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Nikon Coolpix 4600

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Nikon Coolpix 4600

We've given the 4600 a grade of F.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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)
  • Part Number: Coolpix 4600
  • UPC: 018208255245
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2005

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Nikon Coolpix 4600 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 4600 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor reliability (Edward Butler — 08/29/2009)

I paid $200 for my Nikon 4600 and took maybe 150 photos with it before the lens motor seized making the camera completely useless. Nikon wanted $100 to repair it... no thanks. I'll just cut my losses and buy another brand. On the plus side it makes a fairly decent paperweight which is about all it's good for. I'll never buy another Nikon product.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Mi camara nikon coolpix 4600 (Yadira — 07/14/2009)

Esta utilizando mi camara pasando las fotos y se apago y quedo con el lente a fuera y ya le puse pilas nuevas y no enciende

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor design battery door (James Nelson — 08/04/2008)

This is our 2nd and last Coolpix by Nikon Camera! On both cameras the battery door clasp broke (in just general use). The cost of repair is almost the cost of a new camera. Apparently it happens to a lot of owners and yet Nikon does nothing to correct the problem of poor design.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It started out great....then it died (amber — 07/06/2008)

Had it a couple pf months and just died. This is sopost to be a great camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dead... (Mario Pezzo — 06/03/2008)

I have been trying, from then to then, for a couple of years to make it resuscitate.
Just few tries when I am bored and/or, making order in my drowers, I finally postpone the decision to trash it, who knows why...
I bought it in Ibiza and after few months of very normal usage this camera suddenly died. Non warnings whatsoever.
I tried everything without success.
I used to be a Nikon customer but, due to the faulty design of this one (I have read all the articles about this problem) and the virtually absent Nikon support in Italy (if you don't buy your nikon cameras from Nital), now I am an happy owner of two Canon.
Nikon? Never again!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor reliability (Claudiu Druma — 01/24/2008)

My Coolpix 4600 camera stop to function suddenly, 4 mounths after waranty period exceeded.
The camera was use only in accordance with instructions, without being exposed at abnormal function condition.
I disagree the Nikon company position that prove a not client oriented policy; they ask me to pay for damaged component a price almost as much as the acquisition price of camera.
I will never buy a Nikon product in the future!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Garbage (Christine — 01/05/2008)

Bought the camera last Christmas for my daughter. After a short time it would not turn on. The camera was used infrequently and never dropped. I went on line to research the problem. It is very common. I will never buy another Nikon camera

  • 4.0 out of 5
I like it fine for closeups (Pamela — 10/01/2007)

I'm amazed there are so many poor reviews of this camera. I've owned it for about 2 years and I like it just fine. I think it takes awesome closeups at a distance of about 4 inches from the subject. I've gotten some very good shots of flowers and insects.

It also takes pretty good profile shots of people at a distance of 4-6 feet. No, I don't think it's a good choice for landscapes or low light situations. But I really like the sports mode, where you get multiple shots by holding down the button - good for a moving subject in daylight. I'm not bothered by deleting the out-of-focus shots that result.

I've been happy with this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not that great (Jade — 01/11/2007)

I was so excited when i got my Nikon Coolpix 4600, because Nikon is suppose to be such a great brand of cameras. To my great disappointment, when you shoot movies there is no sound, it takes forever to recharge between shots, so you miss a lot of exciting shots. However on the positive side it doesn't burn through batteries like other cameras do, i can use one set of batteries for up to two weeks! I havent really had a problem with bright lights or low lights. Plus the price was not that bad. So overall i would say though its not the greatest camera in the world, i think i pretty much got what i paid for.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Most Frustrating Camera in the World. I am off to buy a Canon!!! (Jennifer W — 12/26/2006)

This is the most frsutrating, inconsistent, annoying, piece of crap camera I have ever owned! I cannot take still shots because they blur, I cannot take action shots because there is a FIVE - yes - 5 - second delay between shots, I cannot take photos in semi light, indoors, with bright back grounds or pretty much any shot that is inmportant! AVOID THIS CAMERA EVEN IF IT IS FREE! I am not just pissed off about this product; I am highly disappointed with Nikon. With all the choices on the market they have really lost alot of clout over this product. They really should fire their engineer team, QA team, Marketing team and start over.
Hope you got good photos of your nephews FIRST Christmas play, his Christmas morning, Your brothers first trip to Europe - because I sure wasn't able to!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Surprisingly poor product from a supposedly good company (Joe — 12/26/2006)

I own the 4600 and have been disappointed in the frequency of blurred pictures with this camera. At least 50% of the time. Also, the slow rate of recharge between pictures causes a lot of shots to be missed. I will not buy nikon again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
if you know what you're's not that bad (kerri — 12/10/2006)

I'm surprised to see such bad reviews. The only complaint I have for this camera is that it's not worth much when it comes to low lighting. (I.E. concerts..) but i've seen many other digital point & shoot cameras to be that way! If that is such a complaint..go spend $1,500 on something more fancy. The slowness just requires patience. The battery life is fine once you get rechargable batteries..and actually LET them charge for a decent amount of time! I can keep a set of batteries in my camera for well over 2 weeks and it works fine! Also, a trick to speed up the time after it flashes: when you take the picture, and the screen goes black, hit the arrow button next to the screen. It stops re-charging and you don't have to wait! When it comes to the blurryness, it's much better if you can set your camera on something stable and use the timer. If I can't do that, I usually use the AUTO flash because it's quicker. My camera never really takes long with that setting to take a picture, with the red-eye reduction flash it does take a couple seconds but it's not worth getting mad over. With my experience, I have had some outstanding pictures. Many people don't believe I take them, but it's all about you knowing how to use a camera properly. I definitely want to upgrade but that is just a photographers wish.. it's perfect for anyone who just wants something compact and easy to use!

