Nikon Coolpix S4300 review

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

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The point and shoot Nikon Coolpix S4300 benefits from a slim body and responsive 3-inch touchscreen.

The camera is well built and nicely designed, with a well integrated touchscreen. Using the touchscreen to focus and activate the shutter is intuitive, and performance is adequate. The camera also boasts a useful zoom range and effective vibration reduction.

We liked

The Nikon Coolpix S4300 is an enjoyable camera to use, with a responsive touchscreen and an attractive, petite body. White balance, metering and autofocus are all reliable, and the camera features effective vibration reduction. There is also a raft of automatic modes that make taking photos very simple.

We disliked

Image and video quality are both disappointing, with significant levels of noise, smeared details and blown highlights featuring quite heavily. Unless you really value touchscreen operation, similar image quality can be had for half the price. The camera also has no manual controls to offer more advanced photographers.

Final verdict

The Nikon S4300 is an easy to use camera that will make novice photographers feel at home, thanks to the many automatic modes. However, the absence of any manual control also alienates those who want more control over images.

Furthermore, image quality is hit and miss, with reliable metering, white balance and autofocus on one hand and significant noise, smeared details, blown highlights and poor telephoto performance on the other. Video quality is also disappointing and the lens isn't very bright.

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S4300 feels like a basic camera with a touchscreen grafted on. Those who are most concerned with absolute image quality should look elsewhere, and if you're not impressed by the touchscreen operation you can get similar image quality from the cheaper Olympus VG-170.

However, if you value a responsive touchscreen and easy to use controls above everything else, the Nikon Coolpix S4300 will serve you well. However, if you want the best image or video quality for your money, other cameras would suit you better.

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