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Nikon Coolpix 4800
Nikon Coolpix 4800

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Point and Shoot Digital Cameras category.

Nikon Coolpix 4800

We've given the 4800 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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
  • Part Number: 25520
  • UPC: 018208255207
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2004

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Nikon Coolpix 4800 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 4800 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not thrilled with Nikon Coolpix 4800 (Maria Reed — 02/05/2010)
Nikon camera's are all I have ever owned and have always been happy. But this one leaves me wanting to throw it!!!!! Literally!!! The lag time between shots is very annoying and I am constantly having problems with it not being able to focus. Oh yeah, and the flash has a VERY short distance for dark situations. Not happy one bit!!! I still do love Nikons, but not this camera...
  • 3.0 out of 5
alright but...... (Jim — 06/12/2009)

It's been a good camera for us except for wedding reception, graduation type settings (darker room with stage light and needing to zoom in a bit, etc.) The pictures always then turn out to dark, blurry/unclear. Basically, I don't recommend it for these types of settings. We always compare our pictures to others at these venues and we have never had a better picture than the camera we've compared to. Other than that, we have had good luck with the Mikon Coolpix 4800.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Bang For the Buck!! (david simonelli — 05/26/2007)

This was and is the only digital camera I have ever owned and it is just awesome!! Apparently when I received the camera I was oblivious of what to expect, how to operate it, what perc's it had to offer, just how user friendly it was, how the zoom function would work out for me and just what would the final result be when all was said and done! The first thing I did was purchased a nice tripod from Amazon for a whopping 12.00 that would shrink down to 14 inches tall and extend out to 52 inches high, if needed, and just jumped into photography feet first!! Much to my surprise the camera basically explained itself to me with only one reference to the instruction booklet and that was how to download the pic's after they were taken. I am an internet seller of jewelry, watches, and vintage lighter's and needed a camera that would zoom in on a watches detailed mechanical movement and magnify it so that it would be visible for all to see and it did that to perfection!! The camera basically dubbed as a microscope and has worked for me relentlessly without fail with thousand's and thousand's of close-up pic's of my intricate little item's that I collect and sell via the internet! I honestly cannot find anything to complain about with the camera and the price was fantastic($199.99 on new in box with all the software,booklet's,and hardware included. I am,however, about to sell this wonderful item for I am purchasing the new Nikon Coolpix S4 that packs a whopping 10x Zoom and 6 Megapixel's of power and zest! You can bet I will be remitting a review on the new Nikon as soon as I use it for a couple of weeks and let everyone know just what I think of the New Improved sister to the awesome 4800!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens won't Open (Karen — 11/06/2006)

Camera isn't 2 years old yet and for some reason the lens won't open up when I turn on the camera. The camera was more than twice the cost today back then but I don't think these things should be throw aways. I have tried another brand.

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

My E4800 Nikon Digital Camera developed a software problem 14 months after purchase . I am unable to change any settings . There is no way to unlock the system to reset. Too costly to have the factory look at it compared to buying a new camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Buying a 2nd one (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera so much that when my first was was stolen, I am shopping for a 2nd. I luv the size & 8.3 zoom. It's a great companion to my bulky D50 SRL.

Easy to use and has many great options.

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

This camera had trouble activating flash when too dark. Could not achieve high speed in darker settings (always had to use flash). Flash took too long recharging. Flash had little distance.

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

I must admit that I am not very impressed with this digital camera. It has a long delay when using flash, and when zooming it makes pictures look unclear. I have never been able to get the connection to the tv to work for a slide show. I think my old cheap camera takes better pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A little disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Battery life is great, but photos tend to be bluish, zoom is a little fuzzy without tripod and have missed a lot of cute expressions because of lag time.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix 4800 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nice camera, but there is a problem with the lens cover retracting fully, this is a particular problem when in portrait mode, and recifying the problen requires some brute force. Also this is not a single isolated incident.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Compact Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After comparing many digital cameras in the same price range, I finally decided on the Nikon Coolpix 4800. I am new to digital photography, although I have been using a Canon SLR for many years, and was looking for a digital camera that would take quality photographs without all the fuss. I am extremely happy with the photographs, approximately 200, that I have taken in the past two weeks. The battery life is excellent, and it's a very easy camera to use. I am impressed with the 8.3 optical zoom, which was one of the reasons for purchasing this camera, and the macro mode. All my photographs have been clear, sharp, and have great color saturation. The size is perfect, while the Canon point and shoot digital cameras were just too small for my comfort. It's an excellent choice for the new digital photographer looking for a compact point and shoot camera who can expect to get great results. I would highly recommend this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Expensive features on an inexpensive digital camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just got my Coolpix 4800 a week ago but in that week I have already used it a lot as I travel around. It does great with close-ups and the colors are so bright. I just love it and am so glad I purchased it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Full-featured and easy to use camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera mostly for the optical zoom capability of 8.3X. I also have had great success with the Nikon brand over the years from my first F1 in the mid-sixties. The zoom quality is excellent. The only thing that I wish it had was a webcam feature. It comes with a 2 year waranty in Canada and the Nikon web site has lots of additional documentation that's easy to find.

