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Nikon Coolpix L3
Nikon Coolpix L3

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix L22.

Nikon Coolpix L3

We've given the L3 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

Old product. Try a newer version, like the L22. Here's what we had to say about the L3 when it was released in February 2006:

For the casual users, Nikon brings us the L3, a compact and capable point-and-shoot camera. Like the other cameras in its class, the L3 is a baseline offering for casual users who don't want to get preoccupied with peripheral concerns. They just want a camera that takes pictures, and there's nothing wrong with that. The L3 has a good 5 megapixel CCD and simple, intuitive features that make operating it a snap. Don't sweat it that your neighbors have giant LCD screens and absurd add-on's that you've never heard of. Chances are they don't know how to work them either. Play it cool with the L3.


  • 5.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 2.0 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (23MB internal)
  • Part Number: 25544
  • UPC: 018208255443
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Nikon Coolpix L3 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix L3 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Error (David — 10/05/2010)
Purchased the camera as a Christmas gift for my wife and it now displays "Len Error." Never will I purchase another Nikkon again!!!
  • 2.0 out of 5
How I fixed the lens error message! (Brie — 05/20/2010)
I read a few of the ideas above about bonking the camera, but that didn't work. Then, before I turned the camera on, I held my fingers in front of the lens so that it couldn't go in and out very well. (This was a gift to my daughter and didn't even come with a package and we had absolutely nothing to lose if the camera wasn't going to work anyway). I was forcing the lens to stay inside, and it struggled against me for a bit, then went to the nightvision mode, for whatever reason. I turned it off, turned it back on, and the camera is as good as new! It works again! By the way, mine is the L14, not the L3. I doubt it makes a difference, I'm just saying.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Can't seem to work (CAROLINE MALA — 04/05/2010)
Nothing has worked! We have tried all of the great ideas but none seem to work. Anyone have any ideas???? :( I have only had it for 3 months.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error !! (Phoebe — 04/04/2010)
Help me !!!!! Ive had the camera for about...2 weeks. I was taking pictures when i tripped and dropped the camera. When i picked it up i found it was chipped and it a message came on the screen saying lens error and it turned off. Ive been looking at a lot of different sites and now im confused. Some people are saying force the lens back in, ive tried that but i dont want to brake the camera. Some people are saying dont do anything, turn it on and off but whenever i do that it makes a kind of chainsaw sound, if you know what i mean, and the lens turns to the side slightly. The screen wont turn back on and ive tried everything. It broke about five minutes ago! what should i do !!! My husbands going to go mad...
  • 3.0 out of 5
L6 Lens Error (Dhana — 11/16/2009)

Hi... I gave one tap on the lens while getting the Lens Error.... Now its working fine!!! Thanks guys for the hint to save repair cost!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens Error (Shane Meadows — 11/12/2009)

I have a NIKON L3 and I have had lens error[s] now and again- not much at all, and when these [Lens Error's] happened all that l I had to do was turn it off and on again!

Now, I took a few pictures and was walking around and went to close my camera and [BOOM] Len's Error- NOW, my shutter will only go up on the third stack, so to speak 2x, and that is it- Bottom Line- My Camera Will Not Work and it says Lens error with the shutter 99% open!

This usually is a quick on/off fix, However, not this time- All in all, this Nikon is a great beginner's camera, but the lens error needs to be addressed!

Thanks in Advance!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon (Denise Butler — 10/17/2009)

Lense error after only 1 year and 2 months..Sent to be fixed..sent an estimate of close to 100.00 by Nikon...Should be recalled..Will never buy NIKON again..

  • 5.0 out of 5
lens error after dropping camera and knocking lens off center. (Kendo The Green Wizard — 09/19/2009)

After dropping my camera with the lens open I received a lens error message. The lens was clearly off center and actually pushed in on one side. after reading some fix's I twisted the lens sideways til I heard a distinct click...nothing. further manipulation got me nowhere. I then decided to bang it a bit. I banged her on the lens housing with the palm of my hand and the lens released and slid partially back into place. I then turned the camera on and the lens slid fully out, the lens error is now gone and the camera is working perfectly again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LENS ERROR (Paolo — 07/28/2009)

