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User reviews and opinions
|brikj||11:57pm on Friday, October 15th, 2010|
|I use this camera for military pictures that I send back to the states. Awesome camera. No complaints. I stand at attention for NIKON.|
|knobo||3:24am on Monday, September 20th, 2010|
|I am using it for more than 4 years. Excellen... Image quality menus hidden I am using it for more than 4 years. Excellent photos. Resolution, colors, everything excellent. Very well built. I had this camera over 3 years now. It has ne... Compact, ergonomical, excellent photo quality, many scene modes to choose from Uses lens cap.|
|markyp||10:37am on Friday, September 17th, 2010|
|Sharp color and detail Shutter speed, noisy, hard time focusing in dim light, $$ good value ( awsome res, a variety of options for adv users) if broken, it costs the same amount as the camera to fix it|
|chillaaa||11:15pm on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010|
|I have had this camera for a long time and I love Nikons. It is a great camera, we have used it for every occasion and it has never failed us.|
|s3tbar||12:44am on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010|
|My First Digital Camera Light weight and easy to carry. This is my first digital camera. Fantastic little Camera The coolpix is a really neat piece of kit which comes with everything you need to get started.|
|rossi||6:59pm on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010|
|My First Digital Camera Light weight and easy to carry. This is my first digital camera. Fantastic little Camera The coolpix is a really neat piece of kit which comes with everything you need to get started.|
|Dragos||6:50am on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010|
|I purchased this camera in Nov 2002 and since then I have taken over 5,000 pictures with it. Easy to hold steady in one hand. Received my camera in 2 days from new egg, they did not try to sell me unwanted items. The camera is just what I would expect from Nikon.|
|controlc||3:28am on Sunday, April 4th, 2010|
|Easy to use, takes other lenses Viewfinder can be hard to use The Nikon Coolpix was my first digital camera. Great picture quality, ease of use and affordably-priced Can be a little slow to be ready for use. The Nikon Coolpix 4300 is the first ever digital camera I bought. Detailed Photos Small Screen|
|Xena||5:55pm on Monday, March 29th, 2010|
|It is an excellent camara for an amateur. I have had it since december 03, and after 3.5 years I am changing to a smaller one Canon A540. I have had this camera since it was released. I went out and got a Canon SD800IS because it was pocket-sized and had over 7M MP.|
|Ancient53||6:11am on Sunday, March 14th, 2010|
|Recently I had to travel without the arrival of a camera [previously ordered but undelivered before my departure time] that was different from the Coo...|
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Do not look at the sun through the viewfinder Viewing the sun or other strong light source through the viewfinder could cause permanent visual impairment. Turn off immediately in the event of malfunction Should you notice smoke or an unusual smell coming from the equipment or from the AC adapter (available separately), unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery immediately, taking care to avoid burns. Continued operation could result in injury. After removing the battery, take the equipment to a Nikon-authorized service center for inspection. Do not use in the presence of flammable gas Do not use electronic equipment in the presence of flammable gas, as this could result in explosion or fire. Do not place strap around neck Placing the camera strap around your neck could result in strangulation. Special care should be taken to avoid placing the strap around the neck of an infant or child. 4 Do not disassemble Touching the products internal parts could result in injury. In the event of a malfunction, the product should be repaired only by a qualified technician. Should the product break open as the result of a fall or other accident, remove the battery and/or AC adapter and then take the product to a Nikonauthorized service center for inspection. Observe proper precautions when handling batteries Batteries may leak or explode if improperly handled. Observe the following precautions when handling batteries for use in this product: Be sure the product is off before replacing the battery. If you are using an AC adapter, be sure it is unplugged. Use only the Nikon EN-EL1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (supplied) or a six-volt 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (available separately). The EN-EL-1 is for use only with selected Nikon Digital cameras. Do not use the EN-EL1 in equipment not approved for use with this battery.
