|The COOLPIX 4600 has been designed to make things simple for you and give you greater versatility without compromising your enjoyment of the moment. The COOLPIX 4600 features 16 handy Scene modes, four of which offer a Scene Assistance function. These user-friendly modes automatically control camera settings, enabling you to achieve high-quality results with subjects that range from sunsets to underwater. The COOLPIX 4600 stands apart from other cameras in its class with its handy ability to automatically improve the quality of recorded shots with the touch of a button. Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting function, for example, can be selected in Playback mode - automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. Nikon's proprietary Advanced Red-eye Reduction, on the other hand, automatically detects and corrects red eyes in-camera in most situations. With a high-quality 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 4x digital zoom, the COOLPIX 4600 gives you a high degree of control over the way you compose your shots.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||4.0 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||4cm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||34 - 102mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Matrix, Spot, spot AF area|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 50, ISO auto, ISO auto (50-200)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||50|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.4 m - 3.3 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||14.5 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory||Built-in, SD Card, SD Memory Card|
|Floppy Drive Storage||None|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Real-image zoom|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||82%|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.30 - 0.76x|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional|
|Battery Form Factor||Standard form factor|
|Digital Video Format||QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Additional Features||Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Direct Print, Not Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, USB, With LCD Protected Position|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Back light, Beach/snow, Close-up, Copy, Dawn/dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama assist, Party/indoor, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset, Underwater|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Manual|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1 frame per second, 1.3 frames per second|
Average review score based on 1 user reviews
Nikon has created a winner with the CoolPix 4600! It features a Compact Design, Lots of Automatic Features and it's priced just right for an entry level camera (about $180 retail). The CoolPix 4600 is a great choice for the person that wants to take a camera everywhere you go. Nikon has packed lots of features into this tiny 4 Megapixel camera. The camera controls and settings are intuitively designed and easily accessible. You don't need to read the manual before you can start using this camera!
The 4600 has a very small package design (approximately 3" x 2-1/2" x 1", 4 oz.). It easily fits into your shirt pocket. Even though this camera is small, Nikon has designed the body so that it's comfortable to hold without getting your fingers in the way of the lens.
The 4600 features Nikon's legendary Nikkor optics. It has a 3X optical zoom and a 4X digital zoom for an total zoom of 12X. It has a 1.5" LCD for viewing while taking or reviewing pictures. The display is a reasonable size and is easily viewable in daylight conditions.
One feature that Nikon has retained is an optical viewfinder. Many new digital cameras no longer provide an optical viewfinder. Using the optical viewfinder, instead of the LCD, is a great way to conserve power. Nikon's optical viewfinder also adjusts to the zoom level in realtime. You can get a pretty good idea of how the final image will turn out.
The CoolPix 4600's metering and autofocus use technology that works well in low/no light conditions. I have an old CoolPix 800 and it won't take a picture if there isn't enough ambient light for the metering and autofocus system. The ability to take pictures in low light is a big plus as far as I'm concerned. The 4600s built-in flash is bright and works well up to 3m (10 ft).
I would category as an advanced point-n-shoot camera. It has 12 preset scene modes and the ability to take video clips at 30 fps (no audio). This camera doesn't really have any manual options, so if you like to customize settings when you take pictures, this camera is probably not for you.
The CoolPix 4600 uses 2 AA batteries; you don't have to worry about replacing a proprietary battery. Two batteries make the camera light. Battery life is very good; you should be able to take dozens of pictures with one set or on one charge. The 4600 stores images on an SD card. It comes with a 16Mb SD card in the box. The 4600 interfaces with your computer via a mini-USB plug. It doesn't have an AV output, so you can't plug the 4600 directly to a television or other video device.
In summary, I think the CoolPix 4600 is a great value for the entry level photographer. It's numerous automatic settings & scene modes cover most lighting conditions that amateur photographers will encounter. It's 4 MP resolution and 3X optical zoom produce clear crisp images.
As of this writing, I believe that Nikon has replaced the CoolPix 4600 with the CoolPix L4. I've seen the CoolPix 4600 priced at about $150 retail at my local big box store (you might have to look for a sale). I haven't used the newer camera, but I would guess that it's an incremental update to the 4600's design. At a glance, the L4 has a larger LCD (2") and it appears that Nikon has removed the optical viewfinder.
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