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Nikon Coolpix 4300
Nikon Coolpix 4300

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Nikon Coolpix 4300

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix 4300 bridges the gap between point & shoot and advanced cameras, offering extensive manual controls in an easy-to-hold, compact body. Reviewers agree that the 4300 produces terrific images in both automatic and manual modes, though some complain that the camera's controls are overly complex.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file format
  • ISO range 100-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • UPC: 00018208250073
  • Release Date: Apr 03, 2003

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Nikon Coolpix 4300 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 4300 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Mr (Gil Golt — 11/06/2007)

I thoroughly enjoy this camera. It has not been problematic as others state, and has given me years of faithful service. It continues to put out clear, concise pictures and I look forward to many more years of use!

  • 2.0 out of 5
lens stuck (sara — 10/20/2006)

same problrm as everyone else good pics until oneday in the middle of shooting the lens wont retract, didnt drop it or anything.Wish i had read these reviews before i bought it

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fragile, problematic, lets you down, finally dead. Never Coolpix again! (MM — 10/19/2006)

Frankly a Nikon Coolpix 4300 has some good features such as video, black and white shots, Li-Ion battery, aperture and shutter priority and some more.
We have had the camera for less than 15 months. Being so fragile a battery cover that it broke two times and needed replacement. While waiting for the cover delivery the camera was unusable since the cover holds a battery in place. Both cases were inside warranty period which is only 12 months. Too short in my opinion for such a brand! First time I had to pay. Second time it was free of charge but in black although the camera is silver one. A month later I got silver one.
Now the flash-light doesn't work due to high voltage circuit failure. The local company authorized to repair it first wanted to replace high voltage board. Later they wanted to replace another board meaning 2 out of 3 boards supposed to be inside camera. All for more money than the price of the new Coolpix L6. After being ������serviced������ the camera is completely disfunctional although we have brought it for repair with a day-light functionalities OK. Now the lens will not extend or retract and we got a system error message as if the lens cover is not removed. It's completely dead.
My daughter who got it as a birthday present and me too are very disappointed. I am not going to buy a Nikon camera anymore. After all the Coolpix 4300 is a very poor camera. It was really waste of money. And I will not buy any camera having warranty period less than 36 months if such exists at all.
Now I consider Panasonic Lumix TZ1 having 10x optical zoom and attractive design as if it is SLR. I wonder if someone had some bad experience with this one since I plan to buy it soon as replacement for our dead 4300.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor/Fuzzy pictures indoors and out (Mike Herman — 10/07/2006)

I have had the camera for 2 years. The picture quality is poor to fuzzy indoors. Outdoors is a little better, but not good. I am disappointed. The pics are so fuzzy that I don't even use the camera anymore.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy it. Lens stuck (Eddy Guo — 10/03/2006)

Mine is a 3200. It is similar to 4300. First time it broken is the shutter stuck after it fall from my 5 years old son's hand. Not a very hign fall. LCD displays System Error. I get it fixed under warranty. This time it is inside a backpack and the backpack fall from a table. The lens doesn't extent and display Lens Error. An out-of-warranty repair may cost $100. I am not going to repair it. I am not going to buy a nikon coolpix anymore. Hope nikon read my post. The shutter speed is so slow. I am not impressed with the picture comparing to my brother's 2 mega pixel canon. The only reason I give it a 2 stars is that I like the movie function.

  • 2.0 out of 5
shutter wont open (jaime b. veneracion — 09/09/2006)

the NIKON Coolpix takes great pictures but when time to repair, there is a problem. the local company authorized to do it wants to replace the whole lens assembly just to make the shutter open. however, it can still review what i had shot. and perhaps this will be the function of this camera for now. i owned a nikon FE before, which i thought was just great but their digital is really fragile. and their service is really very, verrry badd.

  • 5.0 out of 5
my first digital camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nikon in general is the best brand of camera. I've owned this Nikon 4300 for 3 years already, and it has taken my beatings. I dropped it in the snow, on the rug, and had my daughter play with it. It's still working perfect

  • 1.0 out of 5
I wished Nikon cared (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It broke after 14 months The lens will not extend or retract. I am told that I shouldn't waste my money it is not worth fixing. I wish Nikon cared.

  • 4.0 out of 5
is not bad in general (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have my Nikon coolpix 4300 about 4 years, the pictures in general are great, good colors, there's a few focus problem if you choose the option closeup in scene menu.Slow, very slow, take too long between pictures.My cp4300 is the black model, i have 2 friends with the silver model, i think black our silver color have been made in the same place. One of the silver cameras is dead and the other have a few problems, but my black camera still working like the first day


  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera is dead - under 2 years (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a disgrace - camera does not turn on and is less than 2 years old. My old Canon Powershot A50 is still going strong after 5 yrs.
Should have known after I had to send the first one for replacement immediately due to focus problems.
I will never purchase the Nikon brand ever again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Problematic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good sharp pictures, but short life!
I can turn the camera on now everything works fine but the screen has gone black, both in video, auto and manual mode, but you can still take a black picture......