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Table of Contents
Overview...3 For Your Safety....4-5 Notices....6-7
Playing Pictures Back: Playback Options.55-64
Full-Screen Playback....56-57 Thumbnail Playback...58 Taking a Closer Look: Playback Zoom...59 Creating a Small Copy of Picture: Small Picture..60-61 Movie Playback...62 Photo Information....63-64
Introduction...11-22 Parts of the COOLPIX4300..12-15 First Steps...16-22
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Attach the Camera Strap and Lens Cap..16 Insert the Battery...16-18 Insert the Memory Card...18-19 Choose a Language...20 Set the Date and Time...21-22
Connections: Connecting to External Devices..65-68
Connecting to a Computer...66-67 Connecting to a Television or VCR..68
Getting Started...23-38 Taking Pictures...24-29
1. 2. 3. 4. Ready the Camera...24-25 Compose the Picture..26-27 Focus and Shoot...28 Turn the Camera Off...29
Menu Guide: Camera Menu Options..69-129 Index to Menu Options...70-75 Using Camera Menus...76-78
Viewing the Menus...76 Making a Selection...77 Accessing Multi-Page Menus...78
The Set-Up Menu..79-95
To View the SET-UP Menu...79 Making Effective Use of Memory: The Image Size and Quality Menu..80-82 Organizing Your Pictures: The Folders Menu...83-86 Monitor Options...87 Conserving Battery Power: Auto Off...88 File Numbering: Seq. Number...89 CF Card Format...90 Storing Camera Settings: Controls...90 Confirming Shutter Release: Shot Confirm Lamp..91 Photo Information and Transfer Setting: Pic Data/Transfer..91-92 Date....92 Interface...92-94 Language....94 Restoring Default Settings: Reset All...95
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Dont Block the Shot
To avoid dark or partially obscured pictures, keep your fingers and other objects away from the lens and flash window.
Step 3Focus and Shoot
The COOLPIX4300 has a two-stage shutter release button.
Step 4Turn the Camera Off
When you have finished using the camera, turn the camera off to save battery power.
Press the shutter release button halfway to set focus and exposure. In a mode, the camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame. Check the indicator lamps (see table below). Getting StartedTaking Pictures
Lamp On Flash-ready lamp (red) Blinks rapidly Off On Autofocus lamp (green) Flickers
Meaning Flash will fire when picture is taken. Flash charging. Remove finger briefly from shutter release button, then try again. Flash not required or flash set to off. Subject in focus. Camera unable to focus on subject. Use focus lock to focus on another subject at the same distance, then recompose your picture (p. 45).
2 Take the picture
To take a picture, press the shutter release button all the way down.
While pictures are being recorded to the memory card, the autofocus lamp (green) will blink. Pictures taken while earlier images are being recorded are stored in a temporary memory buffer. When the buffer is full, an hourglass (W) icon will be displayed and the shutter release will be disabled. Do not turn the camera off, remove the memory card, or remove or disconnect the power source while W is displayed or while the green autofocus lamp is blinking. 28 29
Reviewing Your Pictures
With a digital camera, you can view pictures immediately after they are taken. You can view the results of earlier attempts while setting up your next shot and use what you see to change camera settings or choose a better angle.
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When you press the QUICK p button to enter quick review mode, the most recent picture on the memory card will be displayed at the top left corner of the monitor. The following operations can be performed:
Shooting-Mode Selection p. 40 Focus Mode pp. 41-45 Digital Zoom pp. 46-47 Flash Mode pp. 48-49 Making Movies p. 50 Exposure Compensation p. 51 Keep or Delete pp. 52 Sensitivity (ISO Equivalency) p. 53 Manual Focus p. 54
Read this chapter for advice on the most frequently-used shooting controls, including: Shooting-Mode Selection Focus Mode Digital Zoom Flash Mode
Use when light is coming from behind your subject, throwing their features into c shadow, or when your Back Light subject is in the shade but the background is brightly lit. The flash will fire automatically to fill in (illuminate) shadows.
Exposure Compensation Keep or Delete Sensitivity (ISO Equivalency) Manual Focus
Noise in the form of randomly-spaced, brightly-colored pixels tends to appear in pictures taken at slow shutter speeds. This effect is particularly noticeable in dark areas of the picture. At a setting of Night Portrait and Night Landscape, pictures taken at shutter speeds of 1/4 sec. or slower are processed to reduce noise (note that this increases the time needed to process pictures before they are saved to the memory card). NR is displayed when noise reduction is in effect. 38
This section describes when to use each of the shooting modes. To choose a shooting mode, turn the mode dial to the appropriate position.
The 2 Button
Choose a focus mode according to your subject and composition.
