CNET First Look
Nikon Coolpix L24For easy automatic snapshots of still subjects in good lighting, the Nikon Coolpix L24 is sufficient. If you need more than that, don't bother.
Hey, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET and this is the Nikon Coolpix L24. Now usually it's tough for me to pick on entry level cameras because as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But in this case, I think you actually get a bit less than what you're paying for. Its shooting options are the bare minimum which is fine but it doesn't even let you select ISO or shut off the digital zoom. Its shooting performance is slow, making it only good for still subjects, so no active kids or pets. Its photo quality is okay as long as your outside in daylight, but it performs horribly indoors or in lowlight conditions. The flash helps them but the camera doesn't really seem to know when to use it. One of its few redeeming qualities is that it takes AA batteries, but the battery door and the little latch holding it closed are just a bit flimsy. So while the L24 can take a decent photo in bright lighting and it shouldn't burst into flames while you're using it, it isn't a camera I'd recommend. In fact, I think you're better off sending me your money than buying this camera. I'm Josh Goldman and that's unfortunately, the Nikon Coolpix L24.