Nikon Coolpix 4600 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG format only
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • Release Date: 2005-02-25
  • Final Grade: 50 2.5 Star Rating: Recommended

2.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix 4600
4.0 megapixels (effective); 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom; auto focus only; program exposure only; JPEG format only; 2 AA batteries; movie mode (no sound)
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Nikon Coolpix 4600 has proved to be a miserable camera with abysmal performance that has frustrated and confounded all who have come in contact with it. DCHQ recommends you avoid this lemon.

One of two entry-level cameras from Nikon, the Nikon Coolpix 4600 offers point and shoot simplicity and an attractive price. With a 4-megapixel image sensor and 16 different preset scene modes, the Nikon 4600 is perfect for amateur photographers who want a high quality camera that makes decisions for them. The 4600 has a movie mode with no sound — if you expect to take movies, Digital Camera HQ recommends looking a the Coolpix 5600, which offers audio with its movies.

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