Nikon Coolpix S4150 review

  • £140

Touchscreen 14-megapixel compact camera

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Nikon coolpix s4150

The overall quality of the images is good - they're sharp and crisp with a good balance of well represented colours. Whilst the auto mode fares well the majority of the time, it has its limitations and occasionally overexposes images, especially those taken in bright sunlight.

Smart portrait mode is supposed to take a photo when your subject is smiling, but during our test it was unresponsive and became frustrating for both subject and photographer as we waited for it to decide if we were smiling wide enough. Blink mode, on the other hand, worked well - preventing photos from being taken when a blink was detected.

The images you see on the LCD occasionally differ to the images you see once downloaded, especially those images taken at high ISO settings. On the screen they appear blurry, out of focus and unusable - but once downloaded some are salvageable.

Although it can shoot up to ISO 3200 it's worth noting that at the higher end of the spectrum photos suffer badly from a loss of colour and image definition, even whilst shooting in daylight, and during low light or darkness the camera is unable to take reasonable shots that are in focus without the use of the flash or a tripod.

Chromatic aberration is limited and fairly well controlled, although sometimes visible when zoomed to full capacity.

If you look at the sample images at 100%, you will see a couple of examples where the in-camera sharpening has produced some less than pleasing results. There's loss of picture quality surrounding the faces of the people in the shot, giving them an almost halo like appearance. However, given that it's unlikely that most people will blow up the images to this size, it's not likely to be a big issue for the average user.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer
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 Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
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