Nikon Coolpix 4600 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 4600

Review posted 5/13/2005

Introduction & Physical Views

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The Coolpix 4600 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, entry-level model with superior image quality that is priced at less than $200.

Superb optical performance is delivered by a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range equivalent to 34-102mm in 35mm format). The Coolpix 4600's 4-megapixel imager provides ultrahigh definition and, combined with Nikon's advanced image processing technology, ensure images of remarkable color, contrast and clarity. Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting automatically compensates for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame and Red-Eye Fix technology automatically detects and corrects red eyes in most typical situations without the need to press buttons or select and highlight the eyes in playback.

Easy to use - the Scene Modes allow the camera to adjust to the most typical shooting environments - Sunset, Fireworks, Indoor, Portrait, etc. - with the turn of a dial. The Coolpix 4600 and 5600 also feature an entirely new Scene Mode - Underwater Mode - which produces more satisfying, true-to-life colors when using the optional WP-CP3 waterproof case to shoot scenes while snorkeling or scuba diving to a depth of 130 feet.

The Coolpix 4600 also features a large, bright 1.8-inch LCD screen-- making it easy to compose shots and view recorded images at any time. They have been designed to consume much less power, making it possible to take almost twice as many images when using regular AA alkaline batteries. Creative snap-shooters have the option of five Color Options, enabling the selection of "sepia" tone, "black-and-white" and even "cyanotype", for example, to change the entire look and feel of a shot. The new Coolpix products also have 14MB of internal memory, allowing images to be recorded without additional memory media.

And PictBridge compatibility makes it possible to print directly to a printer, without the need for a PC. For those who enjoy organizing and sharing their photographs on a computer, Coolpix cameras ship with Nikon's PictureProject software, a user-friendly photo management software designed expressly for use by Coolpix photographers, that offers a broad selection of cataloging, editing and sharing functions. This software package is aimed at providing a central location that is simple, intuitive and seamless for Coolpix digital photographers.

Coolpix 4600 Features at a Glance:

  • 4-megapixel effective CCD for prints up to 11x17 inches
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom (34-102mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Macro focus with AF down to 1.6 inches
  • 1.8-inch TFT color monitor
  • Program AE and 16 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Single, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16 and QuickTime Movie modes
  • Automatic shutter speeds from 1/3000 sec. to 4 sec's
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • Exif 2.2 and PictBridge compatible
  • SD memory card slot, no card included, 14.5MB internal memory
  • Plug-n-Play USB connectivity
  • PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • One-Touch upload for easy image transfers
  • Powered by two AA type batteries
  • Optional WP-CP3 underwater case

The Coolpix 4600 includes PictureProject, NikonView 6, a complete image editing and processing package, two AA Alkaline batteries, hand strap, video cable, and USB cable.

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 4600

Nikon Coolpix 4600

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Nikon Coolpix 4600

Nikon Coolpix 4600

Nikon Coolpix 4600

The Coolpix 4600 compared to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix 4600

The 4-megapixel Coolpix 4600 and the 5-megapixel Coolpix 5600.
Besides the increased resolution, the 5600 has the ability to record sound.

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Coolpix 4600 Specifications

CCD 1/2.5-in. high-density CCD
4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes 2,288 x 1,712
1,600 x 1,200
1,024 x 768
640 x 480
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 5.7-17.1mm (equivalent to 34-102mm) F2.8-4.9 with macro; 7 elements in 6 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens elements included
Digital Zoom 4x 0.2x step digital zoom
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus range 12 in. to infinity in normal,
1.6 in. to infinity in Macro mode (wide angle)
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
frame coverage: approx. 82%
LCD monitor 1.8-in., 80,000-dot, amarphous silicon TFT LCD with LED backlight
brightness (5 levels) adjustment, Auto gain-up at low-brightness,
frame coverage: approx. 97%
Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Image Storage EXIF 2.2 compressed JPEG compliant with design rule for camera file system (DFC)
QuickTime Motion JPEG
Media Internal memory: approx 14MB;
SD memory card (not included)
Shooting modes AUTO
Scene Assistance (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait)
Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Underwater)
BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Movie(640x480/15fps, 320x240/15fps, 160x120/15fps)
Capture modes Single, Continuous (1.3fps; up to 3 frames), Multi-shot 16 (16 consecutive frames 1/16 in size)
Exposure metering 256-segment Matrix
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Automatic 4 sec. to 1/3000 sec.
Aperture Electronically controlled preset aperture
Range: 2 stops (f2.9, f4.9)
Exposure control Programmed Auto with exposure compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure range EV +1.1 ~ +17.1 (W), EV +2.6 ~ +18.6 (T)
Best-shot Selector Camera takes up to 10 shots (at approx 2fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 using anti-jitter logic which is effective for poor lighting, telephoto and macro shooting. Not available when the speedlight is on.
ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, Auto gain-up (Auto gain to ISO 200 equivalent)
White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control
2) Manual or preset for Daylight/Incandescent/Fluorescent/ Cloudy/Speedlight)
Self-timer 10 sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Shooting range 0.4-3.3m / 1.3 - 10.8 ft. (W), 0.4-2.0m / 1.3 - 6.6 ft. (T)
Flash control Flash modes:
1) Auto Flash
2) Flash Cancel
3) Anytime Flash
4) Red-eye reduction by LED lamp
5) Slow Sync
Playback menu 1 frame, Thumbnail (4/9 segments), Slide show, Zoom playback (max 10x: 0.2 steps at 1x to 6x, 1 step at 6x to 10x, position selectable), Shooting information display
Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
Interface USB (12Mbps, effective speed: approx 2Mbps), mass storage or PTP
Supported Platforms 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 Power input
Video output and Digital output terminal
Power requirements AA-size Alkaline x 2; AA-size Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (EN-MH1) x 2;
CR-V3 Lithium battery x 1; AA-Nickel-manganese battery x 2;
AA-size Nickel battery x 2; AA-size Lithium battery x 2;
DC input: AC adaptor
Battery life AA-size Alkaline batteries: approx 230 frames
Nikon EN-MH1 batteries: approx 360 frames
(Nikon test conditions: Standard temperatures (77°F), zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used with every other shot, image mode set to Normal (2288))
(W x H x D)
3.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 in. (85 x 60 x 35mm)
Weight Approx. 4.6 oz (Approx. 130g) (without battery and SD memory card)
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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