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Nikon Coolpix 4200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 243 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The value for money and portability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the manual image adjustments and features. There are mixed reviews on the contrast and responsiveness.

usability, portability, value for money, image quality, battery

shutter, viewfinder, features, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 4200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Nikon Coolpix 4200


This sleek little camera has enough handy features to satisfy novices and some enthusiasts. The ED glass lens produces extremely sharp images, ...

Slick looks. Wide variety of settings in well-organized menus. 12MB internal memory. Razor-sharp images. Good focusing in low light. Can remove red eye from images in-camera.

Minor color-accuracy problems. Daylight shots underexposed. No aperture or shutter priority modes. No full manual mode. Mediocre boot and recycle times.

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Nikon Coolpix 4200


The Coolpix 4200 is a very compact and stylish 4-megapixel camera that features a high-quality Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element 3x optical zoom lens and Nikon's exclusive new In-Camera Red-Eye Fix. The Coolpix 4200 is durable with an...

Other features include 12MB of internal memory and a card slot for optional SD memory cards. Advanced 5-point auto focus system with AF assist illuminator. 15 Scene Modes including four with Scene Assist, Panorama Assist Mode, Macro shooting capability...

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Nikon Coolpix 4200


A superb little compact! I got mine to take on holiday so I didn't need to cart my D70 around. Produces nice photos - Highly recommended.

AF settings sometimes seem to ignore your input and do as it pleases.


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Great for every day use


i like this camera has a good flash, color, and battery

Small and easy to use

only has 3 x zoom

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Nikon Coolpix 4200


The Nikon 4200 is my first digital camera--I've had it for about a year now. It replaced my (film) Canon SLR EOS Rebel, whose pictures I love, but whose bulk made it inefficient to cart around. I like the size of the 4200--small, yet not so small and...

main complaint is that what you see thru the viewfinder is not the sum total of the picture. What's on the screen is, but the pic is sharper (less chance of blurriness) I've found if I look thru the viewfinder when taking the shot (probably because...

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Great quality images. Very helpful automatic settings


This is my first digital, so read the review in that light. I am so happy with the quality of the pictures. The biggest problem is the very long refresh time to take another picture. When my baby is doing something cute, I have missed the shot several...

image quality, ease of use, weight and size, battery life, automatic settings

long refresh time, needs flash a lot

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Nice little camera with some good surprises.


I was initially disappointed with the image quality, particularly color casts. After getting frustrated enough, I finally pulled out the manual and spent the afternoon to learn the camera settings and options, presets and other features and after...

Offers some control of white balance, contrast and other settings such as ISO. Small size. Good battery life. SD card

Must read the manual to get a handle on configurable settings in order to get that great picture

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Great,ligt,easy,take amazing shots


simply,thats what you need,smart camera.take a great shots

nice,satsfied your requried,light,easy to use

excellent qualtiy night shots,good resoluation

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Awesome Camea


I've used digital cameras for a few years now and this one is the easiest one yet. Great Camera.

Light, Portable, Great Picture Quality, Ease of Use

Little Costly if purchased from Manufacturer

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Great Little Camera


This is a great camera, had it since Christmas so able to judge over the long term. Great compact size, good battery life, produces great pictures.

Compact Size, Ease of Use

Small Internal Memory

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX 4200 is an easy-to-operate compact digital camera that boasts high-level comprehensive quality, 4.0 effective megapixel performance, and a selection of useful functions. Superior image quality begins with a newly developed 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range of 7.8 to 23.4mm (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format). Featuring aspherical elements and an ED glass element, it achieves a significant reduction in aberration. It also retracts to contribute greatly to the overall slim dimensions of the body. The COOLPIX 4200 has the additional advantage of 4.0 effective megapixels, which ensures images are recorded with satisfying clarity. The elegant aluminum exterior of the COOLPIX 4200 exudes a sense of sophistication. The camera also features the same stylish grip design as the other cameras in the popular COOLPIX range, has satisfyingly compact dimensions, and a light weight - factors that combine to make the camera feel naturally comfortable in the hand. Furthermore, all controls are conveniently located within easy reach on the back of the camera body. This enables highly intuitive operation in general and provides easy access to the camera's 15 Scene modes. Each of these modes adds simplicity for the shooting of a different kind of subject, while four of them offer a Scene Assistance function to make shooting even easier still. The COOLPIX 4200 also features Advanced Red-eye Reduction, which provides automatic in-camera correction. Convenient and useful in a range of situations, it also activates automatically upon selection of Night portrait mode.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.7
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical