The Nikon Coolpix L610 has an above-average feature set for its street price of only $119 today. It includes a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and 14x zoom, and uses AA batteries for power. Great starter camera for a Christmas gift for a young beginning photographer.
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For its price and features, the Coolpix L610 shoots above its class. However, that still means it does its best work outdoors under good lighting, especially if you’re using the zoom lens. There’s noise visible even at its lowest ISOs when photos are viewed at full size, but detail is very good up to ISO 200.
Nikon Coolpix L610 specs:
14x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens and comfortable grip
Lens-shift VR image stabilization
18.1 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor
Large, high resolution 3.0-inch display
Full HD (1080p) video in stereo