OK FIXED..... switch on camera as lens pops out grab a holdof it and GENTLY wiggle the lens backwards and forwards GENTLY . the lens should stay out and you should be able to see an out of focus image on the screen. press shutter a few times and the camera will take some nice out of focus pictures......then switch camera off then ON again and there you have it should work perfectly.... DO NOT HIT THE CAMERA:::::: Simples!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Coolpix Lens Error (claire ludlow — 07/22/2009)

Nikon wanted $105.47 to fix this camera that I did not drop or abuse. I won't be buying another Nikon again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not the best (C Thornton — 06/20/2009)

I too experienced the lens error after owning the camera for a short time. We had to send it in and pay $80 to get it fixed. They should have fixed it for free since they knqwe about all the problems!!
Works fine now and takes good picutures.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error (Ron Shultz — 05/03/2009)

I do not use the camera that much bit I have gotten the error a couple of times and it seemed to heal itself. This time I tried the suggestions here and none work. I always had such a higher opinion of Nikon. This deal scuttled that idea and I will not buy another one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A Pile of Junk (Larry Caldwell — 04/23/2009)

The lens quit working for no apparent reason. The camera was not dropped or mistreated in any way, the lens just quit retracting and the screen reads "Lens Error". That's the last Coolpix I buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens stucked (Bernardo — 01/03/2009)

As many of people wrote before me, this camera it's making the leader of SLR cameras in the world pass a shame(I have a D40 plus zoom lenses)...or maybe not, even they are leaders and are not caring about this "small casualty".
A good marketing idea it's to give a good rebate to the people that owned a L3 to upgrade to another better (funcional) model, just giving the broken L3.
I will still (and forcing my wife to use) my Nikon D40 that it's bigger but it's far better than the L3 crap.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money!!!! (cliff — 12/12/2008)

Nikon should be ashamed of themselves for making such a piece of shit!!!! Lots of blurry pictures especially indoors. Then the infamous Lens Error. Look down this list and that is what you will see. Search for the L3 and that is what you will see. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA

  • 3.0 out of 5
Happy with Coolpix L3 til Lens Error killed it (Serena — 12/07/2008)

happy with camera until Lens Error appeared. Irrepairable and rather disappointed that only lasted 2.5yrs. Indoor flash not that crash hot, did not take satisfactory flash pics. Viewing screen quite small.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good until it died (Brian — 08/13/2008)

This camera worked well for a year. It is a good point and shoot, sound in video mode is good. Then I got the lens error message and now it is all done. Dead. Read all of the lens error messages on this board and consider that before before you spend your money.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens Error (Joanne Thomas — 07/30/2008)

Though camera is slow I had no problems with it and found it easy to use, but have had lens error on screen for 2 weeks now. Tried everything without success. Been advised expensive to repair, but they will charge £25 just to have a look and give me a proper estimate - 3 to 4 weeks for this alone. Go on holiday 2nd August!! Never bought Nikon before and will not again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error (Jon — 07/08/2008)

Set it down on a picnic table one day and it stopped working with "lense error". Won't buy a Nikon again. This camera should be recalled

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Error...again (Veronica Krogen — 02/18/2008)

Like the others it was lens error. The 1st incident was within 2 months of owning it! The 2nd time occurred a year later. To make matters worse, customer service stinks. No over the phone estimates of repair (I still had last year's invoice!) Nikon's website, too, has no place to complain/list concerns. Won't buy Nikon again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error - Again! (Kate Sturman — 01/15/2008)

I have had exactly the same problem that everyone else has mentioned. I have not dropped my camera and have always kept in a pouch. I have not used that often and have only had for just over a year. Turned it on to take a picture when the lens error msg came up. The lens is now stuck and will not retract. I called Nikon who said that I would have to return it and pay for repairs. I am appalled and will not be buying another Nikon camera. Clearly Nikon should be paying for the repairs as so many of their cameras seem to have this problem. I wish I had read these reviews before buying!

