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The Nikon Coolpix S6300 was announced in February 2011, as part of Nikon's Style range of compact cameras. It is available in red, silver, black and blue for £179.00.
As well as Auto Mode there is a range of shooting modes including 19 scene modes, Auto HDR (combining two shots with one press of the shutter), 360°/180° Easy Panorama, high-speed continuous shooting and 3D shooting. There is also Smart Portrait System which includes smile timer, blink proof alert, skin softening and red-eye fix.
Images can be edited in camera through the retouch menu with quick retouch, d-lighting and a range of filter effects, including selective colour, cross screen, fish-eye and miniature.
The S6300 records videos at full 1080p HD with optical zoom and stereo sound. Videos can be paused and continued, with the camera produced one movie file for smooth playback. Videos can be viewed on a HDTV via a HDMI cable.
- Back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
- 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25–250mm)
- Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction
- Full 1080p HD movie recording
- 3D shooting mode
- 2.7 inch LCD screen
- Advanced movie functions
- Auto HDR mode
- Easy 360°/180° Panorama
- High-speed continuous shooting
- Smart portrait system
- Retouch menu
- 19 scene modes
- Fast and accurate AF
- Subject Tracking AF
- EXPEED C2
The 2.7 inch LCD screen is bright, clear and easy to see in most conditions. The battery has a CIPA rating of 230 shots which should be plenty to keep you going for a full day of shooting. We tested the camera's 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.
|Shutter Response||0.1 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.8 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.0 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.4 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||5.2 seconds|
|Continuous H||7 fps|
|Continuous L||1.9 fps|
Continuous H & L both shoot at full 16 megapixel resolution (maximum of seven shots in H mode). There are 120fps and 60fps modes with image size restricted to VGA and 1 megapixel respectively.
Nikon Coolpix S6300 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/3.3 | 5.2 mm | ISO 125
Full Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 125
Digital Zoom | 1/100 sec | f/5.8 | 180.0 mm | ISO 125
Nikon Coolpix S6300 Macro | 1/80 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
When viewing the ISO test charts there is a glow around some of the brighter parts, but this doesn't effect any of the other images, so unless you like to shoot lots of test charts it won't be an issue. The lowest ISO setting is 125, with noise appearing quite significantly at ISO 200. This worsens at ISO 400, with images becoming soft, and even more so at ISO 800. Noise has a strong effect on image quality at the higher ISO ranges of 1600 and 3200, but colour reproduction isn't effected.
Nikon Coolpix S6300 ISO test images
ISO125 | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO200 | 1/13 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO400 | 1/25 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO800 | 1/50 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO1600 | 1/100 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO3200 | 1/200 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
Landscape mode gives good blues and greens in images, with the camera producing excellent skin tones when shooting portraits which are free of red-eye. The S6300 shoots 360° and 180° panoramas, with mixed results, particular when shooting 360° as the stitching of images isn't always seemless.
Nikon Coolpix S6300 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Landscape With Colour | 1/2000 sec | f/3.3 | 5.2 mm | ISO 125
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 13.6 mm | ISO 200
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/5.4 | 29.8 mm | ISO 250
180° Panorama | 1/1250 sec | f/3.3 | 5.2 mm | ISO 125
HDR 2 | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Pet Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm | ISO 250
The auto white-balance (AWB) performs well, particularly under our studio lighting. The incandescent preset takes a near identical image to the AWB setting under the incandescent lights, with the fluorescent preset giving a magenta cast when shooting with the fluorescent lights.
Nikon Coolpix S6300 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 8.9 mm | ISO 125
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 8.9 mm | ISO 125
AWB fluorescent - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/4.0 | 8.9 mm | ISO 125
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/4.0 | 8.9 mm | ISO 125
There are a number of filters available, with examples of each below.
Nikon Coolpix S6300 Digital filters
High Contrast Monochrome | 1/13 sec | f/4.6 | 15.5 mm | ISO 400
High Key | 1/13 sec | f/4.6 | 15.5 mm | ISO 400
Low Key | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 15.5 mm | ISO 160
Nostalgic Sepia | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 15.5 mm | ISO 400
Selective Colour | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 15.5 mm | ISO 400
Soft | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 15.5 mm | ISO 400
Video ModeBelow is a video shot at full 1080p HD, the camera also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S6300 is currently priced at £179.00 meaning it is one of the higher priced cameras with 10x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensors. Other cameras to consider are the Olympus VR-340 at £119.00, Fujifilm FinePix T400 at £129.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 at £169.00 and Sony Cybershot W690 at £179.00, all with 10x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensors.
Nikon Coolpix S6300 ProsGood amount of zoom
Full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound
Compact, metal body
Fast high-speed shooting at full resolution
Nikon Coolpix S6300 ConsImages are noisy from ISO 200 upwards
Minimum focusing distance of 10cm
Inconsistent results shooting 360° panoramas
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Nikon Coolpix S6300 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/5.8|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 250mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with terminal cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD|