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Nikon Coolpix S4000

12-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom and HD video recording (Red)

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Item # 054S4000R

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Our take on the Nikon Coolpix S4000

The capable Nikon Coolpix S4000 packs a lot of power into its small frame. The camera's wide-angle lens lets you record sweeping landscapes or group photos in a crowded room, and you can get close to your subjects thanks to 4X optical zoom. And 12-megapixel recording ensures razor-sharp, detailed photos with plenty of resolution to make stunning enlargements. Compose images or HD video footage on the large 3" touchscreen LCD.

The capable Nikon Coolpix S4000 packs a lot of power into its small frame. The camera's wide-angle lens lets you record sweeping landscapes or group photos in a crowded room, and you can get close to your subjects thanks to 4X optical zoom. And 12-megapixel recording ensures razor-sharp, detailed photos with plenty of resolution to make stunning enlargements. Compose images or HD video footage on the large 3" touchscreen LCD.

Face detection lets you take true-to-life portraits of your favorite people. The camera focuses on the people in your frame and brings out realistic skin tones, compensating for background colors that might otherwise create a "washed-out" effect. It even alerts you if one of your friends blinks while you shoot, so you can try again. And in-camera editing functions let you correct the red-eye effect and brighten dark shadows before you print your pictures.

The camera's built-in 45MB memory holds only about seven photos at top resolution — add optional SD memory cards for more storage.

Product Highlights:

  • 12-megapixel effective recording
  • 4X optical zoom (4X digital/16X total zoom)
  • 3" touchscreen LCD
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 27-108mm
  • top JPEG resolution: 4000 x 3000
  • scene selection mode automatically recognizes the type of shot you compose and adjusts camera settings to suit
  • face priority autofocus and blink alert for better portraits
  • smile mode automatically snaps the shutter when the camera detects a smiling subject
  • in-camera automatic red-eye correction
  • D-Lighting mode brightens dark areas of recorded images
  • HD movie mode records at 720p resolution
  • electronic image stabilization
  • built-in flash
  • 45MB internal memory holds approximately 7 photos at top resolution
  • uses optional SD/SDHC memory cards
  • high-speed USB interface
  • compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
  • 3-3/4"W x 2-3/8"H x 13/16"D
  • weight (with battery and media): 4.7 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • battery charger
  • stylus
  • audio/video and USB cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (red)
  • EN-EL10 Lithium-Ion battery (3.7V/740mAh) with plastic battery case
  • EH-68P AC adapter (DC output: 5V / 0.5A)
  • Stylus pen
  • 5' USB cable with a USB type-A connector on one end and a proprietary connector on other end
  • 5' AV cable with a composite video/mono audio RCA connector on one end and a proprietary connector on other end
  • Wrist strap
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
  • User's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Span/Fren/Port)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty information
  • Online Registration sheet
  • "my" sheet
  • "For Your Safety" sheet
  • Note on Recording Movies
  • Note on Vibration Reduction with Movie Recording

Nikon Coolpix S4000 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

worth the money

ashish from Mankato, MN on 4/13/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

good product.I preferred it over sony w330 because of the touchscreen option in the same price range. very light weight..easy to use. decent picture quality (point n shoot esp in this range aren't meant to perform under dim light so choose accordingly). overall worth the price..



Nikon Coolpix S4000

Anonymous from Morristown, NJ on 2/11/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought my new camera on vacation and had "lens error" issues all week. The lens froze in an open position and you couldn't take any pictures. I had to recharge the battery and then the error occurred time and time again after taking 2-3 pictures. Crutchfield very willingly agreed to send a replacement and we will see what happens with the new camera.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-108mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output No
Internal Memory 45MB
Memory Media SD/SDHC
Effective Megapixel Count 1.2e+007
Total Megapixels 1.239e+007
Image Stabilization Digital
Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
4K Video No
Video Resolution Yes
Width (inches) 3-3/4
Height (inches) 2-3/8
Depth (inches) 0-13/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Play, Edit and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

LCD Touch Panel Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix S4000 has a 3" TFT LCD touch panel monitor featuring approximately 460,000 pixels, an anti-reflective coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor's sensitive response touch panel lets you navigate through the menus with a light touch or tap. The LCD monitor has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

Touch Shutter/Touch AF/AE: Pictures can be taken by simply tapping the touch panel monitor. Only one picture can be taken at a time using the touch shutter function. It cannot be used for continuous shooting. You can change the setting from Touch Shutter to Touch AF/AE and select the area at which the camera focuses by tapping the subject on the touch panel. When Subject Tracking is selected, the camera will continue to set the focus and exposure on the subject as they move around the frame.