  • 1.0 out of 5
What a piece of garbage (Janice — 12/29/2007)

I have not been able to take a decent picture since I bought this camera too light too dark too neon blur warning blur warning There are so many settings but none of them work.. I dont think they actually intended people to use this camera in real life because you have to be in the perfect spot with perfect lighting to get get a decent shot and the length of time it takes to actually take the picture is horrible I think I can count to seven then the flash goes off then it takes the picture So almost ten seconds go by AFTER I hit the button I wouldn't recommend this camera to any one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor,poor quality. (Tony — 11/26/2007)

Lens error, they said it's fixed, but not. Really poor quality. Won't buy this brand ever again. Almost as bad as a Ford !!

  • 1.0 out of 5
ew (Rae — 11/18/2007)

this camera cannot take good pictures and stopped working after a year and a half. (all of my friends have had their cameras for at least a couple of years). I have no idea how it broke, it just gave me a "lens error" message. Whatever, never buying nikon coolpix again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
lens error (janice — 11/12/2007)

why doesnt nikon recall this camer for the awful lens error problem. i will buy another camera and it wont be a nikon that's for sure.

  • 1.0 out of 5
horrible (lucy — 10/13/2007)

i was just using it and it froze up and made a noise and said lens error please help!

  • 3.0 out of 5
I loved it until I got LENS ERROR (Lynda Fort — 08/16/2007)

I really loved my camera. It was easy to use, lightweight and served my needs well. I treated my camera with respect, always putting it away in its pouch and protecting it from weather and drastic temperatures.

After owning it for ten months, when turning off the camera, the LENS ERROR message appeared. For all practical purposes, when you get this message you might as well walk over to the garbage can and throw the camera in.

Other people suggested rapping the lens on a table or trying to twist the lens while the gears are grinding but that did nothing.

I threw it away and bought a Canon, which the salesman told me was a workhorse and doesn't generate the Lens Error complaints of a Nikon Cool Pix.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix L3 (judy smith — 07/29/2007)

after only 9 months the camera stopped working with 'lense error'.. very difficult for my daughter who spent all her money on this, very sad.. do not buy Nikon!

  • 2.0 out of 5
nikon L3 (spedfool — 07/20/2007)

I started taking pictures and I got a smiley face on the screen, then a low battery and then it completely stopped working. The lense will not re-track into it's home and new batteries will not revive the camera. UGH!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
LENS ERROR ANSWERS (Jonathan Fitzpatrick — 07/03/2007)

the only problem with this camera is the incessant lens errors that pop up. Temperamental thing so try and take care of it first and foremost. Most of the time the camera simply needs a rest (maybe 24hours) and some new batteries to give it a boost. When the lens comes out and then in again this is usually when it needs some time. If the lens wont retract, again give it time and then the simple answer is - be rough. Try and physically push the lens back in when you turn it one - this usually fixes the problem. The worst though is when it simply won't 'come out'. Again, rest is required and then all I did was drop the camera, lens first, onto the floor from about3 inches off the floor and it forced the lens out a bit. I then turned it on and, hey presto, camera works again. In summation - treat it kind when it works and rough when it doesn't

  • 1.0 out of 5
lens error!!!!!! (diana — 05/31/2007)

i'm very Disappointed!!! after 9 months i one it i got lens error! now i can't fix it or buy new one because i bought it with all my money! i needed it for school works and my project in 2 months! i'm going to get 0 i'm very sad and very Disappointed!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pictures are okay...but put it in bubble wrap. (Chelsey — 05/23/2007)

I have owned two of these cameras, and I have dropped both (only by a few inches) and they both died. Unless you only want the frame of the camera not the pictures, I suggest wrapping it in a few layers of bubble wrap. (that was sarcasm).

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good for everyday use only! (Giligan Goley — 05/10/2007)

I have owned this for about 8 months and enjoy it thoroughly, but it doesn't take very good pictures at events such as a school concert or play production (an event in an auditorium basically). It will take pretty good pictures outdoors and with flash inside but it takes a long time between shots and indoors at night it is useless without a lot of flash and even then color isn't completely true. I would not recommend this unless you are on a serious budget.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Error!! (Kathryn — 04/24/2007)

I'm so disappointed in this camera. Received lens error message. Lens won't retract. Still under warranty so I took it to be repaired. They said it was impact damage and would cost $120.00!! I never dropped it or abused it. I will not be buying a nikon again!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Lens Error, but good camera. (Claire — 04/10/2007)

I bought my camera and it was wonderful. i learned everything about the camera and then one day when the battery was low, i turned it on and the lens only came out half way. then it went back in. now when ever it turn on my camera, the screen lights up but the lens doesn't come out and then it says "Lens Error" were trying to find a place that fixes digital cameras, if anybody has suggestions, please let me know.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera is awful! (Furious! — 04/03/2007)

I bought my camera 3 months ago and it is already saying lens error that I see so many of you having problems with. I went away for the weekend and could not even take pictures because of this stupid camera. When i shut it off, sometimes the lens will not even close. I tried to call tech support but I was on hold for about 25 minutes before I finally said screw this. Does anyone know how much it costs to send back and get repaired? Should I just buy a new camera?

