Nikon Coolpix S4

Announced Sep 1, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 380 mm (10×)
Alan Jerah
 
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Just got S4 a couple of days ago. Have used it outdoor with great results using AF as well as landscape program. Indoor with low light, using backlight and indoor program, was good. The 10x zoom plus swivel lens was the main attraction for me. Still needs to experiment with the other programs. With the recent addition of the Digitutor on Nikon's website makes it the more interesting for a beginner like me. Problems: none so far

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digimaan
 
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I expected great things from this camera after having a 990 for some time which I though was the best camera of its type ever made - but unfortunately I didn't think much the S4 after eagerly awaiting its arrival - it was returned promptly! Has a nice large 2.5" screen, 10x optical fulling enclosed zoom lens (which I like), takes AA batteries (which I also like) but they don't last long. Low chromic aberrations (the only bad thing about the 990!) Quite a bit faster focussing and zooming action. ...

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seanM
 
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How I wish that only those who own the camera,and have used it for long enough to form an educated opinion,were allowed to write a review.One earlier post states that the 'reviewer' thought about buying the camera!Does that give you the right to review it?The previous post didn't like its movies - at 15 fps,what were you expecting? And then,to knock it for using AA batteries!Of course alkaline batteries don't last long - that's why we use rechargeables.(By the way,in the U.K.,and Canada,the ...

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cambridge1
 
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in response to the last post, I took perhaps 100 shots (and went through about 5 sets of AA alkalines) - as well as 30 video clips - no question this is a still camera, but the video compared with a 2 year older and simpler nikon 3700 is absolutely grainy and unacceptable at this price point - there is sig. distortion at full macro, the flash is anemic, and the lack of manual controls is disappointing - I have used my swivel 995 for many years now in the clinic and operating room and it has ...

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Marcel34
 
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The Swivel-body and the large zoom-factor were the two main reasons for me to buy this camera. And then there's the big LCD screen (2.5") plus the fact that the camera is small and light-weighted. Think of the pictures you didn't make all the times when you left your camera at home because it was too big or heavy to take along. It's fast and there are lots of smart scene modes like: beach/snow, indoors, portrait, sunset, sports etc. The pictures I took with this camera are good. Even when ...

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sfg511
 
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Nikon dropped the ball when they eliminated the optical viewfinder from this model. The screen is quite large, but unfortunately when I attempted to shoot out of doors, the image was barely visable. In fact, in bright sun it just showed my own reflection. It was like shooting blind. I would not recommend this camera to anyone concerned with the composition of their photographs. Steve G.

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al porfido
 
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Considered purchasing the camera but it just felt cheap.

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blik
 
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For those who know the delight of using a swivel lens camera that is also compact enough to easily carry, the Coolpix S4 is very good news. (To me, it never made sense to have an LCD that's perpendicular to the ground. Besides, it's very hard to hold a camera steady when it's held high in front of your face.) Construction: The case is plastic, and since the very capacious 2.5" LCD screen takes up most of the back of the camera body, I hate to think how this would hold up in case it were dropped.

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George Lechter
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When I got the S4, I was comparing it to my Panasonic FZ5. When I zoom far, say at x10, the bird on the wire is floating around. On the S4, it is shaking around. But let me tell you, the pictures that come out are the same. The S4 is sharp. There is absolutely no fuzziness, no shake. It definitely has a lot of wow appeal. The S4 is a first in many areas: It goes on your belt like a "normal camera"...you do not look like Hasselblatt the Photo man from Germany or the Netherlands first x10 ...

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astrogeek
 
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I picked up the new S4 yesterday, mostly because the new Canon S80 isn't out yet and I don't want to be without a camera for 2 weeks. I've got the CP990, but my daughter dropped it on Saturday and now it's freaking out when I turn it on. So, onward and upward! It feels good in your hands, and it was much smaller than I expected. There is so much about the new CPS4 to like: - The larger LCD is very clear and wonderfully easy to review pictures in. - The menus are very clear and easy to follow.

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