Best compact I ever had!
I bought my first Nikon S4000 in April 2010- I took thousands of clear, sharp, great pictures-then in Oct 2011, it just stopped working. The camera would not turn on. I was assured by Nikon that the life of a $150 camera is about this long, when used alot. I agree, I've had lots of other brands & they only lasted this long. It was still disappointing, but I will buy another! LOVED IT!!!! It never let me down- until Oct. of course.
November 16, 2011
Good pictures, but camera did not last long.
I bought this camera just before my vacation and 3 weeks into my trip across the United States the camera developed a dark spot on the pictures and the viewing screen therefore I had to borrow a camera for the rest of my trip.
October 12, 2011
potentially great p&s flawed by poor usb connector
Took great pictures for a few months, then the onboard usb connector failed and is not covered by Nikon's warranty, so camera is essentially useless. ($85+ repair).
October 4, 2011
light weight but not worth it
I got this camera for christmas 2010 and have only enjoyed using it during day. Its blurry at night and in many indoor lighting situations...no good pic of nephews baptism. Pics are slow to show up on screen after taking and now the touch screen doesnt work. Also, cant shoot video, have tried different cards but always reads "cant read card" or something like that. Will look for something else....thought Nikon would be better.
September 3, 2011
I had the L18 before which was excellent. That camera fell and broke so I went and the store clerk told me that this S4000 was the best one at the right price. So far, I'm truly disappointed.... I want my L18 back.
August 25, 2011
this camera takes amazing photos, has good auto focus, and plenty of different features and options a.e. closeup, fireworks, landscape, portrait, ect. you can also edit the picture after you have taken it to change the color, size, crop, contrast, ect.. sometimes it freezes up which would be my only issue. but it's not often. and you just have to restart the camera, which takes 2 seconds. catches great photos in action, not blurry at all.
August 9, 2011
Bought this S4000 after my Canon SD900 wore out. Couldn't be more disappointed as I use camera mainly for videos. More than half the time it will not take a video and says "card cannot be read" and stops. I tried many different cards and same thing. In addition, the autofocus is very slow to respond and the image stabilization is poor at best. When taking photos, the camera usually takes 2 presses of the button and is often out of focus. Don't buy this unless it is for your kid.
July 29, 2011
I was really excited when I received this camera for Christmas. I came to find out there are a number of issues and have confirmed them here on line.
The camera has trouble with dark (Christmas lights) or nighttime shots. Also, very tricky with making sure you don't get blurry shots. Very sensitive to any movement.
Lastly, the most disappointing is that I can't take a short video with this camera. Have tried two different approved memory sticks (Sandisk 16gig speed setting of 4 and Lexar 8gig speed setting of 6) and still not able to take more than one video.
I love the size but am very disappointed in Nikon. I have an old Kodak that is bulky but takes really good pictures compared to the Nikon.
July 4, 2011
Fantastic. Limited only by the user. The Camera has incredible capabilities that I have to explore continuously in order to gain a good use of the product.
Comparing it with a waterproof Olympus of the same variety I used to have before it was stolen, the CoolPix 4000 is a Mighty Mouse.
June 20, 2011
liked the touch screen, but about all
baught this for the holidays (Nov. 10'). poor picture quality.... some turn out very well but using all auto settings still a lot of shaking and distortions. aftere nearly 6 months of use lens error became a problume. at eight months no longer functioning. i did how ever enjoy the touch screen focus salection feature. but hated not knowing where the batterie level was. I'll stick with my pentex and sony.
May 26, 2011
Next time around I will choose something else
I recently bought this camera after my other camera was accidently dropped in the water. My older camera was a Kodak and it was easy to use. I decided that I would like to just check out Nikon since I know they are a good brand.
I liked the camera at first but afterwards I realized that the pictures didn't turn out half as good as my Kodak and like a lot of people said, it will not take good night photos. You can't take just quick shots either you have to hold it EXTREMELY still (even more than you should for just a little pocket camera. It's nothing special, it shouldn't need to be on a tripod for every photo), even then its not that great. I was really upset and next time around I will not go with this camera.