  • 1.0 out of 5
A really bad camera (J. Dorland — 12/04/2006)

I bought a Nikon 4600 Coolpix for my wife last Christmas. What a mistake! We can't take photos of our grand child because of the time lag between pressing the shutter release and the taking of the actual picture. By the time the camera "thinks", then focuses, then flashes three times, then takes the picture, the kid is gone. This is a totally useless piece of crap and should never have been put on the market. My son has a Canon Elph which does a remarkable job. Point, shoot and theres the picture. No time lag, no multiple flashes....just a great picture. I hope to sell my Nikon on e-bay and would be happy to get $50.

  • 2.0 out of 5
SLOOOOOOOW (Chris — 11/20/2006)

If your buying this camera to take pictures of anything but landscapes or still subjects don't.The auto focus barely does its job,taking the flash off results in nothing but blurred pictures.Transfering picture to disk takes far too long,all in all your money could be spent better else where.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very poor performance (Arun — 11/14/2006)

Earlier I had Nikon coolpix 2000 camera. I thought to upgrade so purchase Nikon coolpix 4600 because it had a tag labelled as New on it.
After using it I found the performance to be the worst. I had to switch back to my old Nikon coolpix 2000 camera.
With this experience I have spoiled so many good pictures

  • 3.0 out of 5
Basically OK (John Flanagan — 11/13/2006)

Compact enough, good pictures, (outdoors ONLY)! Way too long to recharge after a flash shot, I missed many shots. Slow to auto focus too. I thought Nikon was good???. I'll try another brand this year, I'm done with Nikon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good value for the money (Cork_Ireland — 11/09/2006)

Have read many of the reviews here and would have to disagree with several of them. Perhaps Nikon just have high rate of poor quality cameras, but I've been lucky that mine is not one of them.

I have no problems whatsoever with picture quality (no blurs) or battery life. I would frequently go through >150 decent quality pics before having to worry about charging them.

I find the features easy to use and camera durable. It's taken perfect pics anywhere from dark churches to snow capped peaks to nightclubs.

Perhaps I got lucky with it, but I just want to balance the bad press with some more positive feedback.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty Good (Meredith — 10/31/2006)

I am fairly happy with this camera. The most annoying part is that it has a delay between pictures that use the flash. Also, my screen broke but I think that was my fault. Now I just need to find a place to fix it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's Ok (Lacy Reynolds — 10/20/2006)

It's a good camera, with some interesting scene features. It did a great job taking pictures of fireworks, but didn't do very well at the Georgia Aquarium. The flash takes forever to recharge, so you have to wait awhile before you can take the next picture, which can be frustrating. I probably should have bought a case for it instead of just shoving it in my purse. This led to the lens shutter getting stuck when the camera turns on, so I have to open it with my fingernail before I can take a picture. Most recently the zoom out button has stopped working even though the zoom in button still works. I haven't figured out how to turn off the flash, but it is good at taking pictures at night. The display screen is sometimes dark even if the area is well lit and you can't see what you're pointing out until you've taken the picture. It can zoom in really well. I was able to get a closeup shot of our school mascot across the football field while I was in the stands. The camera was a Christmas gift, and if I had chosen, I would have picked something with more megapixels and a bigger display.
All in all, it's a good amateur camera that is cheap and good for taking pictures with your friends.

  • 1.0 out of 5
System Error (David Litchfield — 10/08/2006)

After 18 months with less than average use camera froze up and says 'System Error'. Nikon are not interested. Their charges for repair are way in excess of purchase price. From what I read on the Web this is common on all Nikon digital cameras.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry pictures from camera (Maureen Newhouse — 09/19/2006)

I bought this camera for a long overseas trip. I fought it the entire trip trying to get non-blurred shots. For every 5 good pictures, I deleted 15 blurred ones. Also the time between shots is very slow. At first it just took a long time after a flash photo, but now it is a long time between any photos. 10 or more seconds of an hour glass icon. Now my flash mode button is stuck on non-flash.

Last weekend I attended my grand-daughter's birthday party. My daughter took pictures with her Panasonic Lumix and then with my Nikon - same shot, same lighting. All of mine came out very blurred while hers were crystal clear.

I am very disappointed in this Nikon and am going to go to another brand now for replacement.

