At around £85 the Nikon Coolpix L10 is excellent value for a simple snapshot camera. Yet there's nothing cheap-looking about the Nikon Coolpix L10. It has a stylish, thin-profile body that slides nicely into a pocket.

This 5Mp Nikon Coolpix L10 has a 3x optical zoom that's suitable for basic point-and-shoot photography. It has 15 scene modes for various lighting conditions, and a face-priority mode that optimises the automatic focus for shots of human faces.

As you'd expect in a low-cost camera, the Nikon Coolpix L10 lacks many advanced features, such as exposure bracketing, spot metering and manual focus, although it does offer white-balance calibration.

We liked using the Nikon Coolpix L10, for the most part. Despite its smallish size, it felt comfortable, even when shooting one-handed. Startup is a quick 2 seconds. Everything is kept simple - there's no mode dial, for example, just a slide switch for selecting full auto mode, the scene mode selected in the menus, or movie mode.

Key controls consist of three clearly labeled buttons: photo review, photo delete, and menu display. The Nikon Coolpix L10's menu is short and easy to navigate, and when you're using the menu, pressing the zoom button pops up an all-too-brief description of each menu function. The descriptions for the scene modes are more valuable. Unfortunately, we found that the zoom control races from wide to telephoto (or vice versa) so quickly that it's hard to set a precise, intermediate focal length.

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