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This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX L610 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 14x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
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This is a very neat comfortable to hold point and shoot compact camera that has the added bonus of having a 14x optical super zoom. It has a nice grip and all the controls are easily accessible even if you have big hands or suffer from `all fingers and thumbs syndrome'.

It is light but has just enough weight when the batteries are installed to feel reassuringly solid. In a comparison with my P300 metal bodied compact camera this does have a more plasticky feel to the back of it, but it still feels well put together. It is of course half the price of the P300.

The rear screen is large and bright but has a reflective coating; it seems to hold up well in very bright sunshine. It may not have the mass of pixels in the display but the image is perfectly clear and sharp. The menu is easy to access and settings are just as easy to change.

If you disable the start screen in the menu, it is pretty quick from being switched on to taking your first photo, slightly behind the P300 but not by much. Leaving the start screen on slows the whole process to seconds and you might find that photo has eluded you. So switch it off, it's not necessary and gets in the way.

The flash has to be popped up manually by sliding a small catch at the top of the screen; this is fairly straight forward and easy to do, not as fiddly as the P300. My only real concern is that though this is a true point and shoot camera, if you see the red LED flashing you will have to take time out to pop up the flash. You might lose the shot with the delay. A built-in auto flash would be more suited to this style of camera.

It has six auto modes from Portrait to Nightscapes and Close Ups; just frame the picture and it will mostly select the correct auto mode for the scene you are trying to take. You can also indulge in a little creativity with black and white and sepia photos. Other than that you are able to change the shutter speed priority and white balance. That is about all.

Mega pixels are not everything, the quality of the lens and the sensor count far more. The CMOS sensor is a little more `high end' and works well, giving very decent low light performance though the bench mark P300 is better but again it is more expensive.
The optical zoom is superb, close ups with real depth of field and on the normal zoom great quality photos.

Full HD video can be taken and the video recorder button is separate and within easy reach on the top right hand side just where your thumb is likely to be. The quality of the video is very good, wind noise is also not too much of problem.

The camera is powered by standard AA batteries which is not always a bad thing. More expensive cameras have lithium batteries, in Nikons cameras they are usually charged when fitted in the camera. However batteries are pretty much available anywhere and you don't have to remember to charge the thing, just keep a couple of spare batteries in your pocket and you are ready to go.

It will also accept Eye-Fi memory cards, something I have not tried yet, but care should be taken with compatibility. Otherwise you can use the enclosed lead to transfer the photographs to your computer.

So should you buy this camera?

If you are in the market for a not so many frills point and shoot camera that can give excellent results and take those instant moments then it might be for you. There is a benefit to running the camera off AA batteries, no chargers to take with you. A wide angle optical 14x zoom with full HD video recording, it will beat the pants off any camera phone.

Many people buy a camera just on the fact that is has more mega pixels than the others, but it's not about mega pixels, it is actually about the quality of the sensor.
This camera has a good one. Oh and it has a lot of mega pixels as well as a bonus.

You can then connect it to the HDMI socket on a telly with an optional lead or adapter and bore your relatives senseless with your holiday snaps, correction, photographs.
It looks nice as well.

5 stars for what it is it doesn't pretend to be anything less than a good picture taker and now at an even better price.
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