The Nikon Coolpix S4300 has reliable metering but noise can be quite visible, even in relatively well lit daylight shots.
The Nikon S4300's touch shooting mode does a good job of focusing where you choose, and is quite responsive in use.
In lower light, images from the Nikon Coolpix S4300 are susceptible to murky colours and lots of noise, even at the lowest ISO sensitivities.
The Nikon S4300's metering system performs well indoors and out, and white balance is equally reliable.
Colours from the Nikon Coolpix S4300 are usually bright and zingy, but the camera is often plagued by very blown highlights.
The Night Landscape mode does a good job of capturing night scenes, with accurate colours and reduced noise.
Despite decent metering, the Nikon Coolpix S4300 suffers from a limited dynamic range and cropped highlights, even when it automatically fires the flash.
Even at the lowest sensitivities, sharpness isn't great, although colours are nicely reproduced.
In overcast conditions images can look drab, and sharpness is poor when viewed at full size.
The 26mm wide angle captures a usefully wide field of view, but has an unimpressive maximum aperture.
The 6x zoom extends to 156mm, but image quality is low at the telephoto end.