Features & Controls
It wasn't long ago that a thin camera with a 10x optical zoom lens, such as the Nikon Coolpix S6300, would've been a rarity. No longer.
- Wide: 20 in (50 cm) to infinity
- Tele: 40 in (100 cm) to infinity
- Macro: 4 in. (10 cm) to infinity
The S6300's built-in flash is very wide and thin, and it's embedded in the extreme upper right corner of the camera (when looking from the front). Although this flash doesn't look like it would give you much extra light when shooting photos, it actually works surprisingly well. You do have to make sure that you shoot at the right angle, because when the long zoom lens is fully extended, you can end up with some shadows in your flash photos.
There aren't a lot of controls on the top panel of the Coolpix S6300 -- just the basics shown here. The zoom ring surrounds the shutter button on the right side of the top panel, and it works in a standard manner. There is no mode dial, as you must make all shooting command selections through the on-screen menus.
If you feel like the LCD screen on the Coolpix S6300 looks a little small, you're right. The control buttons on the right side of the back panel occupy quite a bit of room, and the S6300's LCD only measures 2.7 inches diagonally, which is the minimum-sized display screen you'll find on cameras today. This model also only has 230,000 pixels of resolution, which again ranks near the bottom of newer cameras. You can select from five different screen brightness settings, but there is a bit of a glare on the screen when shooting in sunlight, even at the brightest setting.
Nikon included a much sturdier hinged door on the bottom panel of the S6300 to encase the battery and memory card slots. This door securely clicks into place. You can use SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards with this Coolpix camera.
There's nothing out of the ordinary with the rechargeable battery included with the Coolpix S6300. Nikon estimates you can shoot about 230 still images between battery charges or operate the camera for more than 3 hours, and my tests found that this battery charge estimate is very accurate. I was pleased with the battery life with the S6300, although having a strong battery life shouldn't be a surprise with a camera that makes use of a smallish LCD screen.
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