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Is Nikon Coolpix L3 good for casual users?

by g_harikrishnan / November 20, 2006 3:40 AM PST

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.

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Nikon L3
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 8:06 AM PST

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:


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About A530..
by g_harikrishnan / November 20, 2006 11:34 PM PST
In reply to: Nikon L3

How is the A530?? Its also looks fine to me, its price and specs.. How is the photo quality and more importantly does it take too much time to take photos, i.e the time between photos??

The built quality seems to be very nice.. I would like to know more about the camera ..

1. if a person is using Digital camera for the first time would this camera suit him, or would it need too much setting to take nice and clear photos..
2. This may be a rumour, i've heard people saying that Canon cameras are just for a year after which they give a lot of problems and people end up buying new cameras.. is it true? Does this camera take good photos consistently?
3. I'm going to gift it to a person who mostly takes low light and indoor shots.. Will be be benefitted by this camera.
4. Also i would really appreciate if you could let me know what are the pros of going for this camera rather than the Nikon L3..

Thank you very much.

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Canon A530
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 11:54 PM PST
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