Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
3" LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix S4300
has a 3" TFT LCD touchscreen monitor featuring
approximately 460,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a five-level
brightness adjustment. The touchscreen allows you to intuitively navigate
settings and camera modes using your finger or the supplied stylus pen. The LCD monitor has approximately 98% horizontal and vertical coverage in the
shooting mode and approximately 100% coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix S4300 features a
1/2.3" CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately
16.44-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.0-million.
Optics: The Coolpix S4300 digital camera uses a 6x Zoom-NIKKOR
for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is
controlled by Nikon. The Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and
image sensor combination.
The Coolpix S4300 uses a 6x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that is equivalent
to a 26-156mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the
camera's total zoom capability is 24x. The angle of view is equivalent to that
of approximately 624mm lens (35mm format).
Vibration Reduction: The Nikon
Coolpix S4300 offers an optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System.
Vibration Reduction reduces blurring caused by camera shake when shooting.
Slight hand movements causes blurred photos, especially when shooting at slow
shutter speeds or when zoomed in. The camera utilizes lens shift technology to
reduce the effect of camera shake.
File Formats: The Coolpix S4300 records still images in JPEG
format. HD and SD movies are recorded in AVI format
(Motion JPEG-compliant). You have a choice of seven still image size options and
- Still Images:
- 16M: 4608 x 3456 (high quality 1:4 compression ratio)
- 16M: 4608 x 3456 (standard quality 1:8 compression ratio)
- 8M: 3264 x 2448
- 4M: 2272 x 1704
- 2M: 1600 x 1200
- VGA: 640 x 480
- 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
- Movies (Frame Rate 30 fps):
- HD 720p: 1280 x 720
- VGA: 640 x 480
- QVGA: 320 x 240
Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29
minutes, or 2 GB file size.
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 74 MB internal memory for storing still images and
movies with sound.
Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images
can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory
card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the
card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal
memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to
32 GB, and SDXC cards of 64 GB and 128 GB.
Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: A "point-and-shoot" mode with some user
adjustments to suit the shooting conditions and type of shot you want to
- Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a
scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation: Scene Auto Selector, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape,
Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Black & White Copy, Draw, Backlighting, Panorama
Assist, and Pet Portrait. You can increase or decrease the effects of the
Food, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, and Dusk/Dawn scene modes.
- Special Effects Mode: You can choose from the following six
effects: Soft, Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast Monochrome, High Key, Low Key, and
- Smart Portrait: When the camera detects a smiling face,
you can take a picture automatically without pressing the shutter-release
button (smile timer). The Skin Softening option can smooth the skin tones in
Continuous Shooting: In the continuous shooting mode,
you can select in the menu from the following options:
- Single: One picture is taken each time the
shutter-release button is pressed.
- Continuous: Takes up to 6 pictures at about 1.3 frames per second
while the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 4608 x 3456.
- Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the
shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is
selected and saved.
- Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges
them in a single image of 2560 x 1920.
Color Options: With the following color options, you can
make colors more vivid, or save images in monochrome:
- Standard Color: images in natural color
- Vivid Color: to achieve a vivid "photoprint" effect
- Black-and-White: save images in black-and-white
- Sepia: save images in sepia tones
- Cyanotype: save images in cyan-blue monochrome
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and
2 second timer for self-portraits. In addition, the camera can use face
detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a
smile is detected (Smile Timer).
AF Area Mode: You can select
between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses.
- Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view
only), the camera will focus on the face automatically. The camera can
recognize up to 9 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode. This
is the default setting.
- Auto: The camera
automatically selects the focus area (up to 9) containing the subject closest
to the camera.
- Manual: You can manually select one of 99 focus areas
in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not
positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still.
- Center: The camera focuses
on the subject in the center of the frame.
- Subject Tracking: For taking pictures of moving
subjects. The camera moves the focus area automatically to track the
registered subject within the frame.
Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close
as 2". This feature is best for taking close-up pictures of flowers or other
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock
feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in
Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist
illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release
button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 6'-2" at the maximum
wide-angle position and 3'-7" at the
maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.
Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is
available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects
that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is
displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the
picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.
Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the
camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from
-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is
the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the
sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the
following ISO settings:
- Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 80 when there is sufficient
lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting
- Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the
camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 80-400, or ISO 80 to 800.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600,
You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset White Balance and use a
neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix S4300 has a built-in flash with a range of
1'-8" to 14' (Wide angle) and 1'-8" to 7'-10" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce
Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced
red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly
increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:
- Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed
halfway and locks at this position during recording.
AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the
shutter-release button is not pressed.
Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be
recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's
built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length, and are stored as WAV
Play, Edit and Print Functions
Copy: You can internally copy
images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD card.
Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an
automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If
desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum
slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4,
9, or 16) at a time.
While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to
highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing
you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback,
you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the
multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can
record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Rotate Image: Recorded pictures
can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix S4300 to edit
recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose
from the following editing functions:
- Paint: Using the supplied stylus pen, you can draw on
images or add decorations to images.
- Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily
create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back
an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the
corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Glamour Retouch: The camera recognizes faces in pictures
and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
- Perspective Control: You can adjust the perspective of
pictures taken in landscape orientation, or apply perspective control
similar to that available with shift lenses.
- Filter Effects: You can apply the following effects:
Soft, Selective color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, and
- Small Picture (Resizing): You can create a
small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with
a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x
480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web
pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
- Crop: Create a copy containing only the portion
visible in the monitor.
Multi-Language Menu: You can
choose from 29 different menu display languages including English,
Spanish or French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by
using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order
Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print.
Pictures can be printed as followed:
or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory
card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal
memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible
printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before
printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix S4300 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL19).
The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-69P AC adapter
and UC-E6 USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will
last up to approximately 180 shots or 1 hour 15 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery
charges in about 2 hours 30 minutes.
Auto Off: When
the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically
turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are
performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit
for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you
to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied
USB cable, or view your photos
on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.
Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
contains the following software:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing your images and movies on the computer
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies.
- Panorama Maker 6: for creating panoramic images from the camera's
recorded still images
- QuickTime (Windows Only)
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with
the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:
- Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium,
Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
- Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business,
Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
- Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack
- MAC OS X Versions: 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.7.2