Nikon S4300 overview
Nikon S4300 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on February of 2012. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The S4300 is positioned #36 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #692 out of 1428 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personal criteria.
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Nikon S4300 history
The Nikon S4300 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full range below.
Nikon S4300 Gallery
You can check the S4300 from several angles in the gallery here.
Nikon S4300 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Nikon S4300 based on features that are often viewed as essential in a digital camera.
Nikon S4300 Sensor details
The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon S4300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the S4300's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The S4300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S4300 dimensions
Nikon S4300 weighs in at 0.31 pounds (139 grams or 4.90 ounces) and features external measurements of 96mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon S4300 is lighter when compared to its competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Listed below is a visual of the Nikon S4300 besides a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view here will show you the button layout on the S4300.
Nikon S4300 Lens specs
The S4300 includes a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 26-156mm giving it a 6.0 x zoom which might not be great but it might be convenient in some circumstances.
At the widest 26mm, it offers an aperture of f3.5 which will be pretty slow and not great in low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting which causes noisy images. At the tele end, 156mm comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S4300 Connectivity
The S4300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy files and sometimes change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Certain applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Nikon S4300 Video specs
The maximum video resolution on the Nikon S4300 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You really should go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone port which means that you get little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to look at a different camera if you need better sound in your videos.
Nikon S4300 Weather Sealing
Nikon S4300 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.
Nikon S4300 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S4300 is equipped with a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 460k dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you can easily shift focus point as well as change settings by using your finger.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon S4300 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.
Nikon S4300 Shutter specs
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Nikon S4300 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon S4300 includes only inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.
Nikon S4300 Autofocusing specs
Nikon S4300 includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be valuable for portrait photography.
The Sensor supports 9 focus points to choose from. Nikon S4300 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to switch where you focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Nikon S4300 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful during low light or you require more accurate control on depth of field.
Nikon S4300 Battery life
The battery (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S4300 is fashioned to last for 180 shots based on the CIPA specifications making it lower when compared to its rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life within this class of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
Nikon S4300 for various forms of photography
The following diagram indicates a summation of the Nikon S4300 for various forms of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Nikon S4300 Portrait photography advice
The Nikon S4300 has a points total of 36 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos plus the potential to work with external lighting.
Nikon S4300 Street photography details
Getting a above average points tally of 67, the Nikon S4300 is a respectable fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Nikon S4300
A lousy sports photography score of 41 indicates the Nikon S4300 is not really acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon S4300 as a Travel photography camera
Size is really crucial in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon S4300 gets a nice 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to take on your holidays.
Landscape photography with Nikon S4300
For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S4300 at it's lousy grade of 42 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable among its rivals.
Vlogging with Nikon S4300
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon S4300 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it gets a lousy score of 34.
Nikon S4300 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the S4300, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the S4300 compared to it's highest scoring competitors shown previously.
These are some more cameras you may check out as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.