Setting Description Camera automatically adjusts focus according to distance to subject. Use with subjects 30 cm (1 ft.) <at widest angle>, 60 cm (2 ft.) <at telephoto> or more from lens. Combines autofocus with self-timer duration of 10 or 3 sec. Use for self-portrait or prevent pictures from blurring when shutter release button is pressed. Focus is fixed at infinity, allowing camera to focus on distant scenes through foreground objects such as a window. Flash is disabled. In widest zoom range, icon in monitor turns yellow and camera can focus on objects as close as 4 cm (1.6 in.), measured from the lens. Use for close-ups. Combines macro close-up with shutter-release delay of 10 or 3 sec. Use for close-ups to prevent pictures from blurring when shutter release button is pressed.
No icon Autofocus
Autofocus + self-timer
Beyond Point-and-ShootShooting Mode Selection/Focus Mode
The table below illustrates when to use each of the shooting modes.
Mode When to Use It
An automatic mode for simple, point-and-shoot photography. Use for snapshots. a mode is also recommended for pictures that will later be retouched on a computer. In this mode, most camera settings are automatically adjusted to suit the chosen scene. Various setting can be adjusted one-by-one to suit the composition. Record silent movies 320 x 240 pixels in size (QVGA). Recording starts at rate of about 15 fps when shutter release button is pressed, ends after 40 sec. or when shutter release button is pressed again.
Flash will not fire even when lighting is poor. Press 3 button repeatedly until desired mode is displayed in monitor
Auto with red-eye reduction
Flash fires after a short delay. Use for portraits (works best when subjects are well within range of flash and looking at pre-flash lamp).
Keep the Flash Window Clear
Anytime Flash (fill-flash)
Flash fires whenever picture is taken. Used to fill-in (illuminate) shadows and backlit subjects. Auto flash combined with slow shutter speed. Use to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light.
Keep your fingers and other objects away from the flash window when using the flash. If a shot seems dark even though the flash fired, this may indicate that you accidentally blocked the flash window; check that the flash is unobstructed and try again.
Beyond Point-and-ShootFlash Mode
When Lighting Is Poor
When lighting is poor and the flash is off (P) or set to slow sync (SLOW), pictures may be blurred. Use of a tripod is recommended in these circumstances. At shutter speeds of below 1/4 sec., the shutter speed indicator in the monitor will turn yellow. Pictures taken when this indicator appears may be blurred or slightly mottled. At shutter speeds of below 1/4 sec., noise may also appear in the dark part of the frame. This noise in the form randomly spaced bright-colored pixels can be reduced with the Noise Reduction setting. Note that the flash will turn off (P) automatically when: Autofocus is set to @ (Infinity; p. 41) h (landscape), j (sunset), k (night landscape), v (museum), l (fireworks show) or z (close up) is selected in scene mode (p. 36, 37) or the mode dial is set to m (movie) (p. 50) BSS is on (p. 102) or a setting other than Single is selected for CONTINUOUS (p. 100) in mode You use lens converter (LENS) settings (p. 105) The AE Lock option in the Exposure Options sub-menu is on (p. 110) 49
The Flash-Ready Lamp
A short pause is required between exposures for the flash system to charge. If the shutter release button is pressed halfway while the flash is charging, the red flash-ready lamp next to the viewfinder will blink. Remove your finger briefly from the shutter release button and try again. 48
In m (movie) mode, the COOLPIX4300 can record silent movies up to forty seconds in length at a rate of about fifteen frames per second.
The 1 Button
Beyond Point-and-ShootMaking Movies/Exposure Compensation
Alter the exposure from the value set by the camera to make pictures bright or darker. Exposure compensation can be set to values between 2.0 EV (underexposure) and +2.0 EV (overexposure) in increments of 1/3 EV. Press / on the Multi selector while holding the 1 button.
CONTROLS save save save Digital Zoom Done
BK SELECT SET
Press the MENU button or Multi selector to switch between SET-UP menu 1 and 2.