I'm not extremely big into photography but I do like taking pictures at events and compared to my Kodak, this one is not that great and I think I will just stick with Kodak.
May 23, 2011
When i got this camera, i totally fell in love!! The only bad thing is that you cant take good pictures at night. It would always turn out blurry. But during the day time- its perfect!! And the quality is SUPER!!!
May 21, 2011
This camera takes good pictures, but it does brake real easily ! :(
May 20, 2011
Expected better from Nikon
I wasn't expecting DSLR quality from a sub-$200 point and shoot, but I thought with the Nikon name on it this camera would be about as good as you could get in the price range. It is not. This camera is all but useless in anything less than outdoor daytime lighting.
Indoors, regardless of what setting you choose (and I've tried most of them) you are lucky to get 1 out of 3 shots to come out well. The problem appears to be with the lack of image stabilization; unless you are shooting from a tripod you just can't keep the camera still long enough when shooting in low light.
On the plus side, it does take decent shots when there is adequate light, and the touch screen is a neat, fun feature. But I would gladly trade the nifty touch screen for a camera that takes good photos in most conditions. For that reason I would definitely not recommend this camera to anyone.
May 15, 2011
I was expecting more from a Nikon...
This camera is horrible. I realize you can only expect so much from an inexpensive point and shoot, but I thought that with the Nikon name this was probably about as good as you could get in its price range. I was wrong. This camera is all but useless indoors. After trying many different settings, I finally found one that gets about one out of three indoor photos right. The lack of image stabilization really hurts this camera.
Outdoor photos with plenty of light are ok, about what I would expect from a camera at this price level. So if you only plan to take photos outdoors in daylight, this camera will work for you. Otherwise, pass it over (and I assume the same goes for its successor).
May 14, 2011
Great touch screen camera
I bought this camera to replace an older compact camera which only had 8 megapixels.
During my recent trip to Europe, I took almost 800 pictures with this camera. Here is my honest review on this camera.
The menus are accessed via the touch screen, and it doesn't take much time to get acquainted with the structure of the menus.
A feature I really like is the 'touch shutter' function. This allows you to touch an item on the screen, and the camera focuses and takes the picture of the item touched. Or you can take a picture the 'old fashioned' way and use the shutter release button on the top of the camera.
The quality of the photos taken did not disappoint. Outside photos were extremely sharp with very accurate color. The auto white balance struggles a bit with photos taken inside, but there is a manual white balance option. By the end of my trip, the photos taken indoors were sharp as well. I had a few blurry images, but all of them were attributed to 'user error'.
At first I thought the battery life was a bit short. The first day of my trip, the 'low battery' indicator came on at the end of the day. I was a bit alarmed until I noticed I took almost 300 pictures at the highest resolution (with a few retakes). The specs for the battery life on this camera was 'approx 190 shots', so the battery on my camera exceeded the specs.
Overall, this has been a great camera which I would recommend to anyone who wants a point-and-shoot camera.
April 28, 2011
easy to handle. good battery life, wife loves it. Not too many buttons and add ons. Great features for the price and size. Super camera.
April 25, 2011
EVERY PICTURE I TAKE IS BLURRY...I AM LUCKY OUT OF 10 PICS I TAKE 10% LOOK GOOD....SO MUCH FOR HAVING MEMORIES OF MY NEW BABY...
April 24, 2011
No, thank you.
I got this camera for Christmas and I thought it would be great. Well... during the daytime it's perfect. But take this camera to a concert or out at night, good luck getting a good picture. Out of over 100 pictures I took at one concert only about 30 pictures came out DECENT enough.
Most of the settings sound perfect but sadly, most of the settings work best with a TRIPOD.
April 22, 2011
My wife (the actual gift recipient) and I took this on a cruise, along with my D80, and her ***** compact camera. This was great! Slipped right into a pocket, was always handy, and took great pictures.