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent photos (Cristi — 03/31/2007)

I own this camera for 5 months and in this time i learned how to use it. I think this is a camera for people who have a lot of patience , because you will have to learn how to use it, but after this you will get the finest pictures of your life.

  • 3.0 out of 5
how to fix lens error (crsytal — 03/26/2007)

first off it made me very angry that i barely had it for 2 months and it broke. so i went on the internet to try and fix it and lots of reviews said it was cheaper to but a new than fix it. so i was going to fix it on my own. i took it apart and got shocked so i figured that was a bad idea. i put it back together and it sat on my desk for about 2 weeks. today i was sitting here and i got mad so i started hitting it on my desk and pushing the lens in between hits. and what you know it fixed it. so if you want a cheap way of fixing it hit it on your desk ( fairly hard) and see if it works. i hope this helps you.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error (KEITH E ZAYAC — 03/26/2007)

I bought this camera for my daughter because of the Nikon name. A few months out of warranty the lens would not open and the camera read "lens error". I tried every suggestion I could find on the internet without success. I would stay away from this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error! (Steven Lehar — 03/07/2007)

Same lens error that everyone else is reporting!

This was a Christmas present for my daughter. I am thoroughly disgusted. I will never buy a Nikon again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
too slow to use (jim — 02/23/2007)

I went from a 2 megapixel sony to this and found the picture quality to not only be worse, but also the lag time between picture taking to be so slow . . . . . I had to take it back because it was too slow to use . . . . . . sometimes it took ten seconds until the camera was ready to snap again . . .unless you plan on framing and setting every shot, it is just too slow . . . which is too bad, because the features, size and shape of the camera are spot-on.

  • 5.0 out of 5
To Love it you have to learn how to use it (elugirl93 — 02/15/2007)

I LOVE this camera. It has great features and takes great pictures as well. Though it is a little slow between shots at first but there is a way you can change that if you read the manuel. Actually you can learn a lot of things about this camera it you read the manuel. Though it does take awhile for you to learn how to use this camera it's worth the time.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Waste of Money (Randi — 02/12/2007)

Same lens error! This product should be recalled. Nikon should be embarrassed to produce such a flimsy product for so much money. They should acknowledge this problem, and work to restore their good name.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad buy (TreeDawg — 02/09/2007)

Well as everyone else, my L3 has gotten the same "Lens error" and to boot when I call Tech. support to get it repaired they put ya on hold for lets see at least 30 min. now with no human contact. Must have alot of these to be fixing. Won't be buying this camera or Nikon for that matter. I thought Nikon was a good camera company, guess not.....

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error (tessa — 02/06/2007)

I bought my camera for vacation, it was excellent, until it broke,no cause.Lens error. I sent it in, they sent me a whole new camera. that camera too, broke within a month! I once more sent it back, they supposedly "fixed" it, it had lens error on the display screen within two weeks. Not once did I drop it or let it in contact with dirt. So all in all, if it weren't for the lens going on it, it is an excellent beginners camera, but the "lens error" problem, will definitely keep me from buying another one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
slow (lkjmp — 02/04/2007)

very slow in between taking pictures, pictures come out dark most of the time and i've even played around with other settings to try and see a difference. i dropped my camera twice. first time, the lens wouldn't go back in but did after i changed the batteries. 2nd time, the lens wouldn't go in at all and make a lot of noises. after hitting it a little more and holding down the power button, the lens did go back in but it kept saying lens error. good thing it's still under warranty so now it's all fixed, free of charge. i'm not buying nikon ever again. from now on it's all about canon for me.

