The Good Three-inch LCD; attractive; pleasing color in photos under the right conditions.
The Bad Mediocre lens quality; too little control over camera; poor low-light shooting performance.
The Bottom Line The Nikon Coolpix L22 looks good for its price, but there isn't much to like below the surface.
Nikon Coolpix L22 - digital camera
Looking at the 12-megapixel Nikon Coolpix L22, you can understand why someone would buy it. It's a good-looking compact camera at a low price with three things people would be attracted to: a 3-inch LCD, AA batteries for power, and the Nikon brand. Pop in its batteries and the camera has a nice weight to it, making it feel like a sturdy, well-built camera. And like most in its class, the L22 is very much a fully automatic point-and-shoot with little to adjust except for maybe picking an appropriate scene mode.
The L22 is a little too limited in the feature department, though, which can make it difficult to get usable photos. Team that with mediocre lens quality and some performance concerns and you have an entry-level camera that's really not good for much beyond taking snapshots of portraits and landscapes in full sunlight for use at small sizes or online.
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