Select the image quality (except HI) used for all modes (p. 81)
FINE NORMAL BASIC
Set camera to remember settings in effect when camera is turned off Turn digital zoom on or off (p. 90)
3 save 2 save ! save Digital Zoom Off On
On/Off On/Off On/Off On/Off
Menu GuideIndex to Menu Options
IMAGE SIZE Image Quality Image Size Folders Monitor Options Auto Off Seq. Numbers CF Card Format SELECT
Choose image size used for all modes (p. 82)
640 New/Rename/ Delete
Controls Shot Confirm Lam Pic Data/Transfer Date Interface Language Reset All SELECT
Shot Confirm Lamp
Control visual shutter release confirmation lamp (p. 91)
FOLDERS Image Quality Image Size Folders Options Monitor Options N I K O N Auto Off Seq. Numbers CF Card Format SELECT SET MONITOR OPTIONS Image Quality Image Size Folders Monitor Options Display Mode Auto Off Brightness Seq. Numbers CF Card Format SELECT SET AUTO OFF Image Quality Image Size Folders Monitor Options Auto Off Seq. Numbers CF Card Format SELECT
Select folder for storage. Create, rename, and delete folders (p. 83)
NIKON (Folder name) Display Mode Brightness Monitor On/Review Only/ Preview Only/Monitor Off (5 levels)
PIC DATA/TRANSFER Controls Shot Confirm Lam Pic Data/Transfer Date info txt Interface Auto Transfer Language Reset All SELECT SET
Save photo information in text format; turn transfer marking on or off (p. 91)
info. txt Auto Transfer
Turn monitor and picture review on and off, control monitor display (p. 87)
Set date and time (p. 92)
Year/Month/Day/Hour/ Minute Display order
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Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), Mac OS 9
Do not select PTP when connecting the COOLPIX4300 to a computer running one of the above operating systems (there is no need to change the USB setting when using the camera for the first time, as Mass Storage is selected at shipment). If you have already changed the USB setting to PTP, be sure to select Mass Storage before connecting the camera to your computer. If you have connected the camera to a computer running one of the above operating systems with PTP selected in the USB menu, disconnect the camera as described below. Be sure to select Mass Storage in the USB menu before reconnecting the camera. Windows 2000 Professional A dialog will be displayed welcoming you to the Found New Hardware Wizard. Click Cancel to close the dialog, and then disconnect the camera. Windows Millennium Edition (Me) After displaying a message stating that the hardware information database is being updated, the computer will start the Add New Hardware Wizard. Click Cancel to exit the wizard, and then disconnect the camera. Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) The Add New Hardware Wizard will be displayed. Click Cancel to exit the wizard, and then disconnect the camera. Mac OS 9 A dialog will be displayed stating that the computer is unable to use the driver needed for the Nikon Digital Camera E4300_PTP USB device. Click Cancel to close the dialog, and then disconnect the camera.
Restoring Default Settings: Reset All
The Reset All option in the SET-UP menu is used to restore settings for all modes to their default values.
RESET ALL Reset all settings to default values No Yes
Option No Yes
Description Exist menu leaving settings unchanged. Restore settings to default values.
Choosing Yes restores the following options to their default values:
The shooting menu Setting White Balance Metering Continuous BSS Image Adjustment Image Sharpening Lens Sensitivity AE Lock Exposure Compensation AF Area Mode Auto-Focus Mode Focus Confirmation Auto Bracketing Noise Reduction Default Auto Matrix Single Off Auto Auto Normal Auto Off 0 Auto Single AF MF Off Off The SET-UP menu Setting Folders Display Mode Brightness Auto Off Controls Shot Confirm Lamp The Playback menu Setting Folders Frame Interval (Slide Show) Auto Off Default All Folders 3S 30 S Default NIKON On Middle 30 S All options on Off Menu GuideThe Set-Up Menu
This option is used to choose the language in which camera menus and messages are displayed. For more information, see Introduction: First Steps: 4 Choose a Language (p. 20).
LANGUAGE Controls Shot Confirm Lamp Pic Data/Transfer Date Interface Language Reset All SELECT De En Fr EI Es SET
All other settings are unaffected.
The Shooting Menu
The shooting menu is available only in mode, and only when the camera is in shooting mode. The Shooting menu contains two pages of advanced shooting options: SHOOTING MENU 1
Keeping Colors True: White-Balance
White Balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. Choosing a White Balance Setting In shooting mode, white balance can be chosen from the white-balance menu (in other modes, white balance is adjusted automatically according to the type of scene).
