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A great camera camera that takes incredibly sharp shots and has a remarkably powerful zoom. Just cannot understand why its designer (s) made such a poor judgment of placing the flash where the...Read complete review
A great camera camera that takes incredibly sharp shots and has a remarkably powerful zoom. Just cannot understand why its designer (s) made such a poor judgment of placing the flash where the left index finger helps to firmly hold the camera... Just DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE! Consequently, many shots are wasted as a result of our finger preventing the flash to pop up. Uhmmmm
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Great Photos - Not Great Controls
I bought this camera in May 2011 for a work camera to use as a construction superintendent. I take an average of 40 pictures a day (with a range of 20 - 200 photos...Read complete review
I bought this camera in May 2011 for a work camera to use as a construction superintendent. I take an average of 40 pictures a day (with a range of 20 - 200 photos per day). In the past I have owned similar Canon, older Nikons, Panasonics, and Olympus point and shoot cameras. I also have a Nikon DSLR for personal hobby use. Typically the point and shoot cameras I have had last me about a year, which is not bad in the harsh environment I use them in. I carry the camera in a generic cell phone holder that clips to my belt. It is very accessible and easy to get any time I need it. For general construction photos I typically shoot in auto mode with the flash turned off (to prevent "snow storms" from the flash reflecting off the dust in the air). Pros: Great photo quality. Not quite a DSLR, but very respectable images. It is much better than the Olympus and Panasonics I have owned and about the same as the Canon. The wide angle lens works well in small spaces. This was a big selling point for me. The low light performance is great. In auto ISO mode, the camera will go up to 1600 ISO and you have to zoom way in on the photo before it looks grainy. Combine that with respectable image stabilization and it has the best low light performance of any point and shoot camera I have owned. The only item I like about the touch screen control is that you can compose your shot, touch the part of the screen you want to focus on; then take the picture. I don't use the feature often but when you need it; it takes the frustration away from trying to get the auto focus to do what you want. The battery life is excellent. It is tough. I have dropped this camera several times and it still works fine. About 2 weeks ago, it took a 35' fall onto hard packed dirt. I almost went straight to my computer to start researching my next camera purchase. Imagine my disappointment when I turned it on and it worked just fine. Of all the lousy luck... Cons: My biggest issue with this camera is the touch screen. Except for the touch focusing I mentioned above, it is a cumbersome and inefficient way to control the camera. I have had the touch screen completely and randomly "freeze up" on me and just stop working several times (even before the 35' fall). Most of my cameras have had control pad similar to game controller. They are easy, quick, efficient, and intuitive. The touch screen on the S6100 is not very hard to figure out but it takes more time and steps to do simple things like turn the flash on and off and set exposure compensation. I have already decided that my next camera will not be an S6100 simply because of the touch screen. I would buy one if they came out with a version that had the standard type of controls. You have to choose between a 16 megapixel and an 8 megapixel resolution. It would be nice to have a choice in the 10-12mp range. Startup from "off" is a little slow. The camera goes into "sleep mode" to save battery life. That is typical of most cameras but this one really takes a long time to "wake up". It can be very frustrating especially when you intentionally leave it on to wait for just the right moment. It has caused me to miss quite a few shots. The "Scene" button is one of the few physical buttons. The problem is that once the menu opens; the options are not labeled (symbol only). So if you don't know what the symbol stands for, you have to touch it, touching it selects it and exits the menu. To get back and change it; you have to hit the "Scene button, select the scene menu, and try your luck at the next icon. The result is that I usually just shoot in auto and miss out on some good features. As I said above, the controls are not hard, just not as easy as other cameras I have owned. I am not sure why but when I use the USB cable to transfer photos to my computer; Windows cannot erase the photos from the camera. It works fine when I use the computers built in card reader. This may be an issue with my computer though. However, I did not have the problem with previous cameras. Conclusion: I would not discourage a person from getting this camera nor would I recommend it anyone. The basic functions of the camera and the quality are very good for the price range. Wide angle - 7X zoom is very good for most situations. Had the controls been done a little better, I would love this camera.