  • 2.0 out of 5
broke on 31st day (John — 01/28/2007)

It was fun to use until the 25th day?? The lens cover started not closing then on the 31st day I got the lens error after playing around on macro close ups. Didn't even drop it. Movie is nice. Pictures pretty good. SLOW between shots Had the Coolpix 775 for about 3 years abused and worn it out. Still working great but gave it to mom. Wanted faster one. big mistake with this coolpixl3 very very flimsy lenscover. I should call mom and ask for it back!! But can't. groaning.....

  • 1.0 out of 5
awful (Tracy Read — 01/27/2007)

I currently in the Peace Corps and the stupid camera just started showing that lens error message after my friend accidentally droped it.
The drop couldn't have been more than a foot.
In addition, my friend had also owned the exact same camera and her's did the same thing last month.
Piece of crap camera.
And it isn't like they exactly pay Peace Corps volunteers enough money to buy new digital cameras.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error (Sandeep — 01/24/2007)

Brought this camera around 3 months ago and it regularly gave a message "lens error" but normally would start working if turned off and back on but recently i tried to switch it off and the lens wont retract and the message says "lens error" ..complete waste of money and time

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worthless (Caleb — 01/20/2007)

In 6 months I am on my second L3 Camera. The first was given to me as a birthday present. Worked great and my son dropped it about a foot and it displayed lens error. Warranty wouldn't cover it. Gave it up to an accident and bought another one since. The second one lasted about 2 months and I pampered it. It never got dropped or knocked around on anything. Started showing lens error one day. Replaced batteries and it quit. Next day showed lens error again and won't work at all. If Nikon can't make a product that can withstand normal use, I don't want it. Total waste of money and therefore they won't get any more of mine.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible! (Lauren — 01/13/2007)

We purchased 2 coolpix cameras and used them for 1 month. They BOTH broke on the same weekend! One broke in my purse! We had the same exact lens error message many of you also had. What a shame.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Cam (Simona Bethel — 01/10/2007)

i love my coolpix L3. I love taking out door photos, and e-mailing them to my friends. I live in the Bahamas, so when i take photos of the waves and the sunsets and send to my family in new york, they are priceless to them, and its so wonderful that its so easy to use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Exactly as expected (Greg Jones — 01/10/2007)

This camera won't get your shots on the cover of Time, Sports Illustrated or National Geographic, but, then again, it is not supposed to. Instead, it is supposed to be a very portable, take-anywhere camera that takes the decisions out of the photographer's hands. IT will set exposure, white balance, flash settings for you, you just point and shoot. This is supposed to be a camera for people who don't really know how to use cameras. That said, it doesn't mean it is supposed to be idiot-proof. The majority of complaints here about this camera are caused by user-error, and the rest seem to be from faulty products. As they say in the military, RTFM, and only then should you start complaining about the camera not doing what you didn't tell it to do.

As for Tom Coll, how old is your daughter that a defective electronic gift "ruined" her Christmas? Is she not at the age yet where you can start telling her how Christmas is about something more than gifts?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Almost returned it. Learn how to use it to love it. (tom brown — 01/08/2007)

For indoors, use auto white balance unless you know what you're doin or the proper scene mode. Indoors the auto flash gives me poor results. Use regular flash mode. Indoors without flash use a tripod. Battery life is good. Great image quality and macro. Exceptional value for the money. I paid $119 at Best Buy on sale. It's my 4th digital cam.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Disappointed with durability (Mike Totman — 12/27/2006)

The camera started reporting Lens Error 3 weeks after the 3 month warrenty ended. The cost to get it repaired is equal to what I can purchase it for online. Very disappointed and angry about not getting a camera with a longer warrenty.

  • 3.0 out of 5
delayed. (kellie — 12/26/2006)

when taking pictures, it takes atleast a second or two to actually take the picture.

  • 1.0 out of 5
What is Nikon selling? (Tom Coll — 12/26/2006)

I got this camera for my daughter for Xmas, my girl took it out of the box took 4 pictures and when she tried to to turn it off the lens would NOT retract and it had the message LENS ERROR............THANK YOU NIKON FOR RUINING MY DAUGHTER XMAS, I'll remember that!