WHITE BALANCE METERING CONTINUOUS BEST SHOT SELECTOR IMAGE ADJUSTMENT IMAGE SHARPENING LENS IMAGE SIZE & QUALITY SENSITIVITY EXPOSURE OPTIONS FOCUS OPTIONS AUTO BRACKETING NOISE REDUCTION CF CARD FORMAT
P. 97-98 P. 99 P. 100-101 P. 102 P. 103 P. 104 P. 105-106 P. 80-82 P. 106 P. 106-110 P. 111-113 P. 114-115 P. 116 P. 90
Description White balance automatically adjusted to suit lighting conditions. Best choice in most circumstances.
SHOOTING MENU 2
White Bal Preset White object used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions. Fine Incandescent Fluorescent Cloudy White balance adjusted for direct sunlight. Menu GuideThe Shooting Menu Use when taking pictures indoors under incandescent light. Use when taking pictures indoors under fluorescent light. Use for pictures taken outdoors under overcast skies. White balance adjusted to match light produced by flash.
WHITE BALANCE Auto White Bal Preset Fine FL1 Incandescent Fluorescent FL2 Cloudy Speed l i ght FL3 OFF SELECT SET
To view the shooting menu:
Select (shooting menu).
Press MENU button to display shooting menu.
Fine-Tuning White Balance
At settings other than A (auto) and (preset), white balance can be fine-tuned by highlighting the desired setting and selecting an adjustment from a sub-menu. Adjustments range from 3 to +3 in increments of one; raising white balance tends to give images a blue cast, while lowering white balance generally makes photos appear slightly yellow or red. In the case of Option (Fluorescent), the sub-menu offers a choice of bulb types (see table at right). FL1 FL2 FL3
Black & White When BSS is on, a BSS icon appears in the monitor.
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Making Edges More Distinct: Image Sharpening
This option controls whether pictures are processed for increased sharpness, and to what degree. Because this processing takes place only as the pictures are being saved to the memory card, the effects of sharpening can not be previewed in the monitor before shooting.
Option Auto High Normal Low Off Description Camera sharpens edges for optimal results; adjustment performed differs from image to image. Photos processed to increase sharpness, making edges more distinct. Camera performs same standard level of sharpening on all photos. Amount of sharpening reduced below normal level. No sharpening performed.
IMAGE SHARPENING Auto High Normal Low Off OFF SELECT
Setting for Optional Lens Converters: Lens
The lens menu is used to select combinations of settings suited to different converter lenses (available separately). For complete information on use and handling, see the documentation provided with your converter lens.
Description No modifications are made to settings. Use this option when no lens converter is attached.
Camera zooms out to widest angle WC-E24*1 (p. 26) 1 Flash disabled (p. 48) Wide Adapter WC-E63* 2 Zooms in to maximum optical-zoom position, WC-E68* adjustable after setting (p. 26) Camera zooms in to maximum optical-zoom position (p. 26) Optical zoom (p. 26) adjustable between maximum to middle position. Flash disabled (p. 48) Zoom fixed at maximum optical zoom position (p. 26) Flash disabled (p. 48) Zoom fixed at widest angle (p. 26) Focus fixed at infinity (p. 41) Metering method fixed at center-weighted (p. 99) Flash disabled (p. 48) Self-timer can be set (p. 42) Zoom set to 1.2X digital zoom and adjustable between 1.2-4X (p. 46) Focus mode fixed at macro close-up (p. 41) Flash disabled (p. 48) Image adjustment set to Less Contrast (p. 103) Exposure compensation set to +0.7 EV, adjustable (p. 110) Self-timer can be set (p. 42) Take picture while the monitor is on
When taking pictures that will later be retouched, choose settings of Normal or Low. At settings other than Auto, the current imagesharpening setting is shown by an icon in the monitor.
Slide Copy Adptr ES-E28*1
*1 UR-E4 step down ring lens adapter (available separately) required. *2 UR-E4 and UR-E7 step down ring lens adapters (both available separately) required.
Lens converter icon appears in the monitor at settings other than Normal.
Marking All Images for Transfer: Transfer
By default, photos and movies are automatically marked for transfer when they are recorded. The playback Transfer option is used when you want to remove transfer marking from all images, or to select all pictures for transfer after turning transfer marking off.
Selecting Small Picture Size: Small Pic.