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Comments about Nikon COOLPIX S4100 Silver 14.0 Megapixel Digital Camera:
My mother got this camera for me and my cousin for Christmas. The first month I loved this product, I thought the touch screen and the drawing features were awesome. One morning after plugging it in overnight to charge, it did not turn on. I would try to plug it in to different outlets and the charge light would turn on but not the camera. I tried to plug it in to my laptop then the on/off button and charge light turned on but not the camera. I am still trying to fix it but so far no luck. I am very disapointed with this product.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
My to-go camera
I love taking outdoor pics with this camera. It's great for the price and I love the size of it, i can just put it in purse and voila. The only down side to this camera is the fact that when you zoom in, it will blur. That's a bummer, but other than that this is a great camera. If you know what you have and know how to work with it, you should have no problem.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
it's plus and minuses..
good thing about s4100, its touch screen, fast and can take high quality picture / movie.but sorry to say as time goes on i had this almost 2 years give or take, it shows its downside, it does not charge anymore, i did not use it often, never mis-use.like drop it or some otherway way to make it malfunction..it was a gift to me from my parents so i took great care for it..i googled and in the end landed back here nikon website and on my frequent shall i say "surfing" i noticed that its not just me that suffer the same fate about s4100 not charging, tried taking the memory off, it always blink a minute and nothing..also tried charging it with my computer, same result...sorry for the long explanation, my only advice is never leave this device uncharge for far too long,if it may in day, discharge (for a day or two,your call) it by leaving it on and turn its power saving feature "off" then charge it again..i repeat..please don't leave it for far too long uncharge..or suffer the same fate..
Junk! Failed after a handful of pictures
from Los Angeles, CA, USA
I had this camera since August last year, it was for my daughter, but she has barely used it. And maybe I should have tested it when I got it before I gave it to her... The camera failed after about 30-40 pictures! The lens comes out, an error message pops up to inform me that there is a "Lens error", and the lens goes back in. Unusable!
THE TERRIFIC ONE
from Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
THERE ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS WHEN YOU WANT TO PURCHASE A CAMARA, BUT THERE IS JUST ONE WHEN YOU ARE FOUND OF A REAL HQ EXPERIENCE. COOLPIX S4100 IS A TERRIFIC OPTION
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
worked fine for 1 year
By amateur photog
the camera was very cool having the touch screen. The only problem I had was the battery lasted me only a year! Now I cant get the pictures off of the camera! This is kind of a bummer!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from North Dakota
This camera worked great for about a year. After that it no longer focused well and 80% of my pictures were blurry. I have never had a camera stop working. I have always bought new cameras in order to upgrade what the camera was able to do. this is by far the most disappointing camera I have ever owned and it is unlikely I will buy a Nikon in the future because of the poor quality of this camera.
from Massachusetts, USA
Although taken many pictures have come out wonderfully, this camera has a very short battery life. Also, you cannot use it while it is charging, which sometimes is necessary. And the amount of time you have to record videos is very short, 12 minutes
I liked it, for the most part
I got this camera about a year and a half ago. I loved all of the features it had, being able to adjust the white balance, the amount of color in the photo, the plum color, and most of all, the touch screen!! But I should also say that not all of the pictures came out great . Roughly 80% came out nice the first time. There was also a pretty long lag in-between taking photos. Not to mention any time my mom (who has used digital cameras before) tried to use it, she could never get a good picture. I would have been happy using this camera, but while working on a project, my friend knocked it off of a tripod and my camera landed on its lens. After talking to workers at my local tech store, they told me that it would cost just as much, if not more to fix the lens. They then said that they had seen things like this happen before, and that they would never buy a Nikon. So even though this camera has some awesome features, it doesn't take very good pictures and is known to have a faulty lens.
Decent for the price.
from Fort Worth, TX, USA
I have owned this camera for about 6 months now. Daytime and outdoor pictures are great. It takes a dump when you use it indoors in relatively low lighting. Front shutter has a protective cover that suppose to be covering the lense while the camera is not being used, it worked for about 1 week and then it gets stuck doesn't cover properly sometime not at all. Battery is decent and options are good for a Point & Shoot.
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