12 Megapixels CCD With EXPEED Engine: The Coolpix S4000 features a 1/2.3", high-density CCD imager with a total pixel count of approximately 12.39-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 12-million. The EXPEED Image Processing engine delivers high-quality, natural-looking pictures with stunning color and sharpness.

Optics: The Coolpix S4000 digital camera uses a Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and CCD combination. The Coolpix S4000 uses a 4x optical zoom, that is equivalent to a 27-108mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 16x.

4-Way VR (Vibration Reduction) Stabilization: The Nikon Coolpix S4000 offers a 4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System:

  • Electronic VR Image Stabilization: Nikon's Optical VR Image Stabilization uses electronic VR image stabilization to compensate for the effects of camera shake. This produces clearer, sharper results in lower lighting or unsteady conditions.
  • Motion Detection: Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts the shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
  • High ISO 3200: High ISO up to 3200 capability gives you sharper results when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects. This creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions.
  • Best Shot Selector (BSS): Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the shutter is pressed and then saves the sharpest image.

Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 45 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound.

Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images can be recorded onto SD (Secure Digital) or SDHC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, and SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB.

Image Size: The Coolpix S4000 records still images in JPEG format, and movies in AVI video format (Motion-JPEG). You have a choice of eight still image size options and two movie options:

Image Size/
Image Quality
(Compression Ratio)
Number of Storable Images (approx.)
Internal Memory
45 MB
SDHC Memory Card
4 GB
4000 x 3000
High (1:4) 5 505
Normal (1:8) 11 1010
3264 x 2448
Normal (1:8) 17 1575
2592 x 1944
Normal (1:8) 28 2565
2048 x 1536
Normal (1:8) 46 4235
1024 x 768
Normal (1:8) 134 13500
640 x 480
Normal (1:8) 260 23000
3968 x 2232
Normal (1:8) 14 1370
Movie Option Frame Rate Internal Memory
45 MB
SDHC Memory Card
4 GB
HD 720p
1280 x 720
24 fps 18 sec 28 min 50 sec
640 x 480
30 fps 30 sec 46 min
320 x 240
30 fps 1 min 49 sec 2 hrs 45 min

Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:

  • Auto Mode: A "point-and-shoot" mode with some user adjustments in brightness, hue, and vividness. Continuous shooting is also available in this mode.
  • Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation:
    • Scene Auto Selector: The camera automatically judges the type of subject (scene mode) when you frame the picture so that you can more easily take a picture suited for the scene. The mode will automatically be changed to one of the following scene modes: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, and Back Light.
    • Portrait: Useful for photographs where you want the main subject to stand out clearly from the background.
    • Landscape: For vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors, and contrast in such subjects as forests and skyscrapers.
    • Sports: For dynamic action shots that freeze the action in a single shot, and record motion in a series of pictures.
    • Night Portrait: For shots that provide natural balance between the main subject and the background when shooting portraits under low lighting.
    • Party/Indoor: Shots include details of the background behind the main subject, or to capture the effects of candlelight and other indoor background lighting.
    • Beach/Snow: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects such as snow fields, beaches or sunlit expanses of water.
    • Sunset: Preserves deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises.
    • Dusk/Dawn: Preserves the colors seen in the weak natural light before sunrise and after sunset.
    • Night Landscape: A slow shutter speed is used to produce stunning night landscapes.
    • Close Up: Used to capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects and other small objects, with the background artistically blurred.
    • Food: Used when shooting cuisines.
    • Museum: Use indoors where flash photography is prohibited or in other settings in which you do not want to use flash.
    • Fireworks Show: Slow shutter speeds are used to capture the expanding burst of light from fireworks.
    • Copy: Provides clear pictures of text or drawings on a white board, business card or in other printed matter.
    • Back Light: Use when light is coming from behind your subject or when your subject is in the shade but the background is brightly lit.
    • Panorama Assist: Use to take a series of photographs that you will later join to form a single panoramic scene.
  • Smart Portrait: Using face priority to recognize human faces, the shutter is automatically released when a smile is detected. Skin softening can be used to make skin tones smoother.
  • Movies: Shooting HD movies at 24 frames per second, and SD movies at 30 frames per second.