All ON All OFF SMALL PIC. Image size of the Small Pictures can be set to 640 Transfer x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120 or 96 x 72 pixels. 0 Small Pic. Choosing a new Small Picture size from the 30S Auto Off0 X 0 320X240 Small Pic. sub-menu changes the size of the 160X120 small picture created by pressing the SMALL 96X72 OFF SELECT SET PIC. button of the Multi selector, and the size of small pictures created there after will be recorded in the newly selected size.
Option All ON All OFF
Description Mark all pictures on the memory card for transfer to a computer. Remove transfer marking from all pictures on the memory card.
Image size Large
Small Picture size (pixels) 640 x x x 120
Marking image files for transfer
Up to 999 images on a memory card can be marked for transfer. Image files of any file number can be transferred. To transfer 1000 or more images, use the Nikon View, not the TRANSFER button. See the Nikon View Reference Manual (on CD) for details.
96 x 72
Smaller the image size, faster the time it takes to distribute the images by e-mail and the web. The image quality of the Small Picture is set to BASIC. Menu GuidesThe Playback Menu
Marking Pictures for Transfer with Other Cameras
Pictures selected for transfer with another model of Nikon digital camera can not be transferred when the memory card is inserted in the COOLPIX4300.Use the COOLPIX4300 to reselect the images.
See p. 60 for more information on creating Small Pictures
Camera Care, Options and Resources
This section provides information on: Optional Accessories Learn what optional accessories are available for the COOLPIX4300. Caring for the Camera and Battery Read this section for tips on cleaning and storing your camera. Web Resources Where to get help on line. Troubleshooting Read this section for help when your camera does not function as expected. Specifications Technical data for the COOLPIX4300.
Do not drop
The product may malfunction if subjected to strong shocks or vibration.
Technical NotesCaring for the Camera and Battery
Handle all moving parts with care
Do not apply force to the lens or to the battery, card, or connector. These parts are especially susceptible to damage.
Avoid sudden changes in temperature
Sudden changes in temperature, such as occur when entering or leaving a heated building on a cold day, can cause condensation inside the device. To prevent condensation, place the device in a carrying case or a plastic bag before exposing it to sudden changes in temperature.
Turn the product off before removing or disconnecting the power source
Do not unplug the product or remove the battery while the product is on, or while images are being recorded or deleted from memory. Forcibly cutting power to the product in these circumstances could result in loss of data or in damage to the internal circuitry or memory. To prevent an accidental interruption of power, avoid carrying the product from one location to another while the AC adapter is connected.
Hints and Tips for Handling Batteries
Some tips to ensure that your camera is always ready to shoot: When you turn the camera on, check the battery-level displayed in the monitor to determine whether the battery needs to be replaced. A warning will be displayed when the battery needs to be replaced. Ready a spare battery and keep it fully charged when taking photographs on important occasions. Depending on your location, you may find it difficult to purchase replacement batteries on short notice. On cold days, the capacity of batteries tends to decrease. Be sure the battery is fully charged before taking photographs outside in cold weather. Keep a spare battery in a warm place and exchange the two as necessary. Once warmed, a cold battery may recover some of its charge. Should the battery terminals become dirty, wipe them off with a clean, dry cloth before use. 135
Keep away from strong magnetic fields
Do not use or store this device in the vicinity of equipment that generates strong electromagnetic radiation or magnetic fields. Strong static charges or the magnetic fields produced by equipment such as radio transmitters could interfere with the monitor, damage data stored on the memory card, or affect the products internal circuitry.