  • 3.0 out of 5
less than average performance (lorna — 09/11/2006)

The nikon 4600 is a fairly good camera except the shutter speed is lousy. it takes about 15 to 20 seconds before you are able to take the next picture. i took it to my nieces wedding and had to borrow someone else's camera because i was missing good shots while the camera was loading and resetting. in addition most pictures come out blurry you have to keep changing the setting to get a clear picture. most of all camera eats up batteries, but what i find is that lithium batteries are best for digital cameras. if you are buying a nikon 4600 be prepared for long lag time between pictures, blurry pictures and dead batteries in a short time.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera that was a Christmas gift 2005/06 (chelle — 08/28/2006)

I rated this camera high as I have taken so great pictures more like excellent quality photos! I think it has some great features and if you use them in the right manner you get good results. I am thinking of getting some re-chargeable batteries eventually only because I use the camera a lot and with a sandisk 256mb memory card I get carried away with taking pictures and sometimes leave the camera on standby.
Well this is a great camera and value for money and if you know how to use it you will get fab results:)

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon 4600 coolpix no picture shows (Alex — 08/28/2006)

The other day I went to take out the SD card out of the Nikon 4600 Coolpix, so that I can transfer the pictures from the card to my computer. I have done this many times before. The times before, I would transfer and then put the card back in the camera, to check to see it the pictures were still on the card, they were there. The other day, I went through the same steps as before,and then I took the card and put it back in the camera to see if the pictures were still on the SD card. They weren't there. I took the card back out to export the pictures from my computer to the camera, waited twenty minutes for the export to be finished, put the card back in the camera,checked to see if the pictures exported, they weren't there. A couple days later, I bought a new SD card and tried to expot the pictures from my computer to the new SD card.Then I put the new SD card into the camera and checked to see if the pictures were there. They weren't. If there was an avaliabe rating of no stars, I would choose it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Slow and Blurry (Kai Mulford — 08/11/2006)

Hate this camera! All night time flash pictures are blurry, the delay time for flash is way too long, and the battery life is very short. I bought this camera to send with my son for a year abroad program. Guess I will have to buy him a new camera before he leaves so that he can be assured to capture every moment- quickly and clearly! You can be assured that it won't be a Nikon Coolpix

  • 1.0 out of 5
batteries exhausted - blurry pictures (maurane — 08/09/2006)

very disappointing experience from such a recognised brand
what troubles most is that despite many people complaining the average review still shows an acceptable rating, which in itself is deceitful

This on is not worth the money ever, bewarned don't buy this camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery life terrible! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have taken a lot of pics in 3 months and when I started out the battery life was fair at best. Now I cannot get in more than 5 pics and it dies. There is something wrong with this camera. You will experience sooner or later.

  • 2.0 out of 5
it was great when it worked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It was a pretty good camera when it worked. It was my first camera. But after a few months of use, the lens mechanism broke.

  • 2.0 out of 5
pretty bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i don't really like this camera. every time i take a picture without flash, IT's ALWAYS BLURY! when i take to weddings or vacations, i get very frustrated with it. within 2 months of buying this camera i wanted a new one. this camera has problems in low light.i suggest you get another camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Liked it dropped it getting another (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really like this camera, I own a 8mp larger Nikon and it takes wonderful pix so when I went looking for a camera to take everywhere I stuck with Nikon and I'm happy I did. Sadly I dropped the camera and broke it but I'm going to replace it with the same model. Great for the price. Picture quality is excellent. It does take a long time to recover from a flash and it does eat batteries but it is compact easy to use and very inexpensive.

  • 4.0 out of 5
pretty good not excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i don't like to complain but sometimes it's delay (flash and shoot) kills me. if flash not needed (open air or bright light)i just use special mode when it takes shots in a row.
quality of pictures is good if your hands are good:)))) in most of cases excellent.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error with little use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I used this camera only occasionally, certainly less than 100 times. It was never abused and looks like the day it was taken out of its box. Today I learned that it must go back for repair due to "lens error." Google on CoolPix lens error and read for yourself.

It was inferior to my 2MP Canon PowerShot when taking inside portraits despite a myriad of menu options. I am going back to Canon products and will never buy Nikon junk again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
For the Money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Stop complaining about no sound on video mode. If you want movies, buy a camcoder. Also, if you think it takes too long between taking pictures, and it does, what do you want for 150 bucks! I also have a canon S1IS digital camera($450.00)I find myself using the Nikon 4600 more.

  • 2.0 out of 5
great for a while (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I spent $294.00 for the coolpix 3100...It worked great for about 8 started eating batteries..I thought that my batteries were just worn out... so I replaced them again with more rechargeable ones....still only 10-15 pictures...I had a large memory card..I am now down to 3-5 pictures...before the batteries flash they are dead...with all the changing of the batteries...the PLASTIC BATTERY DOOR LATCH has broken...why would a manufacturer make door latch out of plastic??? on a $300.00 camera???
I have started getting blurry pictures...from these reviews it sounds like I am not the only one that is having problems with Nikon cameras eating batteries...
I noticed that the coolpix 3100 has an advisory out for it...with bad tint and blurred pictures
I expected this camera to last me many years...but....

