Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ CamerasUK (added on 06.10.06)
Nikon Coolpix P4 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring an 8.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3.5x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ LCD screen, Vibration Reduction (VR), and it’s running on it’s running on EN-EL5 Rechargeable Battery. Nikon Coolpix P4 is measuring approx. 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in. (92 x 61 x 31mm), weighing 170g (5.9 oz.) and it’s priced at $399.95 USD. The camera will be available in stores from march 2006
>> REVIEWS (last update: 06.10.06)
CamerasUK reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 where they rated the camera 81/100 and wrote;
“For close up shots the macro shot also works well. The photo produced is sharp and well lit. It does not match the very best cameras I have tested, but it is still a decent effort. Finally the shot taken with a higher ISO setting is a disappointment. Picture quality really does fall away at ISO 400. There is a large degree of noise and the colours also start to suffer….The Nikon Coolpix P4 is a solid offering without really setting off any fireworks. It has plenty of megapixels, takes a good photo and is well built. In my tests it also does well in lowlight and minimises red eye.”
DigitalTrends reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“One of the neat tricks Nikon has incorporated into many of its Coolpix cameras is called D-Lighting. Once you taken a shot, while in playback mode, you hit the menu key and activate it. What the camera does is to adjust the overall brightness of the image. Say if you taken a group shot and one of the family is in shadows, D-Lighting will brighten that area. Just hit the D-Lighting option and a separate file is saved with the original. This type of fix is found in most image editing programs but it’s nice to have it in-camera. Nikon gets a plus-mark for this feature. The camera also has Auto Red Eye Fix to eliminate devil eyes. It did a good job on my cat, a tough test for any red-eye system.”
Megapixel reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“From 50 to 100 ISO, noise is minimal, even if the subject is lit with the flash. At or immediately past 100 ISO, noise can occasionally be detected in shadows. At 200 ISO, noise is visible in shadow areas of daylight images as random coloured dots. While at 400 ISO noise is detectable throughout images. Using the flash, better results are obtained when the sensitivity is set to Auto ISO, and the camera allowed to adjust it as necessary to produce a bright image.”
DPInterface reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“ISO 50 is fairly clean while noise goes up a bit at ISO 100. ISO 200 noise is still acceptable. The final ISO 400 shot is also clean as well. No chromatic aberration (color fringing) to be seen either. Barrel distortion is not very noticeable while pincushion distortion is not. Colors accuracy was on par and there was some red-eye. Default settings used by the camera should be enough to satisfy most, with saturation and sharpening turned up. The Nikon Coolpix P3 produces very good photos whose quality are the same as the P4. I still see room for an ISO 800 option here though.”
CNET Australia reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“Both outdoor and indoor images are sharp and well-exposed, but if you’re using the flash it’ll have to be in a small room, since its range won’t extend beyond four metres. Image and sound quality on recorded videos are also pleasing.The macro mode is great for most close-ups up to 1.6 inches, and the zoom feature is both quick and smooth.”
TrustedReviews reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
In the Coolpix P4 Nikon has produced an excellent all-rounder, a pocket compact camera with a wider than average zoom range, a useful selection of features and options, and superb image quality. It is rather expensive compared to its immediate competition, but the extra money buys the quality and reliability that go with the Nikon brand. If you are looking for something a little more than the average snapshot camera it is well worth a look.
PhotographyBlog reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“…The Nikon Coolpix P4 produced images of very good quality during the review period. The 8 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can change the in-camera setting to one of four levels to suit your taste. The Nikon Coolpix P4 dealt very well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing appearing only in high contrast situations and at the edge of the frame. Macro performance is above average, allowing you to focus as close as 4cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was a weak point, with the maximum shutter speed of 8 seconds in the Night Landscape scene mode not being that versatile. “
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“…the P4 offers additional in-camera sharpness settings of High, Normal, Low and Off. The white balance and exposure system did well under various lighting conditions, producing images with accurate color reproduction and good saturation…
Bottom line – Nikon’s Coolpix P4 is a capable compact digicam that produces good quality 8-megapixel images and VGA sized movies. Beginners will enjoy its fully automatic and scene assist modes, while intermediate users will be able to get creative with Aperture priority and the range of adjustments available in Programmed auto mode.”
ePhotozine reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P4 and wrote;
“The Nikon Coolpix P4 may not be the smallest, lightest or even most stylish compact digital camera available, but it makes up for this with by being packed with features and producing excellent quality images.
Pro: VR system, Anti-reflective screen is a pleasure to use outdoors, Excellent image quality, A good selection of automatic and manual controls, Macro mode.
