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Two new basic budget Nikons

Nikon announced the Nikon Coolpix L14 and L15, two new budget point-and-shoot cameras.

Nikon Coolpix L15
Nikon Coolpix L15

Amateur photographers and style-minded snapshooters aren't the only ones who can get excited at Nikon's recent camera announcements. The company also unveiled two new additions to its budget-priced Coolpix L-series: the Coolpix L14 and L15.

The Coolpix L14 boasts a 7-megapixel sensor, a 38 to 114mm-equivalent f/3.1-5.9 lens, and a 2.4-inch LCD screen. Its upscale brother, the Coolpix L15, has an 8-megapixel sensor, a 35 to 105mm-equivalent f/2.8-4.7 lens with optical stabilization, and a 2.8-inch display.

The Nikon Coolpix L14 and L15 will hit stores by mid-October, and will respectively retail for about $150 and $180. Considering a scant $30 premium gets you higher resolution, a larger display, and a faster, image-stabilized lens, it's pretty easy to figure out which camera is the better choice. You won't get a lot of manual exposure controls or fancy features with either camera, but the Coolpix L15's sub-$200 price tag and solid hardware makes it look pretty appealing to budget snapshooters.