The L3 takes good photos, but has one problem.
The shutter lag is much too long (1.3 seconds).
Shutter lag is the time from when you press down the shutter button, until the photo is captured.
The replacement for the L3 is the newly introduced L6, which has 6 megapixels. Since it has not been reviewed, I don't know about the shutter lag of the L6. It is about $20 higher than the L3.
You might look at the Canon A530.
It can be found for under $150. Takes good photos and has a shutter lag of only 0.2 second (that is about as short as it gets).
Here is a look at the specifications for the 3 cameras mentioned:
I wanna gift a digital camera to my dad. Let me tell you about him.. Never had a dig. cam. He has a 35mm film camera and that too hardly uses. So i decided to gift him a dig. cam. My budget is something less than $150. I had decided on the coolpix L3. Just coz its simple to use no manual fiddling required, 5 MP, 3X optical zoom, and pretty decent pictures (I hope). Now my question is am i right in my choice? hope L3 give good pictures. He is definitely not going to take sports or professional photos where you need an shutter priority and aperture priority modes and high ISO sensitivity. All i'm looking for is a simple camera that does the job - take good photos! Please suggest/ Comment.