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Old Apr 22, 2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default Noisy Coolpix 4300

I just picked up a Nikon Coolpix 4300 today. I absolutely love the pictures I've taken so far in my experimenting with the new camera. What I'm curious about though is a noise the camera makes when it's in either the auto mode, movie mode and scene mode. Is this normal??? Is there something I can adjust to stop the noise??? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your help!!!
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:22 PM   #2
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Yes, the noise is normal for this camera. The noise is from the autofocus mode as it is constantly trying to keep sharp focus. This is great when you are taking action shots as it keeps the focus to shoot lag time down to a minimum. When the camera is in manual mode, the autofocus is by default in the the single focus mode (it can be changed). In single focus, this means the camera will not attempt to focus untill you press the shutter release button. This results in a longer delay to the picture actually taking from the time you pressed the shutter button. If you are taking slow action shots, landscapes, portraits, etc then the added delay time should not be an issue. I personally don't like to hear the shutter jitter noise (it probably also shortens battery life --- defnitely get a spare if you don't have one. You'll soon learn a spare is very handy) so I keep my camera in manual most of the time. You can not select single focus mode in Auto as you have no menus under Auto. I'm not certain if you can select single focus under the scence modes, but I doubt it.

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Old Apr 23, 2003, 3:44 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the reply Michael. I really appreciate your explaining this to me as at first I thought something was wrong with the camera. This is my third camera I've experimented with this week and am hoping this will be the one for me. I really want a camera that gives good quality pictures and is small enough to keep in my purse so I don't miss those photo opportunities when they should arise. What are your feelings on this camera?? Have you had yours long?? So far the two pictures I have printed out were excellent. As I got the camera all set up and charged I was anxious to take my first picture and there sat my cold diet coke, so I snapped a picture. The picture was so clear and crisp, you could even see the condensation on the can, looked good enough to drink, :P
Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 5:37 PM   #4
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I've only had mine for about a month and so far I really like. No matter what I read, everyone seems to agree that the picture quality is there; so far I would tend to agree. I've only printed a few and they looked great color wise. The focus was a little off on one of the prints, but I think that was me and not the camera's fault.

Things I like:

1. Has a good feel to camera - easy to hold
2. Great auto mode with a pretty descent manual control if you like to play around with iso's, shutter speeds, etc.
3. Abilty to choose different light meter modes and focus points
4. quick review mode with histograms


Things I don't like:

1. Short battery life --- but I guess that's what they make spare batteries for.
2. No aperture or shutter priorty modes
3. When choosing manual exposure, you only have 2 apertures you can select
4. shutter lag - although for my shooting style this has not proven to be a problem ... just wish it were a bit better.

All in all, I think it is a great camera.
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Old Apr 24, 2003, 3:16 PM   #5
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How is it indoors and in low light.

My current camera (lowly Kodak DX3500) is pretty bad.
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Old Apr 24, 2003, 5:25 PM   #6
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Exposure wise, indoor picutres are great. The flash does a good job as long as you're within maybe 9 feet of the subject. Under normal house lighting, focus is fine. If it is real dim, focus may have some difficulting locking on the subject if there is not much contrast between the subject and the background. I don't take a lot of indoor pictures b/c I hate flash so I really don't have a lot of experience in this area.l
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