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad camera, worse support service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera at Orlando for my vacations. Terribly slow, awful night shots, energy eater, etc. But most important: It worked for only 20 days!! and then the lenses failed.
Went to service center, came back, worked "fine" for 11 days and failed again. Please, never buy this camera. And by the way, most of this Nikon models records the sound of the lense focus mechanism in video mode and therefore the playback sounds terrible.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery exhausted...NEW batteries!? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received this camera for Christmas and at first it worked great. I took a lot of pictures the next day when we went to my sisters house when her kids opened gifts and over the next 2 weeks I took a lot of pictures of the stuff I sell on eBay. Now however, I can't take a single picture with the camera. I even opened a fresh pack of batteries, put them in the camera, turned it on...when I attempt to take a picture, even with no flash, the camera shuts off or says Warning!!Battery Exhausted. If anyone else has had this same problem and found out how to fix it, please include that in a review here.

My first digital camera and highly disappointed!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Shocked that NIKON puts name on this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Since I have owned this camera I have had nothing but problems. 8 out of 10 pictures are blurred and the flash refresh rate is unacceptable. I've called NIKON twice and they walked me through the reset procedure where the camera has worked for a week or two then reverts back to the same problems with blurred pictures. It's in the NIKON service shop now, under warranty, and I only hope that it comes back working as I expect NIKON.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent first time buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera online without checking the reviews properly first(silly me), subsequently spent almost 2 weeks waiting for it to arrive, meanwhile reading as many reviews as I could. The impression given was of a camera with at best, average performance, so I was somewhat worried when the time arrived to set my new Coolpix 4600 up.Thankfully though, I need not have worried after all.

- Setup is quick and easy for almost anybody.
- A high quality LCD screen, and a menu system which is pleasing on the eye, and simple to navigate.
- Camera feels quite solid in your hands , however I'm not a big fan of the plastic casing, if I were to drop the thing on a solid surface, I fear it would not survive!
- The standard rechargeable batteries supplied take over 2 hours to charge(the first time at least), which is somewhat of a lengthy wait, if you don't have any spare AA batteries lying around.
- The LCD monitor displays a rather hazy preview of your subject matter if you are indoors or in an otherwise dark location, however it's adequate,and you can always use the viewfinder for a crystal clear preview, if necessary.
- With the flash set to automatic I found that it activated on virtually every shot indoors, and even some of the outdoors shots, when I would have preferred to capture more of the natural ambiance of the room lighting, I found this was easily cured by setting the flash off or reducing the exposure setting. However with no flash you need a really steady pair of hands(or a tripod) to avoid any blurring.
- Some people seem to have problems with flash recharge time, however I found on my particular camera it takes no more than 4 seconds to charge, I guess for some purposes this could be an irritation, but for most people I can't see it being an issue.
- For a camera described as "average" in most pro reviews, I could not have been happier with the end results, well focused images and very high resolution. If this is average, I'd love to get my hands on a "top class" digital camera!
- Just to amuse myself I snapped a couple of pictures in a pitch black room, so the camera had no opportunity to focus beforehand, the flash did it's job wonderfully, and the resulting images were as good as any I had taken under reasonably well lit conditions.

The various shooting modes of this camera and it's 'framing' features, are easy to understand for someone new to digital cameras, and the resulting images are in my opinion of a very high quality, without the need to expend any effort, nor too much money. I would recommend the Coolpix 4600 to anyone looking to buy their first or a replacement camera in the lower end of the market, who doesn't require the advanced settings and features of the high end cameras.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Compact, cool features, horrible delay (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera because I thought it was compact and had good features (I like the TV adapter the best). When I started taking practice pictures around the house, I found that between each picture there was about a 30 second delay. From past experience with a digital camera, when I am taking pictures on the ski slopes you do not have even a second or you miss really good shots that tend to happen close together. For this reason I am rating it average and taking it back to the store.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Snowy screen correction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

To all those people on this message board moaning about snowy screen. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. The snowy screen is simply the camera gaining up so you can see what you are taking a picture of. That is why the pix come out OK even if the screen was snowy when you composed the picture. One chap in particular took his camera back and experienced the same thing on the replacement one. He thinks it is a fault. Good grief man, take the hint. It is a bonus to have this on a camera, not a fault. By the way, I agree about the focus complaints. It is really poor and is very 'iffy' in anything but bright sunlight.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera for Christmas and havent put it down since. It takes great pictures, and has a bunch of different features. I love that you can change to b&w, sepia, etc.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not worth the money. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was forced to buy the Nikon 4600 when Ritz Camera quoted me a wrong price on a Canon. We thought that a camera with the name Nikon on it would be very good. Boy was I wrong. The only good thing about it is the small size. Recover time between pictures of all the cameras in this price range is horrible. And why have a movie feature with no audio??

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Picture Quality but... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using this camera for about 3 months and I would like to say that its performance is average and thats because its positive side is neutralized by its negative points. Pictures taken by it are of amazing quality whether the closeup or the far ones which is in favor of this camera but its negative aspects are that its

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Picture Quality but... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using this camera for about 3 months and I would like to say that its performance is average and thats because its positive side is neutralized by its negative points.

