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I used this camera for 3 years before it decided to break. Unfortunately one day it just decided to stop working, through no physical damage. Admittedly the camera was damaged a week after its purchas and was repaired by an authorised repair centre. In my experience this camera was not a particularly robust model. It looks relatively bulky and well made but its internal contents were easily broken with an average impact. That is the first let down of this particular model.
The product is a 4 megapixel camera and whilst this is not impressive in modern times, it still takes a relatively good image. This resolution is fine should you wish to take pictures for computer use or standard photo size prints. If you are wishing to blow up your images a higher resolution would be recommended.
The camera features a 3x optical zoom which is pretty much a standard zoom on a compact digital camera but to be honest this zoom is not terribly effective. For a pocket sized camera, this is ideal as it saves space but don't expect to be taking great pictures without getting up close and personal.
The camera features are pretty standard, offering automatic picture mode and a mode with different scenes such as fireworks, indoor portrait etc. A movie recording feature is alos available but it is incredibly basic, taking a very small resolution capture and without sound. In my opinion, video recording in this way is dam near useless!
Some up sides of the camera are it's size, it is very small! It fits inside any pocket with ease and is incredibly light until two AA batteries are placed inside. This is a common trait of most AA battery powered cameras though.
Now-a-days this camera is no better than standard cameras on mobile phones, exluding the optical zoom facility. It certainly in no shape or form comes anywhere near my Panasonic Lumix in any department.
My parents bought me this camera as a birthday present and for a school art trip to Paris, and four years later it's still my trusty companion, working perfectly and fulfilling all my casual snapper's needs. Having used several friends cameras I much prefer mine, and believe that the nikon coolpix 4600 is a brilliant buy for a non-professional photographer of any age.
The camera fits into your hand perfectly, a robust light silver block that measures roughly 3cm thick - I have seen several slimmer cameras, but the Nikon 4600 balances aesthetic pleasure and simple button and camera screen layout. A screw for mobile podiums and the battery lid are easily found on the bottom of the camera, the on/off button and shoot on the top, and the memory card slot on the side along with an area to loop a lanyard or wrist strap onto. A wheel on the back allows shooting modes and scene styles to be chosen from simply without a massive onscreen menu to navigate. The screen itself - again I have seen bigger- but it it more than sufficient to check pictures, and nagivate the simple camera options onscreen.
As a whole, this camera has proven very resistant to active wear and tear, remaining unscratched, chipped, and all buttons working perfectly. It has been repaired once - due to being inadvertantly hurled across a hard tiled floor with the lense extended, so hardly proving a surprise - this repair was carried out through a third party extended guarantee (Jessops), so unfortunately I can't offer any experience of Nikon's returns policy.
Using this camera...
Relatively ignorant of modern technology, I found this camera amazingly easy to use and was fast navigating the full range of photographic options available. 12 scene options, 6 portrait options, 5 landscape options, 6 night-time options and even specialised sports options allow any range of scenarios to be expertly photographed. Colour options (black and white, sepia etc.) and lighting balance can be controlled, and the 5 flash options proved perfect to my art portfolio with photos of items indoors, outdoors, in glass cases and deep shade being of excellent quality.
The software provided with the camera for your computer is simple to use, uploading pictures and videos being extremely easy. The USB cable is provided with the camera as expected, and simply speaking anyone is capable of both using and uploading pictures with the Nikon 4600, no matter how technology-averse.
The only problem I have experienced with the Nikon 4600 is the memory card slot. A finger-shaped dint in the lid makes it very easy to open, and unfortunatley on a night out I without noticing managed to flick this open, apply a little pressure to the memory card, that as a result pinged oput of the casmera and was never seen again. Considering the need to remove or insert a memory card in a digital camera, I would have been happier with something more difficult to get into!
Conclusion... The Nikon coolpix 4600 is a great camera for any casual user, simple to use and providing a good range of options and shooting styles. A fantastic buy!
I've had this camera for a good two years now, and while I sometimes feel pressured to upgrade, I know that I will be using this camera until it falls apart! The quality of picture is impressive for only 4mp and colour enough for a casual shooter, such as myself. Small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough for rough and tumble (I've taken it to many shows and it hasn't seen a scratch yet.) The menus are easy to navigate, and the menu wheel / buttons self-explanitory. There is also an option to choose preset modes catered to various scenarios (beach, snow, indoor party, fireworks etc), and they do work well. The only negative thing I have encountered with this camera is the time it takes to 'load' between takes, especially in the dark...it is not one to rely on to capture that 'one and only' moment.
I got the Nikon Coolpix 4600 about two years ago for Christmas. At the time I was really pleased with it. It took good photos- it has various features including a sport mode- where the pictures are taken very quickly to avoid blur when taking a photo of something moving- it has a self timer, settings for various different scenes including snow, sunset, sunrise etc.
The camera has 4 megapixels, which is ok, but compared to newer cameras, the picture quality is nowhere near as good. However, whilst I've had this camera, I've taken some wonderful photos. I'm no photographer, but I took a photo of a sun rise, using the special mode, and it was so beautiful I had a canvas print made of it. The screen is quite small on this camera, it is still very easy to see the subject, but it would benefit from a slightly bigger screen. The one big disappointment with this camera is its inability to take photos on the night scene mode without blurring. If you don't use the night mode, the picture doesn't come out at all as it's too dark, but with the night mode on, it takes so long to take the picture, with several flashes, it's almost impossible to take a clear picture.
There is a movie setting on this camera, however, it doesn't have sound, as most new cameras do.
The zoom is good, and is still reasonably clear, even when fully zoomed in, which was good.
