Nikon's entry-level point-and-shoots reborn
The company updates its budget-friendly compact and megazoom.
Nikon's Coolpixand L20 were very popular models last year and actually continue to be well trafficked on CNET. That has a lot to do with their price tags and far less to do with their quality. I didn't review the L20, but the L100 was a fairly weak camera. (But it had a 15x zoom for less than $250!) Nikon is now announcing their updates: the Coolpix L110 and L22.
For the same MSRP as the L100 ($279.95), Nikon increased the camera resolution to 12 megapixels and the 3-inch LCD resolution from 230K dots to 460K, added a 720p movie mode and a built-in stereo microphone, added use of the optical zoom and autofocus while shooting video, and includes four, AA lithium batteries for 840 shots or seven hours of video. So all in all, a better package, and it'll come in a choice of black or red.
The L22 is just a basic 12-megapixel camera with 3.6x zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD, electronic image stabilization, and powered by AA-size batteries. Versions in black, red, blue, and silver will be available for $129.95.
Both models hit stores in February.