Nikon Coolpix S4000: Best, Affordable Touchscreen Point-and-Shoot Camera
When it comes to picture quality, Nikon Coolpix S4000 is a big improvement from its predecessor, the S230. Camera owners need only to mind the the ISO setting; setting it high for environments lacking lights. The S4000 gives average results indoor and excels outdoor where lighting is abundant, providing good contrast in the resulting images.
High ISO settings may cause grainy pictures and the S4000 doesn’t have the optical image stabilization which could make owner independent from high ISO setting. The Nikon Coolpix S4000 does have a fixed range auto, however, that lets the camera choose the ISO setting that is suitable.
The touchscreen feature is by far the best feature of the Nikon Coolpix S4000. Unlike its competitors though, the camera keeps two physical buttons at the bottom of the device to access shooting options and playback. Owners can also adjust the shutter and zoom with buttons found on top of the camera.
To adjust shooting modes, owners need to use the button at the bottom of the camera but other settings can easily be adjusted on the screen. Sensitive enough to register a fingernail, the screen is equipped with sizable buttons that pressing the incorrect buttons is quite rare.
The option for aperture or shutter speed manual adjustment are not available with the Nikon Coolpix S4000, the way all cameras of its league are. Setting options are plenty though, at 18 which include draw and panoramic modes. Highest ISO setting reaches 3200 for shots taken at extremely low light places.
Shooting above ISO 400 is not recommended however, given the fact that grains start to become especially visible when ISO setting is as high as 400.
Duration between shots can also be frustrating as there can only be 1 shot every 1 second, even 1 shot every 1.8 second when touch shutter option is activated. This situation, however, is common among competing cameras. Continuous shooting is even worse when the frequency decreases to 1 shot every 2 seconds.
The Nikon Coolpix S4000’s most glaring disadvantage is the missing optical image stabilization. There is a feature called Electronic Vibration Reduction to help with the camera shake, however, as well as the automatic ISO adjustability. Lack of optical image stabilization is still a big miss for a camera in the price range of Nikon Coolpix S4000, however.
Recording in 720p HD, the Nikon Coolpix S4000 video feature is controlled by giving the touchscreen a double tap or adjusting the shutter button. Video control mode is limited to macro shooting however; there is no other setting available. Nor is there the option of optical zoom during the shooting.
At the end of the day, the Nikon Coolpix S4000 is attractively affordable for a well-performing touchscreen camera. The interface is one of the best in the market even if lack of optical image stabilization is a major disappointment.