On January 31 2012, Nikon announced a new line of COOLPIX digital cameras
that are ideal for the modern, fast-paced and connected family - the COOLPIX L810, L26 and S30, ranging from $280 to $120 in price. The L810 is a 26x SuperZoom camera, the S30 is a waterproof camera, while the L26 is ideal for casual photographers. All three cameras uses AA battery for power. The COOLPIX L810 features a 26x (22.5mm-585mm) zoom 22.5mm wide angle lens with VR image stabilization, 3-inch 921,000-dots LCD, 720p HD video, 19 Scene Modes and a Sports Continuous Shooting mode to capture fast moving subjects.
The S30 is shockproof up to 2.6 feet and waterproof up to 9.8 feet. It features a 10.1 Megapixels image sensor, 3x wide angle zoom lens, HD video capabilities and easy-to-use modes like the Smart Portrait System. The L26 comes with a 5x (26mm-130mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR lens, 720p HD video, a 3-inch LCD screen, vibration reduction and Smart Portrait technology. The L26 is listed for $119.95 in a choice of Red, Black and Silver. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the L26 a rating of 3 out of 5:
"The L26 takes images which are well exposed with good colour reproduction. Detail is OK if you shoot with a low ISO setting, the images produced are best for sharing on the web rather than getting large prints. There is also purple fringing evident in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, making it difficult to get really close to your subject, although a decent enough macro image can be taken. You cannot manually set the ISO speed on the L26. The lowest ISO speed available is ISO 80 where images are noise free. Noise appears at ISO 200 (examples at these lowers speeds can be seen in other test shots in the article). These images above show the effect of noise at ISO 500, 800 and 1600. Images are quite noisy at ISO 500, but retain some sharpness, with much softer images produced at ISO 800. Although the shot at ISO 1600 is under exposed, it is still clear to see that images are very noisy at this speed, which is probably why is was hard to get the L26 to use this setting, it is best avoided! Auto white-balance (AWB) copes really well, under the incandescent lights, very similar shots were produced whether using the AWB or incandescent presets. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB setting performed well, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.
The Nikon Coolpix L26 is priced at £60, making it one of the cheapest digital cameras available. Other entry-level budget cameras to consider include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS (£94, 5x zoom, 16 megapixels), Nikon Coolpix S6150 (£99, 7x zoom, 16 megapixels), Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 (£99, 4x zoom, 16.1 megapixels), Nikon Coolpix S3300 (£100, 6x zoom, 16.1 megapixels), Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 (£100, 4x zoom, 16.1 megapixels), Olympus VR-340 (£109, 10x zoom, 16 megapixels), Fujifilm FinePix T400 (£119, 10x zoom, 16 megapixels) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45 (£120, 5x zoom, 16.1 megapixels). You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags. If you are on a very strict budget, or are buying a child their first camera, the L26 is ideal. Images produced aren't ideal for large prints, but will look great when shared on Facebook or Flickr thanks to the cameras good colour reproduction. Overall, you can't expect much for £60 and you certainly get what you pay for."... [Source