Continuous Shooting: You can set the camera to take one picture at a time or multiple images by selecting one of the following options:

  • Single: The camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is pressed.
  • Continuous: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 3 pictures are taken at a rate of about 0.9 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 12M (4000 x 3000).
  • Best Shot Selector: The BSS is recommended for situations in which inadvertent camera movement can produce blurred pictures, or when parts of the image are prone to under- or over-exposure. When BSS is on, the camera takes shots while the shutter-release button is pressed, to a maximum of ten. The images are compared and the sharpest picture is saved to the memory or memory card.
  • Multi-Shot 16: Each time the shutter release button is pressed, the camera takes 16 consecutive "thumbnail" images at a rate of about 30 frames per second, and arranges them into a single image, measuring 5M: 2560 x 1920 pixels.

Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and 2 second timer for self-portraits.

AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses.

  • Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically. The camera can recognize up to 3 or 12 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode. This is the default setting.
  • Auto: The camera automatically selects the focus area (up to 9) containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame.
  • Touch AF/AE: When activated, you can select the focus area by simply touching the subject on the LCD screen.

Color Options: You can shoot still images with several color options: Standard color, Vivid color, Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyanotype.

Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 3.2". The flash may be unable to light entire subject at distances less than 1 feet 8 inches.

Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.

AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 6'-2" at the maximum wide-angle position and 3'-7" at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.

Smile Timer: The S4000 uses Face Priority technology to recognize a human face, then automatically releases the shutter whenever a smile is detected.

Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 steps.

ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:

  • Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 80 when there is sufficient lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting is dim.
  • Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 80-400 or ISO 80-800
  • Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200

White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset White Balance and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

Built-in Flash: The Coolpix S4000 has a built-in Speedlite flash with a range of 1'-8" to14' (Wide angle) and 1'-8" to 7'-10" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:

  • Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
  • Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
  • Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
  • Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
  • Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.

AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:

  • Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during recording.
  • Full-time AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed.

Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length.

Play, Edit and Print Functions

Auto Sort Mode: Pictures and movies will automatically be sorted in any of the following folder names after shooting them for convenient playback: Smile, Portraits, Food, Landscape, Dusk to Dawn, Close-Ups, Movie, Retouched Copies, Other Scenes.

Copy: You can internally copy images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD-card.

Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.

Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, or 16) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.

Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.

Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.

Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.

Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix S4000 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:

  • Paint: Draw on pictures, or add decorations to pictures
  • Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
  • Skin Softening: The camera recognizes faces in pictures and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
  • Stretch: Stretch the picture horizontally to make the subject appear thinner or wider.
  • Perspective Control: Adjust the perspective of pictures taken in landscape orientation, similar to the effect given by a shift lens. This option is suited to pictures of buildings or architecture.
  • Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
  • Color Options: Make colors more vivid or record pictures in monochrome
  • Cropping: Create a copy containing only the portion visible in the monitor.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 24 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.

Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:

  • Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
  • PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
  • Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Coolpix S4000 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL10). The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied  EH-68P AC adapter and UC-E6 USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 190 shots on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 2 hours 10 minutes.

Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

USB/Audio-Video Output: The Coolpix S4000 features a single proprietary jack on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.

Supplied Software

Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer, ViewNX, and Panorama Maker. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and ViewNX is used for viewing your images and movies on the computer. Panorama Maker is used for creating panorama images from the camera's recorded still images.

System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. Your computer will need to meet the following system requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
CPU Intel Celeron, Pentium 4, or Intel Core series processor with a clock speed of 1 GHz or faster recommended PowerPC G4 or G5 model or Intel Core or Intel Xeon (Universal Binary) model
Operating System
  • Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Enterprise, Professional, Ultimate)
  • Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate) (Service Pack 2)
  • Windows XP (Home Edition, Professional) (Service Pack 3)

*Pre-installed versions
*For 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Vista, operation takes place under 32-bit compatibility environment.

MAC OS X Versions:
  • 10.4.11
  • 10.5.8
  • 10.6


*Pre-installed versions

  • Windows 7 / Windows Vista: 1 GB or more (1.5 GB recommended) with a minimum of 128 MB free
  • Windows XP: 512 MB or more  (1 GB or more recommended) with a minimum of 128 MB free
512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended) with a minimum of 128 MB free
Hard Disk Space 1 GB or more required when software  is running

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