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Nikon Coolpix S6300 Digital Camera Review$199.95
The S6300 doesn't really offer much in the way of shooting modes beyond the standard Automatic mode. There are a variety of scene modes and art filters (Nikon calls them "Special effects"), and there's also a "Smart portrait" mode that automatically takes a shot whenever the camera detects a smiling face. In this last mode, you can also set the camera to use the skin-smoothing feature by default. Finally, there's a subject tracking mode that attempts to keep your target in focus as you follow them around. In theory, this mode should be great for shooting pets, sports, and other fast-moving subject (airplanes?), but in our testing we found that the software got confused pretty easily.
Focus is good in bright light—not the fastest we've seen, even in this class, but good enough—though in low light it becomes quite unreliable. Not only will it frequently fail to find focus (producing a red focus box on the screen), it will also often claim to have found focus when it clearly hasn't. Both failures are troubling, but the latter is a real disappointment.
There are a total of seven quality and size options available on the S6300. Two of these are different compression options at the maximum 16-megapixel size. Several more are reduced-res, high-compression versions of the same aspect ratio: 8, 4, and 2 megapixels, as well as VGA (640x480px). The last is a large 16:9 widescreen format, though it is still highly compressed.