Nikon Coolpix L24
14 megapixels; 3.6x optical zoom; 3-inch LCD; VGA video; Capture to SD/SDHC media cards; 2xAA batteries
The L24 is Nikon's bottom-end Coolpix model for 2011. It's pretty bare-bones, with a limited 3.6x optical zoom range starting at a narrow 37mm wide-angle and AA battery power. The LCD is a comfortable 3-inches, which is above-average for a budget camera. It's a good budget camera, but beware of the cheap battery compartment door. These seem to last no more than a couple months before snapping.