  • 4.0 out of 5
A good DIGICAM for a right price (Warren Toledo — 12/19/2006)

Grow up lads...if you want better camera, don't go for L3. Just spend $ 500 and you've got what you want; if you need better a camcorder! That's it...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Personal review (Megan Moore — 12/18/2006)

lens error after having it for 60 days....still need to get it repaired but not sure if its worth the cost. Very disappointing.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Tristan Khalil — 12/17/2006)

This is my first digital camera. And I could say WOW! Although I already handled many digital camera's like Canon A300 and Kodak (can't remember the model) that were owned by my uncles, I loved my Nikon L3. We have to accept that there are certain limitations in ALL things but getting the MOST of IT is the KEY for me to enjoy my Nikon Coolpix L3. And what impressed me more is that I can take macro shots! I have been taking almost everything around me in macro... It's just the way how you handle your camera and besides, as cited previously, please read the MANUAL... ^.^

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is absolutly great. (Kristian Bentsen — 12/10/2006)

I have bought this camera to bring with me to Afghanistan. It's been with me in the mountains, on the plains, in the mud, the river and everywhere I've been and it just keeps on going. True the indoor pictures are not the greatest, but thats hard to get in a compact camera. The outdoor pictures I've taken (2000 +) have all but 10 or so, turned out perfect. As far as the lens goes, just don't get dirt in there, but is'nt that the same for all????

Buy it, use it and you will love it.... I sure do.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera, there is a way to make it faster between shots (Cesar O — 12/07/2006)

My mom just got one, and she also complaint about the camera being too slow in between shots but I change a few options and now it works great. There is a way to fix the time for reshooting a picture. Read your manual. I personally own a sony digital camera but the Nikon has way more cool features. This is a great camera. I read a few reviews here and I'm just worried about the fragility of the lens, my mom is kind of un-careful.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera (Taylor — 12/07/2006)

Camera is user friendly, but it takes terrible in door photos, especialy w/o the flash while still in adequate lite

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good and Bad (Erin McKay-Wilson — 12/05/2006)

I was enthralled with the L3 when we first purchased it in Sept. It seemed to do everything and more—compared to our old 1.3 MP Sony—but I was a little disappointed with the long time between pics. Also my flash completely stopped working a month after purchase, I had to return it for another one. I believe the problem with this camera lies in the flash. On a bright sunny day you can take pictures over and over without a second of waiting time in between. It seems to be the flash recharging that take FOREVER and also makes indoor shots a little dark. Over all I can't complain about the price, but honestly I would have gotten a better camera in a lower MP at the same price if I could do it again. 4 MP is enough (good for up to an 11 x 14!) who needs posters?

  • 4.0 out of 5
L3 is a very nice low price beginner camera (James — 11/20/2006)

Ok, I've read the reviews here and would just like to set some things straight. I have used this camera for about 2 hours while learning how to use it, and I already think it's an awesome camera. As far as the blurry pictures, you just need to read your manual and learn about the AutoFocus feature and how to turn it off. I have pretty shaky hands, but I've taken 10 pictures indoors in low light situations, and they all turned out great. The camera itself has a feature to automatically optimize the lighting in saved pictures, and it does work well, I've used it. Turns a slightly darkish picture into a nicely lit picture. It also has a red eye reduction feature.

About the slowness between pictures and delay taking pictures. That is the picture auto-processing that slows the time between pictures, but if you need fast pictures, somebody already said it, use the sports scene feature. One option there is to take 16 pictures in 2 seconds with no delay. The auto-processing can probably be turned off also. The delay while taking pictures is the Auto-Focus feature (I know, I experienced that myself and 15 minutes reading the manual let me know about it), it can be turned off with a couple quick button clicks. The autofocus feature and Face Recognition feature are very nice features, as are the scenes options. Check them out, learn how to use them.

