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Nikon Coolpix P4
Nikon Coolpix P4

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Nikon Coolpix P4

We've given the P4 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Nikon P4 has most of the same bells and whistles as the P3, except the Wi-Fi support. If you're not too keen on the Wi-Fi bandwagon, and think it's just another thing that can cause your photographic experience to go haywire, the P4 gives you a solid 8.1 megapixel sensor and Nikon's innovative "vibrational reduction" system without the extra fluff of 802.11 b/g wireless support.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 3.5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (23MB internal)
  • Part Number: 25540
  • UPC: 018208255405
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Nikon Coolpix P4 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P4 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
P4 has crapped out on me (richaard — 11/08/2009)

I bought this camera as a package to use in digiscoping. The package was a combination of crappy stuff - cheap tripod, broken shutter release, adapter that came apart after only a few uses, etc. I've given up the idea of digiscoping with this piece of ..... And now the P4 which was the heart of the deal has crapped out on me. The pix come through over exposed and full of raster lines. Now I'm waiting to see what will happen to the fieldscope!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Loved it for 2 yrs (M.Myles — 12/12/2008)

I have had my camera for 2 yrs and I just started getting the lens error messages. They are so annoying.

I was already thinking of buying another and giving my daughter this camera but now Im not so sure.

I know that in the 2 yrs that I've had it that I have dropped it a few times but nothing serious.

The camera also stopped reading my memory card saying that I had no pictures on the card. When I got home and put the memory card in my computer the pictures were still on there thank God.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good (tee — 05/14/2008)

This is my 5th camera. I own sony and canon too. it great for small size.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible Camera! (emmy — 04/01/2008)

this camera is not worth buying! it takes bad pictures and was poorly made! i haven't even owned it three months and it already has this "lense error" thing popping up! if you are looking for a good nice camera that will last a long time do not buy this camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
"Lens Error" Problem (C Snipes Jr — 06/25/2007)

My graduation present (Nikon P4) has a "Lens Error" crash every minute or so. It is getting worse the more I attempt to use it. I made sure it was not some sort of user error before I posted this. It truly has a malfunctioning operating system/lens...and it is a brand new camera. I'm quite disappointed—because the camera is otherwise a good device. Unfortunate.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera if you know how to handle it. (Ed — 06/16/2007)

This is my 4th digital camera, and by far the best. If you want to take control on the pix you take rather than let the camera do all the work, this is the camera for you. However, you do need to have certain knowledge in photograph in order to fully utility it. Excellent image quality.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon, Inc. is a rip off on warranty (Fannie M. Webb — 05/25/2007)

I purchased a Nikon Coolpix L10 camera and used it for one week and the lcd screen went black. Spent money to mail it to Nikon and get a response that the lcd screen is not covered by their warranty. I would and will never recommend a Nikon product to anyone. BEWARE of no warranty.

  • 5.0 out of 5
You're gonna love this thing! (Ashley — 05/23/2007)

This camera has so many fun settings to mess with that it will take you a lifetime to get through them all. That doesn't mean it's difficult to use however, this camera is the ultimate point and shoot if you want it to be. The shutter does have some delay, but there is a rapid fire type setting that allows you to take multiple photos one right after the other. All in all, A++

  • 2.0 out of 5
Beware 'Lens Error'! (Jennifer — 04/13/2007)

This camera was great for the 1st year. Then it started showing the Len Error once in a while and I had to try to open the lens a few times and it would finally kick in (or out rather!). Then it eventually was just permanently on Lens Error - when you turn it on, the lens extracts, then retracts and the screen reads,'lens error'. I did some research on the internet and saw this is a very common and HUGE problem with this camera. I sent a letter to Nikon explaining the problem and they wanted nothing to do with it and refused to admit others were having the same problem. Having read other reviews, I see they received the same response. VERY disappointed in Nikon. They may have great Lens, but they make crappy equipment and customer service is non existant!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Waste of money (Ritz — 02/22/2007)

This is my 3rd camera 1st 2 has been olympus and i loved every single one. But had high hopes for Nikon being a good camera, well WRONG. Yet to take one clear photo or one that is not under exposed, even blue. It in one word SUCKS.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera with excellent features (Aaron — 02/08/2007)

The P4 is compact with controls placed ergonomically placed. This camera is not as flimsy hence fits perfectly in your hands. Excellent features which are all easily accessible on the jog dial on the top of the camera. Excellent battery life, lasted for about 250 shots. Great picture quality. The "Scene" mode has a lot of options for beginners to experiment. Great quality for the price. Also the VR- Vibration Reduction mode help stabilize shots. This feature is only available on high end digital cameras. Fantastic buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst (Ted Swantek — 12/27/2006)

The P4 Nikon is my third digital camera. After 8 mos. I have yet to get a good picture. Even in auto it's one thing or another. Outdoor shots are marginal and indoor, forget it. One major complaint is focus. I post process using Adobe Elements and MGI.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error - be aware (Andrey — 12/25/2006)

Do not buy this camera. I used to like Nikon's before, but this one had "lens error" message right after I bought it and I could not even use it. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA. Check other reviews - you'll find other saying about "lens error". If you get it after 3 - 4 months, Nikon might not fix it, saying you dropped it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
lens error (Gulgun KAYAKUTLU — 12/23/2006)

I bought the camera in Thailand (from a Nikon dealer), shot for 3 days then came back home to Turkey. The moment I switched it on, I got the dreaded "lens error". No warranty across countries and "coolpix" is not cool at all. Nik-off!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Macro & sharp pictures (Fiora Casey — 12/01/2006)

I love my Nikon P4. I currently own a Nikon D100 so I am very spoiled with features and quality. I wanted a small camera with 5+ megapixels to carry in my purse. The P4 fits all my needs and more. What really sold me was how clear the macro pictures are. All pictures come out with great color and sharpness. There are so many features and shooting modes for all types of photographers. The rechargeable battery seems to last forever. I am a little dissapointed with the low light pictures. You must be fairly close to subject or use a tripod for night pictures.

