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I have been using my Coolpix 4200 for about 3 years now. It is perfect for those who want an easy to use camera with the reliability you would expect from a name like Nikon.
The camera is light weight (about 185g,) but solidly constructed with a metal shell. It has a 35mm X 25mm colour LCD display.
The picture quality is good and the camera's macro facility enables you to get some fantastic close-up images.
The Coolpix 4200 has a useful timer and video recording facility. It also has a selection of pre-set picture modes which help you take perfect shots with the least amount of fuss, (e.g. when taking daylight, portrait, landscape, panoramic and high speed images.) The camera's on-screen menus are also easy to use.
The Coolpix 4200 comes with software to edit and fine-tune your images.
Whilst not for professional photographers, I would highly recommend it for those looking for a compact, reliable camera.
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Coolpix 4200 is a very good entry level
'camera makers' camera from Nikon.
Easy to use and gives good if slightly
technicolour images with satisfactory resolution
from nice lens.
Feels slightly too small and compact in my hands
but build quality is fine.
Takes rather a long time to recharge flash after
The right-hand grip, the weight of two AA batteries and a comfortable space for the right thumb ensures confident, steady handling. In use the 4200 is intuitive and its combination of buttons and on-screen menus are easy to master. To improve the speed of operation I invested in a Sandisk Ultra II 512mb memory card, which suits the camera well, plus some high-capacity rechargeables. Image quality is as good as you would expect from a well-known brand like Nikon, although the images straight from the camera appear rather soft. Using the software supplied to sharpen the images is highly recommended and the Nikon image-editor also allows you to straighten any wonky horizons. Nikon has a good reputation for macro shots and close-ups of flowers really shine with this camera.
Has lots of preset modes and image adjustments.
A fine snapshot camera but for more creative work,
a SLR type digital camera is a better long term buy.
The COOLPIX 4200 is an easy-to-operate compact digital camera that boasts high-level comprehensive quality, 4.0 effective megapixel performance, and a selection of useful functions. Superior image quality begins with a newly developed 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range of 7.8 to 23.4mm (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format). Featuring aspherical elements and an ED glass element, it achieves a significant reduction in aberration. It also retracts to contribute greatly to the overall slim dimensions of the body. The COOLPIX 4200 has the additional advantage of 4.0 effective megapixels, which ensures images are recorded with satisfying clarity.
The elegant aluminum exterior of the COOLPIX 4200 exudes a sense of sophistication. The camera also features the same stylish grip design as the other cameras in the popular COOLPIX range, has satisfyingly compact dimensions, and a light weight - factors that combine to make the camera feel naturally comfortable in the hand. Furthermore, all controls are conveniently located within easy reach on the back of the camera body. This enables highly intuitive operation in general and provides easy access to the camera's 15 Scene modes. Each of these modes adds simplicity for the shooting of a different kind of subject, while four of them offer a Scene Assistance function to make shooting even easier still. The COOLPIX 4200 also features Advanced Red-eye Reduction, which provides automatic in-camera correction. Convenient and useful in a range of situations, it also activates automatically upon selection of Night portrait mode.