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Nikon Coolpix 4600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 854 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The value for money and portability also get good opinions, whereas comments about the focus and flash are different. Many are negative about the features and low light performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 4600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 4600


Compact size; macro-focus indicator; Best Shot Selector; D-lighting mode; Blur Warning; 16 shooting modes.

Narrow ISO range; slow flash recovery time; limited manual settings; video recording that doesn't include audio.

The entry-level model in Nikon's low-cost point-and-shoot line, the Coolpix 4600 has several leading-edge features that help compensate for its limited ISO range and lack of manual settings.

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The Coolpix 4600 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 4-megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. It's an easy-to-use, entry-level model with superior image quality that is priced at less than $200.

Bottom line - Aimed toward the beginner and intermediate user, it offers terrific images without having to fuss with complicated settings. Its 4-megapixel Fine images have plenty of resolution to create photo-quality prints up to 8x10-inch, or cropped pri

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Nikon Coolpix 4600 Review


The Nikon Coolpix 4600 is a stylishly designed 4 megapixel compact digital camera that was first announced at the PMA show back in February 2005. The Coolpix 4600 is one of the first Nikon digital cameras to feature the new...

The Nikon Coolpix 4600 is a compact, stylish and easy-to-use point and shoot digital camera. The scene modes are both numerous and advanced in their implementation and will really help the beginner, and the in-built help system, although limited, will...


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Digital Cameras - Nikon Coolpix 4600 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Nikon's Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use. The Coolpix 4600 continues that trend, offering a 4.0-megapixel CCD and nice range of preset scene modes. The Nikon Coolpix...

High saturation on bright colors, but good handling of skin tones. Pleasing color overall, Excellent macro capability, flash works well up close too, Manual white balance option handles a very wide range of lighting conditions, Better than average...

Limited low-light exposure capability, Poor low-light autofocus performance, no AF-assist lamp, Auto white balance leaves too much color cast in shots under household incandescent lighting, Ships with only 14MB internal memory, definitely need to buy a...

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Nikon Coolpix 4600/5600


This review is different than most here at the DCRP since I'll be covering two cameras in one review. For all the product shots I used the Coolpix 4600 as the "model". For the test photos I used one or both of the cameras, and I'll make clear which one...

Good photo quality ; Compact body feels solid for the price ; Tons of scene modes ; Useful D-Lighting, Best Shot Selector, redeye reduction features ; Good redeye test results (probably due to above) ; In-camera help system (though it could be better)...

Poor low light focusing / no AF-assist lamp ; LCD doesn't "gain up" very much in low light ; Only 14MB on built-in memory ; VGA movie mode isn't really VGA; only the Coolpix 5600 records sound ; Sluggish flash recharge time ; Manual controls would've...

While both cameras are decent and earn my recommendation, here's what I'd do: skip both the 4600 and 5600 and get the Coolpix 5900 instead. While I haven't completed my review of that camera yet, I found it to be much better in many areas, most notably...

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"really good camera!!"


i ve been using this camera from late 2005. being an amateur, i love it for im into macro photography and macro is the best feature in this camera as mentioned in the cnet review. I am not 100% satisfied with the general shooting, though. It does a...

good overall but the best feature for me is its macro feature and also the sports mode is great

long shot to shot time esp. when flash is used

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really good camera!!


i ve been using this camera from late 2005. being an amateur, i love it for im into macro photography and macro is the best feature in this camera as mentioned in the cnet review. I am not 100% satisfied with the general shooting, though. It does a...

good overall but the best feature for me is its macro feature and also the sports mode is great

long shot to shot time esp. when flash is used

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Nikon Coolpix 4600


This is a great little camera for anyone looking into getting just a basic point a shoot. Also this camera is ideal for anyone looking for a very small camera. I like the preset modes, it really reminds me of the D50. I also like the fact that it has a...

Takes some time to process photos, takes a very long time to recharge the flash after you have taken a picture with flash, only 4MP

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Nikon Coolpix 4600


Very good small, light compact. Slow response as is typical of many Nikon cameras. Nice, intuitive menus, similar to more expensive Nikons, so it is an ideal backup if you are a Nikon owner.

None, except for the slowness.

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"Cheap camera = poor quality pictures"


If you want a small camera to take with you to parties or the bar that you aren't afraid of breaking and don't care about the picture quality, this is the camera for you. In general, I was disappointed with this camera. It takes a long time to save...

It's inexpensive and small

Poor picture quality

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX 4600 has been designed to make things simple for you and give you greater versatility without compromising your enjoyment of the moment. The COOLPIX 4600 features 16 handy Scene modes, four of which offer a Scene Assistance function. These user-friendly modes automatically control camera settings, enabling you to achieve high-quality results with subjects that range from sunsets to underwater. The COOLPIX 4600 stands apart from other cameras in its class with its handy ability to automatically improve the quality of recorded shots with the touch of a button. Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting function, for example, can be selected in Playback mode - automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. Nikon's proprietary Advanced Red-eye Reduction, on the other hand, automatically detects and corrects red eyes in-camera in most situations. With a high-quality 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 4x digital zoom, the COOLPIX 4600 gives you a high degree of control over the way you compose your shots.


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
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 / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.9-4.9
Max Focal Length:17.1mm
Min Focal Length:5.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
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):50
Light Sensitivity:ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical