Nikon Coolpix S9

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams (added on 11 March 07)

Nikon Coolpix S9 is a slim and stylish point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 24.08.06) featuring 6.0 effective megapixels, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 mm – 114 mm), 24 megabytes of internal memory, ‘D-Lighting’ exposure control, in camera red-eye reduction, and a 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 91 x 58 x 20 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.8 in), weighing around 165 g (5.8 oz) and running on Nikon EN-EL8 Lithium-Ion battery.


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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 11.03.07)

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9 and writes;
“The S9’s image quality results were good for a 6-megapixel consumer model. The majority of our outdoor samples showed good overall exposure and color saturation. Images were also nice and sharp, and thanks to the exposure system, sky detail was very pleasing. Image noise was average, becoming more noticeable as the ISO setting is increased. However, I don’t see too many users of this camera taking it off of the Auto setting, and the camera seems to do a good job at keeping the sensitivity as low as possible…Bottom line – The Nikon Coolpix S9 is a mixed bag. While offering good image quality, loads of user-friendly exposure modes, and a stylish “ultra-compact” body, the sluggish shooting performance dwindles a lot of its appeal. “

ComputerActive have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 where they rate the vamera 3/5 and write;
“The S9 fires up and focuses a shot in just over two seconds, while the zoom lever is commendably sensitive and swift to respond. As the camera’s shiny surface makes it awkward to grip, a recess at the back provides purchase for the thumb…Overall Free of frills and with much about it familiar, the Nikon Coolpix S9 will satisfy the undemanding snapper.”

PocketLint have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 where they rate the vamera 8/10 and write;
“.. Despite that 6-megapixel sensor, there is a slight problem of noise in shadows even at the lowest ISO 64 setting and, even though the limited maximum sensitivity of ISO 400 should help, noise is still noticeable in all other ISO settings…Perhaps not one for the more advanced user, problems with image detail and JPEG artefacts frustrate an otherwise nice camera. Nikon’s Coolpix S9 is undoubtedly a stylish and easy to use (once you’ve mastered a couple of the small control issues) little camera that makes for a neat little snapper at a good price. “

PhotoReview have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 and write;
“…the S9 produced images with plenty of detail, a warm colour bias and slightly elevated saturation. Overall colour accuracy was good but contrast appeared slightly higher than in other Coolpix cameras. Adjusting exposure compensation to -0.3EV allowed most highlight details to be recorded without blocking up shadows…At $150 less than the Coolpix S8, Nikon’s Coolpix S9 looks like a good buy. Although its sensor resolution is lower, at 6-megapixels it is still high enough for snapshots, which will be the main application for this camera. Both cameras have 3x optical zoom lenses, although the S8 covers a slightly wider angle of view. Both sport 2.5-inch LCD monitors, although the S9’s resolution is lower than the S8’s – and it shows! Other specifications are similar and both models come in smart-looking, well-built metal cases.”

DPInterface have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 and write;
“At ISO 64, everything is not noisy at all but soft. Same goes to ISO 100, except here thing’s are sharp. Going up to ISO 200, there is a tiny bit of increase in noise. ISO 400 noise is more visible but it’s still very good and acceptable for midsized prints and viewing. Chromatic aberration (color fringing) is slightly visible..Though its design is definitely stylish, I don’t think the Coolpix S9 is a good deal. Something like the Panasonic Lumix FX3 definitely operates better, faster and with optical image stabilization. Of course, no camera is perfect but the S9 sacrifices some features from the wrong areas.”

ImagingResource have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 and write;
“The Nikon Coolpix S9 is the budget model in Nikon’s stylish S-series cameras and while it maintains the attractive slender looks of its predecessors — and even manages to shave off a fraction of an inch in size — the camera drops several of the other Coolpix S models’ key features. Items dropped include the easy-to-use jog wheel on back and the excellent Pictmotion multi-media slideshow function. Nikon has also significantly decreased the resolution on the camera’s 2.5 inch LCD screen. More significantly, image quality on this model — particularly when shooting at ISO 400 — lags behind most competing models in this class, with pictures showing excessive chroma noise in shadow areas. While the Nikon Coolpix S9 was obviously designed more for style than picture-taking, some of its imaging deficiencies are inexcusable. Even if you want to save a few bucks by buying this camera, there are better competing models for the same price.”

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 and write;
“The Nikon Coolpix S9 produced images of average quality during the review period. The 6 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. The Nikon Coolpix S9 dealt quite well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing appearing only in high contrast situations. Macro performance is about average, allowing you to focus as close as 4cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with a tiny amount of red-eye and slight under-exposure. The night photograph was a weak point, with the maximum shutter speed of 2 seconds ruling out most photography after dark. The D-Lighting feature works very well with the right images, balancing out the shadow and highlight areas nicely, although at the expense of introducing extra noise. The Nikon Coolpix S9 handled noise quite well. “

PopPhoto have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 and write;
“The Nikon Coolpix S9 is not for the serious shooter. It truly feels that style matters more than substance. Even though we really liked the video and panoramic features, the camera itself seems rushed and poorly thought out. On the up side, it is a good-looking addition to your pocket and has a simple, elegant design. We’d also like to see some of this camera’s features, such as the panoramic mode and time lapse mode, added to some of the higher-end Nikons. Since this is something that most image editing software is capable of doing now, it would be amazingly convenient to be able to overlay the image when shooting panoramas on a D200. Or set the camera to shoot a particular number of frames and leave it. For now, we can only dream.”

CamerasUK have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 where they rate the camera 73/100 and write;
“Overall the Coolpix S9 scores highly for ease of use. To be honest the camera is not overloaded with features and this helps to keep it simple. Help text is available for when you are working with different menu items….There is nothing that really stands out to me as a reason to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9. It looks good, but in my opinion fails to deliver in terms of picture quality. There are other digital cameras with a similar specification I would much prefer to recommend.”

CNET have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 where they rate the camera 6.6/10 and write;
“The Coolpix S9 produced pleasing images with accurate-looking and adequately saturated colors, though the images weren’t quite as sharp as we’ve seen from some other ultracompacts, such as Sony’s T series…The good: Relatively low price for an ultracompact; attractive design; easy to use. The bad: No manual exposure controls; sensitivity tops out at ISO 400; noisy images at ISO 200 and ISO 400. The bottom line: Nikon’s Coolpix S9 has an attractive price, but its feature set and image quality could be better. “

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9 and write;
“Overall, I liked the Nikon Coolpix S9. The camera is nice and compact – definitely small enough to slip into a pocket or purse. It operates quickly and takes good shots. The S9 is also one of the cheaper, high quality ultra-compact cameras that you’ll find. Unfortunately, with the money that you save, I would recommend that you get a spare battery since the battery life of the camera is not amazing. It would probably make it through a weekend vacation, but that’s about it.The camera is definitely not meant for an advanced shooter, or someone who wants to tweak settings until they get just the right shot.”

Nikon Coolpix S9 User Reviews

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated:11.03.07)

Nikon Coolpix S9 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
Nikon Coolpix S9 Sample Photos posted @ Pocket-Lint
Nikon Coolpix S9 Sample Photos posted @ DPInterface
Nikon Coolpix S9 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
Nikon Coolpix S9 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
Nikon Coolpix S9 Sample Photos posted @ PopPhoto


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Nikon enhances COOLPIX family with the stylish S9

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Nikon Europe has announced a new member of its COOLPIX family with the launch of the COOLPIX S9.

The S9 is a high-quality compact digital camera that packs 6.1 megapixels and a range of easy-to-use functions into a slim, stylish and sophisticated wave-surface body designed to help anyone shoot pictures with greater confidence.

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