Pictures taken by it are of amazing quality whether the closeup or the far ones which is in favor of this camera but its negative aspects are that it takes a long time between two shots for recharging its flash and it eats up the batteries like you take a pill. Thats very disappointing on the part of great brand name NIKON. These are the basic things which should have been taken care of by NIKON.

Unfortunately, I cant return this camera because I bought it on Thanks giving day and kept it as a gift for my uncle on X'mas. Now it is too late to return it...

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD stopped working after 8 months - Nikon won't repair (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera worked fine for 8 months, though the recovery time is painfully slow. Then one day I was taking pictures outside and after being out for about 10 min, the LCD stopped working. I sent back for warranty repair & Nikon basically said "tough luck, thanks for using will cost $135!!" I can buy a brand new camera for that amount. So I will now buy a new camera, and I will not be a Nikon...ever again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Happy with this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received this camera as a Christmas gift and I am quite satisfied with it. For the price, it is great. Compared to other cameras in a higher price range, of course it's not going to outshine them. However, it is easy to use, takes good pictures, has great features (D-lighting, on camera cropping, close up, etc.) and is compact. On the downside, it does not have sound in the movie feature, which is unfortunate. The time between pictures when the flash reloads is slow. There are options to take pictures more quickly, which I still need to read the manual to understand completely. This is my second digital camera (my first was a Fuji) and I like it very much, especially in the $150 price range!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great little camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got one for Christmas and it is the coolest thing. There is a small delay between pictures but all I have to say about that is for $150, get used to it!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not a great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We thought that a camera with the name Nikon on it would be very good........we were wrong. The only good thing about it is the small size. The salesperson told us it had the fastest recovery time between pictures of all the cameras in this price range. That is totally not true. And why have a movie feature with no audio?? Pictures are blurry and dark. We will be returning this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use, and great pics & zoom!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera for the price, so easy a caveman could use it! The quality of the pics are great, also the Zoom, you just need a steady hand, do not beleave the winners nikon!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simple, Compact and Great Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I searched for 6 months or better looking for a beginner digital camera. I read many reviews and looked at many cameras in local stores. The Coolpix 4600 is so simple to use. The dial beside the viewfinder tells you all you need to know. The menu feature is great. I have found this camera to "eat" regular batteries rather quickly. And if you are looking for a camera that "recycles" the flash quickly this may not be the camera for you. For a begginer or possibly intermediate this camera does all I will ever need. I would highly recommend.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Screen snowstorm (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received this camera for the holidays and the first camera, the screen would have a white snowstorm much like a TV would have when there is a bad connection. I noticed this problem only when viewing through the screen before I take the picture, and only when inside. Outside pictures do not have the problem. The actual pictures turned out fine, but the fuzzy screen made it hard to see how clear the picture was going to be. Returned the camera to the store to get another, thinking there was clearly a problem with just the one camera, and the second had the same problem. We have an older coolpix and it has never had this problem, so now I'm going to try a different brand.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Out of Focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought camera for a once in a lifetime event. Read the manual and thought I was ready. All the pictures were out of focus and not printable. I took it back to the shop I bought it at and they couldn't find anything wrong. I tried it again and the same results. I am taking it back and will trade it for some other brand. Shame on Nikon for putting such a terrible camera on the market.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I don't know what all the negative review are about! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently got this camera (2 days ago) and without reading the user manual or anything i know how to use almost every feature! It's so easy to use yet it produces such high quality pictures. There is setting on the camera where you can take close-ups without blurring or snow pictures without overwhelming white. You can also choose to have the picture in black, vivid, normal, cyanotype or sepia! It even takes video! Another thing is the camera is SO great at taking and brightening dark pictures. I recently did a test in my WINDOWLESS basement with all the lights off, I took a picture in pitch-blackness and the picture came out as if I was upstairs by the window at noon! SUCH AN AFFORDABLE PRICE!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Read The Manuel (i know i didn't spell the last word right!) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Here is the thing. Most of the bad reviews that people give is about the time it takes the flash to recharge, i understand that. But the rest appear to be that people refuse to read the instructions, if you would just read through them or even browse through you would find ways to avoid most of your problems, and find out more about how the different modes work and how to use them. Not everyone is an expert with technology and can figure things out without the instructions like i can (i was lucky i guess). Just as a note on Nimh rechagable batteries, they tend to lose their charge more quickly than alkaline when they just sit around (especially inside electronics). If you realy want to take alot of pictures charge the batteries right before you use them (the 15min ones work real well). Also you might want to invest in Lithium batteries, they might be more expensive yet they are lighter, last alot longer (about 7x longer), and can be stored for up to 10 years int temps ranging from -40 degrees F. too 140 degrees F. So in conclusion they way to solve your problems is to just read the instructions, and have good batteries on hand at all times.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Tried a 2 month review and couldn't force myself to liek it :( (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I firmly agree with all negative comments about this camera. I work for a local YMCA as the Technology Director and was looking to purchase a cheap reliable digital camera, to fit within our budget and at the same time give us quality photos of our many activites. Upos purchasing the camera at first sight, it was a great investment, it took great pictures, the flash took some time to reload which was bothersome, but all in all it did the trick. One the flip side, ALL those initial pictures were in extremely well lit rooms, with a person standing 4 feet away from the camera and not moving.
I quickly found out this wasn't the camera I thought it was. As mentioned in other reviews the auto focus is almost non existent, and is completely worthless trying to get any shots of anyone moving at all, let alone you would need a spolight right on what your taking a picture of to even see it clearly. At first I thought it was on the wrong setting (portrait, sport spectator, etc...) but after playing around with every single setting on the camera I've had very minimal improvments. Now I'm not saying playing with those settings did absolutely nothing, but the improvement was so miniscule it didn't compare to the ammount of time spent setting all the settings to get a simply mediocre picture. All in all this camera is a big waiste of money unless you are taking pictures of something up close, well lit, completely still, and have no intentions of EVER using it to take ANY other types of photographs. Its simply an expensive "dumb-mans" camera. Meant to point and click, which it does, it just doesn't deliver in the pictures, and that is the end result of buying the camera. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Pleased (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am not a pro but this camera works very nice for me and I can say this about it.
1. It takes excellent picures.
2. Battery life is very good.
3. Easy to use.
4. Easy to download picures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT PICTURES (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes great pictures and is very easy to use. I love pictures and I am constanstly taking them. I have had other digital cameras, and so far this is the best one yet.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was excited at getting my first digital camera. For what I thought were fast and easy photos. I bought a Fug 510, which in my opinion was also an average camera.