In summary, all the complaints about this camera can be overcome with a little bit of reading, with the exception of the lens error. But, if you're gonna spend a chunk of change on a camera, why would you not be careful with it? I'm sure there are more rugged cameras for those who take pictures while playing football, but for the casual user, this is an excellent camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good camera only for outdoor (Yap Gris Som — 10/16/2006)

This camera takes a great picture for outdoor only. It gives a crisp and detail for every inch of outdoor pictures. Need a very steady hands because suffered blur pictures for low light indoor.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Has some problems (Allison — 10/16/2006)

The color isn't quite right! its an ok camera as long as you dont drop it....I caught mine before it fell and it still comes up with "lens error" very easy to break. As far as I know expensive to repair also. If you deside to buy this one be very careful with the lens it seems to be a common problem with this camera. Other then that it takes pretty good pictures. Very easy to get the hang of. Comes with a disc to put them on your computer has special effects on it... very fun to use! good luck

  • 2.0 out of 5
Tooooo slow (wojtek — 10/14/2006)

Nice CCD, compact, well built, but very slow.
Too slow, no chance to take a shot of playing
children. So not for family photos.

  • 4.0 out of 5
first time user (kaushik Paul — 10/08/2006)

Good for first time users. But need more to learn to have the ultimate fun.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Tons of Features (RaRa — 10/04/2006)

Excellent features to choose from. Many scene modes. Takes blurry pictures frequently. Must have a very, very steady hand for some scene modes. Extra bright flash. Great for the price and lightweight. Doesn't suck battery power. Break-resistant!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Ummmmm........ (Eric — 09/28/2006)

This is my fourth digital camera and so far the best. I realize it has some limitations but it works great for what it was meant for. If you think it is slow turn the auto-flash off, if you are silly enough to drop it; then please do not blame the camera. We have taken about 3000 pix with it and the quality of the len for no flare and the macro capabilities continue to amaze me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
right size (Boyza Daniel Gautama — 09/10/2006)

its nice to have around. Not to big, not expensive. For simple use it is competent. I just need a camera that takes pictures, indoor or outdoor family pictures. I just want to press 1 button to make pictures. Of course you are not supose to drop it. If you have butter fingers dont use a camera, have someone else take pictures. My friend has another brand same pixel but my Nikon makes better quality prints.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Should come with warning: VERY FRAGILE! (Carolyn — 08/29/2006)

If you're prone to being a klutz and have dropped your cell phone multiple times, this is not the camera for you.
I bought this camera the day before my three day vacation and it took beautiful photos and video and I loved every second of it!! Until last Friday when I dropped it when in the process of transferring it from pocket to purse. I've had close calls before with my little bugger but this was it's last straw and I dropped it onto concrete, it rolled and the batteries fell out.. It was a disaster... Now all I get is "lens error!" With a few mechanical noises in the lens area.. Once it even opened and closed again! But.. Well, anyway.

It's a GREAT camera if you don't drop it!! It takes very nice portraits and has great detail. As stated in previous reviews, the between picture time is slow, but workable. And if you want split second action, try using the composite sport shot!! I used it when watching a knife juggler! It was wonderful, caught the whole thing in one photo! Anyway. That's my two and 3/4 cents.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very unhappy (B S V — 08/28/2006)

I have owned the Canon IXUS 500 and now bought this camera. I am extremely unhappy with the indoor pictures it takes. Wish Nikon could take it back

  • 2.0 out of 5
to fragile (Kimberly — 08/12/2006)

After having it for a month, my camera fill and that was that. I could get the lense back in place. I felt as if the camera should have extra protection from not breaking so quickly. People will drop their cameras. And for some odd reason takes forever to flash. I went to a wedding in June, which was my whole purpose of buying this camera, when the bride was walking down the isle because the flash is so slow on this camera I missed alot of good pictures. The recording is very good, but it comes out dark. You really need alot of like for this camera. I wish it had it's own light so that everything and everywhere you take a picture it would come out clear. So, I will have to give it between two and three stars. It has it moment, but come with alot of troulbe. If you are a professional, this camera is not for you!.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pretty good little camera (John — 08/12/2006)

