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) . 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.
Excerpt: Nikon recently introduced two new members for its P for Performance series Coolpix point-and-shoot digicams. The P3 and P4 are very similar other than Wi-Fi capability found on the more expensive P3 ($449). Whether you want to spend 50 bucks to wirelessly beam images to a printer or PC is entirely your call but I‘d spend the cash on a high-speed SD card instead.
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...
Summary: The COOLPIX P4 features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution and delivers professional-quality imaging power to the average consumer. The high-quality 3.5x Zoom- Nikkor lens has a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm format and the large and bright 2.5-inch LCD makes for easy viewing in all conditions. The camera is compact and lightweight, measuring just 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches and weighing less than six ounces.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P4 is a middle of the road point and shoot digital camera. It offers plenty of megapixels and takes a decent photo in most situations. The lack of red eye in the indoor shots is likely to appeal to many people.
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.