Nikon Coolpix P4 Digital Camera Review

The Coolpix P4 is the same camera as Coolpix P3, except that it’s lacking the Wi-Fi feature (IEEE 802.11b/g wireless range up to 30m). Nikon Coolpix P4 is also the first compact to include their Vibration reduction technology (image stabilisation). Its build upon a metallic body, not the lightest camera in its class and not the stylish either. The LCD screen has a great anti-reflective finish that makes it easier to use in bright sunlight. No viewfinder is present but this problem can be found at most of the compact digitals in this class. But, it does come with aperture-priority mode for more demanding photographers, allowing control over shutter speed and depth-of-field. The camera provides BSS (Best Shot Selector), face detection, noise reduction and D-Lighting like all other Nikons. Very high ISO sensitivity (ISO 1600 is a record for compact cameras) is also notable. As a result, images are sharp, noise free and with accurate colors, which, combined with the manual functions, determines me to say Coolpix P4 is a very good choice.
Nikon Coolpix P4Nikon Coolpix P4
• Shooting Modes: Auto, Programmed, Aperture priority, 9 Advanced Scene modes, 7 Scene modes, Best Shot Selector
• Scene Modes: Portrait (Face AF), Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks show, Close up, Party/indoors, Panorama assist, Beach/snow, Back light, Museum, Copy, Sports
• Effects: contrast (auto, normal, more contrast, less contrast), sharpening (auto, high, normal, low, off), saturation (-2 to +2, 1-step increments)
• Movie Mode: VGA 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120 at 30 fps, until memory cars is filled, no zoom during recording, no sound
• Flash Modes: auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash off, flash on, slow sync
• White Balance: Auto, preset, sunlight, incandescent, fluorescent 1/2, cloudy, shade, flash
• Metering: Matrix, center-weighted, spot, spot AF area
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Technical Data:
• 2.5 inch LCD
• 8.1 Megapixel
• 3.5x optical zoom + 3x digital zoom
• Focal Length: 36 – 126 mm (35mm equivalent)
• Aperture: F2.7-5.3
• Flash Range: 0.4 – 4.0 m at wide-angle and 0.4 – 2.0 m at telephoto
• Focus Range: min 2 m in normal mode, 4cm in macro mode
• Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV increments
• Bracketing: -0.5EV, 0EV, +0.5EV
• Continuos Shooting: Single, continuous, multi-shot 16, ultra HS, 5-shot buffer, interval timer (approx. 1.8fps)
• ISO Range: 50, 100, 200, 400
• Power-on: 2 sec
• Self-timer: 3 or 10 sec
• File Format: JPEG
• SD/MMC memory card + 32MB internal
• EN-EL5 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (200 shots)

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By Laura

I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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