My L3 is so good, so easy, it is hard to take it seriously. Great for a backup or when you don't want to lug your heavy stuff around. I am really impressed.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's The camera's reviews that got me down :( (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently had to replace my old 1.3 megapixel olympus (don't laugh it paid for itself) because I just wanted something newer. I put myself on a budget of around $250 dollars and set out looking. After 2 days of searching the Nikon L3 had everything I was looking for In my price range. I like the camera for panoramic and landscape scenes but when it came to moving objects FORGET IT!!!! The video feature works great outdoor on sunny days or inside with lots of light. The audio is kinda cheap and the subjects you are recording have to scream at you to be heard. There is also no view finder leaving just the 2.0 inch LCD screen which can be hard to see on sunny days. My wife likes the camera for its very small size fits in her purse or pocket easily, however its so small we both had close calls dropping it. (good idea to use the hand strap) I'm a Nikon junky I have a 35mm slr and love all of my nikon products. I was going to get the canon a540 but since the L3 already came with re chargable batteries and the charger I though I might as well save some money.. My pictures are coming out fine and the video is great, there are so many bad reviews on this camera that if i would have read this website first I wouldn't of bought this camera.
But like I said so far so good...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor Picture Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The size of the overall camera is nice, and the lcd screen is a good size as well, but the quality of the pictures are poor. I was looking for something compact and relatively inexpensive with a high megapixel. I could hardly take a decent picture that did not come out slightly blurry or grainy. I am disappointed with this camera and will be returning it shortly.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nice camera but.................. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

4 out of 5 pictures are blurred and no my hands do not tremble uncontrollably. If this camera has pictures that are blurred all the time, what's the use in having it? The camera itself is user friendly and fairly easy to use. I have not printed any pictures yet and probably won't. I am planning on returning this camera and am looking at the Canon A530.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Picture Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my 4th digital camera. Three previous were Nikon- an early Coolpix which I loved and a SLR which I love. This one,however, has terrible in door picture quality as well as terrible macro/close up picture quality. It is slower than slow. I am very very disappointed with this camera and already looking to replace it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not My Favorite Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my 4th digital camera since they first came on the scene. I have had little loyalty as someone always tells me that the '....' is the latest best. I totally wore my Sony out and wanted to try a smaller one. This is too small, too shaky, too slow between shots. and too complicated w/o having a book along. I do not like having the letters and icons all over the screen so I can neither see to plan a photo, nor see the finished photo. Very difficult, if not impossible to have any input into the speed or aperture. Maybe one is not supposed to. I still have a brain and want input into the photo I'm taking. Now studying other digital cameras to replace this one. Wish I could take a camera home for a month just to learn if I like it before I have to keep it. If you like this one, the price is right. Depends on your wants and your desire to have input into creation of the photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

OK, let's get the issue of slow out of the way right now. It is very slow between shots.

Now to the gravy. This camera takes awesome pictures, and video. The photos breath, and the movies can be expanding about 25 % without much dithering.

More on video. No "lens focus" noise. The picture is phenominal. Gives full frame (640 X 480), and full depth (30 fps).

The software is easy to use, and I love that beyond the picture and movie settings, there is a third, "special" setting, to preset any of 20 ways, including macro.

Downloads are fast. All I did was hook it to my Mac. All the software (iPhoto, Image Capture) works straight away. No software necessary. Wiindows needed the drivers.

For the money, nothing else is close.

  • 4.0 out of 5
so far so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i work at a boys and girls club and over the summer i got to use our coolpix 5200 i think and it was great compact versatile easy enough for the kids (and myself) to use until i slipped on a rock taking a picture by birch bay in washington. did you know there not water proof. any way i wanted that camera but bestbuy didn't have it so i got this one. i like it a lot so far. I do agree though that it takes a long time from picture to picture. but i think the Canon SD450 isn't a compareable camera. its not in the same price range and its less point and shoot.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera that is easy to use! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased the L3 while in D.C visiting my daughter. I love the compact size, yet large potential for this camera. Took great pictures of cityscape from a roof top, wide angle of the capitol and portraits of friends at a restaurant table. this little guy does it all!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Coolpix L3 is too slow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has features for the price that can't be beat, it was too good to be true. I discovered however that I could hardly take a single decent picture with it. The shutter lag and long boot up time were so bad, I couldn't stand it. I would go back to film before I would ever strap this on myself again, I'm serious. I upgraded to a Canon SD450 which was much better. You get what you pay for. A camera is a long term investment that pays high dividends if you do it right.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After purchasing a Samsung digimax A55 and returning it for numerous problems I bought this camera. So far it has been great. We took it on a ski weekend and we never had to changed batteries. It took great pictures both inside and out. We also used it for video and really liked having both sound and zoom capability. Also the controls are very intuitive and easy to use. Overall we are very happy.