Nikon Coolpix 4100 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 4100


Full review posted 8/24/2004

Introduction & Physical Views


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The Coolpix 4100 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 mid-range model with superior image quality that will satisfy the needs of beginners to advanced amateurs.

Superb optical performance is delivered by a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format. Generous 4.0-effective megapixel power, Scene Assist and In-Camera Cropping each work seamlessly together to make creative composition a reality, without sacrificing print quality. Shooting is simplified by the general-use AUTO mode and supplemented by 11 different Scene modes, plus 6 Portrait Assist modes, 5 Landscape Assist modes, 3 Sports Assist modes and 6 Night Portrait Assist modes that help you capture great pictures in a variety of common and uncommon situations.

Users can shoot, crop and make color changes right in the camera and then send great pictures directly to a printer. The Coolpix 4100 offers a step up to a more powerful point-and-shoot digital camera without sacrificing simplicity, portability and convenience. The camera comes equipped with all the accessories necessary to immediately start taking better digital photographs.


Coolpix 4100 Features at a Glance:

  • Coolpix 4100 - 4.0-effective megapixels, 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, 35-105mm, in 35mm equivalent
  • 14.5 MB of internal memory and compatibility with SD memory cards
  • One function-One button design
  • 15 Scene Modes including four with Scene Assist (Portrait, Night portrait, Landscape, Sports); Other Scene Modes (Sunset, Close up, Museum, Beach/Snow, Fireworks show, Back light, Party, Copy, Dusk/Dawn, and Night landscape)
  • Panorama Assist Mode
  • Red-eye reduction capabilities in conjunction with flash and One-Touch Red-Eye Fix™ software
  • Blur Warning alerts user to photos that may not be sharp
  • In-camera editing tools such as cropping, 5 color modes (standard color, vivid color, black and white, sepia, and cyanotype) and date imprinting
  • AF assist illuminator
  • Continuous shooting at approximately 1.5 frames per second (fps.)
  • Macro shooting capability as close as 1.6 in. from subject
  • Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) takes a series of shots, then automatically picks and records the sharpest one when you can't use flash
  • Three Movie Modes (with sound), including TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30 fps, and Smaller size (160) at 15fps
  • With an optional 128MB SD card, the recording time for TV playback, camera playback, and extended playback are approximately 223 seconds, 438 seconds, and 1,754 seconds respectively
  • PictureProject software for photo management, editing
  • Plug-and-play USB interface for smooth connection to a computer (PC and Mac®)
  • Can be powered by 2 Alkaline AA disposable batteries (supplied) for convenience or 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries (available as accessory)
  • Battery life of up to 260 shots
  • Offers direct print capability through support of PictBridge™ and USB Direct Print
  • Cameras can display photos directly onto a television via Video Out


The Coolpix 4100 includes ArcSoft Software Suite, Nikon PictureProject, two AA Alkaline batteries, hand strap, video cable, and USB cable.






Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 4100

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Nikon Coolpix 4100

The Coolpix 4100 compared to a standard CD disc.


Nikon Coolpix 4100

The Coolpix 4200 compared to the Coolpix 4100.






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Coolpix 4100 Specifications

Effective pixels 4.0 million
CCD 1/2.5 in. primary color CCD (4.23 million total pixels)
Image size 2,288 x 1,712 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 1,024 x 768 / 640 x 480
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f=5.8-17.4mm (35mm format equivalent to 35-105mm); Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus system Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator
Focus range Approx. 30cm (1') - infinity; approx. 4cm (1.6") - infinity at wide zoom position in macro close up mode
Focus area Center with 5-area selection in Frame Assist mode
LCD 1.6 in.; 80,000-dot low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment; Advanced brightness control LCD
Memory Internal memory: approx. 14.5MB, SD memory card
Shooting modes Auto, Scene Assistance (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Fireworks show, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Dusk/Dawn, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist), Blur detection, Date imprint, Date counter, Digital zoom (Max.4x,0.2x step), Self-timer (10 sec.), BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Image control Image adjustment, Image sharpening, Saturation control
White Balance (Auto, Preset and 7 manual modes), WB bracketing
Self-timer 10 sec.
Movie modes TV movie (640*) at 15fps, Small size (320*) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps with sound.
Capture modes Single, Continuous, Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size), Color Options: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sepia
Metering 256-segment matrix metering
Linked to AF area in Frame Assist mode
Shutter Mechanical and charge coupled electronic shutter
4-1/3,000 sec.
Aperture Electronically controlled preset aperture
Two-step (f/2.8 and f/5.6 [Wide] )
Sensitivity Approx ISO 50, auto gain of 2x and 4x up to ISO 200
Flash Auto, Red-eye Reduction Auto (Advanced Red-eye Reduction), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel, and Slow sync.
Flash Range W: 0.4-3.4m (1.3"-11'2")
I/O USB, Audio Video output (NTSC/PAL)
Power Two rechargeable Nikon EN-MH1 NiMH batteries, One CRV3 lithium battery, Two LR6 (AA) alkaline batteries, Two ZR6 (AA) nickel manganese batteries, Two FR6/L91 (AA) lithium batteries, EH-62B AC adapter
Battery Life Approx. 260 frames with two EN-MH1 batteries, approx.110 frames with two alkaline batteries when using LCD monitor
Size Approx. 3.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.(88 x 65 x 38mm)
Weight Approx. 4.9 oz. (140 g) (Without battery and SD memory card)
Supplied accessories Strap, USB cable, Audio Video cable, AA alkaline batteries, Software CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide, and Instruction manual
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer


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