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The Nikon Coolpix S4300 compact digital camera, available in red, silver, black or white, boasts a 15.9Mp sensor, 6x optical zoom and HD video recording. Our rigorous tests reveal if this newcomer Coolpix matches the impressive picture taking performance of many other already tested Nikon models, and investigates how it compares with its sibling, the S6300.
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Specification criteria Specification
Test Date 1 May 2012
Resolution (Mp) The measured effective resolution, in megapixels. This sometimes differs very slightly from the manufacturer's claimed figure. 15.925248
Maximum wide angle (mm) The smaller the wide angle number, the more you'll be able to fit into the shot - useful for landscapes and group photos. 26.0
Maximum tele zoom (mm) The larger the tele zoom number, the closer you'll be able to get to distant subjects when zooming the camera 156.0
Optical zoom magnification The maximum amount of magnification possible (eg 3x) 6.0
Size (wxhxd) (cm) 10 x 6 x 2.1
Weight (g) With lens cap, strap, battery and memory card. 141
Waterproof No
GPS Some cameras offer GPS-tagging, recording the exact global location of where you were when you took your shot. No
WiFi Some cameras offer the ability to wirelessly share your photos via the internet. No
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Recently tested No
Touchscreen Some cameras offer touchscreens which let you control functions and browse through pictures with your finger. Yes
LCD width (mm) 60
LCD height (mm) 45
Viewfinder All cameras have an LCD screen at the back. Only some have a viewfinder though (the little eyepiece you look through). Electronic viewfinders are more accurate than optical viewfinders. No
Compatible memory cards Digital images are stored on memory cards. Most digital cameras take one type of memory card only, but higher end ones can take more. SD;SDHC;SDXC;miniSDC
Video and sound
Video recording Camcorders are much better than digital cameras for video, but a good video mode on a camera can be a bonus. Yes
Video resolution Whether the camera can record high definition (HD) or standard definition videos. 720p
Picture settings
Scene Modes 23
Image stabilisation Image stabilisation sharpens images that might otherwise be blurry. A camera gets a Yes
Manual focus setting No
Shutter speed priority Whether you can adjust the shutter speed, with the camera simulataneously adjusting aperture so you get a good exposure. A camera shows No
Aperture priority Whether you can adjust the aperture, with the camera simulataneously adjusting shutter speed so you get a good exposure. A camera shows No
Face detection Yes
Max manually selectable ISO Setting a high ISO setting helps you to achieve good dim light pictures, without flash. On a few cameras however, the resolution of the picture is reduced (for example to 3.1Mp or below) so the picture may not be suitable for printing. A few cameras have variable ISO settings with no manual adjustment. 1600
Performance measurements
Start-up time (s) Switch on - time from camera off, until camera ready for taking pictures, monitor enabled, in seconds 3.78

Nikon Coolpix S4300

  • Launch date: Feb 2012
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