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

This is my third digital camera and by far the best. It has tons of different shooting options and a great zoom. The panorama assist is pretty cool. The camera takes great pictures and is easy to use. Awesome camera for the price.

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

The nikon coolpix 4800 is a great camera, the start up time is around 2 seconds and the zoom enables you to see and snap pictures far away. The video with sound is great and the battery life lasts for hours from a single charge. This camera has impressed me a lot. Other people have said how it is confusing but i disagree, the camera is hard at first but a little play around with it and you'll be taking pictures with ease. This is a superb camera! If your not sure what to get and want a good quality camera with excellent zoom look no further this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera a must buy with excellent zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought a Nikon Coolpix 4800 about a month ago and it was a great decision. The camera battery charges quickly (about 2 hours i think) and lasts for ages. I charged it up and have had about 5 hours from the single charge, and its still not run out eventhough ive benn takin videos and pictures constantly.

  • 5.0 out of 5
ease of use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i was very impressed with the ease of use of this camera. the pictures are clear with good color.. for a point and shoot camera buff you can,t go wrong. i would recommend this camera to all who just love to take pictures for fun with great results...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Lovin' this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had my Nikon 4800 since Christmas. I find it very easy to use and operate. It basically walks you thru each and every step you want to change your settings.
I took some pictures of my girls on a sunny day playing in the sprinkler on sports mode. Wow! Everything is so crisp and clear, it actually caught water droplets from the sprinkler. Very cool!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beats the heck out of "Pro-Style Film camera" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We bought this camera last October because of a trip to New Zealand we were taking in November. One of the others with us on the trip has a Professional grade camera that she is quite familiar with and was bragging about the picture quality. After the two week trip we took our 600 pictures off of ONE 512MB Disk to our local Wal-Mart and had prints made. When we saw and compared the quality of her shots compared to ours I was very glad to have made the decision to go with this camera. Unbelievable how much clearer and sharp our photos were. This is the first Digital I have had and I can say that all you have to do is read through your manual, after all that is why they give you one. If you do this you will have no problem operating this camera. The features and ease of use is very impressive to me. And last but definitely not least, if you are looking for an extended range zoom camera, STOP LOOKING AROUND AND BUY THIS CAMERA RIGHT NOW!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice, but... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has some nice features. It will do movie clips with sound, which is very nice. For a few extra bucks we got a card which holds virtually unlimited photos...especially if you download your photos to your computer after a session. That's an easy thing to do with the included software. (However, use another program to file, organize and view your photos. Included software functions best for downloading.)

It's a little bit complicated, though the manual is pretty easy to read and locate information with.

My only real problem with this camera is that in many different lighting situations it is difficult to see what you are photographing. The glare on the 2x screen is so bad that sometimes I am forced to point the camera in the direction of the picture and hope that everything turns out alright. Fortunately, it usually does...but it kind of defeats the purpose of having a camera that you can tell right away if you got a good photo if you didn't, you can take it again before you lose your opportunity.

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

I purchased this camera mainly for the zoom lens and because of the brand. I have struggled for several months trying to learn how to use a digital camera, but after consulting the manual many times and trying every feature on the camera, I absolutely love it. It is a great point and shoot digital camera. The zoom is excellent and the macro feature is equal to my SLR film camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes Great Pictures, Not Hard to Use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera. I love the camera. If you read the manual and take pictures and use the features you will get great pictures. However, now that I know what digital can do, I want to be able to set the exposure and focus myself. Although I have figured out the various modes to get what I want in terms of depth of field etc. I am not crazy about not being able to focus manually. It is time to move up!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not for sports or impromptu shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have been frustrated with the time delay caused by the auto-focus and shutter speed, but on the whole I think it's great for a 'hack' like me. Taking photo's of ice-skating with this camera was very frustrating because of the delay between the 'commit' and the shot, but portrait and macro shots were excellent. It's easy to use, has an excellent lens with macro function, and the scene menu is very simple (although I don't know enough about cameras yet to take full advantage).
  • 3.0 out of 5
not as easy as canon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I lost my Canon powershot and am having a hard time getting used to this camera. The pictures I have taken have a lot of redeye. It could be me. I am going to sit down tonight and play with it and maybe I'll be more satisfied. I didn't have to do much to take great pictures with my old Canon.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Has met my expectations so far (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I had just about given up finding a small-mid body point & shoot with large optical zoom. Came across the new Nikon Coolpix 4800 on my final internet search. The preliminary reviews were very good (Steve's Digicams). Had difficulty finding one at a local store as I wanted to play with it / compare it to others before buying on-line. I did eventually find one and liked what I saw compared to the other long range optical zoom choices. I have used it for two weeks now and feel like we made a very good decision. Recently lost a Kodak Digital camera which was purchased two years ago for "ease of use". The Coolpix 4800 is quite impressive for a smaller body unit. The camera start-up time is very quick, the high power optical zoom is excellent and the images are very good. The multiple "scene assist" modes will take some getting used to, but the concept is well received by this user. Most of all it had to be "easy to use" for general picture taking. In my opinion, Nikon has accomplished that with this new camera.