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Spotlight Review: Nikon COOLPIX S4100 14 MP Digital Camera

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Digital Camera Type :


LCD size :

3 in or more

Image Stabilizer :


Weight :

4 oz to 8 oz

Quick Specs

LCD size: 
3 in or more
Digital Camera Type: 
More than 12 megapixels
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Nikon’s COOLPIX S4100 digital camera is very small, has Nikon’s legendary glass and VR (vibration reduction) image stabilization, and a high resolution 3-inch touch screen LCD that is very easy to use. The menus are clear and simple, allowing you as much control or as little as you’d like. The sensor is a 14 megapixel CCD. If you buy it in the plum color, it comes with a leather case and a 4GB SD card. It has face detection, and takes it a step further for you animal lovers – there’s a Pet Mode for great pictures of your dogs and cats (and lions and tigers and bears, oh my!). It has a built-in flash, great low-light performance and the shutter release button is VERY easy to see and feel on the top. The smart auto features mean you can just point the camera and shoot, the camera analyzes the scene and picks the optimum settings for you.

  • 14.0-megapixel CCD sensor for superb image quality
  • 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens
  • 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • Touch Control 3-inch High Resolution (460,000-dot) Clear Color Display
  • EXPEED C2 for enhanced image quality and processing speed


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One Response to Spotlight Review: Nikon COOLPIX S4100 14 MP Digital Camera

  1. CC August 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    I bought this camera and all of the fancy features that the review writer talks about don’t add up to a hill of beans. First and foremost the VR stabilization does not work, virtually all of the photos taken by hand were blurry, even in steady hands. The auto feature does a poor job of selection the optimum settings even for very good shooting conditions which leaves the photo over exposed or under exposed with poor contrast and brightness. Natural light shooting is horrible inside and outside. All indoor photos must be taken with the flash. When blown up to even minimal scale, colors are noisy and the picture is horribly pixelated. Shutter speed is super slow, and the camera some times locks up in between shots. The LCD constantly goes black when you need to set up for the next picture and since there is no viewfinder, you miss a lot of good photos. No in-depth manual booklet is provided with the camera, instead the manual is on a CD to be downloaded to your computer, which doesn’t solve the problem of accessing the manual in a pinch when you are away from the computer..which 99 percent of photophile will be. I have had older less advanced cheaper cameras perform better than this one to include the flashless, 3.0 mgpxl camera on my camera phone. Nikon really missed the mark with this one.

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