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Nikon Coolpix S4000 Review

Being a user of both compact and DSLR, I wouldn’t want sophisticated features to clutter the screen of a compact camera, it will prolly confuse an average Joe. The touchscreen is also very easy to use.

The onscreen features a few handy controls such as adjusting the flash, the self-timer mode, macro focusing. The INFO button on-screen allows you to add a grid to better plan your picture composition. The other advanced controls are a touch away from the MENU button which the typical user will probably not use on a quick point-and-shoot.

Other advanced features include adjusting picture resolution, white balance, exposure, shooting mode, ISO and Autofocus area.

shooting controls

exposure compensation

ISO sensitivity, up to 3200.

The Scene button offers 4 modes of shooting
The S4000 also comes with a Scene selector button which upon pressing will show four modes of shooting.

1. Auto Mode
– Straightforward. After tapping this, just shoot.

2. Scene Selector
– These settings will come with automatically optimized settings by Nikon that eases your overall experience. It even has a drawing mode which allows you to draw on the touchscreen or write a memo. The image will be saved at 640×480 pixels.


3. Small Portrait Mode
(Shooting Smiling Faces) –

The SCENE button allows you to quickly access small portrait shooting mode which uses face priority to recognise faces and automatically release shutter when a smile is detected. Tested with a few folks with their smiles, it works quite well.

4. Movie Mode –
For a compact camera, the S4000 is able to record video up to 720p resolution at 24 frames per second (the rest being 30 frames per second). Video recording is limited up to 29 minutes and a file cap of 2GB only.

Full-time AF is supported during video recording although we don’t recommend it as the sound of adjusting lens motor can be recorded as well.

Physical Handling:
Operating the Nikon COOLPIX S4000 camera is no pain at all. It’s light and slender, definitely not an issue for it to slide into your pocket or dangle it around your neck with a lanyard through the camera’s eyelet.

The camera weighs approximately 140g and measure 94.5 x56.5 x 20.4mm in dimensions.

For the touchscreen, you may find yourself prodding the LCD pretty often, only to leave ugly finger prints. Luckily, there is a stylus provided that works equally well.

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