I tried the Nikon, after tons of research and checking out reviews. Many of the photos I have taken are grainy or out of focus. The ones that are in focus are still not 100%. I am very di ssapointed that there is NO SOUND for the video. In my research I missed out on that. I guess for the price I paid 269. (case, charger free)it is ok for a first digital. The zoom is average.
Uploading is great and easy to use.
I still prefer my Pentak K100 anyday.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I don't have all day! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is not practical when trying to take candid shots. The reason I have a digital camera is to capture the moments when nobody is posed...and I have a hard time doing this with the Nikon 4600. The delay in between taking pictures when the flash is on is ridiculous. The manual says the flash needs time to recharge, but it seems like it takes minutes when you have just missed the perfect candid shot because your flash was recharging. In two weeks time I have kicked myself for missing some of the most amazing moments because the camera isn't ready. I took it back today and am in search of a brand new camera! I do not recommend this camera to anyone!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
A very good inexpensive digital camera but the flash kills it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pro.:Very easy to take picture with. Rich functionality. Very nice results.
Con.: It takes 10 sec for the flash to recharge after using the flash. Therefor it is very difficult to use it when you need a flash. On other comparable cameras it takes2-3 sec which is acceptable.

  • 4.0 out of 5
No Sound in the movie (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm really satisfied with this camera, worth for the prices. The quality of the picture is ok but only one thing I'm regret, when we are taking a movie,there is no sound, suppose the manufacture must take serious consideration to add a sound for movie features because the camera with low price compare with this model also cooperate with sound during record the movie

  • 4.0 out of 5
Super camera - but ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera. Up till now I s still using my F2S (That's right - F2S - that does not make me Nikon biased). I looked at a lot of cameras and quite a few out. As this was my first dcam I was not prepared to spend a lot of money.

I was impressed by the ease of handling and the quality of the images that we got. The colour balance is good and the colours are nicely saturated. The menu structure and range of options is quite impressive and you can be quite creative.

Okay, okay it was difficult for me as I am not used to anything other than TOTALLY manual. My wife used it for the first time in the desert in North Africa and the sundown shots in the desert were more than acceptable. Nikon have done a good job here with the measurement system.

She liked the camera and found it easy to use as she doesn't like to 'fiddle'.

Reaction time is good but it is not really used or the 'fast' candid shot and as some others have commented the performance in very low light conditions is not that impressive.

Here is the but !

Battery usage is disgraceful. We were not able to to get more than 50 pictures from a set of 2200 mAh NiMH batteries !!!

Even worse, we had 70 images in the camera. Iput two NEW batteries in the camera and uploaded the images to my computer. The camera promptly turned itself off. Any attemp to turn it on gave me the low battery warning. If this is normal after Nikon themselves state a minimum of 360 shots with this ty pe of battery. Who are you kidding. Maybe there is something wrong with the camera so it's going in for a check.

To conclude I condsider it to be a good choice for an introduction to digital photography without having to spend a fortune, I paid 170 Euro in a camera shop round the corner.