  • 2.0 out of 5
System error a/k/a lens misalignment/guide pin problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First time LCD displayed system error message and Lens failed to retract. Camera was under warranty and NIKON fixed the problem. The second time, 6-8 months later, the same thing happened again, but camera was out of warranty so NIKON refused to fix the camera unless I pay for the same repair. $$$$$ It is not cost effective to repair, given
the fact I can get a better camera for close to the cost of the repair. When I do replace the
broken NIKON camera with a new one, guess what
brand of digital camera I will not even consider looking at let alone buying. Wake up NIKON!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Beware (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owened the Coolpix 4300 for 13 months. After using the camera for 7 months the lens would not retract and I got the "system error" problem. I sent the camera back and was told that it was repaired. Now 13 months (1 month past 1 year warranty), I am having the same problem.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera produces great quality pictures. I have had this camera for over 2 years and I haven't had a problem with it yet. I had no idea until now of the many problems that other people had with it. Everything seems to be working perfectly since the day I got it except for the poor camera battery. This is the same battery that came with the camera. Now after fully charging it for an hour and a half, I am only able to take around 50 shots before I go into low-battery mode. During low battery mode, the camera is EXTREMELY slow and takes about 10-15 seconds between shots. However despite it's slowness, I am very happy with the camera because the image quality is spectacular for the 4 megapixels, although there are much better cameras out there on the market right now.

  • 3.0 out of 5
SLOW SLOW SLOW (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera for 3 yrs and haven't had any mechanical problems like stated in other reviews. However, I find the the shutter speed SO SLOW!! It's almost 15 seconds between the time you push the button, to when the camera actually snaps the picture. By then, I've missed my baby's first smile! Very disappointed with the timing of this camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
QUALITY (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I feel that a camera should last longer for the price that you pay. It got a system error when I was trying to take pictures at my granddaughters gymnastics meet. I was unable to get any pictures. I will never buy another "Nikon" product. I also will broadcast to everyone I know not to purchase any of these products. I feel a replacement should be made.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This is very poor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 18 months ownership, this camera let me down with the usual "system error" message, and the lens sticking in the "out" position.
I tried the battery removal trick (over 24 hors, and the system reset options, but none worked.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dead (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Same problem as everyone else, if it costs $200.00 to fix it I don't think it is worth it. I guess we will buy another brand.

  • 1.0 out of 5
lens jammed system error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

How can such a product pack up after such a short time and and then the quoted repair is £120. Last nikon product I ever buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never buy again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

died after 2 year, it does not worth the money on it

  • 1.0 out of 5
Disgusting Engineering (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

"System Error" just like eveyone else. Too expensive to repair. What has happened to Nikon??

  • 4.0 out of 5
great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

a great pictures are super!!! i know she's a lazy camera..but compare the pictures with others made with other cameras in same conditions.. love my camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes amazing pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't know why so many people complain that their camera died so quickly. I have used my camera for over three years & have bought 3 for gifts - they have had theirs for over two years. We all love this camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the camera for about two years and sure enough I received a lens error message. Hey, I wonder if this is a coincident or not? Na, I am sure you cannot program a chip to only last so long could you? NAAAAAA!

  • 1.0 out of 5
died after 2 years (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am amazed at so many people had the same problem with this camera around the same timeframe. after 2 years of very light use, one day, i turned on the camera, and got the system error. Lens would not move in out as usual. repair too costly. I purchased a canon 4MP camera instead of going thru the repair hassle.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very fragile camera, obvious firmware problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought a refurbished 4300 from Nikon. It lasted 7 months before I power cycled it and got the dreaded "System Error" on red screen and it wouldn't retract the lens. Given the number of people who have run into this, it's an obvious firmware problem. Nikon wants $146.50 to repair the camera and refuses to tell me what is wrong or what they will be repairing.

Stay away from Nikon. Their quality has gone down the drain.

  • 1.0 out of 5
So I am not the only one (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I inherited this camera from someone that had it repaired, and it lasted about 6 months before it broke again. I can hear the gears on the zoom crunching, then the focus went, now just system errors.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Slow but good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At the 2 year mark it just quit won't turn on, dead. Took good pic until then however was slow.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nikon 4300. Cool but slow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Cool camera. Comfortable to use, although a little bulky. I regret not going for a slim 4 million pixel camera to fit into jeans or coat pockets easier.
This camera is very slow to start up once switched on and, is slow again after taking a photo with with the flash. Quality of photos is very good, macro (close-up) photos and black & white photo-setting is good also. A great name, average quality camera at a good price.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't Buy It!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The shutter speed is so slow that it is impossible to take a picture that you focused on. With time it gets even slower! From the beginning, time between shots was very slow. The only reason why I gave it two stars instead of one is because if you did get a shot - the quality is very good.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Works wonders (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its a lovely camera. Easy to handle, east to understand. I have read quite some articles about it and the complaints I've seen were surprising. I had it for more than two years and it gave me no trouble at all. The only drawback I find is the battery-life. the 4300's Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 charges very quickly but discharges too fast when you need it most!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Easily Damaged (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Nikon F that lastem me 30 years - this 4600 has lasted 3 weeks. I dropped it, in a well padded case from about 1 foot and now it is not functioning properly. Surely a camera should be able to withstand average treatment. Have not had time to get repaired yet, but am expecting problems.