Exposure Metering Exposure control Range (ISO equivalent) Shutter Speed Aperture Range Sensitivity Self-timer Built-in Speedlight Range Flash control Interface Video output I/O terminals Power sources
Four-mode through-the-lens (TTL) metering 256-segment Matrix Center-Weighted Spot AF Spot Programmed auto, manual, exposure compensation (2.0 - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV), autoexposure bracketing, AE lock W: EV 3 to +15 T: EV 1.4 to +16.6 Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter 8-1/1000 sec.; Bulb (up to 60 sec. in M mode) Electronically controlled preset aperture Two steps (f/2.8 and f/7.6 [W]) ISO equivalent approximately 100, 200, 400 or Auto Ten- or three-second duration W: 0.4 to 3.7 m (1.3 to 12.1 ft.) T: 0.4 to 2.3 m (1.3 to 7.5 ft.) Sensor flash system USB Technical NotesSpecifications User can choose from NTSC and PAL DC input Data output (USB) Rechargeable Nikon EN-EL1 lithium-ion battery (supplied) or six-volt 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (available separately) EH-21 AC adapter/battery charger (available separately) EH-53 AC adapter (available separately) Approximately 90 minutes (as measured at room temperature [20C/68F] under standard Nikon test conditions: zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approximately one third of photographs, image quality set to NORMAL, image size 2272 x 1704)
Lens Focal length f/-number Construction Digital zoom Autofocus (AF) Focus range measured from lens) Focus-area selection Viewfinder Frame coverage Monitor Frame coverage Storage Media File system File format
Battery life (EN-EL1)
Tripod socket Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight
1/4 (ISO1222) 95 x 69 x 52 mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 2.0 in.) Approximately 230 g (8.1 oz.) without battery and memory card
Operating environment Temperature 0 - 40C (32 104F) Humidity Under 85% (no condensation)
AE Lock...P. 110 AF Area mode...P. 111 Anytime Flash..P. 48 Auto (White Balance)...P. 97 Auto Bracketing..P. 114 Auto (Flash mode)...P. 48 Autofocus lamp (green)..P. 13, 28 Autofocus mode...P. 44 Auto-Focus Mode...P. 113 Auto a mode..P. 24-33 Auto Off...P. 88 AUTO (Sensitivity)...P. 53, 106 Auto Transfer...P. 92 Back Light mode (SCENE)...P. 38 Battery....P. 16-18 BASIC (image quality)..P. 80-81 Beach/Snow mode (SCENE)..P. 36 Best Shot Selector..P. 102 Black-and-White...P. 103 Brightness...P. 87, 103 Built-in Speedlight...P. 48, 49 Center-Weighted metering...P. 99 Close Up mode (SCENE)..P. 37 Cloudy (White Balance)...P. 97 CompactFlash memory card.P. 18-19, 90, 133 Continuous AF...P. 44, 113 Continuous...P. 100 Contrast...P. 103 Controls...P. 90 Copy mode (SCENE)...P. 38 Date/Time setting...P. 21-22 DCF (Design rule for Camera File System)..P. 144 Delete...P. 118-120 Delete (full-screen review/full-screen playback mode).P. 32, 57 Delete (thumbnail review/thumbnail playback mode).P. 33, 58 Delete all images...P. 119 Delete selected image(s)..P. 118-119 Digital zoom...P. 46-47 Display mode...P. 87 DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)..P. 126
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Upgrading the COOLPIX4300 Firmware Windows
Thank you for choosing a Nikon product. This guide describes how to upgrade the camera firmware for the COOLPIX4300.
To upgrade the firmware for the COOLPIX4300, you will need: A COOLPIX4300 digital camera A UC-E1 USB cable or a CompactFlash card reader One of the following power sources: An EH-53 AC adapter or an EH-21 AC adapter/battery charger A fully-charged EN-EL1 rechargeable battery A fresh 2CR5 (DL245) battery manufactured in the last three months The Nikon Starter CF card or a Nikon-approved CompactFlash memory card that has been formatted in the COOLPIX4300 The Nikon Guide to Digital Photography for the COOLPIX4300 and the COOLPIX4300 Quick Start Guide
Check the current firmware version for the COOLPIX4300
Turn the camera off.
Press and hold the MENU button while turning the camera on.
E4300 V will be displayed in the monitor, followed by the version number of the current camera firmware. If the monitor shows E4300 V1.4, the current camera firmware is version 1.4. This upgrade can be used with firmware versions 1.4 or earlier.
Download and extract the new firmware
A copy of the license agreement is available on the firmware download web-site. Be sure to read the license agreement before downloading the firmware. By starting the download, you agree to the terms and conditions of the license agreement. Firmware update software is available in Windows and Macintosh versions. Choose the version appropriate to the computer that will be used to perform the update.
1 Create a new folder on the hard disk and name it as desired.
Position the mouse cursor over an empty space on the desktop and click the right mouse button. Select New > Folder to create a new folder on the desktop. Name the folder as desired.
