The Good Easy to use; Good image colours; Touchscreen menus.
The Bad Limited image customisation options; Some noise on images.
The Bottom Line The Nikon Coolpix S4300 is a great choice for anyone who wants to hand over the task of choosing the best settings for any shot to the camera. If you'd like to teach yourself more about photography by learning the controls over time, you might find it limiting.
Nikon Coolpix S4300
There are times when all you want is a simple camera to take to the pub or the beach. Not everyone likes to fiddle with settings, navigate three screens of options or have to understand aperture and focal lengths to get the best shot.
Well, now they don't have to. The S4300 has had its settings and options stripped to the bare minimum, which means you can get on with enjoying the scenes in front of you while it works out how best to shoot them.
Despite its slim body, the S4300 is home to a 16-megapixel sensor and a 6x zoom, equivalent to 26-156mm on a regular 35mm camera. That makes it well suited at the wider end to broad landscapes, and at full-telephoto it will deal with close-up sports and wildlife shots. Maximum aperture ranges from f/3.5 at wide-angle to f/6.5 at full-telephoto, neither of which is particularly ambitious.
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