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Nikon Coolpix S4 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Sep 20, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix S4 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 64 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 9.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image4.7   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Zoom4.3   above average
Lens3.9   above average


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Flash

Flash:
"One review I read said the problem was that the flash was too close to the lens resulting in the glare and reflection issues."
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"The flash options are ridiculous and it is impossible to use an accessory flash."
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"I have found a couple of problems though: Occasionally, with the flash in red-eye reduction mode, the camera's automatic in-camera red-eye repair feature turns other red colored things grey, such as people's lips."
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"However, its use, in my opinion, was limited due to the flash not being able to light the subjects sufficiently."
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"The flash is pretty much REQUIRED - unless you're directly in the path of the sun with its radiant heat beaming down upon you with an intensity great enough to sizzle the very skin off your bones, the flash will automatically engage (unless, of course, you manually turn it off - in which case you're in for a real treat: the blur sensor, while obviously intended as some sort of warning mechanism, never goes away... even if you set the camera down on a stationary device and gingerly press the button with the gentlest of taps)."
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"Even inside close-up pics come out well without the flash if the target isn't moving too fast."
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"The sales lady also recommended this camera to me for the indoor shots as it shoots flashes to several areas in Indoor Mode; however, when I took several indoor shots, they're always blurry."
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"The flash completely overwhelmed indoor subject matter."
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Image

Image:
"I tried several times to take a picture of my dog inside - which is fairly difficult as he doesn't like to sit still very often - and either missed the dog altogether or got a streaky image that didn't resemble anything."
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"The camera tries to be too user friendly, and you can't configure any photo settings manually."
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"I like it, nice zoom, no image stablizing software built in (zooms are very bouncy), the internal menu is a little non- intuitive, 10x optical zoom rocks - overall, I'm glad I purchased it."
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"Even inside close-up pics come out well without the flash if the target isn't moving too fast."
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"In daylight the image quality is unbeatable."
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"Anyway, I recommend a Tripod and setting the timer on to take those pics."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"I definitely agree with some of the comments that the 10x Zoom is excellent and the indoor shots aren't great."
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"I can't tell you how many pix I missed because of this camera, not to mention basic indoor shots that came out blurry and brown."
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"I was able to take museum pictures and indoor shots with my Olympus D-40, problem solved."
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"Once I found out my Nikon Coolpix S4 doesn't work well indoors, I would use my Olympus D-40."
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"Since I'm not to familiar with my new digital camera, I took along my Olympus D-40.ADVANTAGES: ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM...the action shots were great, took pictures of Real Madrid Soccer Players from high up the bleachers and the pictures came up really close...outdoor shots were clear...the lcd screen was useful when framing a shot at times...the movie mode worked great...DISADVANTAGES: its not as compact as it seems... the lcd screen was hard to see outdoors when its sunny, can't see where my subject was...took nightshots and there were white specks on the pictures, seems like floating circular specks as if there's watermarks on my lens (the manual mentioned it as dust particles in the air, i never had these problems using my Olympus D-40 at night)...also, when you turn the lens towards you to take your picture with a background view(the lens in line with the lcd), your face will be reverse on the shot (aaaaarrrgghhh, soo annoying) couldn't even compose your own picture... the biggest disappointment for me were taking pictures indoors, my museum pictures keep coming up blurry...there's an annoying red blurry signal because of low light that i can't get rid of...the action shots indoors was a total opposite shots outdoors...i tried to take a picture of someone popping champagne and it keeps coming up blurry ( i never had these problem with my Olympus D-40)...for me, my indoor shots i. e. inside museums and inside the house were all useless...even when i used the museum scene feature or party scene feature, didn't give me a great shot indoor...and i know my hands are not shaking as much because i was able to take awesome action shots at the Real Madrid Soccer match and the subjects were running...I'm sooo glad I brought my Olympus D-40."
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"The sales lady also recommended this camera to me for the indoor shots as it shoots flashes to several areas in Indoor Mode; however, when I took several indoor shots, they're always blurry."
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"The flash completely overwhelmed indoor subject matter."
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"Picture quality is good and S4 has a much better flash, and indoor capabilities than previous models."
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"I was able to take museum pictures and indoor shots with my Olympus D-40, problem solved."
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"Since I'm not to familiar with my new digital camera, I took along my Olympus D-40.ADVANTAGES: ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM...the action shots were great, took pictures of Real Madrid Soccer Players from high up the bleachers and the pictures came up really close...outdoor shots were clear...the lcd screen was useful when framing a shot at times...the movie mode worked great...DISADVANTAGES: its not as compact as it seems... the lcd screen was hard to see outdoors when its sunny, can't see where my subject was...took nightshots and there were white specks on the pictures, seems like floating circular specks as if there's watermarks on my lens (the manual mentioned it as dust particles in the air, i never had these problems using my Olympus D-40 at night)...also, when you turn the lens towards you to take your picture with a background view(the lens in line with the lcd), your face will be reverse on the shot (aaaaarrrgghhh, soo annoying) couldn't even compose your own picture... the biggest disappointment for me were taking pictures indoors, my museum pictures keep coming up blurry...there's an annoying red blurry signal because of low light that i can't get rid of...the action shots indoors was a total opposite shots outdoors...i tried to take a picture of someone popping champagne and it keeps coming up blurry ( i never had these problem with my Olympus D-40)...for me, my indoor shots i. e. inside museums and inside the house were all useless...even when i used the museum scene feature or party scene feature, didn't give me a great shot indoor...and i know my hands are not shaking as much because i was able to take awesome action shots at the Real Madrid Soccer match and the subjects were running...I'm sooo glad I brought my Olympus D-40."
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Lens

Lens:
"The lense piece broke the first month I had it."
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"I am very happy that I dropped it and the lens broke!"
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"I had an Agfa with a swivel lens and when the pixels started missing after 7 or 8 years, I decided to replace it."
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"One review I read said the problem was that the flash was too close to the lens resulting in the glare and reflection issues."
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"There was a problem with the lens after we had it for about two months."
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"I love the lenses swivel and the 10x optical zoom."
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"The new cameras are great but I can't find one with the same lens feature and 10X optical zoom at the same time."
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"Takes great pictures, and with a 10x optical zoom, 6MP, and a swivel lens that allows me to hold it over my head and still see what I'm aiming at, it is perfect for concerts and other similar crowded events."
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"I am very happy that I dropped it and the lens broke!"
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"I love the way you can move the lens around for the perfect angle, shoot in color, sepia, or black & white, take video clips, and more."
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Quality

Quality:
"Also picture quality is not great."
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"i dabble in photography, but wanted a camera i'd have a little more control over, and would be able to experiment with while taking professional quality shots."
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"Took a few pictures and the quality of the pictures were good."
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"For ease of use and best quality...do not buy the Coolpix."
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"In daylight the image quality is unbeatable."
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"Picture quality is good and S4 has a much better flash, and indoor capabilities than previous models."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I definitely agree with some of the comments that the 10x Zoom is excellent and the indoor shots aren't great."
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"I got fed up of 3x Zoom cameras that don't take great landscape shots, especially since I travel a lot outside the US."
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"The 10X optical zoom is without doubt, wonderful."
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"Battery life, 10x zoom is great but does not stay focused."
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"I love the lenses swivel and the 10x optical zoom."
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"Takes great pictures, and with a 10x optical zoom, 6MP, and a swivel lens that allows me to hold it over my head and still see what I'm aiming at, it is perfect for concerts and other similar crowded events."
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"Having a 10x Optical Zoom on a camera is a nice commodity in itself."
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"The camera is good for outdoor zoom and macros."
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