Coolpix L610 camera by Nikon Inc.
$146 at Amazon.com
For dead simple, dirt-cheap photography, this handy little 16-megapixel camera from Nikon is a pretty good choice. It’s got a small body, a long lens, and an ample array of features.
Nikon managed to squeeze in a 14X optical zoom lens, to let you shoot crisp close-ups from the other side of a large room. It also supports 1080p high-definition video shooting, and has an HDMI connection so you can show the videos on your TV.
The three-inch rear video display provides good sharp previews of your shots. The controls include a host of preset options for different kinds of shooting, whether you’re photographing sunsets, sunrises, a landscape, or even a banquet. All of it is powered with a couple of AA batteries. You never have to plug in a recharger, and spare batteries are available pretty much everywhere.
Given this camera’s low price, there’s no built-in Wi-Fi or GPS, and the video screen isn’t touch-controlled. No matter; the Coolpix L610 is still a solid choice for the casual shooter.
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