Nikon Coolpix L120
14.1 megapixels; 21x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD, 921k pixels; 720p HD video; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; 4xAA batteries
The Nikon L120 is a budget superzoom, packing a 21x zoom lens for an affordable $280. These kinda of cameras are usually pretty popular with camera shoppers on a budget, because they bandy about big numbers -- it looks like you're getting a lot for a little. Image quality is a concern, but there will still be many folks out there who find it hard to turn down such a large zoom, a high-res 3-inch LCD, and the convenience of AA battery power at this price. The L120 is unsurprisingly a mixed bag, but if you've really convinced yourself that a budget superzoom is a worthwhile investment (think long and hard about this decision), the Nikon L120 is the one to get -- skip the cheap Fujis and Olympuses.