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- Nikon Coolpix S4100
- The S4000 has improvements, but so few improvements—and a handful of... un-improvements.
Nikon Coolpix S4100 Digital Camera Review$179.95
The S4100 has a handful of very useful playback feature that make it very easy to review your photos—and, to a lesser extent, your videos. Most noteworthy is the 10x playback zoom, which is just a little easier to use than on many cameras. Using the zoom lever to zoom in, you can then use the touchscreen to pan around your image—no clunky dpad navigation here. There's also an "X" button, which lets you restore to the original zoom in just the push of a button. The whole feature works like a charm.
By default, playback mode will land you in a full-size display of your photo. Using the zoom toggle, you can choose to view a 4-square, 9-square, or 16-square grid of thumbnails instead.
Once you choose the photo to view, a quick menu on the right also lets you add a star rating to the photo (between 0 and 5 stars). The menu on the bottom give options for folder sorting, a slideshow, painting, retouch, or printing.
Nikon offers two different flavors of in-camera editing for its S4100 owners. First, there is a "paint" option, which lets you add all sorts of silly graphics on top of your photo. You can use the stylus to draw on a mustache (in virtually any color you like), you can decorations like hearts and butterflies in any of four different sizes, or you can add one of seven decorative frames around your photo. These options are gimmicky—and not nearly as hilarious as Casio's dog-face feature.
The second kind of in-camera editing is perhaps a bit more useful—and a bit more palatable. The retouch features allow users to do a quick retouch, apply D-lighting, skew the photo with stretch or perspective control, add filter effects (like vivid, softening, fisheye, or miniature), do a "glamour retouch," or simply rotate, scale, and crop.
Direct Print Options
The S4100 allows users access to the usual DPOF and PictBridge options. You can set a print order, add dates, and do all that other stuff that you crazy camera-to-print folks like to do.