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Nikon Coolpix 4800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 326 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and value for money. The battery and portability are also appreciated. Opinions about the low light performance and memory are different. Some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and image stabilizer.

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

shutter, focus, exposure, stabilizer , manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 4800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 4800


Great zoom range; fast zooming; decent electronic viewfinder performance; useful scene modes; excellent red-eye prevention.

Few manual controls; lots of visual noise in images; no manual exposure controls.

A useful wide-to-supertelephoto zoom range and a competent EVF are the key attractions of this 4-megapixel point-and-shoot compact.

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Nikon Coolpix 4800 review by PC Magazine


The 4MP Nikon Coolpix 4800 is a good camera, but falls short of being a great one. That said, it is a reasonably priced alternative to more ...

Powerful 8.3X optical zoom lens. Best Shot Selector feature really works.

Slow shooter for a compact camera (though average for a superzoom, which this is approaching). Flash images dull, EVF murky. Smallish LCD.

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Nikon Coolpix 4800 Digital Camera


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Nikon Coolpix 4800


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

High resolution, lots of detail ; Sharp 8.3x zoom with good contrast ; Bright, vivid colors ; Simple point-and-shoot operation ; Good price ; Excellent macro capabilities ; Lightweight ; Good battery life, option to use 2CR5 batteries ; Good flash...

Images quite noisy even at ISO 50 ; Some focus errors in low light at long end of zoom ; No exposure information in record or playback mode ; Mediocre screen and EVF ; Some exposure problems in high contrast/very bright scenes ; Occasional white...

Viewed in isolation the Coolpix 4800 would be a very impressive camera indeed (and as you can see from the samples gallery on the next page it's capable of great results). There's little to really complain about here - especially given the sub-$400...

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Nikon Coolpix 4800


Nikon's first entry-level "Super Zoom" camera (as of 9/2004), the Coolpix 4800 combines a 4.0-megapixel imager with a high-quality Nikkor ED 8.3x optical zoom, which covers 36-300mm (in 35mm equivalence.) This is a simple point-n-shoot camera that...

Other features include 13.5MB of internal memory and a card slot for optional SD memory cards. Advanced 5-point auto focus system with AF-assist illuminator. Macro shooting capability as close as 0.4 inches (1cm), Best Shot Selector (BSS) takes a...

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Digital Cameras - Nikon Coolpix 4800 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. Lately, they've been finding success in bringing their technology into the consumer market, most notably with the very...

The Nikon Coolpix 4800 is one of the latest in a long line of Coolpix digital cameras whose popularity stretches back to the original Coolpix 900, Nikon's original "breakthrough" digicam. While Nikon is best known for exceptional high-end cameras and...

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Nikon Coolpix 4800


What's in the Box

Compact body for an ultra zoom ; Very good photo quality (though a bit noisy) ; AF-assist lamp ; Top-notch macro ability ; Many scene modes ; LCD/EVF usable in low light ; Handy BSS feature ; Supports proprietary and "regular" batteries ; Optional...

Slow AF speeds, noticeable shutter lag, shot-to-shot delays can be annoying ; 8.3X zoom is on the low end of things in the ultra zoom market ; Aside from white balance, no manual controls ; To get to slowest shutter speeds you must give up control over...

There are a lot of choices out there in the ultra zoom market, and I think there are better cameras available than the Coolpix 4800.

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Nikon Coolpix 4800 First Impression


Some weeks ago we were able to have a quick first look at the new Nikon products that are announced today. The new Coolpix 4800 is an entry-level digital compact camera with serious features like a 8.3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens. This new model...

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Nikon Coolpix 4800


This camera is a waste of time. I got it for its zoom, which is great, but how often do we really need a 8 time zoom?? Usually you use a camera to take pictures of people. This doesn't seem to know the difference between a person standing in the...

zoom, resolution, rechargeable battery, good battery life

cannot focus, poor in low-light, results often unpredictable

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Nikon Coolpix 4800


I am pleased with this camera, although it took me quite a while to learn how to operate it. The different modes are fun and it works very well. I have had no problems at all with it. The rechargable battery is great.

It does everything well

I don't use 1/2 of the gadgets that are on it

Product Specifications

With its 4.0 megapixels, the Coolpix 4800 creates images at resolutions up to 2288 x 1712, which provide spectacular prints as large as 11" x 17". 8.3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED (35mm equivalent of 36-300mm) gets you close to the action with incredibly sharp, clear images. It combines Nikon's Extra-low Dispersion (ED) optics for increased clarity. It has an additional 4x digital zoom. 15 Scene Modes automatically adjust controls for great pictures instantly. With a choice of 15 Scene Modes, you can quickly select the most appropriate mode for the "scene" you are capturing. Scene Assist feature guides you to take better pictures in Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait Scene Modes. Use framing guides to help set focus and framing for the most common picture taking situations. Macro: close-up shooting from less than 1/2 inch away. Capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects and other small objects. Movie Mode: capture live action with sound. Clips are saved as a QuickTime movie, which can easily be emailed to family and friends. Uses Nikon's exclusive 256-Segment Matrix metering linked to AF area to set the light meter and exposure setting for the best picture in the most lighting situations. Contrast AF; 5-Area Multi Autofocus System lets you choose your focus spot from a grid (center, right, left, top, bottom). AF Assist Illuminator makes sharp focus possible when the subject is not well lit. 5 mode built-in flash: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction (by pre-flash), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow Sync. Features One-Touch Upload for easy image transfer from camera to computer. Features One-Touch Red-Eye Fix with PictureProject software.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL1

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-4.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:8.3
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD