Nikon Coolpix 4100 Digital Camera - Security Camera User Rating
 
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Description:Nikon CoolPix 4100 Digital Camera 25522 - The concept of a Digital-Camera may Sound disarming to some individuals but the Coolpix 4100 is so easy to use, you'll discover that all this technology adds more comfort and security than ever befo.Reviewed by: mcmeggso from OH on Oct 20, 2004
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Compact, Versatile (Can be used as a simple point and shoot, but gives option of taking more advanced photos), the AF assist lamp (helps focus more in low light), runs on AA's

Weaknesses: LCD a little hard to see in dark conditions, but it's still better in this area than most cameras on the market.

Summary: I think this camera is great! I really like the fact that it has so many shooting modes to play around with, but still allows you to use the camera as more of a point and shoot.

The size is perfect! It easily fits in my purse or my pocket, and compared to other cameras of comparable quality, you cannot beat the price of the 4100!

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: peter1377 from OH on Dec 13, 2004
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Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: This camera takes amazing pictures. The buttons are minimal (and by this I mean there aren't a million buttons that do nothing) and the user interface is very intuitive.

Weaknesses: When using the flash, the screen goes blank while the flash re-charges. This can be about 1-2 seconds which doesn't seem like a long time, but it can be annoying.

Summary: I really like this camera and with the pricing and rebates that are out there right now, it was a steal.

Battery life is better than expected. I've been using it for about three weeks now on the first charge of my rechargable batteries (check out Energizer's charger at Target...comes with four AA batteries, and a car charger adapter for about $27).

The menu is very easy to understand. There are enough options to make it useful, but not so many that you get buried in the menus.

It has some nifty features I didn't expect even after researching before my purchase. The coolest of which is a feature that helps you take multiple pictures of a large scene or object and then the included software will piece the individual pictures together for you. Very slick.

I'm nervous about the screen on the back getting scratched, but you'll have that with any digital camera.

The pictures are great (4.0MP) and they transfer quickly to my laptop via the included cable. That reminds me of another nice extra I wasn't expecting -- a cable that attaches the camera to any TV. This way you can view the pictures on a bigger screen and also you can set the camera to do an automatic slide show of your pictures.

Overall, I'm extremely happy with this camera. If you're in the market for a digital camera, this is definitely a great value and a great name.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: ziyacetik from OH on Nov 30, 2004
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Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Very small and its not heavy. Wonderfull design and also 4 mp camera but very low price.

Weaknesses: I think it doesnt has any weakness.

Summary: (Edited December 01st by ziyacetik) Coolpix 4100 has so many strengts like very small and its not heavy. its design is wonderfull and also 4 mp camera but very low price. Image quality and various different menu selections are too much. Easy to use and its video mode is excelent. Thank you.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: candiegrim from NY on Feb 14, 2005
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Great looking camera, and good ergonomics. Compact, and has easy to use menus. AF Assist feature is a real bonus. Competitively priced.

Weaknesses: Only real weakness notable so far is the time lag between shots - AWFUL! - disappointing for a Nikon branded camera.

Summary: Bought this camera after many painstaking hours of research on the internet (my head was in a real spin for days). My requirements were something small and compact, at least x3 times optical zoom, AF Assist feature (my old Fuji A204 is a real pain to autofocus in low lighting conditions), wanted something that would take AA (rechargeable) batteries, I also wanted good value for money, and a brand I felt I could trust - no mean 'wish list' I know.
Anyway, after reading many reviews I had a shortlist of either the Nikon 4100, Olympus C470, Fuji F440, or the Sony DSC-P73/P93. All were within my price budget, but only two had the AF Assist feature I really wanted - the Nikon and the Sony. I felt confident with the Nikon brand, so I went for that one. I've only had the camera for about 2 weeks, but my gut feel is that I've made a mistake.
My main gripe is to do with shutter lag, it is, in my opinion, (and I'm no expert) VERY slow. I've since had a play with my Mum's old Sony Cybershot and it's much faster, wondering if I should have gone for the DSC-P73? Anyway, the upshot is I've got the Nikon and it is, to all intents and purposes, a very lovely camera. The shots I've taken so far are promising enough, I've yet to actually have some processed, but the on-screen shots I've uploaded onto my PC look fairly good - a little dark though I have to say - but some manipulation in Photoshop using Auto Contrast or Auto Levels makes them much brighter & sharper, but you don't really want to have to apply that technique to each and every photo that you take!
I'll have to stick with it for a while and see 'how we get on with each other', will be taking it with me on a ski-ing holiday in a few weeks, that will be the test as to whether I keep it, or decide to sell it and get the Sony. I'll let you know......

Would be interested to know if anyone else felt that shutter lag was a problem - it couldn't perhaps be a fault on my particular camera could it?

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: sanjitroy from NJ on Feb 7, 2005
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Experience: 45 Days

Strengths: Compact Size, Excellent quality photograph for the price

Weaknesses: Night shots require tripod, due to the low ISO sensitivity (50-200)

Summary: Don't you wish at times you had a camera to capture those unforgettable moments and you weren't carrying your camera. The Nikon coolpix is compact enough to fit in your shirt pocket and light weight enough to carry it around, while capturing excellent photographs. The camera has many shooting modes and quite easy to use. The pictures can be viewed on your TV with the supplied cable. When the camera is connected to the computer using the USB cable, it shows up as a removable drive and the pictures can be dragged to your desktop without requiring any other software. One of the reviewers posted that the images were bluish. I too noticed this, but then realized that my scene mode was incorrectly set. Changing this resolved the problem.

This camera goes into my backpack along with my mp3 player. I carry my SLR only for serious photography. Plan to upgrade to Digital SLR soon, and i always have the coolpix 4100 with me all the time.

This camera is an excellent buy for $170.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: sahasrara from NY on Nov 20, 2004
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Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Takes great pictures in macro mode-you are able to change picture sizes after taking picture which is great for ending via e-mail. Very clear pictures. Great macro feature. Very simple to use.

Weaknesses: You will have to reduce picture size in order to download pics to ebay, eats up alkaline batteries very fast. Only has ISO of 50. The software is not as good as Canon's Zoom Browser.

Summary: The good news is that this camera does take great pics, it is simple to use and it's almost has if you have someone talk to you and tell you how to use the camera. Rechargeable batteries of course are more cost efficient. As the alkaline batteries don't last very long - especially the ones that come with the camera from the factory.

A very convenient camera to keep in your pocket. You can take this camera anywhere.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: gavinldc on Dec 8, 2004
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Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: I absolutley love this camera. It is very user friendly. With the many settings and the zoom... you are bound to take good pictures. I've had the camera for about a year and a half, taken nearly 3000 pictures, and havent had one problem. Although batteries do not last long in this camera. Most of my pictures turn out beautifully.
Yes, this camera is simple... but the quality is good. I suggest this camera for teenagers who are just wanting to have fun. I've loved it...

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: hsutaria from MA on Nov 6, 2004
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Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: 4 Megapixel for this price is realy great. And pretty easy to use.

Weaknesses: Didn't have anything yet.

Summary: Nice and crispy pictures. I did download to computer and also did developed,Result is realy effective. Kids using too means easy to operate and handle.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: jhatachote from NY on Nov 11, 2004
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: very compact & great capacity

Weaknesses: n/a

Summary: When I first saw it from the package, I's so surprised that its size is so compact!! everything's in your hand!! you can just take picture by using one hand.

the LCD is very clear (I plan to find the screen protector for my camera)

Another good point of this camera is it's compatable to use AA batteries. It will cost me much less if I have rechargeable batteries.

Also the vidio clip is available. Even the zoom is much less than Minolta Z2, it's enough for me and my family.

no more words but "I LOVE It"

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: phanlop from IL on Nov 16, 2004
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Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: Use Normal AA Battery. Easy to buy a replacement. Doesn't have to stick with a particular brand name battery. LIKE SONY. Light , Pocket Size . A lot improve from NiKon . Doesn't produce a Dark picture

Weaknesses: Take time to start a shuter again.

Summary: I bought it only 170 dollars. It use SD-Card memory which is very cheap now a day. It's pocket size , easy to carry arround with me. The picture quality is good. Better than the last series of NIKON which alway produced dark picture' image.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: ace1car from WI on Oct 17, 2004
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Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Compact size, GREAT flash - even though most people complain about weak flash, I do not find this true. Easy to change setting. Viewfinder good for difficult situations. The MACRO is awesome

Weaknesses: Need to buy additional memory, but that is the same with all cameras. No other weaknesses yet. About 5 sec. wait time for flash to recharge. Seldom a problem

Summary: (Edited November 21st by ace1car) I became obcessed with research. Visited every web site, reviewed specifications, prices, other's reviews until my wife said just order the DARN thing. It was bewteen the new Sony 5 MP w/ 2.5" LCD and the Nikon Coolpix 4100. The 2 advantages of the Sony ( instant on and no shutter lag, and large LCD ) did not outweight the $125 difference. Plus the NIkon fits the hand best of any evaluated. Would recommend this to anyone. Would certainly buy this model or similar again.
2nd REVIEW
After a trip to Mexico, and 350+ photos taken, this is indeed a great camera. Never a problem. Rechargable batteries lasted over 100 exposures, about half with the flash. manual settings enabled great sunsets. Have not found a need to buy an A/C adapter as the rechargables last a long time.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: DGSHermit from IN on Jul 23, 2004
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Experience: 17 Days

Strengths: Takes clear pictures, excellent macro mode, light weight, great lens, and simple to use.

Weaknesses: It eats batteries and seems to have a weak flash. The flash only seems to be effective at a range of 6 to 8 feet at the most, but is perfect for macro shots.

Summary: A great camera for the price. This is the third digital camera I've owned and the first that I've liked. It takes beautiful clear pictures (in good lighting). It's very light and easy to put in your pocket. I strongly recommend getting rechargeable batteries or the AC Power Adapter because it doesn't take long to use up a set of batteries.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: chip2068 from MI on Jul 20, 2004
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Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: easy to use, movie mode with sound, great pictures

Weaknesses: no A/C adaptor included, jpeg files only

Summary: I've used several digital cameras, although this is my first purchase. The Coolpix 4100 will have you shooting photos in a few minutes in the basic mode, it even comes with a cd to watch and learn all the basics. Uses SD memory cards (about the same size as XD cards but at the price of compact flash cards). The 4100 also has 14.5 MB of internal memory to use in a pinch when your sd cards are full. Standard AA batteries included, but you'll want to get rechargable or lithium batteries, as the AA's won't last too long.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: babybear from PA on Oct 25, 2004
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Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: Photo quality, ease of use, size, features and battery life

Weaknesses: Flash takes 6-10 sec to recharge but that is normal.

Summary: Over all, the Nikon E4100 is an excellent product. I have used the camera at NASCAR races, football games, and hockey games and have yet to be disappointed by this camera. It catches cars going 180+mph with excellent clairity; it does equally well with other sports. Family shots are as good as my 35mm SLR (Canon.) Noise on the monitor is not in the picture. A true pocket camera with 20 rolls of film, on high quality setting 4mp, equivilency is fantastic. I get well over 250 shots, whole 256MB card set to 4mp plus cropping 50%+ photos, on two rechargeable AA batteries with the monitor on all of the time. I got it as a back-up for my SLR and it is so good I find myself using it all the time. The pictures are that good! This camera remembers any setting you choose in most any mode. I can alter modes to suit my demands. Most other compact digitals fall flat here. If you want a camera that is convenient and full of quality this is a great camera. After all it is a NIKON.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: snorkelyn from IL on Nov 5, 2004
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Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: AWESOME quality prints. Very easy to use.

Weaknesses: A slightly lengthy pause after taking each picture.

Summary: I LOVE this camera! It is a very good value. The print quality is outstanding. My brother has a high-end camera that cost him alot more money, and his prints are no better than mine! I am in the design business and have an eye for color and image quality, and this camera is great. The only drawback is the amount of time it takes for the camera to save each image. I have a baby, and have missed great shots due to the pause. I am told that this is a commonality with all digital cameras. Overall, I would highly recommend this camera!

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: slinki2chylke on Oct 13, 2004
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Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: Easy to use, The pictures are really clear,and great lens.

Weaknesses: no A/C Adaptor included

Summary: (Edited October 13th by slinki2chylke) I love it so far because It takes high quality photos and very simple to use. It is very compact and small, so you can take it anywhere. It is a great camera for the price. It takes beautiful clear pictures (in good lighting).I strongly recommend getting rechargeable batteries or the AC Power Adapter because it doesn't take long to use up a set of batteries.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: rgpai from NY on Nov 16, 2004
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Strengths: good photo quality..nice pictures

Weaknesses: flash recharge time is more

Summary: Over all, the Nikon E4100 is an excellent product. I have used the camera at NASCAR races, football games, and hockey games and have yet to be disappointed by this camera. It catches cars going 180+mph with excellent clairity; it does equally well with other sports. Family shots are as good as my 35mm SLR (Canon.) Noise on the monitor is not in the picture. A true pocket camera with 20 rolls of film, on high quality setting 4mp, equivilency is fantastic. I get well over 250 shots, whole 256MB card set to 4mp plus cropping 50%+ photos, on two rechargeable AA batteries with the monitor on all of the time. I got it as a back-up for my SLR and it is so good I find myself using it all the time. The pictures are that good! This camera remembers any setting you choose in most any mode. I can alter modes to suit my demands. Most other compact digitals fall flat here. If you want a camera that is convenient and full of quality this is a great camera. After all it is a NIKON.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: wtt1979 on Oct 22, 2004
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Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: It takes very good quality photos. High definition, large memory, good captures. And its appearance is very good, compact and fashion.

