Nikon CoolPix 4800 Review
The Coolpix 4800 is a fairly conventionally-styled compact finished almost entirely in a high gloss plastic (there is a metal ring around the base of the lens barrel) and sporting a sizeable hand grip that makes it feel very secure in the hand. It's remarkably compact for a 'super zoom', though inevitably the inclusion of a decent-sized screen, electronic viewfinder and 8.3x zoom lens means it is considerably larger than the 4200 and 5200 models it joins in Nikon's consumer camera range. Although it feels a little 'Fisher Price' and lightweight, the 4800 appears to be well constructed and capable of taking the knocks of everyday use. This is first and foremost a 'point and shoot' camera and this is reflected in the large, friendly (and relatively sparse) control layout, which is very similar to the ultra-compact Coolpix 5200.
In your hand
There are times when bigger is definitely better, and compared to the latest 'ultra-compact' cameras the Coolpix 4800 handles like a dream. The aforementioned grip makes it perfectly usable with one hand, and the large zoom and shutter controls are perfectly placed for fast snapping. Once you get over the slightly cheap feel and get on with taking pictures you soon realize that Nikon may not have made the prettiest super zoom, but they've made one that is very well suited to its purpose. The lightness means carrying the Coolpix 4800 all day won't give you arm or neck ache, but it isn't really pocketable (and when slung around your neck on a strap you'll find yourself checking it's still there every few minutes).
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