  • 2.0 out of 5
cannot focus on anything (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Out of 35 photos so far, not a single was focused.
I couldn't believe that Nikon would make such a bad camera.
Very dissapointed. I'd try to give it back.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beautiful Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Easy to use. Bought for my parents as their first digital camera. Takes gorgeous photos. Would recommend highly.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy This Camera-Auto Focus Does Not Work (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We bought the Nikon 4600 just before a big vacation: a trip to Costa Rica for our 10th wedding anniversary. Taking this camera with us was a huge mistake. 60% of our photos were worthless. The autofocus just DOES NOT WORK. What good is a photo if it isn't in focus? In fact, after determining that our photos were ruined (which you can't ascertain until you download them), and trying to figure out what WE were doing wrong, we tested the camera further. We have no idea just WHAT the camera actually locks focus on when taking a photo in anything less then bright sunlight. Other problems we found were haziness, and framing problems. I had two photos turn out completely different than what was in the view finder. This camera should be recalled. Don't waste your money or aggravate yourself purchasing this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome Except for... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera especially when I was brand new to digital. My husband bought for xmas one year to my surprise. I LOVE the camera except for the delay between shots. It is a technical decision and to be honest until I got into the digital era more I had no problem with it. Next to impossible to get candid shots with the shutter lag. Otherwise great camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I like most everything about it.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this about a week ago from Best Buy for $199. It is packed with features...took a while to read through the manual to see what everything does. Tons of Scene modes to fit the right type of place you are. Love that Feature. The red eye reduction flash built into the camera is super!

This camera takes perfect high quality pictures if you are in lighted conditions and will take nice pictures in the dark if the person or thing you are trying to take a picture of is in the flash range.

The camera if in low-light conditions the LCD screen will get a bit pixely (fuzzy) but when you snap the pictures the pictures wont come out fuzzy like they looked on the screen before you took it. Batteries seem to be working a long time. I use energizer Rechargeable 2500MAH batteries....i haven't recharged the batteries yet and they seem to be going fine.

I would recommend you get an SD memory card with your camera so you can store more pictures. A 128MB is around $20, i got a 256MB for around $45. With the extra memory card I can store up to about 130 of the largest 2288x1712, with the 1600x1200 I can hold 482 pictures and if i go below that size setting on the camera i can store about a 1000 or more....which is WAY more than ill store at one time. So I'm sure a 128MB would do most people just fine...but a bigger one is good if you are looking to take the 2288x1712 only.

I love the standby mode, it automatically turns of the screen and goes into battery saving mode (i have it set to 1 minute until it goes in this mode, you can change it to other times).

Overall i would HIGHLY recommend this camera as it has tons of great features it is loaded with, great battery life, quality pictures (especially in daylight), nice zoom, etc. Recommend for the price you cant go wrong.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Excellent camera with a fatal flaw (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is an excellent little camera with one fatal flaw. And I do mean fatal. Deadly, disastrous, mortal, lethal.

The camera cannot focus in poor light. Anything from a dim room to after dark, and it can't lock a focus. It is hopeless in this regard.

For some inexplicable reason, Nikon did not include a focus assist lamp in this camera. A fatal decision.

I owned mine for 5 days, taking 50-60 test pictures before I reluctantly returned it for a refund.

The daylight pictures were outstanding.

The after dark pictures were worse than one of those one-use cameras. Fuzzy, blurred, etc. The camera would not lock the focus, even with the subject standing just 5' away in the front yard of my house, lit by the outside floods.

Don't buy this camera. Nikon should recall them all as an embarrassment to their reputation.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome camera for family pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Simply the greatest digital camera in 4 megapixel category on the market. Excellent quality of the shots

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent, but.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is very good, easy use and quality. Most complaints about this will be for those whom haven't read the manual or can't hold still while pushing the button. This camera only works as good as the user. Common sense goes a long way towards the performance of any camera. For the price I would recommend the 4600 for anyone who enjoys taking pictures rather than complaining. Choosing a scene setting for the type of photos you want to take just takes trial and error, but the final results are more than worth it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
takes great pictures and has long battery usage (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Nikon 4600 is my first digital camera and it was worth the price I paid for it. everyone told me to get an Olympus but I decided to get a Nikon instead. I tried out the Olympus and after taking 6 pictures we had to replace the batteries. on my Nikon I've had it for a month and I am still using the same batteries that came with the camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Would not recommend (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

1. Barrel distortion very evident when taking pictures of anything with a straight edge.

2. Hazy halo effect when taking pictures with
spectacular highlights. Tried taking pictures of
berries, but the shine on the fruit turned out fuzzy. In fact, anything white turns out bad in
bright sunlight. Tried fiddling with exposure
compensation and white balance, haven't found the
combination that will work yet.

3. Autofocus problems. Will hunt, and then finally settle on a blurred focus point.

4. Macro mode is a hit and mostly miss affair. Believe me, the little critters are not going to be sitting still while you try to get the focus right.

5. Where exactly is the focus point ? Get plenty
of pictures where the main subject in the center of the frame is out of focus while the surrounding area is in sharply in focus.

Conclusion: Should not have left the prototyping lab, let alone gone into manufacturing with a Nikon label. Probably a project for greenhorn engineers to cut their teeth on. Aren't later models supposed to get better ?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Satisfied (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first digital camera, was on a trip with 2 other digital cameras in our group. For the price, the Nikon's performance did not disappoint me!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow recovery time (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I researched many times and finally decided to buy this due to it's many features and low price. Well after a couple of days using it, I decided to return it to the store. There is a 10 second delay when using the flash before you are able to take another picture. That is not okay especially when trying to photograph kids. The LCD screen was also grainy when trying to use in low light situations.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Learn how to use your camera but so far, so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Well I have used this little camera for about over a week and I must say I am very impressed. This is my first digital camera, but I have borrowed an older Kodak from my parents. What I can't get over is the amount of features that are packed into this tiny, $199 machine. You have to read the instructions to really see the massive amounts of features.

