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Nikon Coolpix S4

Is it possible with this camera to get a decent shot indoors without using a flash??

I get nothing but awful, blurry pictures when not using the flash, and if I use the flash, everything get's blacked out.

I'm finding it very difficult to get good shots with this, so any help would be appreciated.

I've tried many different settings, etc.

The outdoor shots are great, but anything indoors is pretty much terrible.

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Nikon S4

In reply to: Nikon Coolpix S4

Most people expect too much from a small digital camera under low light situations.

The S4 can produce good photos under some low light conditions but not if someone is holding the camera in their hands.

Low light means that the camera must select a slow shutter speed to gather enough light.
The S4 shutter speed can be as slow as two seconds.
No one can hold a camera perfectly steady for 2 seconds.

Set the camera on a solid surface (or tripod) and take you photo, and the camera has a chance to produce a good photo. If someone in the photo area moves during the shot, they will appear blurred.


Most small digital cameras have a weak flash.
The S4 flash is rated for 10 feet.
Which means that the subject(s) must be no more than 10 feet from the camera.
Anything beyond 10 feet will be unlit.


You can get good portait type flash shots, but no distant flash shots.

You can get good (no flash) shots in low light if you set the camera on a solid surface or use a tripod.


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I've used many of my friends digital cameras and had an old Olympus digital camera that took great pics in low light situations.

I'm talking at like say a party, friends hanging out in doors, etc. You could just snap a quick picture and they usually came out pretty good.

With this camera, like you said, it seems as though you HAVE to have it on a flat solid surface or a tri-pod to get a good picture indoor. Is there a way to change the shutter speed from 2 seconds to something quicker?? I feel like i've been all through the different settings and haven't found anything yet.

I appreiciate your advice/help.

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You cannot change the shutter speed on the S4.

The camera selects the shutter speed, based on how much light is needed to produce a properly exposed photo.

The S4 has a bit of a handicap, because it has a f3.5 lens instead of the usual f2.8 lens you find on most digital cameras. The f3.5 lens cannot collect as much light as a f2.8 lens.


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