Yesterday I spent some time "getting to know" my new camera. It is a Nikon Coolpix S4. A way-cool, any-idiot-can-use, digital camera, which makes it perfect for me! A generous gift from my dad to take with me to Africa this summer (click here for that post about my dad).
The reason I picked this camera was for its awesome zoom capability (10x digital), for its swivel lens (I am short, and to be able to hold the camera over my head and still see what I am shooting at is very helpful), for its beyond amazing macro setting (I took pictures a couple of centimeters from the subject and they are crystal clear!), and for its maximum of 6 megapixel setting. What I didn't really know I was getting were some pretty stellar other features.
I have found a 30 minute video setting. I have found a number of time lapse video settings (can't wait to try THOSE!). There are dozens of different specialty assist settings (even one for taking pictures of fireworks or for taking pictures at the beach or in snow).
Navigating around the menus has been pretty simplistic given all the options available. There aren't too many confusing buttons to wrangle with, either.
The lens cap could have been engineered better (it's cheap and plastic and looks like it could snap off easily in the right circumstance), and the large viewing screen (which is really nice) costs you a place to comfortably hold the camera in your right hand without obstructing the screen, but that adjustment will be fairly easy to make and get used to.
All in all, I think this is going to be the perfect camera for me! And I think I'll even give it UPE (Unpaid Product Endorsement) status.