It accepts 4 different battery types and has preset modes that are very helpful for beginners and for just taking no-brainer pictures. So far I am very impressed with the macro shot mode as I took a picture of a stamp torn from paper and was just amazed at the amount of detail it was able to get. I know battery life is a big issue and so far with just alkaline batteries I am only on my second pair.

Many people are complaining about the delay after the flash and I can somewhat understand. It seems it was a design decision to balance out battery life verses having the screen on all the time. It would be nice to have the screen on constantly but then I could only imagine how poorly the battery life would be. My parents Kodak would only be able to take about 50 pictures with NIMH batteries before recharge which I find totally unacceptable. My suggestion, be patient and deal with it. Instant gratification has really made people irritable when they have to wait a few seconds to see a picture.

I was able to upload photos with no problems but I don't plan on using their software (I will be using iPhoto) except for the panorama feature.

I recommend this camera to any first time buyer you wants to dive into the digital world but is scared by all the different models and manufacturers.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Good Bang For The Buck (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I must say for the money I paid for this camera, it takes excellent pictures. The delay in-between shots is a little unbearable but other than that it has a great menu, with lots of features and delivers excellent quality pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best 4 megapixel Camera available for under $300 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes great pictures. No problems with focus or in low light situations. Replacing standard AA's with Lithium batteries lowers flash refresh time dramatically. Similar Canons and Olympus cameras just don't compete.

  • 1.0 out of 5
NIKON 4600 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not sure what Nikon did here. This camera takes many pictures out of focus. After using the flash, you have to wait an unbelievable amount of time - and then the picture is either under-exposed or over-exposed. This camera is unacceptable - cannot believe Nikon would put their name on this piece of junk. Everyone involved with the rollout of this camera should be fired. The 3200 was light years ahead of this piece of junk camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera which I brought at a fair.

I was shock to find that there's an average black out time of ~ 10s of the LCD screen after every shots when ever I use the flash..Which I think is way too long.
Comments from Nikon:
"As the Coolpix 4600 and 5600 is utilizing AA batteries which have a slower
refresh rate, the camera will give priority in recharging the flash.
Therefore when you take a shot with flash, the camera will off the LCD
screen to speed up the refresh rate of the internal flash.
This is the technical design of the camera and does not indicate a

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera for the Price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just as advertised. Point and shoot, take excellent pictures and downloading my photos was as easy as can be. The compact size is great. Nothing difficult about this camera at all. I would suggest this camera to anyone buying their first digital camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After researching a LOT of digital cameras I decided on this one while at Best Buy. Some of the others were just more than I needed for family vacations and weddings. The pictures are beautiful and crisp and it has many options I never expected - but have enjoyed playing with. I would recommend it highly.

  • 1.0 out of 5
out of focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

really unhappy with this camera. no two pictures are the same. blur and focus problems and it's going back for a refund. my 4 yr old, bought used HP 315 takes better pictures. maybe mine is defective but this camera is junk!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for close and far pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is great for a beginner and was accurate with far/close shooting.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is suitable to everyone who want to take amazing picture without much fuss. Has excellent macro shooting.

  • 5.0 out of 5
"Great Pictures" and a "Pig In A Poke" (DCHQ). Reply (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have had a great time with our Nikon 4600. It takes great sharp pictures with no red eye effects. We are using re-chargeable 2300mamps AA batteries and can go all day long without having to use the spare batteries. The software was easy to load and use. I did a little shopping and got a 128MB SD card and a USB SD Card Reader for the computer for $26.00 including shipping.
"Pig In A Poke" (DCHQ). quoted "The only way I can use this camera is to purchase a memory card and a card reader (minimum about $45)." Since you need to purchase a memory card (I got a 128MB card for $14.00)to store your pictures on anyway the only real expense I can see for solving his software OS problem is a $10.00 SD Card Reader. A Card Reader is a smart choice since you don't have to use the camera batteries to transfer pictures to the computer, you use the USB computer power instead. By using the SD Card Reader on my computer I can keep the supplied Nikon USB Camera cable in my small camera bag in case I want to download pictures at our relatives computer or my friends computer, which we did while visiting them at their home. The price ($199.00) and quality pictures this camera delivers, makes this purchase feel like I got the best deal ever for a 4MG digital camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pig In A Poke (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Following the instructions, I got my camera all set up. When I went to load the software in my computer, my OS informed me that the Nikon CD was incompatible with my OS (9.2.2). I went to the Nikon site to download compatible software and found that nothing provided by Nikon will enable me to use the USB interface built into the camera. The only way I can use this camera is to purchase a memory card and a card reader (minimum about $45). But the USB cable provided with the camera can never be used with my OS. There was no warning of this--the description stated "Mac compatible."