but the lens zooms quickly and takes you though the range of focal lengths on offer, from wide to tele for example, in just over one second.
Pros: Price, Styling, Ease of use, Build, Handling, Low ISO image quality.
Cons: High ISO image noise, Lack of detail, Sluggish AF, Muddy and grainy HD video
Excerpt: The design of the Nikon Coolpix L25 follows a few years of tradition. The simple arrangement of a slim body with a small grip to the left (which has a double purpose of increasing one-handed shooting capability and housing the bulkier AA batteries). The small lens on the front is surrounded by thick silver rings – possibly to make it look bigger than it actually is.
Excerpt: Now that mobile phones are able to take respectable snaps, why would anyone bother with a low-cost dedicated camera? There are two reasons we can think of. One is to have an optical zoom, a feature that designers have yet to squeeze inside the tiny proportions of a mobile phone. The other is that not everyone owns a camera-phone. There are lots of people who are too young for, can't afford or simply don't want a snazzy smartphone, but who still want a camera.