Nikon S6300

 
Nikon Coolpix S6300 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 160g - 94 x 58 x 26mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
41
Features
35
Overall
38

Nikon S6300 summary

Nikon S6300 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on February of 2012. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The S6300 is ranked #64 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #789 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Nikon S6300 family

The Nikon S6300 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S6300 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S6300 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S6300 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S6300 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S6300 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S6300 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S6300 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S6300 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S6300 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S6300 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S6300 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S6300 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S6300 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S630025-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S6300 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S6300 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S6300 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S6300 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S6300 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S6300 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S6300 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S6300 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S6300 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S6300 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S6300 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S6300 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S6300 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S6300 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S6300 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Nikon S6300 based on factors that are oftentimes considered necessary in a camera.

built in zoom lens (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
great reach (250mm)
has HDMI port
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
quite wide (25mm)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have headphone port
does not have mic port
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no aperture priority
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f5.8)
small screen (2.7")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Nikon S6300 Sensor information

The sensor specification in the Nikon S6300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 125 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The image below displays the S6300's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The S6300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S6300 dimensions

Nikon S6300 weighs about 0.35 pounds (160g or 5.64 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 94mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Nikon S6300 is very much the same as compared with various rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Nikon S6300 with a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the S6300.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 topview buttons dials

Nikon S6300 Lens information

The S6300 has got a built in lens offering a focal range of 25-250mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which is not very good but it will definitely be convenient in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.2 making it quite sluggish and not the best for low light events and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to raise your ISO producing noisy files. At the long end, 250mm is great zoom and comes to f5.8 which is quite slow and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S6300 Connectivity

The S6300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer pictures and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon S6300 Video information

The max video quality in the Nikon S6300 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for quality and file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone jack so you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to look into another camera if you need better sound for your video clips.

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Nikon S6300 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Nikon S6300 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Nikon S6300 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S6300 comes with a 2.7" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S6300 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are rather useful.

Nikon S6300 Shutter information

Nikon S6300 continuous shooting speed is 6.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon S6300 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon S6300 comes with just in-built flash without external flash support.

Nikon S6300 Autofocus information

Nikon S6300 comes with only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it handy for people photography.

It also has Tracking AF for things that move. Nikon S6300 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good for low light conditions or you want more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon S6300 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL12) in the Nikon S6300 is built to last for 230 clicks with respect to the CIPA measurements which is comparable with it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Nikon S6300 for specific styles of photography

The following graph provides a rundown of the Nikon S6300 for specific styles of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Nikon S6300

The Nikon S6300 gets a rating of 36 which is bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to use off-camera flash.

Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
megapixel count decent (16MP)
provides face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Nikon S6300 Street photography highlights

Getting a average points total of 57, the Nikon S6300 is relatively adequate for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Nikon S6300 Sports photography info

A bad sports photography score of 45 indicates the Nikon S6300 is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Nikon S6300 as a Travel photography camera

Size is really crucial in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Nikon S6300 gets a nice 68 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to buy for your vacations.

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decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

Landscape photography with Nikon S6300

If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Nikon S6300 at it's bad rating of 39 for a landscape camera is just not very good in the current market.

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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording

Nikon S6300 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon S6300 is just not very good for vlogging as it comes to a bad score of 34.

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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
does not have external mic jack

Nikon S6300 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the S6300, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph just below shows you a summary of the S6300 vs it's top ranked competitors shown earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might regard as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S6300
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2012-02-01
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing distance
10cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7"
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed
6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
160g (0.35 pounds)
Dimensions
94 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
Other
Battery life
230 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Single
Price at release
$200