  • 1.0 out of 5
short life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Used it to take 250 pictures then got system error msg..Nikon advise 12 months warranty sufficient and want £151.00 to repair - can get newer model for less..Never Nikon again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Cp 4300 is easy and takes great pictures but very delicate (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Layed my cool pic 4300 on the ground while still on (lens upward) and the lens extended. Picked it up and turned power off. Then it would not power back on and lens would not extend, the power lever will not turn or or move to another position. Camera was great while it lasted but $399. a little too much for 22 months of camera use..local nikon service center says they will have to send off to nikon for repairs and that the lens may have been forced in by impact...$217.00 to repair a camera that took 150 pictures,outrageous. I will never buy another nikon product

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fine when it works (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera takes good quality images however reliability is in question. 2 months after bought camera took on holiday and the image stopped appearing on monitor and could not take photos. Sent back to suppliers who found no fault - monitor was again working. Now 3 months after warranty ran out problem has re-occurred, so either face expensive repair or purchase of new camera (definitely not Nikon). Cannot recommend at all

  • 1.0 out of 5
Short life span (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I too am one of those people that has had the 4300 quit unexpectedly after 14 months of sporadic use. Nikon wants $218 to repair it with only a 180 day warranty! I will choose another camera from a different manufacturer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved my Nikon Coolpix 4300, to death. Within the first month, I took around 1000+ pictures and the image quality was great. I haven't experienced any of the problems that some people have mentioned in their reviews - guess I got lucky.

I let my sister borrow my camera a few months ago, and she managed to break it. I was surprised, because it has been dropped in the past and proved to be a very durable camera.

I'm in the market for a new camera now. Anyone have any suggestions? I'd be will to spend between $150.00 - $350.00 CAD for a new one. I know that's cheap, but I'm a university student and money is tight. :(

  • 1.0 out of 5
When it works, it's great. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In the space of 7 months from purchase I returned it three times to the factory for repair. The LCD screen would just stop working. Finally was sent a Coolpix 5000 which isn't much better.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I like this CAMERA!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera rocks it borders between SLR and point and shoot. Long time to take a picture but worth it. I love the Nikon Coolpix 4300.

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best in the class (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A 4.1 megapixels camera can't be better, the resolution, sharpness, and color are wonderful, incredible...I owned a Nikon 8800 also, which of course is a better camera, but the pictures comes with a similar quality when you compare Apple to Apple....I'm very happy with my cameras

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera dies in your hands (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my second CoolPix. In a year I shot about 10,000 exposures on it. Then the lens started packing itself away without explanation. I believe the power switch is defective but cannot get Nikon to confirm any problem.
This camera is much harder to get good close ups than the 885 unless you switch to close up setting in scenes. The close up in auto mode has serious focus problems.

  • 2.0 out of 5
OK while it lasted! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Suddenly died for no reason. Could not read card. Nikon quote for repair total, $201.86 with no explanation for problem. Disgusted, they sell factory refurbished for less than that. Will never buy Nikon again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
No more Nikon's for me (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased new, I had to send it back to Mfg three times before they finally sent me a new one. I was never happy with the quality of the picture and I was on vacation and it just stopped working. I was told it would cost more to fix than buy a new camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Pictures, wish it were faster though... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Been using this camera for almost 2 years. I love it. It has taken many great pictures for me and I have no major complaints. I love the colors the 4300 pictures come out in. 80% of the time the images are sharp, and I think that's a pretty good rating considering the myriad of situations that my camera has been put in.

My only real complaint is that I wish it were faster. Start up time, shutter delay, and readiness to take the next shot after the first one.

Oh battery housing gave up on me during the end of the 1st year that it was with me. My mistake was that I always kept the battery in the camera even during storage. This must have weakened the plastic latch enough for it to give way. I spent about $50 to have it replaced and now it is good as new.

I plan to use this for several more years until I can shoot well enough to move up to a D50 or D70.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It was great while it lasted..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera until last week, when it just unexpectedly died on me. I called Nikon tech support, and was told that it was probably a problem with a chip, and could cost upwards of $200 to fix. I am disgusted, and will never buy another Nikon again, and I've read other similar reviews online about this camera just dying suddenly!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the camera no regrets at all the Nikon 4300 is the way to go for beginners!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Major drawback; Moving objects! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Overall this is a fairly good camera. Not the easiest to use due to menus being confusing. But, the biggest drawback is the shutter lag time. By the time the camera actually takes the picture, my two toddlers have already changed positions or run away!