Nikon S4100 summary
Nikon S4100 is Nikon's Ultracompact digital camera originally released on February of 2011. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The S4100 comes in at #38 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over-all #866 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your custom criteria.
Below is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.
Nikon S4100 history
The Nikon S4100 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can identify all earlier and new models along with main features.
Nikon S4100 Gallery
You can look at the S4100 from various angles in the gallery here.
Nikon S4100 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of good and bad points of the Nikon S4100 based on factors which are generally considered useful in a digital camera.
Nikon S4100 Sensor features
The Nikon S4100 features the Expeed C2 processor chip. The sensor spec on the Nikon S4100 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4320 x 3240 pixels . The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.
The picture underneath displays the S4100's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The S4100 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S4100 dimensions
Nikon S4100 weighs 0.00 lb ( grams / 0.00 ounces) & has outside proportions of 95mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Nikon S4100 is less heavy as compared with its rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S4100 with a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the S4100.
Nikon S4100 Lens features
The S4100 houses an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding nevertheless it will probably be helpful in some situations.
At it's widest 26mm, it has an aperture of f3.2 which will be very sluggish and not great for low light conditions and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to boost your ISO which causes noisy shots. With the long end, 130mm comes at f6.5 which is fairly slow and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S4100 Connectivity
The S4100 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can send images and at times change settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Nikon S4100 Video features
The max video quality on the Nikon S4100 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You really should strive for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at another model if you require good audio for your videos.
Nikon S4100 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Nikon S4100 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Nikon S4100 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S4100 houses a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus points as well as change settings using your finger.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder details for Nikon S4100 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are particularly useful.
Nikon S4100 Shutter features
Nikon S4100 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Nikon S4100 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S4100 has just built-in flash with missing external flash support.
Nikon S4100 Autofocus features
Nikon S4100 has only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & precise as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is helpful for people photography.
The AF system boasts 9 focus points to choose from. Nikon S4100 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to change focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving subjects. Nikon S4100 has not got manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light scenarios or you need to have more exact focus control.
Nikon S4100 Battery life
The battery pack (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S4100 is made to last for 190 photographs according to the CIPA specifications which is lesser when compared with it's competitors. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the maximum (320) battery life in this range of cameras.
Below is a list of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:
Nikon S4100 for specific styles of photography
The following bar chart displays a rundown of the Nikon S4100 for specific styles of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Nikon S4100 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon S4100 has a points tally of 34 which is bad, and means the camera is simply not suitable for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support in addition to the option to use external flash.
Street photography with Nikon S4100
Coming in at a nice points tally of 64, the Nikon S4100 is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon S4100 Sports photography information
A bad sports photography score of 37 indicates the Nikon S4100 is simply not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon S4100
Size is super crucial in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon S4100 gets a very good 67 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick for your trips.
Nikon S4100 Landscape photography features
In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Nikon S4100 with it's bad score of 41 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable in the current marketplace.
Nikon S4100 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera should come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon S4100 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a bad rating of 33.
Nikon S4100 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the S4100, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Ultracompact.
The line graph listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the S4100 versus it's highest scored competitors shown above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.