Nikon Coolpix S6300 review

10x optical zoom, Full HD video recording and a 16MP sensor

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The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a good option for casual users looking for a versatile camera that can be slipped into a pocket.

Images are bright and colourful, and the 10x optical zoom is very flexible for shooting far away subjects.

There's nothing hugely wrong with this camera, though neither is it particularly groundbreaking. That back illuminated 16 million pixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor does a reasonable job of capturing detail without pushing and boundaries.

We liked

The 10x optical zoom in a camera of this small size is great, making this a good option for holidays and nights out.

We disliked

The digital filter effects could be a little bit more creative, but as it is they're a bit of a letdown.

Final verdict

Pushing aside a few minor niggles, mainly to do with options such as the panorama mode, the Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a solid performing compact camera that will please consumers. Images are generally well exposed, have natural colours straight from the camera and there's little sign of noise.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection, Blink Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, 3D Panorama
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.4 mm
Width94 mm
Depth27.9 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 45 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS6300
Product NameCoolpix S6300 Digital Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number26302
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The ideal camera for an active family

Soccer games, first days of school, weekend trips to the beach...don't forget the camera! Compact enough to tuck in a pocket or purse and fast enough to be ready in an instant, the COOLPIX S6300 will capture the wide variety of activities your family enjoys. Its powerful 10x optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens and high-resolution 16.0-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers exceptional photos and Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound in any setting. Catch moments around a dimly lit birthday cake or sun soaked days at the lake in brilliant Nikon quality.