Overall, this is an excellent camera and I highly recommend it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
lens error (Bruce Graham — 11/28/2006)

I avoided a canon that reviewers cited as having a "dreaded" lens error in which the extendable lens freezes and won't move or won't focus. This just happened to my Coolpix P4 while at the Macys parade, while shooting (so definitely no unusual bumps or dropping). The lens won't retract or extend and clearly is worthless until fixed. I suspect all this small extendable lens will have a high failure rate. I suspect the S10 lens is a much more reliable design. Seemed like great camera otherwise.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens Error (rennie — 11/11/2006)

getting the Lens Error message - hoping either Best Buy will fix under warranty or Nikon...did not drop it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
P4 Lens Error (Josef Odermatt — 10/28/2006)

Bought the Coolpix P4 - after 3 1/2 months, got the lens error. Nikon will not fix saying it was dropped. Buyer beware.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Shooting in Europe (Anthony Biss — 10/15/2006)

Took my P4 to Europe with me along with my Fuji S2. Used the P4 90% of the time in Venice, Portugal and Around Italy. Shooting into the light provided underexposed pictures. Did not compensate for the light coming through the windows. In Comparson also with my Coolpix 4200 and S2 the pictures all have their own mark. I recommend it to anyone as a first buy.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nice camera that will not focus! (Peter Mack — 08/14/2006)

When my Coolpix 5400 quit due to "lens error" I bought a P4. I mainly use it for documenting instrumentation, close-up work of the inside of computers and the like. The auto-focus simply does not work on my model rendering it more or less useless. Works great beyond 20 feet but not at 20 inches. The autofocus passes right through best focus (it is not the the focus is not reachable). I also wish that the screen was detachable and could pivot like in some of the older Coolpix models.

Battery life is good, VR is good.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon P4, High Resolution, Compact Digital Camera (Rob Lootens — 08/11/2006)

This is one sweet camera. It's my 3rd digital camera and has all the features (and more) that matter to me. I loaded it with a 2.0 Gig card so it will store a lot of pictures, even at the full resolution setting. It came with an extra battery so this combination allows me to take a slew of high res pictures before I need to find a battery charger or computer for downloading. The image quality is absolutely superb, but what would you expect with 8.1 meg? It also has a VR (vibration Reduction) feature which allows you to take blur free pictures even while shooting from a car or panning. I can't say enough good things about this little guy. I also own a very robust Nikon 35mm film camera system with thousands of dollars in bodies and high speed lenses; I've been grabbing my P4 for 90% of my shooting lately and have no regrets. So far, with moderately heavy use, I can report absolutely NO down time and no mechanical or electrical glitches. This is the bargain of the century for what it provides. Very Highly Recommended for all types of shooting.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes pretty good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Mine came defective new in the box—the upper lens cover won't close the way. I've emailed Nikon and still have received no response after two weeks. I haven't found any other problems. I've taken some pretty good pictures and had them enlarged to 11x14—they are much better than the ones I had enlarged from my Nikon 4300, all taken with highest resolution. When I look at the pix after I take them, I can't figure out how to get rid of the writing (other than go to slide show), which makes it so I can't see the pictures to know if I need to retake one. I like the vibration reduction, although I still get some out of focus pictures. I'm glad I bought an extra battery, they don't last as long as they say they will, but they recharge relatively fast.

  • 1.0 out of 5
troubles with P4 (Roger Bransford — 06/05/2006)

I bought one P4 for my daughters graduation present. Within 1 week the camera wouldn't turn on. Took it back and it was replaced. Within 1 week again, it won't work. We get a lens fault warning. It's on the way back as well. I just can't see trying another.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fabulous!!!!! (Shutterbug — 06/01/2006)

I have owned several Nikon cameras. Nikon N80 SLR, Nikon Coolpix 5700 and several point and shoots. We were planning a trip to Disney World and I was hoping to find a camera that I could just slip in my purse that would give me pictures of close or equal quality to my SLR. Well, I found it. After buying the Fujifilm e900 and being totally disappointed, I paid over $50 in restocking fees and shipping and returned it and decided to stick with the old reliable Nikon and am I ever so happy I did. Pictures were sharp, anti-vibration worked great, I even got a great picture of the Castle with the lights on it at night. VERY easy to use. If you are looking for a small compact camera that delivers pictures that are sharp and of close to equal quality of an SLR...this is your camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent little camera.the best iv come across (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have a d200/plus d70,i wanted a small pocketable camera and went for the nikon p4.
the results that i have achieved with it are indeed as good (if not better)than my d200.
i could not speak more highly of this little gem

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera-solid body-great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Compared to the Canon PowerShot SD-500 (another metal body camera)that this is replacing, the P4 is more balanced, easier to handle,(the Canon was really TOO small for my medium size hands)and creates beautiful, colorful, sharp, low-noise pictures. I chose to save about 60 bucks and get the P4 rather than the P3. The only difference is Wi-Fi, which I consider an unnesessary trick. If I am close enough to connect to my home network, I am close enough to walk over to my laptop or desktop and insert a memory card. I have only had the camera one day, but it feels like a great piece of camera design. The only thing that I miss is the ability to shoot in B&W.