Coolpix 4800 Digital Camera (4.2MP, 2288x1712, 8.3x Opt, 13.5MB Internal Memory) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Nikon
Model: 25520
Max Focal Length: 50 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2288 pixels
Installed Memory: 13.5 MB
Image Format: DCF|EXIF|JPEG
: Number of User Reviews: 6

Reviewed by: bobwilley from MD on Apr 11, 2005

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Extreme closeups(Macro .4"), easy to use, great for small items (I sell on eBay)

Weaknesses: No A/C adaptor included, hard to fine one, finally found at Radixgear for $21, no Car charger available

Summary: I had reviewed many cameras and this came in as the best one considering all the features for my usage on eBay. Extreme closeups are FANTASTIC. You will like this camera. Very small, very easy to use. Great overall camera.

Reviewed by: deval on Apr 23, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Very easy to use,Great optical zoom,Great Pictures

Weaknesses: Only comes with 13 MB internal memory

Summary: I was looking for a compact camera with long zoom. This is a perfect fit only thing I wish this one had 5 mega pixel instead of four megapixel. However the pictures are very sharp and bright. It is fully automatic and very user friendly.

This is great camera at great price. Highly recommended

Reviewed by: rkettenstock from MI on Jan 14, 2005

Experience: 5 Weeks

Strengths: Optical zoom on this camera is awesome. Battery life so far seems very good. Viewfinder mode is just like SLR!

Weaknesses: The lens cover doors somehow had gotten slightly out of alignment preventing them from opening completely. Even in that condition they did not obstruct the lens and my pictures still came out great.

Summary: This camera rocks! My coworkers and I discussed cameras for weeks before I decided on this one and I am extremely happy with it. The pictures are amazingly sharp even at extreme zoom. The colors are vivid and bright. We have used it probably about 45 hours so far on the first battery charge! (I prefer the small viewfinder as opposed to the lcd.) In auto mode it is simple enough for my mother-in-law and it has a full set of adjustment controls for my experimenting. Best camera available for the cost - no question.

Reviewed by: okcspike from TN on Jan 22, 2005

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Zoom, ease of use, battery life, super pictures, two viewfinders

Weaknesses: Size,much bigger than similar cameras, such as the 4200.

Summary: This camera was purchased after a lot of research and is my first digital camera. I found it easy to use, eash to set up and easy to transfer pictures to my computer, the web and E-mail etc. I have enlarged pictues to 11x14 and been very pleased with the results. I was so pleased, I bought another one for my work.

Reviewed by: kakanroy from NY on Feb 10, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: High optical zoom, easy to use.

Weaknesses: external charger. If the charger was in-built, it would be easier.

Summary: I bought this camera recently and my first impression after opening the box was very good. Without reading any manual, I could quicly assemple the things and took some photos and videos easily. The quality of the pictures and videos was very good. It comes with the cable to connect to the TV, so was seeing the pictures in TV. Very good product.

Reviewed by: allamericangirl2000 from CA on May 17, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Zoom, weight, battery life, shooting modes, price, ease of use, cheap memory card

Weaknesses: No 3:2 ratio (cuts off printed pictures), uses flash when no need, off color on prints, not enough megapixel to match 8x optimal zoom, viewfinder doesn't work together

Summary: Five years ago, I purchased my first digital camera that was a dream to use. Even though it's bulky and slow, it shoots beautiful, amazingly looking pictures.

To replace my Sony dinasour, I looked up what PC World rated as their #1 point-and-shoot digital camera, but to tell you the truth, besides the listed strengths, I actually think my Sony produces better prints.

I waited until I had prints done to compare the difference. The testers on PC World warns its readers that there is a slight green tint to this camera's prints. I thought I wouldn't be able to tell because I'm not a professional, but the prints done that the SAME LAB, on the SAME PRINTING JOB came back differently. My Sony produced crisper, more vibrantly-colored pictures, and the Nikon had a definite greenish tone to all its outdoor pictures.

The second thing that bothered me is for a high tech camera, it didn't come with the 3:2 ratio in pixel ratio that my Sony did. For anyone put prints pictures at labs, they know that most digital prints are cut off if you don't use this ratio set-up on your camera. I was very surprised and disappointed to not see this feature come with my new camera.

Third, the flash is odd on this camera. I tested my Sony with the Nikon in the same setting. The Sony did not use a flash for a setting indoors, but with bright light coming from the window into the room, and the Nikon put it on (with auto flash). The results were considerable. The Sony produced a more natural looking picture than the Nikon.

Fourth: the viewfinder. I don't understand why only one works at a time. I prefer if the smaller viewfinder was like one of a film-camera, for alignment purpose only and have that and the LCD work at the same time.

Five: I can't shut off all the display to see my picture in its entirety after I shoot it. It makes it difficult to see whether or not the picture was good enough, or needs a reshoot.

All in all, I was disappointed with my new camera. Though it's much lighter and faster than my Sony, I thought Sony produced a better product with all of its consideration for the amateur photographer who still wants professional looking prints.

But if you're not picky, and don't have a critical eye for color differences and edges chopped off, this is a good camera. It is extremely easy to use, and for its price, it's not a bad bargin at all. I was able to get an extra battery for only $10 on eBay and its SD memory card is always on sale at many stores, actual and online.

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