Performance was a bit sluggish, but in good lighting, the Coolpix L3 does a decent job. After an irritating 4.5 seconds to start up, the L3 can snap off an image every 2.1 seconds. With the onboard flash enabled, the rate bumps up to a painful 7 seconds. Shutter lag is a middling 1.2 seconds in good lighting but a disappointing 2 seconds in dim conditions. We managed to take 10 shots in 7.6 seconds in burst mode, getting a frame rate of a little more than 1.3fps.
Images from the Coolpix L3 generally came out sharp but were hindered by some annoying qualities. For example, we noticed vignetting--the darkening of corners of the image--in our test shots, and high-contrast edges developed a slight purple fringe. Despite these image problems, details were rendered crisply, and colors were reproduced accurately, if slightly cool.
Despite a limited feature set and sluggish performance, the Nikon Coolpix L3 produces good-looking images, especially for a camera in its price range. If you're on a budget and don't need a lot of options, the Coolpix L3 might be a good choice for you.