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Nikon Coolpix 4800

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Nikon Coolpix 4800 Bridge Camera

Nikon Coolpix 4800
Photograph: Rick Rizner

The Nikon Coolpix 4800 is one of the few point-and-shoots we've tested that has a long (8.3X) zoom and 4-megapixel imaging and yet costs no more than $400.

A boxy 4.2 by 2.1 by 2.6 inches, the Nikon is nonetheless fairly light and is easy to grip and use one-handed. Its size permits nicely spaced control buttons-- simplifying the task of picking the right one quickly--and a wide, comfortable zoom rocker switch. Dedicated review and delete buttons help you dump unwanted shots fast. (When you press the delete button while in picture-taking mode, the camera automatically brings up the last photo taken.)

The Coolpix 4800's color and exposure scores were the second highest we've recorded for a point-and-shoot. And the camera earned the top mark for overall image quality. In our difficult, high-contrast cityscape photo, the Coolpix reproduced details in shadows without blowing out the sky. Our only criticism: White surfaces in our still-life test had a slight greenish cast. The Coolpix's sharpness and distortion scores were about average for a 4-megapixel camera; shots had good detail, but very fine lines and small text came out somewhat fuzzy in 8 by 10 prints.

The Coolpix 4800's four-way navigation button lets you set flash, self-timer, macro, and exposure compensation settings quickly. Most other controls are in menus, which are fairly intuitive but take time to work though.

A true snapshot camera, this model's creative controls are limited to 15 scene modes and manual white-balance calibration. It has no aperture-priority, shutter-priority, or manual focus options.

Not the most pocketable point-and-shoot around, but the Coolpix 4800 takes great shots, and it's long zoom give it more flexibility than most other cameras in its class.

Tracey Capen

This story, "Nikon Coolpix 4800" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Nikon Coolpix 4800 Bridge Camera

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