Nikon debuts inexpensive, basic L18


Available in blue and red, the new Nikon COOLPIX L18 is the latest in the parade of low-coast, high-performance point-n-shoots to hit PMA next week. The basic 8-Megapixel camera has all the modern features, like a 3x optical zoom, face-detecting auto-focus, a 3-inch LCD, image enhancement in low-light conditions, and ISO of up to 1600.

For most people, this $139 picture taker is just what they need for casual photography, and will be available in March. Those looking for more control, though, are advised to look up the price ladder.