Cons: Limited ISO range, Zoom runs on a little after the button is released (minor niggle)”
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 06.10.06)
– Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
– Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
– Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
– Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
– Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
>> PRESS RELEASE
Nikon today announced the COOLPIX P3 and P4, an expansion to its more advanced and feature-rich P, or Performance, Series of digital cameras. Designed for the photographer who enjoys a high level of control, advanced imaging technologies and the ability to take creative control of their photography, these two exciting new cameras combine 8.1 effective megapixels with a wide range of advanced in-camera technologies, taking compact digital photography to the next level.
“The COOLPIX P3 and P4 are the perfect camera for consumers who are looking for a customizable photography experience,” says Bill Giordano, General Manager of Consumer Product Marketing for Nikon, Inc. “These cameras take many technologies first available in Nikon’s SLR line and makes them readily and easily available to consumers looking for a capable, compact digital camera at a very attractive price.”
Nikon has added its Vibration Reduction (VR) system, a feature adapted directly from Nikon’s world-renowned SLR lenses, to the P Series cameras allowing them to capture rock-steady images at shutter speeds of up to three stops slower that could normally be hand held. VR capability is available at the push of a button in two modes (Normal and Active) in order to compensate for camera movement. VR Normal compensates for minor movements, most often associated with handheld shooting, while VR Active compensates for more pronounced movements, such as the vibration of a moving vehicle. An electronic adaptation of Vibration Reduction also applies to movie shooting, allowing for sharp video in low light conditions and keeping subjects clear during panning while helping to support faster framing on the cameras’ incredible, bright 2.5-inch LCD.
COOLPIX P Series digital camera users will enjoy the flexibility of a full array of exposure control settings similar to Nikon’s SLR models. Covering a broader area of the frame, the new 11 wide-area AF achieves better results in more diverse compositions — leaving photographers free to concentrate on the shot while the camera automatically achieves superior, sharp focus almost anywhere in the frame. In addition, there are 17 shooting modes, including nine advanced scene modes that allow photographers to produce pictures better suited to their own personal tastes — through the use of three effects that vary brightness, color intensity, sharpness, noise reduction and more.
To add even greater control, both cameras offer Aperture-priority Auto mode to let photographers benefit from aperture control in 1/3EV steps. Users can select large apertures for attractive background blurring or stop down to small apertures to extend crisp focus into the distance — all while the camera automatically selects the most appropriate shutter speed for optimized exposure.
To help photographers capture the action as it happens, both cameras feature continuous shooting at up to 1.8 frames per second, which is complimented by a five shot buffer that allows users to shoot in a continuous burst, with the camera recording the last five images taken. This speed
allows the P Series cameras to be a great companion for SLR shooters looking for a smaller but powerful camera to take anywhere.
An addition to the successful COOLPIX P1 and P2 cameras, the new P3 also comes equipped with the ability to transfer images wirelessly through the camera’s built in Wi-Fi feature*. Nikon’s wireless solution is fun and convenient and allows consumers to send their pictures wirelessly to a computer. In addition, pictures can be sent wirelessly to any PictBridge-enabled printer**. The Wi-Fi feature to transfer images to a computer is built into the camera and requires no additional accessories.
Unique to COOLPIX digital cameras, and now for the first time available throughout the line-up, is Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, which gives users the power to automatically improve recorded images in-camera. This combination of in-camera features provides a quick, easy and seamless answer to underexposed pictures due to excessive backlight or insufficient flash, blurry or out-of-focus shots and red eyes.
The system includes:
— In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM): automatically detects and corrects red eye,
a common condition that occurs in flash photography. You may never see red eye again.
— Face-Priority AF***: automatically finds and focuses on a persons face
within the frame, providing sharp focus to produce clear, crisp
portraits wherever the subject is positioned in the frame.
— D-Lighting: selects and creates a copy of images with excessive
backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail
— Blur Warning: alerts the user that a shot has resulted in a blurry
picture allowing for it to be retaken before leaving the scene.
— Best Shot Selector (BSS): automatically identifies and saves the
sharpest shot from ten sequential shots.
Additionally, the P Series cameras include handy features such as, TV Quality Movie Mode function (recording movies at up to 30 fps with sound limited only by the available memory, Single and Continuous AF, Choice of White Balance and Noise Reduction to ensure better color reproduction in darker lighting conditions.
The COOLPIX P3 and P4 will be available in March 2006 with a MSRP of $449.95 and $399.95, respectively. The Wireless Print Adaptor (PD-10) is currently available and has an MSRP of $49.95. For more information about these models and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit http://www.nikondigital.com/.
* Wireless distance will vary based on conditions.
** Requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10.
*** Face-recognition capability may be limited in some shooting