n13-4258-out1-dw.jpgWith hundreds of camera models and hundreds more of slight variations thereof, it could be a pretty confusing experience to choose a camera that is right for you. Megapixels, ISO ratings, shutter time lag, focal length, scene mode selection or what have you—all these terms could be burdensome and unforgiving, especially for the uninitiated user. So if you’re one of these casual users I’m talking about, then do read on. Get to know the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera—a cool choice for the mainstream camera enthusiast.

The great thing about the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera is that it offers topnotch performance at a very affordable price. At less than $150, you get a full-featured 8-megapixel digital camera that has all the bells and whistles in this particular day and age of high-resolution photography. Nikon is one of the industry’s leading providers of camera equipment, and the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera is their excellent compact point-and-shoot offering for those who have yet to need the added versatility found in SLR cameras.

Elegant to look at and easy to use—these are two of the strongest characteristics of the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera. It boasts of a very simple profile. It bulges slightly on the side of the shutter button to fit the contours of your hand and help you hold on to it better. From the front, everything is smooth and sleek while a beautifully large LCD screen occupies much of the back. You’ll find all the controls laid-out neatly akin to other modern digital cameras. Almost in an instant, the camera is ready to take pictures the moment you press that power button. It is very responsive—a definite plus for those who like taking pictures at the spur of the moment.

With its 8-megapixel image sensor, the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera can take vivid pictures with a resolution of up to 3264 X 2448 pixels. Thanks to its brilliant, high-contrast 3-inch LCD screen, framing your shots and reviewing them afterwards is such a delightful thing to do. Even during lowlight conditions, you’ll be able to continue taking great shots since the camera can be adjusted to ISO 1600—a setting that’s highly sensitive to light. The camera also has 23 MB of built-in memory, which means you can take pictures even without extra SD or SDHC memory cards. Furthermore, the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera uses first-rate NIKKOR Glass Lens, which allows you to close in on your subject with its 3x optical zoom capability.

Other than that, the camera also features Anti-shake AE technology, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix technology, and Face-Priority AF technology. The first one helps to keep the camera focused sharply even if you weren’t gifted with the steadiest pair of hands. Pretty self-explanatory is the In-Camera Red-Eye Fix technology, which corrects those despicable red-eyes you sometimes see in pictures. Lastly, Face-Priority AF technology is Nikon’s proprietary face-finding technology which ensures sharp-looking faces in pictures. These technologies make photography with the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera a truly satisfying experience.

All things considered, the Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera is one cool choice. You don’t even have to look at this camera’s specs; just look at a single photo taken with this camera, and you know that this is indeed a great point-and-shoot camera.

Daniel Gonzales, Product Reviewer

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