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The Nikon Coolpix S4300 is a compact digital camera, aimed at beginners and those on a budget, with a 3 inch LCD touch screen, 16 megapixel CCD sensor and 6x optical zoom. It is available in black, silver, white and red for around £110.
Auto mode changes the camera settings automatically depending on the scene. Other shooting modes include 19 scenes and smart portrait system with smile timer, blink proof, skin softening and red-eye fix. The camera has subject tracking AF and can also be focused by pressing on the 3 inch LCD touch screen, when the shutter will also be released.
Images can be edited after shooting via the retouch menu, which has a range of filter effects. The S4300 shoots videos at 720p but doesn't allow the use of optical zoom during recording.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 6x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-156mm)
- Lens shift VR (vibration reduction)
- 3.0 inch 460k-dot LCD touchscreen
- Smart portrait system
- 720p video recording
- ISO 80-3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Retouch menu
- Available in black, silver, white and red
The battery has a CIPA rating of 190 shots, during testing we were able to take 283 shots on one charge. We tested the cameras performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.9 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.5 secs|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||2.4 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||5.6 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.2 fps|
Continuous shooting mode records images at full 16 megapixel resolution, there is also Best Shot Selector and Multi-shot 16 under the continuous shooting options.
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Nikon Coolpix S4300 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
Pet Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/6.5 | 27.6 mm | ISO 250
Drive | 1/320 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Low Light | 1 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 80
Sample Photos - Portraits have good skin-tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash. Under the very pleasant weather conditions, landscape mode takes an excellent shot with superb blues and greens.
Nikon Coolpix S4300 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/160 sec | f/6.5 | 27.6 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/60 sec | f/6.5 | 110.4 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/15 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Images are well exposed with good colour reproduction, but detail is pretty poor, especially in the corners of the images. There is also quite a lot of purple fringing and chromatic aberration. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, but macro shots aren't particularly good.
Nikon Coolpix S4300 ISO test images
ISO80 | 1/10 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO100 | 1/13 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO200 | 1/25 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO400 | 1/50 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO800 | 1/100 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO1600 | 1/200 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO3200 | 1/400 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 80 with a small amount appearing at ISO 100. Again there is an increase at ISO 200, with images losing some sharpness, and again so at ISO 400. Noise causes the S4300 to take very soft images at ISO 800, more so at ISO 1600, with detail lost in places as well. Noise again increases at ISO 3200, but file size is limited to 4 megapixels at this setting.
Nikon Coolpix S4300 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
Incandescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
White Balance Performance - Auto white-balance (AWB) copes really well, under the incandescent lights, very similar shots were produced, with a slight green cast when using the incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB setting performed well, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix S4300 Digital filters
Special Effects High Contrast Monochrome | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Special Effects High Key | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Special Effects Low Key | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 200
Special Effects Selective Colour | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Special Effects Sepia | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Special Effects Soft | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - The S4300 has a few colour options to add creativity to your pictures. You can also edit images in playback, with Quick Retouch, D-Lighting, Glamour Retouch and Filter Effects available.
Video - Below is a video shot at 720p. Optical zoom isn't available during recording, but there is digital zoom.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S4300 is available for £110.00 and is very similar to the S4200 that we reviewed earlier in the year. There are a number of similar cameras available, with a handful of the ones we have reviewed below. You may also like to take a look at our top 10 best budget compact cameras.
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You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Nikon Coolpix S4200, both having 16 megapixels sensors, 6x optical zoom and 720p HD video recording, the S4300 has Lens shift VR rather than the eVR found on the S4200. When taking a closer look it clear that performance is also very similar - colour reproduction is good, but detail is poor, particularly if you are shooting at ISO 200 and above, although if you only take pictures to share on social networking sites you shouldn't have too much to be concerned about.
Nikon Coolpix S4300 ProsCompact body
6x optical zoom
Good colour reproduction
Responsive touch screen
Good AWB performance
Nikon Coolpix S4300 ConsPoor noise performance from ISO 400 upwards
Image quality isn't good at all
Low battery life expectancy
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Nikon Coolpix S4300 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 156mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460k dot|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Stylus TP-1, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD|