Excerpt: I asked for a "simple" camera with video capabilities after our first son was born. My parents went above and beyond and bought this camera for us. No matter how hard I try I cannot seem to find a basic setting for everyday pictures. I am constantly missing great moments trying to find the right setting. Active toddlers and pets are blurry - particularly if they're in the same shot.
Cons: Unfortunatly this camera freezes, and the only way to un-freeze is to pull the battery out slightly for a re-boot. Very sad, since I paid $350 for my first Nikon camera and it is flawed. I googled and see many have this same problem.
Summary: When it worked, I got great pictures, excellent telephoto for a compact camera. I guess we're fortunate, ours worked for about six months before it just FROZE! Reading all the reviews here I see Nikon could care less. I'll send for repair - but in the meantime no camera! No Nikon in the future either.
Summary: I have been a longtime fan and user of Nikon products. I use all Nikon equipent for my photography business. I wanted something small and light to take with me when i'm not working and dont want to haul around a heavy pro camera. this coolpix does take beautiful pictures and nice hd video. it was always very glitchy from the beginning and slow to respond. It would often freeze the first time I pressed the trigger to focus.
Summary: I used it for the first time for my daughter's 3rd birthday party and all my pictures were horrible. My sister in law who is a Nikon user couldn't even get it to take good pics. If anyone is moving at all in the picture it will be blurred. If everyone and everything is completely still the pics are great like in the store when I decided to purchase it. I can get better quality on an I-Phone/Droid.
Excerpt: Although still pictures look good, ergonomic is fine and response is fast, that camera can not be used as a "travel zoom" camera if you consider also taking video as well as stills. Problems: Poorly implemented electronic image stabilization in video. In addition, for an unknown reason, CMOS rolling shutter effects (jello) become worst at the end of the zoom when shooting video.
Summary: The camera had a problem with zoom in that it would freeze and I had to take the battery out, reinstall it and then it would work. I discussed this with Nikon technical services and they determined the camera should be returned. When I returned it this model was no longer available on line at Walmart.com. I did like the camera and would have reordered if it had still been available.
Summary: It's an ORDINARY point and shoot machine. It emulates 18X. All results are fogy -a strange soften Photoshop effect- Beyond 10X is heavily shaky. It's not ergonomic, neither shutter button nor video record button. It's not clear it's recording or not. It's SLOW. Very slow. It's USB socket is rare version micro-USB. You have to carry that cable everywhere. It has a lithium battery without external charger. Battery display is not informative; it only displays FULL or LOW.