2 Download the file E4300fw15.zip to the new folder. and click the right mouse button. Select Save target to file and Position the mouse cursor over the download link above
choose the folder created in Step 3 -1. The file E4300fw15.zip will be downloaded to the new folder. firmware 3 Extract theRight clickupdate. E4300fw15.zip folder and choose Extract All. Win XP on the Other versions of Windows - for general instructions on downloading and installing.
If installation is completed successfully, the folder E4300Updater will be created in the new folder. The folder E4300Update will contain the following files and folders: firmware:Folder containing camera firmware firmware.bin:Camera firmware (in firmware folder)
Copy the firmware to the memory card
The firmware can be copied to the camera memory card either by connecting the computer directly to the COOLPIX4300 using the USB cable, or by removing the memory card from the camera and inserting it in a CompactFlash card reader. Be sure to use either the original Nikon Starter card or an approved card listed in the cameras manual. Using any other card could cause the update to fail.
Direct USB Connection
the camera off and insert the formatted the COOLPIX4300. 1 Turninformation on formatting memory cards,memory card into to Digital Photography with the COOLPIX4300. For see Nikon Guide USB option in the to Mass Storage. 2 Set theupdating the cameracamera setup menuMass Storage regardless of the computers operating system. For When firmware, choose
information on the USB option and connecting the camera to a computer, see Nikon Guide to Digital Photography with the COOLPIX4300.
3 Turn the camera off and connect the USB cable as shown below.
camera on. 4 Turn the View has been installed on the computer, Nikon Transfer will start automatically and display the message, If Nikon Camera or card contains no images. Nikon View will now terminate. Click OK to exit Nikon Transfer.
5 Copy the firmware to the memory card.
5-1. Copy the firmware to the removable disk corresponding to the camera. When the camera is connected and turned on, a new Removable Disk icon will be displayed in My Computer. Copy the firmware folder from the E4300Update folder to this removable disk. ;
Drive letters may differ 5-2. When copying is complete, check the contents of the removable disk. Open the firmware folder on the removable disk and confirm that it contains the file firmware.bin.
6 Disconnect the camera. For information on disconnecting the camera, see the Quick Start Guide.
CompactFlash Card Reader
1 Connect the card reader to the computer. For more information, see the documentation provided with the card reader.
Be sure to use either the original Nikon Starter card or an approved card listed in the cameras manual. Using any other card cause the update to fail.
formatted memory card into the card reader. 2 Insert theView has been installed on the computer, Nikon Transfer may start automatically and display the message, If Nikon Camera or card contains no images. Nikon View will now terminate. Click OK to exit Nikon Transfer.
3 Copy the firmware to the memory card.
3-1. Copy the firmware to the removable disk corresponding to the memory card. When the memory card is inserted, a new Removable Disk icon will be displayed in My Computer. Copy the firmware folder from the E4300Update folder to this removable disk.
Drive letters may differ 3-2. When copying is complete, check the contents of the removable disk. Open the firmware folder on the removable disk and confirm that it contains the file firmware.bin. 3-3. Remove the memory card. Right click on the removable disk and select Eject from the menu that appears. Remove the memory card from the card reader.
4 Disconnect the card reader.the documentation provided with the card reader. For more information, see
Update the camera firmware
Should any of the following occur during the update, the COOLPIX4300 could become inoperable: The memory card is removed from the camera The camera is turned off The AC adapter is unplugged or disconnected The battery is removed The camera is subjected to powerful electromagnetic noise If you are not confident that you can perform the update successfully, the update can be performed by a Nikon service representative.
Insert the memory card containing the firmware into the COOLPIX4300.
Rotate the mode dial to SETUP.
Turn the camera on.
A firmware update dialog will be displayed. Highlight YES and press the multi selector to the right.
The message shown below will be displayed while the update is in progress.
The following message will be displayed when the update is complete.
Confirm that the update was completed successfully. 7-1. Rotate the mode dial to any setting other than SETUP. 7-2. Check the camera firmware version as described in Step 2, Check the current firmware version for the COOLPIX4300. 7-3. If E4300 V1.5 is displayed in the monitor, the update was successful.
If the update was not successful, contact a Nikon service representative.
Format the memory card. For information on formatting memory cards, see the Nikon Guide to Digital Photography with the COOLPIX4300. If you changed the USB setting from PTP to Mass Storage to update the camera firmware, return to the USB menu and select PTP.
This completes the firmware update.
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