Nikon Coolpix S6300 Review

4.0
August 27, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

Noise

Images taken at the lowest setting of ISO 125 are beautifully noise free. Pictures are ultra clean, with no colour distortion and nice, crisp lines. At ISO 200, there are ever so faint traces of colour starting to appear when viewed at full magnification, but we'd be unfair if we marked them down for it. It's still perfectly acceptable and at normal viewing size, you wouldn't know it was there.

The noise does become noticeable at ISO 400 with an extremely slight yellowing of colour over the entire picture. It's down to some colour noise poking through which is seen easier at full magnification. Edge definition is still very good at this stage. The noise problem exacerbates at ISO 800 with the colour becoming big enough to see at normal viewing size. It's still a very good performance for a camera at this level.

Noise reduction software starts to throw it's weight around at ISO 1600 and the sharp edges begin to disintegrate. Overall image quality looks ok from a normal viewing distance but don't expect any fine detail. The final setting has been desaturated by the noise reduction to try and control colour noise. It still manages to get through and only primary colours have any kind of presence. In  very dark pictures, there wouldn't be much to look at. The best option would be to switch the flash on and reduce the ISO setting.

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Nikon Coolpix S6300. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

File Quality

The Nikon Coolpix S6300 has 2 different image quality settings available, with High being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

High (100% Crop) Normal (100% Crop)

Sharpening

We're satisfied with the sharpness of the Nikon Coolpix S6300's lens as long as it's in the centre of the frame. We put a couple of images through the standard sharpening in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and there's a definite improvement but without it, the pictures still look good enough.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The lens on the Nikon Coolpix S6300 appears to manage chroma quite well. It's still present but we had to hunt for it. On our examples, it's only faint. There are occasions when we thought we found it and it was actually lens flare, so that's something to be aware of.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Nikon Coolpix S6300 doesn't have much of a macro facility. You can't get very close to subjects. It also highlights the image drop off towards the edges which is definitely noticeable.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

Without flash there's a definite vignette around the corners of the frame. This is removed using flash regardless of the zoom setting. Light is balanced with no obvious preference to the centre of the frame.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Forced Off - Telephoto (250mm)

Forced On - Telephoto (250mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Red-eye reduction is software based – it locates the redness in eyes and removes it using software – over a more popular hardware based preflash. It works very well and it's a good job because we got terrible red-eye in our test shot.

On

On (100% Crop)
   

Auto/Red-eye Reduction

Auto/Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

Our test at night showed the Nikon Coolpix S6300 used a slightly longer shutter speed in night scene mode to get more light in but it still used a low ISO 125 setting to retain as much detail as possible.

Night Auto

Night Auto (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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