I bought the Nikon Cool Pix L23 in Manila, Philippines as I needed a P&S camera after my Nikon P300 was stolen at a local shopping mall. I wanted a camera that was the least expensive name brand model to tide me over for a few more days of my holiday. I chose this over the Canon A800 (about the same price point) mainly because of the 5X optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens. I knew that it will never match the low light capability of the P300 considering that the P300 is over 3.5X more expensive than the L23.
With lots of light and a steady hand, this camera does it job. However, when moving about or in low light conditions, I would make sure I take about 5-6 shots of the same pose to make sure I get at least one good one. As expected there is no manual control to speak of, but there are scene choices for most conditions which worked fairly well. Picture quality was just OK, good enough for normal snap shots. When faced with difficult conditions the results will be iffy.
Considering that this is the bottom of the Nikon digital camera line, I was not surprised at what I got. Spending a few more dollars for a camera with better features will undoubtedly improve the picture taking experience and reduce frustration levels. Sure missed my P300, already ordered a replacement and got it even before I returned to the US.