Nikon Coolpix 4800 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 4800

Record Modes & Screens

AUTO record mode screen display. 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 High-quality. Flash is set to Auto and will fire when needed and we can capture 249 more pictures at the current image resolution. The Zoom indicator displays briefly whenever the Zoom is operated.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

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 red and it displays a green AF icon. The "SB" icon is the Flash indicator. Red indicates the flash in on and ready, and flashing red means the flash is charging.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

Record menu options:

    Image mode (Quality/Size) - Choose from: High 2288x1712, Normal 2288x1712, Normal 1600x1200, PC Screen 1024x768, TV Screen 640x480

    White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight

    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, 3 shot buffer, Multi-Shot 16

    BSS - Best Shot Selector, Off/On; Exposure BSS (set parameters of BSS)

    Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400 (ISO equivalent)

    Image Adjustment - Auto, Normal, More contrast, Less contrast

    Image Sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off

    AF Area Mode - Auto (5-point), Manual, Off

    Color Options - Standard, Vivid, Black&White, Sepia, "Cyanotype"

Nikon Coolpix 4800

You can let the camera automatically select one of 5 AF areas or you can manually select one of the 5 possible AF areas.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

The un-assisted SCENE modes include: Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back Light and Panorama assist. You can also change the Image Mode.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

When shooting in one of the scene-assisted modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), you can select options where 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.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as (1cm) 0.4 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

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 change ISO and Image Mode settings.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory. Sound is recorded with the moving image; the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording, however you can use up to 2x digital zoom if desired.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

Shown above are the menu options for Movie mode. You can select the recording size (TV movie 640x480, Small movie 320x240, Smaller movie 160 x 120), and choose the AF mode used (Continuous or Single.)

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