Nikon COOLPIX 4600
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Nikon COOLPIX 4600 4.0 MP Digital Camera - Silver

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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.

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Product Identifiers
UPC0018208255245, 18208255245

Key Features
Camera TypePoint & Shoot
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom4x
Sensor Resolution4.0 MP
Screen Size1.8"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size1/2.5"
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Macro Focus Range4cm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera34 - 102mm

Max Shutter Speed1/3000 sec
Min Shutter Speed4 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure MeteringMatrix, Spot, spot AF area
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Program
Light SensitivityISO 50, ISO auto, ISO auto (50-200)
Light Sensitivity Max50

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-in flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range0.4 m - 3.3 m
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size14.5 MB
Supported Flash MemoryBuilt-in, SD Card, SD Memory Card
Floppy Drive StorageNone

Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeReal-image zoom
Viewfinder - Field Coverage82%
Viewfinder Magnification0.30 - 0.76x

Depth2.13 in.
Height2.4 in.
Width3.3 in.
Weight4.6 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color
Display Size1.8"

Connector Types1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple 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 FactorStandard form factor

File Format
Digital Video FormatQuickTime
Still Image FormatJPEG

Max Video Resolution640 x 480

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAuto 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 ModesFrame Movie Mode

Shooting ProgramsBack 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 BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Manual
Continuous Shooting Speed1 frame per second, 1.3 frames per second

eBay Product ID: EPID100121796

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Created: 06/14/06

Great Value~Lot of Features~Great for New Photographers

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.

If you have any comments, corrections or suggestions regarding this review, feel free to send me an e-mail. I'm always interested in improving my reviews and guides.

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