CoolPix from Nikon is famous worldwide. The reason behind its success is the innovation that is packed into each camera. Following the success lineup is the CoolPix S4300 camera. It has the right features that come for an apt price. Here is a review that should help you decide better:
The front of the Nikon Coolpix S4300 features a 6x optical zoom lens that starts at 26mm and stops at 156mm. At either side of the lens barrel is the slim flash and AF emitter. To the uninitiated, the AF emitter is that red light that shines just before a picture is taken. It will only do it when the light conditions are dark because the camera's focusing system needs to see contrast to focus on. This point and shoot camera carries a 1/2.3in CCD sensor that produces 16MP of effective resolution. In addition to the full 16MP, the camera can also be set to record at 8MP, 4MP, 2MP and VGA quality in the default 4:3 aspect, or at 14MP in a 16:9 widescreen aspect.
Sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 – 1600 in standard mode, with an expanded setting of ISO 3200 that records images at a maximum 4MP. The maximum aperture of this camera ranges from f/3.5 available at 26mm, rising to f/6.5 at 156mm. The lens on this camera benefits from Nikon’s proprietary Vibration Reduction anti-blurring technology, which helps to keep images (and movies) sharp at extended telephoto settings and slower shutter speeds. The camera has auto-shooting mode that comes supplemented only by a choice of scene modes, special effects and smart portrait, so you can't set it to aperture or shutter priority. The shutter speed ranges from 1/2,000 to 4 seconds and this makes it a powerful camera. It also enables the adjustment of white balance and sensitivity, with the former offering five preset modes, plus auto and manual. This manual option is neatly handled. Selecting it zooms the lens to maximum telephoto, allowing you to frame a sample of white from your scene in a small window at the centre of the screen and use this as a reference point by tapping 'measure'.
Design and Display:
The camera’s body is only 20.8mm thick which is great for slipping into a pocket for quick point and shooting. On the top, the camera has two buttons. The small power button is sunk into the body and has a small ring of light around it so that the user doesn’t accidentally use that and turn the camera off instead. The larger shutter release button has a small coloured circle on top to add to the colour coding and the zoom rocker wrapped around. It also houses a 3-inch LCD screen that is bright and fine-grained and carries a smooth refresh and a touch-sensitive surface.
Thanks to the touch-screen that features prominently on the back of the Nikon Coolpix S430, it has made other buttons redundant. Therefore, there's only three available for direct video recording, switching to playback and switching back to shooting. In all fairness, all three buttons could be put onto the screen as well to allow either a bigger camera or a smaller body. Although the playback button will lead directly to reviewing images even with the camera powered down. That wouldn't be possible if the button was on the screen.
The Nikon CoolPix S4300 is an excellent camera that comes at a very competitive price. This is one of the best offerings from Nikon.