Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix S4000
Design and Build Quality
The camera screams style. With its all metallic design and slim structure the camera is made for your pockets and convenience, after all it measures only 94.5 x 56.5 x 20.4 mm and weighs a mere 131 grams. It is compact and feels smooth to hold onto, so a wrist strap won’t be a bad idea. Nikon Coolpix s4000 comes in variety of delightful colors from Silver, black, red to pink and plum. The screen grasps the most attention on the camera’s back and most of the functionality is done via it, there are however a few physical controls. The power button and shutter release reside on the top. And on right to the screen you’ll get the shooting button, editing photo button and a button to preview your photos etc. The screen is very responsive and works smoothly so you won’t find a lot of loopholes in its design.
Focus and Face Detection
With a simple touch to the screen activates the Touch Shutter in the Nikon Coolpix s4000 with which at any point the camera will focus on the touched point and captures the picture once it has complete focus achieved. There is also a given Subject Tracking that lets you leave your worry and track the subject for you. There is a Face Priority AF in the camera that tracks about 12 faces ideal for group photos etc, in case a face is not tracked then the camera initiates subject tracking automatically to follow the subject or the subject can manually be selected. To add to the easiness, if a subject leaves and returns in the frame within three seconds the camera will not lose focus. Also, Touch AF/AE that will emphasize on anything you click and adjust automatically the exposure. The focus features are fast and pretty sharp.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Nikon Coolpix S4000 comes with a 4X zoom Nikkor lens. The lens is all about precision and fun. It covers a 27 mm – 108 mm, i.e. 35 mm equivalent focus range. And a maximum aperture that starts from f/ 3.2 to f/ 5.9 at full telephoto. Further the camera is also capable of Macro shooting, where it can dive as close to 3.2 inch distance from your object. For image stabilization the camera is infested with four amazing features. First you have the Nikon’s Electronic VR image stabilization that is designed to counter camera willies. Then, there is Motion Detection that automatically manages ISO settings and shutter speed to work out for both the subject motion and the cameras. It also has high ISO of 3200 ultimately meaning that low light environments or faster moving subjects can easily be tackled to take good pictures. Last, Nikon’s original BSS (Best Shot Selector) takes a couple of 10 shots to subsequently take the one which has the best result. Together, they combine to give you fantastic shots.
Screen and Menus
To the rear the 3 inch LCD Clear Color Display elegantly covers the camera. The screen is beautiful and proficient to use and look on to. The size is sufficiently large and is also high resolution with 460,000 dots. There is also an anti reflective coating for proper viewing ability under bright environments. Two major benefits that come from touch screen like this one are : foremost, all the very critical operations are done via buttons so there is not havoc of going back and forth from the screen to the camera and vice versa. The screen’s very easy to navigate your way through primarily cause of its clarity. Images, menu and the overall interface are very friendly. The text is clear grey and readable, in very easy language.
This camera is powered by the EN- EL 10 lithium ion battery and shares its compartment with the SD memory cards. The battery can also be charged via a computer but for that you’ll need a USB cable or the EH-68P AC adapter. The compartment is sufficiently placed for the batteries to be removed even if the camera is mounted on a tripod. In a single charge the camera lasts for 190 shots, this may be adapted on the usage of zoom or flash.
There is an option available for you record gorgeous 720p HD quality videos, all this at 30 fps. The videos can be played back on a camera, TV or computer.
Nikon Coolpix S4000 shares its sensor qualities with the S3000 that is an proficient 12.0 megapixels. Like its predecessor the S4000 comes with an optimized image processing system centered on EXPEED. This is Nikon’s exclusive that gives out quite the high quality result. With this resolution and such gorgeous pictures you can not only enjoy the pictures but print them as big as 16 x 20 inches without having to comprise a lot on quality.
The camera is super stylish with its compact design, a very good low light performance that is better than its rival market. The 3 inch LCD is another plus which is highly responsive and easy. Last, the resolution is high.
There is no HDMI output, plus autofocus is rather inconsistence and performance a tad slow. There is no specific optical or mechanical image stabilization.