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Nikon Coolpix S4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1604 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the lens and image quality. The design and portability are also appreciated. The energy efficiency and storage get mixed comments. Some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and image stabilizer.

value for money, portability, design, image quality, lens

shutter, viewfinder, features, stabilizer , manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Coolpix S4 Digital Camera


Digital photography aficionados may find the Coolpix S4's design familiar: With a swiveling lens, it's reminiscent of the Coolpix 900 series that was available about six years ago. This distinctive design has its advantages, as you can angle the screen...

Swivel design allows for dramatic shooti Menus are easy to navigate

Case does not feel as tough as some othe Weighs a bit much for extended use

A long zoom, a pivoting design, and easy one-handed operation make shooting with the S4 fun, but its high price and low battery life limit its appeal

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Nikon Coolpix S4 Camera Review - PCWorld


Swivel design allows for dramatic shooti

Case does not feel as tough as some othe

A long zoom, pivoting design, and easy one-handed operation make shooting fun. But the price is high and battery life is shor

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Coolpix S4


Nikon returned to the pivoting-lens design of its Coolpix 900 series for their latest ultra zoom camera, the 6 megapixel Coolpix S4. Built around a 6.3 to 63mm lens (equivalent to a 38-380mm zoom on a 35mm camera) and a 1/2.5-inch imaging chip, the 4.4...

Cool shape and pivoting lens ; Well-built and compact ; Face-priority focus really works ; Autofocus is accurate and handles low light

No manual exposure controls ; No image stabilization ; Lousy LCD ; Noisy images ; Flash is absurdly close to the lens ; Video mode only shoots at 15 frames per second

The Coolpix S4 is clearly a snapshooter's camera, though one with an extended lens. It's not a DSLR replacement - there's no pretense that the S4 is a viable alternative to a Nikon D50 or a Canon Digital Rebel. It lacks the speed, image quality, and...


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Nikon Coolpix S4


Megapixels: 6, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution: 2816 x 2112 pixels, Typ...

Light weight. Inexpensive for a superzoom.

Picture quality and performance should be better.

The Nikon Coolpix S4 has a great zoom range in a portable package, but the image quality leaves a lot to be desired.

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Nikon Coolpix S4


The Nikon Coolpix S4's overall image quality was good for a compact 6-megapixel camera. It produced even exposures and was not easily deluded by backlighting, whether or not we were using the D-lighting option. Digital cameras inevitably show blown...

Simple operation; face-recognition autofocus; excellent red-eye prevention; time-lapse capabilities.

Few manual controls; limited shutter-speed range; movie clips at only 15fps.

The Nikon Coolpix S4 resurrects the company's classic swivel-lens design with modern touches, including lots of scene modes and in-camera fixes for common problems. Image quality and performance seem a bit old-fashioned, however.

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Nikon CoolPix S4


Nikon revives the swiveling lens design that made the early year Coolpix cameras famous for ease of use. We had been told late in 2002 that the Coolpix 4500 would be the last of the "swivelers," but thankfully Nikon has decided to do it again.

Bottom line - The Nikon Coolpix S4 is somewhat of a mixed bag. While we love the big 10x optical zoom lens, swiveling body design and its various user-friendly exposure modes; its average image quality, terrible movie mode, and slow flash recycle time rea

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Nikon Coolpix S4 (p)reviewed


We like swiveling lens digicams, if only for the looks we get the first time anyone sees us give the cam a twist. But we sometimes also like the pics we get out of these units, especially if they're made by Nikon. And have 6 megapixel...

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Digital Cameras - Nikon Coolpix S4 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Nikon's Coolpix line of consumer digital cameras has always been well-received and greatly appreciated for its overall image quality and ease of use. The Nikon Coolpix S4 packs a lot of features, including a 6.0-megapixel CCD with 10x zoom lens, and a...

Attractive design, well-built ; Swivel lens design eases shooting at odd angles ; 10x optical zoom lens much more useful than average range ; Very bright color will be pleasing to most consumers ; Exceptional macro performance ; Loads of helpful...

Shutter lag is quite long at maximum telephoto ; Only average shot to shot cycle times ; Flash recycling is a little slow ; LCD doesn't work well in dim lighting ; Rather contrasty tone curve ; Very bright color may be unappealing to some users ; No...

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Nikon Coolpix S4


While the old Coolpix 900-series and 4500 cameras were aimed toward enthusiasts, the Coolpix S4 takes a different approach. This camera is aimed more toward consumers, with its point and shoot operation, plastic body, and relatively low price. While...

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...

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...

Ultimately the Coolpix S4 is an average camera in a sea of excellent ones. It's unique design allows for some creative shooting, and it's a heck of a lot smaller than any other ultra zoom. At the same time, there are better ultra zoom cameras out...

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Nikon Coolpix S4 Digital Camera Review


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...

Product Specifications

The irresistibly slim shape of the COOLPIX S4 conceals a high quality 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens. With extended range from 38mm medium-wide through 380mm telephoto, the swivel mounted lens is equally adept at taking great shots of all types, including architecture, portraits, extreme close-ups, or any other combination that inspires your creative desires as you explore your world. The COOLPIX S4's exclusive image processing technology takes true-to-life images a step closer to reality. A 256-segment Matrix Metering system enables optimal exposures in even the most challenging lighting environments. Cover all angles in style with a surprising twist. The slim compact design of the COOLPIX S4 adds a delightful and practical twist by integrating its broad 10x zoom range into a swivel design that offers a wider range of shooting angles for greater creative freedom.

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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:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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/3.5
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Special Functions:Zoom
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:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None