I would love to have a camera with more features. My goal was to find a camera in the $300-$400 range. Well, I originally started out looking for a 3 MP to replace my current 1 MP camera. The 3 MP were down in the $200 - $300 range.
With the S414, I had read that it would use 37mm lenses, I have a couple close-up 37mm lenses for my Epson camera and was hoping to use them on the Minolta S414. However, I did not come across much information on how to do this other than by using and adapter. This would make the camera more expensive. I looked into extra lenses for the S414 like wide angle and telephoto and the cost would make the camera even more. With the Nikon Coolpix 4300, I cannot use my current lenses without an adapter, but I have found that that telephoto and wide angle lenses can be had for a lower price than those on the Minolta. This made the camera more attractive.
The Nikon also has the ability to take some video without audio. The Minolta did not seem to have a video feature that could do more than 1.6fps. The Nikon can do 15fps. I thought this would be handy for recording insects being caputured by cps.
The Nikon also allows for manual setting of shutter speed, focus, ISO sensitivity, and several other options.
When I started out looking at these two cameras, they was about a $100 difference between the two. Towards the end of my search for best price/features, I was able to narrow that gap to about $30 making both cameras in my $300-$400 price range.