Like every Coolpix L-series and almost every other budget camera out there, the L10 offers very few user controls. Besides white balance, exposure compensation and a standard selection of scene presets, you can't change many of the camera's settings.
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Most notably, the aforementioned exposure compensation is the only control you have over a photo's exposure. This means very little flexibility when shooting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If the snapshot camera shoots well on its own, it doesn't need many manual settings.
Fortunately, the L10 indeed takes good pictures. You can't blow them up or make prints nearly as large as shots taken from 8 or 10-megapixel cameras, but the L10's 5-megapixel pictures are still more than acceptable for letter-size prints, email and Web sites.