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Nikon COOLPIX S4

The new Coolpix S4 features an incredible 10x optical zoom, six Read more

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Nikon Coolpix S4 Digital Camera Review

PhotoAxe
29 March 2007
  • Excerpt: Attractive design, well-built with plastic lens cap compact digital camera from Nikon is the Coolpix S4 model. The lens portion of the camera rotates 270 degrees. Face-priority AF recognizes faces in a scene and keeps them in focus. Electronic VR (vibration reduction) image stabilization is available in movie mode also and prevents blurred images caused by camera shake.
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Overall 5
5.0

Nikon Coolpix S4

PC Magazine
13 December 2006
  • Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S4 has a great zoom range in a portable package, but the image quality leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Pros: Light weight. Inexpensive for a superzoom.
  • Cons: Picture quality and performance should be better.
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Kickstartnews
16 July 2006
  • Excerpt: The Coolpix S4 presents in one small package most of the best features found in the Nikon line of point & shoot digital cameras. With a strong, 270º swivel-mount 10x (38-380, 35mm equivalent) constant F3.5 Nikkor zoom lens, a 6 megapixel sensor, a large rear LCD and sturdy construction, this camera looks and feels like it's ready for extended use right out of the box. Nikon states that the S4 is aimed at the active, outdoor crowd and we concur.
  • Pros: This is now our favorite point & shoot. If you want something that deploys fast, remains fully featured, comes with a good lens, shoots clear and watchable video, offers a voice recorder for annotations, and which works well in a wide variety of lighting conditions indoors & out, the Nikon Coolpix S4 fits the bill. Business people of all kinds can rejoice too because the S4 is tough enough to be tossed around a bit without fear of damaging or denting it. For sure it w...
  • Cons: All digital camera makers should start including a reasonably large data storage card with each model—a fast 256MB card if you please—along with some sort of usable camera bag. The cost of storage cards has dropped significantly and a decent sized card will improve the initial shooting experience. A basic camera bag included in the box will prevent a lot of early damage until people get used to handling the device. I'm well aware of the potential for additional storag...
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PhotoRadar
30 April 2006
  • Excerpt: Like a bird migrating to the same nest year after year, Nikon has an on-going fascination with twistable cameras. The latest model to get it in a flap is the Coolpix S4, with its 6Mp sensor and hefty 10x zoom lens squeezed into a flat-ish design that can only be described as 'camcorder fallen over'.
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Dc Resource
8 December 2005
  • Excerpt: The Coolpix S4 ($400) marks Nikon's return to the swivel-body camera design. Back in the early days of digital photography Nikon had quite a hit on their hands with the Coolpix 900 series cameras, and later the CP4500. That was the last "true" swivel-body Nikon camera, unless you count the ill-fated Coolpix SQ.
  • Pros: Unique swivel-body design, 10X optical zoom lens in a small package, Large 2.5" LCD (though see issues below), Fairly low redeye levels, Tons of scene modes, Good macro mode, Useful D-Lighting and Best Shot Selector features, though the former increases noise even more, Uses AA batteries; above average battery life, Time-lapse photo and movie modes
  • Cons: Images seem overprocessed with muddy/fuzzy details, Low resolution LCD, below average low light visibility, Poor low light focusing despite an AF-assist lamp, No room for right thumb means fingerprints on the LCD; clunky lens cover and four-way controller, No optical viewfinder, Flash is on the weak side, Movie mode leaves much to be desired: poor quality, sluggish frame rate, No manual controls save for white balance (most of the competition has it), Image stabilizat...
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Nikon Coolpix S4

Steve's Digicams
16 November 2005
  • Excerpt: Physical Views The Coolpix S4 compared to a standard CD disc. The Coolpix S4 and the original swiveling Coolpix 900 circa 1998. The Coolpix S4 and the last swiveling Coolpix 4500 from 2002. Continue on to the Features & Controls Coolpix S4 Specifications CCD 1/2.5-in. high-density CCD 6.0 million effective pixels Image sizes 2816 x 2112 High 2816 x 2112 Normal 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768 PC 640 x 480 TV Lens 10x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 6.3-63mm (equivalent to 38-380mm) F3.5 with...
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Nikon Coolpix S4

e-Fotografija
14 November 2005
  • Excerpt: Nikon je že leta 1998 fotografom ponudil digitalno foto kamero Coolpix 900, ki je bila oblikovno in uporabniško zelo samosvoja. Kamero smo lahko zavrteli po njeni osi (prelomili) in njeno polovico kjer je bil objektiv usmerjali navzdol in navzgor. Fotograf je s tem dobil nove možnosti pri fotografiranju in predvsem oblikovno ter uporabniško drugaèno kamero. Prednost pa je bila tudi v tem, da se objektiv med premikanjem gorišènic ni premikal iz, ali v kamero.
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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
22 December 2006
  • Summary: If zooming is your thing, then the S4 might be the perfect point and shoot for you.
  • Pros: Massive zoom, innovative design
  • Cons: Below average pictures, bulky, a little sluggish
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Overall 5
5.0
Value for money 5
5.0
Features 5
5.0
Ease of use 8
7.5
Performance 5
5.0
Picture quality 5
5.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
16 August 2006
  • Summary: Nikon’s latest attempt at the twistable camera. Noticeably lacking image stabilisation which is a pain.The S4 is smaller and simpler to use than most long zoom cameras, but doesn’t offer the image quality or, ironically, the flexibility to tempt people from more conventional designs. Great lens, attached to an average camera.
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Overall 7
7.0

Nikon Coolpix S4 digital camera review

Pocket Lint
29 December 2005
  • Pros: Plenty of subject modes and in-camera fixes for backlighting or redeye errors. Large colour screen and Face Priority AF and that swivel-bodied design
  • Cons: No manual controls to speak of, no optical viewfinder, image quality only fair
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