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: Nikon always produces high quality cameras and this one is one of the best. Extremely satisfactory with it so far. Way far better than the three digital cameras I have ever owned, which don't have a famous brand. So sometimes the reputation does tell.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: myred67stang from FL on Sep 24, 2004
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Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Very compact, high quality brand, easy to use

Weaknesses: none yet

Summary: I just purchased this item through Pricegrabber.com and I love it so far (I've only had it a few days). It takes high quality photos, yet is very simple to use. It comes with detailed instructions and even a movie CD to show you how to use it. It is very compact and small, so you can take it anywhere. It also looks very expensive and will impress everyone. I would recommend this camera.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: raise from CA on Nov 10, 2004
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Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Easy to use; clear picture; compact size;

Weaknesses: Color balance looks not as good as Canon. The pictures looks bluish.

Summary: I once had a Nikon 775 (2MP), Nikon 3100 (3MP) and SONY P9 (4MP). In my mind, Nikon did much better job than SONY. This one looks really cute and easy to use. The only complain I had is the color. The pictures look bluish when taken outside. There is no problem for a picture taken inside (with flash on).

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: mauvemary from CO on Dec 14, 2004
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Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Easy to learn and use camera. Light weight. Very versatile.

Weaknesses: Must read manuel to learn how to operate.

Summary: Great camera! It doesn't take much time to read the manuel and learn how to operate this camera. Pictures are good quality. The camera is lightweight and small. Easy to take anywhere.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: PREchung77 on Nov 21, 2004
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Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Light weight, easy to use.

Weaknesses: Due to it's light weight it seems a bit fragile.

Summary: The camera looks slick and is light weight. The intstructions that it came with are easy to follow. It didn't have too many things remember. Overall I like this camera. Especially, since this is my first camera I have ever purchased. The price was reasonable and the quality of the pictures are quite clear.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: PanamaPat from OH on Nov 30, 2004
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Strengths: Well featured 4 MP with good quality

Weaknesses: haven't bought it, but have used it at stores. As other's say, it's just like the 3200. It cycles a little slow. 4200 and 4300 feel better, run faster. My main comparison has been to the A-95.

Summary: My main comparison has been to the Canon Powershot A-95 (excellent) and other models of Coolpix (4200, 4300 better). Overall a good buy. Uses regular batteries or rechargable (good), (4200,4300 use special batteries). Recycles slower that 4200,4300,A95. Can't use adapter lenses (4300, A95 can). Cant go wrong for the price though, especially if it falls some more.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: nada9225 from CA on Dec 8, 2004
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Excellent pictures, easy to use, small, light.

Weaknesses: None yet

Summary: (Edited December 08th by nada9225) I am completely satisfied and delighted with this camera. It combines excellent picture quality, flexible capabilities, useful features, and a great price. It's a small camera with big capabilities. Features are fun but good pictures are the goal, and this camera takes good pictures. Carry it around anywhere and you will never miss any camera opportunity nor grudge for carrying a heavy junk.

Reviewed by:Reviewed by: smagicmans from CA on Nov 26, 2004
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Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Great Easy Shooting mode. Very intuitive. Small, handy. 4megapixel, or 4megapixel compressed.

Weaknesses: Flash will reflect as white spot on any pictures that is shot perpendicular to the reflecting surface (like plastic or glass cased pictures). Lcd screen could have been a bit bigger?

Summary: I gotten this camera when it was on sale. This camera is small, can fit in your pocket easily. I'm very happy with this camera. The two brands that I like are cannon(dud) and nikon which is known for their quality. Sony is also good but accessories and price for memory is outragous.
First off, this camera requires 2 x AA battery. Invest in a rechargable AA battery like the energizer 15min charge battery or else you'll find yourself changing battery after 25shots of pictures.
I have problem of my computer not doing autoplay when I plug my camera in so I have to manually open picturemate program and import pic(maybe this only happens to me).
Great buy if you can find a cheap price. I find the picture quality to be a bit dark when I transfer to my computer(maybe my monitor screen is dark?).


 
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