The only other slightly annoying this, was that once you took a photo, it took a while to be able to take another one. Not a big deal but can be irritating.
This camera is fairly chunky. It's small enough to carry in a bag, but too large to carry in a small pocket- in jeans etc. This can be a bit of a nuisance if you want to have it constantly to hand, on holiday, for example.
This is a perfectly good camera, but if buying a new one, I wouldn't buy this one, as it's just a bit dated now, and you can get a lot more for your money.
This is a great little camera, with all the usual features. Ok, so its only 4MPixels, but that is still enough to have a excelent quality photo, either printed or onscreen. Plus it means that you will get alot more pictures on you memory card. The camera has a scroll style wheel to change mode (ie between photo, video, portrait etc) which keeps it simple and user friendly. There is an ok sized LCD screen on the back to view photos, along with support for upto i think 512MB SD cards. This camera also has a good 'active picture' function, which makes it alot easier to take pictures of moving things or people. And all of this in a small compact, great looking body. What a great little camera, that you will be able to pick up quite cheap.
Nikon Coolpix 4600
Having decided to enter the digital camera market for the first time, a heady months worth of perusing both magazines and online websites followed, with the aim of finding a camera that could offer both adequate features, and be able to slowly introduce an amateur to the world of digital photography. Having taken into consideration various offers from various websites, it was decided that the Nikon Coolpix 4600 would be our best option when considering we had no previous experience of even using a digital camera. It offered all the features a buyer would need for first time use; zoom lens, red eye reduction, top quality pictures themselves, video capture and many other handy attributes. Righty ho then.
* 4.0 megapixels
* 3x zoom lens (to the standard of 34-102mm on 35mm camera)
* Advanced red-eye reduction (automatically detects and corrects potential red-eye)
* D-Lighting (automatically lightens overly dark images)
* 1.8 inch LCD screen
* Colour options (Sepia, Black and White, Standard)
* Internal memory
* 3 movie modes
The Nikon Coolpix uses varying battery options. It allows you the choice of standard AA batteries (x2), Nikon's own rechargeable NiMH batteries (x2), AA Nikel Mangamese batteries or AA Lithium batteries. Insertion is relatively simple; you just need open the battery compartment, located at the foot of the camera, and insert the batteries as shown in the accompanying manual; then simply close the chamber again and you're good to go.
You can store pictures on both the camera's internal (roughly 14 MB) memory, or purchase a separate memory card for more excessive use. Personally, my dad purchased a package that included a separate memory card for another £30, rather than use all the camera's own memory. Inserting the memory card is relatively as simple as inserting the batteries; just open the slot cover (located on the right side of the camera) and slide the card into the given hole, and simply close said cover once more.
Once the simplicities are out of the way, you can now turn the camera on and begin shooting away like a pro (well, not quite).
The menu feature is relatively easy to use; carrying symbols that signify information including which shooting mode you're currently in, zoom and focus indicator, battery level and time zone notification, I was able to understand the majority of functions within the first 24 hours (and am still to this moment checking over the additional features). To navigate the various menus within the camera, you simply need use the 'OK' button situated in the middle of the right hand side of the camera, and further you need only use the directional buttons placed around it to navigate up and down through the following sections.
The Shutter Release Button
The shutter release button (i.e.: the button you press when taking a picture) is a two stage one in the case of the Coolpix 4600. You must firstly press the shutter release halfway, which will allow the camera to set both the focus and exposure (when completed, a green light next to the viewfinder will become lit), and then press the button the rest of the way to take the shot itself. It's a feature that, although sceptical over at first (with the fear I'd accidentally press the button the whole way), has become a very useful one and surprisingly easy to use on a consistent basis.
The Mode Dial
The Mode Dial allows you to choose from seven potential shooting modes;
* Movie - allows you to record moving images, albeit minus audio.
* Auto - the selection for taking standard pictures in normal mode.
* Scene - gives the option of 12 respective 'scenes', which accommodate for varying shooting conditions.
* Setup - displays the setup menu on the LCD screen to allow actions such as changing monitor brightness.
* Portrait Assist, Landscape Assist, Sports Assist, Night Portrait Assist - helps to compose pictures for differing types of subject.
The Zoom Feature
Toward the right hand side of the Mode Dial, are two letters, W and T. For purposes of zooming in on a particular shot, simply press the 'T', and thusly, to zoom out of a particular shot, just press the 'W'. The zoom itself is varied in range, allowing for both a good close up, whilst giving you the option to hide that face a little in a more open picture (which therefore allows for things such as a wide group shot, or an elaborate landscape shot.
The camera comes complete with PictureProject, software that allows the transfer of pictures to your computer, whilst also allowing you the option of editing (and generally messing with) images once transferred. The software is very simply to install; just insert the accompanying disc and follow the on-screen instructions to a tee.
As far as negatives go, I'd say the main one would be it's vulnerability. It's a reasonably small camera with little in the way of a steady grip, which could potentially lead to future accidents and droppings (and thusly, breakages). Aside from that, it's a very easy-to-use camera that I've managed to grasp completely in 24/48 hours, and although there's features I'm yet to explore, the included manual explains everything perfectly, and therefore I've no quarrels about messing anything up. Things such as language setting, time setting, and picture mode, are easy to handle through the use of the menu buttons and relatively simple instructions. All in all, it's a great camera for first time use, and a good gateway to digital photography.
You'll find the camera going for roughly £150 on most internet sites, although the package my dad bought had the camera down as £125, with an additional £30 for add-ons such as leather case, additional memory card etc (which, incase anyone's interested, was purchased from ukdigitalcameras.co.uk); their delivery was also very prompt, taking just 2 days to deliver through secure delivery, and sticking to their word (and time promises) throughout.