I have a kodak 5mp, (purchased in 2005), and 2 Nikons, one small so I can carry it anywhere, and one Coolpix P500. I also had the P5100, but it died after a mere 10,000 or so photos.
The Kodak 5mp can produce nearly as sharp a picture as any of the Nikons, except for the defunct P5100.
However: The 36x has so many advantages, and is so flexible, that I am willing to deal with what I consider a slightly soft lens, although I would not hesitate to print at 16x20. Of course, one can always use a sharper, simpler camera, and crop, but that can get old fast.
I paid $309 for the 36x, and love it. Most of my life since I was 11, 64 years ago, Photography has been my hobby. For around 30 years I toted an SLR with a 90-300 zoom as my standard. I've opted for digital because they are lighter. Believe it or not, I can take hand-held photos at 36x, (shutter speed is a factor, and a few old tricks help), but I don't think that will last much longer!
To make this brief, I love the Nikon P500 36x. When I can afford it, I'll get an expensive, heavy SLR or DSLR with a good, heavy expensive zoom, but I know that it will be used for only about 5% of my pics. I get a great kick out of folks lugging 15 lbs of camera with a 2 foot long lens for snapshots!
This Kodak looks like a good deal to me. I always thought Kodaks were over-priced amateurish cameras, but that old 5mp still works, and delivers decent photos for my wife.