The fast focus, brilliant flash, and easy menus and touch screen made it a pleasure to use.
April 14, 2011
Purchased this camara as a "gift" for myself, is the 3rd Coolpix I have owned, as is by far the most fun and easiest to used. Bought it mainly because of the fast flash recycle time, was tired of missing Grandchildren photos , waiting for the flash to recharge. Easy to use, intuitive controls, excellant pictures and features. The warranty is great too, damaged the optics and Nikon fixed them no charge is 3 weeks. Will continue to purchase and recommend Nikon Products.
April 2, 2011
this product is easy to use
the instructions were well written and the product responded to my first efforts to understand how to operate the features
March 23, 2011
Poor quality pics
Bought 2 of these and not happy, pictures not sharp and blurry, took my old camera instead on vacation a week ago, would not buy another camera without optical or mechanical image stabilization, READ REVIEWS FROM MAJOR TESTERS!
March 23, 2011
This camera is great.
I love this camera.I have only had it a week, it takes great pictures and so easy to use.
March 17, 2011
Very impressed with the products capabilities.
I bought this camera because my girlfriend got one for Mothers Day. I saw the pictures she took and had to have one! It surpasses a camera I have at triple the cost! I know I am going to love it!
March 12, 2011
Excellent in certain light areas
I got this camera a little while ago but I have already seen that it is a good camera. In the right light setting it takes amazing photos good color good sharpness. I love that the camera is so small that it is portable and has an amazing touch screen. Over all it is amazing but the reason I rate it a 4 out of 5 is because only under certain light areas it takes amazing photos. So it is super but not everything I wanted. PS: the photo included shows how in the right light conditions it can take excellent photos.
March 9, 2011
great for the every day!!!
first let me just note that the pictures posted to this review are actually better in full size, if you are looking at them and thinking they are choppy that is bacause they have to squish an extreamly large photo in to a small box.. dont lat this fool you these pictures are very god quality and clarity!.....
now to my review ....
i have an obsession with the nikonD500... i want it desperately!!! .. but woe to me i can not afford it.... my parents(knowing i needed a new camera) got me a @#%&*$ (rude to say the brand).... i hated it so i returned it...
i saw this nikon s4000 and fell in love.. it doesnt take 10 seconds to take the picture after you push the button!!!
it, like all digital cameras will never have good stop action.. thats just something you have to accept with digital and affordable...
the touch screen is nice for viewing... not so great for taking the actual picture but the button on top works just fine...
this is a camera for your every day.. your birthday... your christmas... your long walk in the woods....
understanding the limitations of photography with an affordable camera is simple...
*understand that it isnt like a standard camera.. there are ups and downs...
*play with it when you get it!,, try every lighting situation, try moving with it.. try getting close to things try backing off...try day time ,night time, in doors, and out doors..
at the sun at the moon... give your new camera a chance to show you where it is best used.. and accept it for that..
people that have high expectations and limited patience will never get good pictures with anything...
so once again i will say:
don't look for whats wrong.. just understand the limitations.. and enjoy your compact, light weight, touch screen, digital camera...
March 5, 2011
This camera is a great camera!!
I personally love the touch screen plus it has a bunch of wonderful features that you will enjoy such as retouching the pic right after you take the pic. The pictures are very clear and real life like!! It has just been wonderful since I bought it. I also prefer cameras that do not work off of AA batteries. This camera just has all the plus features for me. Love it!!
February 17, 2011
This was a waste of $200.00!
I bought this camera in October 2010 and I have had pictures that turn blue in low lighting and yellow in low lighting. Now I have an OUT OF MEMORY problem. No matter how many new SD I put in this camera I still get the same message. I wasted $200.00 of my money on this camera. I have taken better pictures on a throw away camera. I also have a freezing problem on the camera. Take 2 pictures and it is done at on time.
February 5, 2011
This camera breaks a lot, and doesn't take great pictures. The lens always has errors.
January 18, 2011