Nikon Coolpix S4150 review

Touchscreen 14-megapixel compact camera

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  • On camera retouching and resizing
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Good image quality
  • Good range of scene modes


  • Unintuitive touch screen
  • Some menu options difficult to understand without reference to the manual
  • Smile shutter mode only works intermittently

Released in August, the Nikon Coolpix S4150 is a mid priced compact in the Coolpix range, with a 3 inch, 460k-dot touch control LCD screen, 14 megapixel CCD image sensor and NIKKOR wide-angle 5x zoom lens.

The Nikon Coolpix S4150 can be picked up for around £140, placing it in the middle range of compact cameras. It offers three different shooting modes - auto, scene and smart portrait.

There are twenty scene modes to choose from including portrait, macro, pet mode (where the shutter noise is muted), museum (no shutter noise or flash) and fireworks. Alternatively you can choose "smart scene" and the camera will pick the scene it thinks will work best for your shot.

The Nikon Coolpix S4150 utilises five different flash modes depending on what mode you're using, including redeye reduction and fill flash. Smart portrait offers users the option of letting the camera take a photo when a subject is smiling and also offers blink detection.

The Nikon Coolpix S4150 doesn't offer a manual mode, but you are able to change aspects such as the sensitivity which ranges from ISO 80 to 3200, the exposure compensation and the white balance, including creating your own custom white balance, which is straightforward.

In camera retouching, resizing and editing is available. The resizing and retouching offer some useful tools for people who do not have access to photo editing software, although the editing options allowing you to add frames and cartoon hearts are likely to be less used by most.

Video can be shot in HD 720p (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x240). You can zoom in whilst shooting a video, but that's about all you can do - the touch screen options are not available during the recording. The decreased quality is immediately evident whilst using the QVGA mode, but the HD video and VGA create film that would be perfectly acceptable to post online.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)128 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.8 mm
Width95 mm
Depth19.9 mm
Focal Length4.60 mm to 23 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS4150
Product NameCoolpix S4150 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA120E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Feature-packed and looking chic, the Coolpix S4150 boasts a large, high resolution touch screen and a compact body that fits perfectly in your hand. Incredibly intuitive to operate, it offers fingertip control over shooting and playback, and a dedicated video-record button makes it easy to begin filming the action in high-definition.

Consistently sharp results are assured thanks to the precision Nikkor 5x zoom lens and four advanced anti-blur technologies that automatically minimize the effects of camera shake, subject movement or low light.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S4150 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP14
  • Stylus TP-1
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year