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Nikon Coolpix S4150 Lens Extended
The Nikon Coolpix S4150 was released in August 2011 alongside the S6150. It is available for £108.99 in five colours: violet, bronze, black, silver and red.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Front
To make picture taking easy Scene Auto Selector selects the optimum Scene mode for popular photographic situations and the user is also able to choose from 19 scene modes. Subject Tracking AF keeps the camera focused on a subject even when it is moving.
The camera has a number of ways to help you take the sharpest pictures possible. Lens-shift Vibration Reduction helps reduce the effect of camera shake and high ISO (up to 3200) reduces the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low-light. Motion detection compensates for camera and subject movement, with Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots.
There is also a range of features which are suitable for taking people pictures. Smile Timer takes a picture when your subject smiles and Blink Proof alerts you when someone has closed their eyes. Skin softening will adjust uneven skins tones, with in-camera Red-eye Fix correcting false eye colour caused by the flash.
The S4150 has a retouch menu which enables you to edit and enhance images in the camera. Filter effects available include Selective Colour, which converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of colour to an area of your choice and Cross Screen, which adds a starry effect to bright objects.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD with stereo sound. Optical zoom is also available during recording. To view your videos the camera has a built-in HDMI connector for output to a HDTV.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Top
- 14 megapixel CCD image sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 26-130mm)
- 3 inch 460K-dot touch screen
- 720p HD movie recording with stereo sound
- Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction)
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Motion detection
- Best Shot Selector (BSS)
- Smart portrait system
- Smile Timer
- Blink Proof
- Skin softening
- In-camera Red-eye Fix
- Scene Auto Selector
- 19 scene modes
- Subject Tracking AF
- Retouch Menu
- Available in a range of exciting colours
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Screen
The camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on and is quick to focus. The battery has a CIPA rating of 190, which is fairly low, so if you take a lot of pictures when out shooting for a day you may like to consider carrying a spare. In continuous shooting mode the camera is capable of shooting full sized 14 megapixel images at 0.9 fps.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Battery
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Full optical zoom | 1/200 sec | f/6.5 | 23.0 mm | ISO 80
Digital zoom | 1/60 sec | f/6.5 | 92.0 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/13 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
There isn't any issue with noise at ISO 80 and ISO 100 but there is a little more noise at ISO 200, with a sharp image still produced. At ISO 400 images are a touch softer. Noise has a big impact on image quality at ISO 800, ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, with these settings best used when shooting images that are to be resized for web use.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 ISO test images
ISO 80 | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
ISO 100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
ISO 200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
ISO 400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
ISO 800 | 1/30 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/80 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/160 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm
Landscape mode creates images with excellent blues and greens. You can change the amount of colour in images, from vivid to black and white, examples of which can be seen lower down. Portraits have excellent skin tones, with just a hint of red-eye.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 6.7 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.3 | 11.6 mm | ISO 200
Food | 0.4 sec | f/5.3 | 11.6 mm | ISO 400
Landscape - vivid | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Landscape - black and white | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Under our incandescent lights the AWB presets gives an orange cast to the image, with the incandescent preset taking the better shot. It is the other way round under the fluorescent lights, with the AWB taking the best image, with an orange cast when shooting with the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/3.9 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/3.9 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.9 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.9 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
Although no filter effects can be added when shooting, during playback you can enter the Retouch Menu, where you can add filters such as selective colour, soft focus, miniature and many more. Examples of some of these are below. Other options available are Glamour Retouch, D-Lighting, Stretch, Perspective Control and more.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Digital filters
Black and white | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 80
Cross-screen | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 80
Fisheye | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 80
Selective colour | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 80
Cyanotype | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 80
Sepia | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 80
Video ModeBelow is a a video shot at 720p. The camera records with stereo sound and also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S4150 is available for £108.99. There is a huge range of cameras available with a similar specification (5x optical zoom, 14 megapixel sensor) to choose from, such as: Olympus VG-130, Nikon Coolpix S3100, Pentax Optio S1, Fujifilm FinePix Z90, Canon PowerShot A3200 IS and Samsung SH100.
Coolpix S6150 and considering they are available for a very similar price (as of 30th November 2011) there is little reason to suggest buying this model. The S4150 is smaller but the S6150 is only slighter bigger and has much better image quality, more megapixels and more optical zoom. The S4150 can take a good picture but will suit those who prefer to share images on social networking sites rather than printing their images in a large format.
Nikon Coolpix S4150 ProsExtremely compact
Good colour reproduction
Available in a range of colours
Nikon Coolpix S4150 Cons10cm minimum focus distance for macro shots
CIPA rating for battery is fairly low
Noise significant from ISO 400 upwards
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Nikon Coolpix S4150 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||14Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||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 ViewNX 2 CD-ROM|