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Nikon Coolpix S4300 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £150
inc VAT

A smart design and an elegant touchscreen interface can't make up for basic videos and noisy photos


1/2.3in 15.9-megapixel sensor, 6.0x zoom (26-156mm equivalent), 139g

The S4300 is an ultra-compact point-and-shooter with stylish curves and a touchscreen interface. It’s available in red, black, white and silver, although the latter is more of a champagne finish. It would look perfectly at home nestling in a Prada handbag, but isn’t so overtly feminine as to make it a ladies-only camera.

Nikon Coolpix S4300

Touchscreen interfaces on cameras can be hit and miss but this is one of the better examples. Nikon has redesigned its menus from scratch for touchscreen operation, with big icons rather than scrolling lists. Autofocus and metering options are combined into a Touch AF/AE mode, which uses the touchscreen to place the autofocus and metering point pretty much anywhere in the frame (the outer edges aren’t allowed). Power, shutter release, video record/pause, shooting mode and playback have dedicated hardware buttons, and there’s the usual lever for the generous 6x zoom function.

Nikon Coolpix S4300

Performance is generally up to scratch, with responsive autofocus and an average of 1.8 seconds between shots in our tests. Continuous mode was passable at 1.1fps, slowing to 0.6fps after eight shots. It was slow to switch on and shoot, though, at 3.6 seconds. When we pressed the shutter button straight after switching on, the camera powered up and then sat there doing nothing rather than taking a photo as soon as it was ready. The meagre 180-shot battery life is another concern, and in-camera charging means it can’t charge one battery while using another.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 15.9 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 460,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 6.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 26-156mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
Maximum movie resolution 1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 74MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 180 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 139g
Size 60x96x21mm

Buying Information

Warranty two-year RTB
Price £150

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.5 (wide), f/6.5 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls none
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, flexible spot, face detect
Metering modes multi, flexible spot, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, smile detect