Nikon Coolpix 4800 Brief Review


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  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 8.3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG format only
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2004-09-28
  • Final Grade: 65 3.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix 4800
4.0 megapixels (effective); 8.3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom; auto focus only; program exposure only; JPEG format only; ISO range 50 - 400; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Nikon Coolpix 4800 has been replaced numerous times and we now recommend looking a the Nikon Coolpix S8000.  Here's what we had to say about the 4800 when it first came out:

The Nikon Coolpix 4800 proves that small cameras can have a big zoom. Though it fits in your hand, the 4800 offers an impressive 8.3x optical zoom as well as 4-megapixel resolution. Designed for the point & shoot crowd, the Nikon 4800 offers fully automatic controls as well as 16 different scene modes, including beach, sunset, and party/indoor. An automatic lens cover means you'll never need to worry about losing the lens cap, and a pronounced curve on the right side of the body makes the Nikon 4800 easy to grip, despite its small size.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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