Nikon S4000

Nikon Coolpix S4000 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-108mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 131g - 95 x 57 x 20mm
  • Revealed February 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon S4000 summary

Nikon S4000 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera originally revealed on February of 2010. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The S4000 stands at #108 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #1137 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon S4000 family

The Nikon S4000 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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S4000 vs S6900
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S4000 vs S7000
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Nikon-Coolpix-S2900 front thumbnailNikon S2900
S4000 vs S2900
Nikon-Coolpix-S3700 front thumbnailNikon S3700
S4000 vs S3700
Nikon-Coolpix-S6400 front thumbnailNikon S6400
S4000 vs S6400
Nikon-Coolpix-S1200pj front thumbnailNikon S1200pj
S4000 vs S1200pj
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Nikon-Coolpix-S4100 front thumbnailNikon S4100
S4000 vs S4100
Nikon-Coolpix-S3100 front thumbnailNikon S3100
S4000 vs S3100
Nikon-Coolpix-S80 front thumbnailNikon S80
S4000 vs S80
Nikon-Coolpix-S1100pj front thumbnailNikon S1100pj
S4000 vs S1100pj
Nikon-Coolpix-S4000 front thumbnailNikon S400027-108mm
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3000 front thumbnailNikon S3000
S4000 vs S3000
Nikon-Coolpix-S70 front thumbnailNikon S70
S4000 vs S70
Nikon-Coolpix-S220 front thumbnailNikon S220
S4000 vs S220
Nikon-Coolpix-S230 front thumbnailNikon S230
S4000 vs S230

Nikon S4000 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of positives and negatives of the Nikon S4000 based on features which are often regarded as necessary in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (27-108mm 4.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
quite wide (27mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
touch screen
very good minimum ISO (80)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
missing external microphone port
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing Timelapse function
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no manual control
no manual focus
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (460 k dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Nikon S4000 Sensor information

The Nikon S4000 houses the Expeed C2 processor. The sensor measurement on the Nikon S4000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the S4000's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The S4000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Nikon Coolpix S4000 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S4000 dimensions

Nikon S4000 weighs around 0.29 pounds (131g or 4.62 oz) and features outside size of 95mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Nikon S4000 is similar in comparison with its rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Nikon S4000 alongside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S4000 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button layout on the S4000.

Nikon Coolpix S4000 topview buttons dials

Nikon S4000 Lens information

The S4000 features a fixed lens offering a focal range of 27-108mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not ideal nevertheless it can be helpful in certain cases.

At it's widest 27mm, it offers an aperture of f3.2 which is fairly sluggish and not great in low light events and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also need to boost your ISO causing noisy pictures. On the long end, 108mm comes to f5.9 which is fairly slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S4000 Connectivity

The S4000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon S4000 Video information

The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon S4000 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look into a different model if you need good audio in your video clips.

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Nikon S4000 Weather Sealing

Nikon S4000 does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can ruin the camera.

Nikon S4000 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S4000 features a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 460k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly so you will be able to set focus points and adjust settings by using your fingertips.

Nikon Coolpix S4000 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The View Finder specs regarding Nikon S4000 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy during sunny outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon S4000 Shutter information

Nikon S4000 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon S4000 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon S4000 includes just integrated flash without external flash support.

Nikon S4000 Autofocusing information

Nikon S4000 includes only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

Nikon S4000 lacks manual focus. Manual focus option can be good during low light conditions or you need to have more exact depth of field control.

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Nikon S4000 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life within this type of cameras.

Here is a list of Ultracompact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Nikon S4000 for various kinds of photography

The following chart presents a summary of the Nikon S4000 for various kinds of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon S4000 Portrait photography details

The Nikon S4000 has a points tally of 21 which is lousy, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and capability to work with external lighting.

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no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon S4000 as a Street photography camera

With a reasonable points tally of 48, the Nikon S4000 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Nikon S4000 Sports photography information

A lousy sports photography score of 17 indicates the Nikon S4000 is not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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low fps (3.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Nikon S4000 as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely crucial when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon S4000 gets a reasonable 58 as a travelling camera which is somewhat adequate to purchase for your vacations.

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flash built-in
quite wide (27mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)

Nikon S4000 as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S4000 and it's lousy grade of 32 as a landscape camera is not acceptable amongst its rivals.

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rather wide (27mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function

Nikon S4000 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon S4000 is not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a lousy score of 28.

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decently wide (27mm)
has touchscreen
slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket

Nikon S4000 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the S4000, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The graph below offers you a bird's eye view of the S4000 vs it's highest scoring rivals suggested previously.

These are various other cameras you may see as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix S4000
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed C2
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-108mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Display resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
131g (0.29 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 57 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Retail pricing