Nikon Coolpix 4800 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 4800

Review posted 9/16/2004
Conclusion posted 9/17/2004


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Nikon's first entry-level "Super Zoom" camera (as of 9/2004), the Coolpix 4800 combines a 4.0-megapixel imager with a high-quality Nikkor ED 8.3x optical zoom, which covers 36-300mm (in 35mm equivalence.) This is a simple point-n-shoot camera that offers the ease of fully automatic operation, with the option for users to choose from 11 pre-programmed scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist), or use one of the 4 Scene assist modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), which offer a selection of framing assist options to help users compose pictures with framing guides displayed.

The Coolpix 4800 features a 1.8-inch (118,000 pixel) TFT color LCD monitor, which can be used to frame pictures, review captured images, and navigate the Menu system. When bright light conditions make it difficult to use the LCD, you can switch to the camera's EVF (Electronic ViewFinder.) This is a tiny LCD (0.44 in.) with 235,000 pixels of resolution. It can also be used to review images, and navigate the Menu system.

Other features include 13.5MB of internal memory and a card slot for optional SD memory cards. Advanced 5-point auto focus system with AF-assist illuminator. Macro shooting capability as close as 0.4 inches (1cm), Best Shot Selector (BSS) takes a series of shots, then automatically picks and records the clearest one. Three Movie modes with sound, including TV movie (640x480 VGA), Small size (320x240), and Smaller size (160x120.) The length of a movie is limited only by the capacity of the internal or SD memory. The camera is powered by a proprietary EN-EL1 Li-ion rechargeable battery (supplied).

Coolpix 4800 Major Features:

  • 4.0-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2288x1712 pixels
  • Nikkor ED 8.3x optical zoom with 36-300mm coverage (35mm equivalent)
  • 5-point auto focus with low-light AF-assist illuminator
  • Macro focus gets you as close as 0.4 in. (1cm)
  • 1.8-inch (118,000 pixels) TFT color LCD
  • 0.44 in. (235,000 pixels), TFT color EVF (Electronic ViewFinder)
  • Program AE, plus 15 Scene Modes including four with Scene Assist modes
  • Best Shot Selector (BSS), which helps users achieve better photos
  • Single, Continuous, 3 shot buffer, Multi-Shot 16 and QuickTime Movie modes
  • Automatic shutter speeds from 1/2000 sec. to 4 secs.
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, cancel, slow sync, and auto with red-eye reduction
  • 256-segment Matrix metering
  • Auto White Balance with 5 presets and custom
  • Exif 2.2 and PictBridge compatible
  • 13.5MB internal memory and SD memory card slot
  • Plug-n-Play USB 2.0 Full Speed connectivity, mass storage compliant
  • Rechargeable EN-EL1 Li-ion battery and charger included.
  • Can use disposable 2CR5 lithium batteries

The Nikon Coolpix 4800 provides users with all the equipment they need to get started including the new PictureProject photo management software, neck strap, USB cable, video cable, Li-ion rechargeable battery and quick charger. The Coolpix 4800 will have an MSRP of $399.95 when available nationwide in Fall 2004.

Click here to download the Coolpix 4800 brochure/specs (Adobe pdf).

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Nikon Coolpix 4800

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The Coolpix 4800 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

The 4-Megapixel Coolpix 4800 and the Olympus C-770UZ.

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Coolpix 4800 Specifications

CCD 1/2.5-inch-type, high-density CCD
Effective pixels: 4.0 million;
CCD total pixels: 4.24 million;
Image size: (2288 x 1712)
Image sizes 2288 x 1712*
2288 x 1712
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Lens 8.3x Zoom Nikkor ED Lens f=6-50mm (35mm [135] camera-format equivalent to 36-300mm)
f2.7 - f/4.4; 11 elements in 9 groups
Autofocus Contrast-detect through the lens (TTL) AF with AF-assist illuminator
Focus range 18 in. (40cm) to infinity in normal,
0.4 in. (1cm) to infinity in Macro mode (wide angle)
Viewfinder 0.44 in. (235,000 pixels), polysilicon TFT color viewfinder, with dioptric adjustment; Approx. 97% frame coverage
LCD monitor 1.8-in. (118,000 pixels), low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment; Approx. 97% frame coverage
File format Compressed: JPEG baseline compliant
Movies: QuickTime Motion
Media Internal memory: approx 13.5MB;
SD (Secure Digital) memory cards
Storage Internal Memory: 2288 (High) approx. 7, 2288 (Normal) approx. 14, 1600 (Normal) approx. 27, 1024 (PC screen) approx. 57, 640 (TV screen) approx. 123
Shooting modes Programmed Auto Exposure,

Scene modes with Scene assistance (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait);

Scene modes without scene assistance: (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist)
Movie with sound (640x480, 320x240, 160x120)

Exposure metering 256-segment Matrix metering linked to AF area
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
4 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
Aperture Electronically controlled preset aperture; 2 steps
Exposure control Programmed Auto exposure with exposure compensation
(±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure range (W) EV +2.9- +14.8 (T) EV +4.3 - +14.3 (Sensitivity: 100)
Best-Shot Selector (BSS) Camera takes 5 shots each time the shutter release is pressed. Picture with overall exposure closest to optimum is the selected from pictures with least under- and over-exposure. Remaining 4 pictures are then discarded. Flash turns of automatically when BSS in on.
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
White balance Auto, Preset: Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight
Self-timer Approx. sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Approx. range: [W] 18 in. (0.4m) - 14.1 ft. (4.3m)
[T] 3.3 ft. (1.0m) - 8.6 ft. (2.6m)
Flash control Sensor flash system
Flash modes 1) Auto Flash
2) Red-eye reduction by pre-flash
3) Flash Cancel
4) Anytime Flash
5) Slow Sync
Playback menu 1) 1 frame
2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
3) Slide show
4) Zoom playback (0.2x steps from 1x to 10x, position selectable)
Protect attribute can be set for each image
Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
Interface USB 2.0 Full Speed (12Mbps, effective speed: approx 2Mbps), Mass Storage or PTP (PictBridge)
Supported OS
(Operating System)
Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Mac OS 9.0-9.2 (only built-in USB ports supported)
Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
I/O terminal DC in; Audio/Video out with Digital I/O
Power Sources One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL1 7.4V, 680mAh (included), One 2CR5 lithium one-use battery, AC adaptor EH-54 (optional)
DC input: AC adaptor
Battery life One rechargeable EN-EL1: approx. 240 shots; One 2CR5: approx.360 shots (based on CIPA standard)
(W x H x D)
4.17 in. x 2.6 in. x 2.13 in. (106 x 66 x 54 mm)
Weight Approx. 9.0 oz or 255g (without battery or memory card)
Specifications as represented by the manufacturer

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