Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P4 has some 8 megapixels in a CCD behind its 3.5X optically image stabilized lens as well as a 2.5 inch LCD on its back. The Coolpix P4 has good build quality except the plastic piece over the battery/card slots and tripod mount. The camera has a good lens, 8 megapixels and produces very good photos too. With low noise (for 8 megapixels) and low levels of chromatic aberration, the P4 still has no high sensitivity option.
Pros: 3.5x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, 2.5 inch LCD with average resolution and visibility, Good build quality, Aperture control and some other changeable settings, User-friendly; many scene modes and built-in help, Interval shooting feature can be useful, Nice VGA movie recording at 30 FPS, Above average, good image quality
Cons: Below average battery life, Not for low-light; average flash, poor AF in the dark, no ISO 800, Slow performance in almost all aspects, small buffer, No control over shutter speed, no live histogram either, Plastic compartment door and tripod mount, WiFi enabled Nikon P3 retails at around same price
Excerpt: The Coolpix P4 is the same camera as , 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) . Itâ€™s 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.
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Excerpt: Despite Nikon and Canon being at the forefront of optical image stabilisation in stills cameras, rivals such as Sony and Panasonic have been the fastest to establish this technology as the latest must-have feature across their product ranges.
Excerpt: The Nikon P4 is the latest in a rather good line of Point & Shoot (P&S) models from this well known and highly regarded camera maker. Although Nikon's reputation for dominance in the professional photography business is well known, like its fiercest competitor (Canon), Nikon has also been producing a healthy selection of competitively priced consumer P&S cameras for many years.
Pros: Fast F2.7-5.3 optics. Built-in Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) is an absolute joy in situations where you can't stabilize the camera or when you're shooting at full zoom in average or poor light. Though some photos appeared slightly soft with VR, non-VR (standard) shooting modes produced lots and lots of razor sharp photos with accurate colors and realistic saturation. The digital sensor in the P4 is very forgiving and performs well in a wide variety of lighting condit...
Cons: While we didn't actually drop the camera, we did have a couple of close calls and wished for a grippier surface in place of the smooth, brushed and polished metal body (besides which it's still cold outside during early Spring in upstate New York and southern Ontario). To help hang onto the P4, use the supplied Lanyard—that's what it's for. The tripod mount is not centered under the lens which can cause a bit of extra fiddling when positioning for a portrait shot. Pho...
Excerpt: Physical Views The Coolpix P4 compared to a standard CD disc. The Coolpix P3 and the Coolpix P4 which is identical but lacks WiFi capability. Continue to the Features & Controls Page Coolpix P4 Specifications Effective pixels: 8.1 million CCD: 1/1.8-inch high-density CCD (8.3 million total pixels) Image modes: 8M (3264), 5M (2592), 3M (2048), PC (1024), TV (640), 3:2 (3264) Lens: 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm format equivalent to approx.
Summary: The "P" in Nikon Coolpix P4 stands for "Performance",
and overall this camera delivers on that promise. This is
a fairly compact camera that you can take everywhere, which
is well-designed in the sense that it is intuitive to use,
rather than good to look at. The 3.5x zoom lens covers a versatile
focal length of 36-126mm, and the new Vibration Reduction
feature is a very effective addition to the Coolpix range,
especially as the fastest ISO speed of 400 is rather noisy.