Nikon Coolpix 4200 Review
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Record Modes & Screens
AUTO record mode screen display. The Zoom indicator displays briefly whenever
the Zoom is operated. Upper right is an icon to indicate we are using a SD memory
card rather than INTernal memory. The "4M" indicates
the image resolution is 4-megapixels at Fine quality. Flash is set to Auto and will fire
when needed and there's 107 pictures remaining at the current image resolution.
When you half-press the shutter button it sets the exposure and attempts to lock the
auto focus (AF.) If successful the AF area used is shown in green and it display a
green AF icon.
Record menu options:
Size: 4M 2,272x1704, 3M 2048x1536, 2M 1600x1200, PC 1024x768 or TV 640x480
White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1 or FL2), Cloudy, Shade or Speedlight
Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted or Spot
Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, 5 shot buffer, Multi-Shot 16
BSS - Best Shot Selector, on/off
Image Adjustment - Auto, Normal, More contrast, Less contrast
Image Sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low, None
Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400 (ISO equivalent)
Auto Bracketing - AE Bracketing, White balance bracketing, off
Saturation Control - Enhanced, Normal, Moderate
AF Area Mode - Auto (5-point), Manual (99 points), Off
Auto-Focus Mode - Continuous-AF or Single-AF
Noise Reduction - On or Off
You can let the camera automatically select one of 5 AF areas or you can manually
select any one of 99 possible AF areas.
The un-assisted SCENE modes include: Party,
Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back
Light and Panorama assist
Shooting in one of the scene-assisted modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night
Portrait) the camera displays framing assist outlines on the LCD such as the Night Portrait mode
screen shown here. Each of these modes has a sub-menu of other options available
for that particular mode.
This is the sub-menu for the Portrait scene mode: Individual setups for Portrait,
Portrait Left, Portrait Right, Portrait closeup, Portrait couple and Portrait figure.
You can also select image size and quality desired.
When you must shoot without flash in conditions of low available light, the Coolpix
4200 offers several helpful features. The Camera Shake icon (red hand) warns when a
slow shutter speed will be used. The 4200 will automatically increase ISO when
necessary, warning you with the ISO icon that the resulting images may be noisy.
Finally, the 4200's Best Shot Selector (BSS) feature can be enabled, causing the
camera to take a sequence of shots when the shutter release is held down; the BSS feature
saves only the sharpest image in the sequence.
Movie mode menu options:
Small Movie - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
Smaller Movie - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 15fps
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