Nikon Coolpix S4300 review

The ultra-compact S4300 boasts a great 3-inch high resolution touchscreen

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Canon PowerShot A4000, Fujifilm Finepix F600 and Nikon Coolpix S4150

Our analysis shows that the Nikon Coolpix S4300 produces good results for both signal to noise ratio and dynamic range across the sensitivity scale, improving of the performance of the S4150. However when it comes to resolution images shot using higher sensitivities show a lack of detail.

Signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix S4300 review JPEG signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Nikon Coolpix have good signal to noise ratio results at the lower end of the sensitivity scale, beating the Canon PowerShot A4000, Fujifilm Finepix F600 and Nikon Coolpix S4150. At higher sensitivities although there is a drop in score, it's in-line with the comparison cameras.

Dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix S4300 review JPEG dynamic range

This chart shows that results from the Nikon Coolpix S4300 relate closely to the Nikon Coolpix S4150 and from the mid to high end of the sensitivity scale show similar dynamic range results to the Fujifilm Finepix F600.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom6x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Blink Detection, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI), MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width95.5 mm
Depth20.8 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.60 mm to 27.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS4300
Product NameCoolpix S4300 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed Auto Exposure

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA942E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The pocket-size 16-megapixel COOLPIX S4300 keeps you ready to capture the next magic moment at a touch.

The rapid menu system and high-resolution touchscreen let you focus and shoot with one-touch simplicity, or switch between functions with ease. The NIKKOR 6x optical zoom makes group shots or close-ups easy, and fun filter effects let you enhance photos on the spot.

When the moment warrants filming, you can switch to record crisp video clips instantly with the dedicated button.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S4300 Compact Camera
  • 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
  • Software Installer CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Limited Warranty1 Year