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Calm Evening Lake
Nikon Coolpix 4200
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Thank you very much for your compliments. I have no experience with the 4100 other than viewing the images here on pbase and the sample images at
The 4100 images appeared to be soft, noisy, and not to have the ability to resolve fine detail. The 4200 images do indeed appear to be of a bit better quality, probably because of its slightly larger imager (1/2.5 vs. 1/8 in.). The 4200 also has a higher quality lens, having an ED element to reduce purple fringing. The 4100 also has a low light ISO auto-gain up without the ability to manually set the ISO. The 4200 allows manual control of ISO which I like much better.
Regarding the proprietary battery verses regular batteries, I actually prefered the proprietary batter in the 4200 because I saved so much money on the cost of batteries. It really doesn't take long for the batter to fully charge and is very convenient. When you travel, simply take the battery charger with you.
So do I think the price difference is worth it? Yes, definitely. However, I don't think the price difference is actually $100 from reasonable retailers. It should be between a $50 and $75 difference.
Keep in mind that EVERY IMAGE from the 4200 or 4100 will require some sort of post-processing. The images from the 4200 are soft and require, at a minimum, sharpening. The above image was taken in some of the most incredible light that I've had the opportunity to photograph. Post-processing included contrast adjustment, noise removal via Neat Image, and sharpening. I've since lost my 4200 and now use a Canon Powershot S410. Image quality from the Canon is much better than from the Nikon. The S410 would be my recommendation for you even though it isn't as ergonomic or as light or as speedy as the 4200. But if you are set on staying with Nikon, I do think that it is worth upgrading from the 4100 to the 4200.
My gosh! That is so beautiful. I cannot believe you took this photo with a point & shoot Nikon camera.
I've just purchased the Nikon 4100 and am debating returning it for the 4200. My only reserve is the proprietary battery in the 4200. I like the convenience of picking up batteries if I'm traveling, etc. If you know anything about the 4100/4200, do you think the $100 upgrade to the 4200 would be worth it, even with the battery difference?
Really, this image is so beautiful, I just cannot believe it!