Nikon Coolpix S9100

Last Updated (14 September’11):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCRP

Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera features 18x optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens, Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps, ISO 160-3200, 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, and 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution VGA (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display. The camera measures 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.4 in. (105 x 62 x 35 mm) and weight 7.5 oz (214 g) includes batteries.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Reviews

DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a decent, but not great, compact ultra zoom camera. The S9100’s most appealing feature is its value: you get a lot of camera for around $275. While its photo quality is good enough for the point-and-shoot crowd “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“Overall it’s quite a nice result from the COOLPIX S9100. The shot is well exposed, there’s plenty of detail throughout the tonal range and the colours and white balance are good.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“The lack of manual control and Raw capture hint at the fact that the camera may well not belong in the advanced category, whilst the plasticky build quality and slow start up serve to affirm this view. If you’re looking to pick up and shoot, however, then the COOLPIX S9100 will meet your needs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCHQ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“Anyone in the market for a versatile carry-anywhere camera should consider the Nikon S9100. It has the longest zoom range of any pocket-sized camera out there. It’s quick, easy to use, and handles itself pretty well in a wide range of shooting situations — it’s particularly easy to get good low-light shots. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“The Nikon S9100 is definitely worth putting in your pocket on your next trip, as its pluses definitely outweigh the minuses. Just don’t expect perfection. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“Low light shooting with the Nikon Coolpix S9100 was just as tasty as it was with the S8100. Noise management was surprisingly spot on, and the S9100 gave the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS a run for its money. Both cameras will perform well in low light, and the S9100 had plenty of tools to get the job done.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“The Nikon S9100 is definitely worth putting in your pocket on your next trip, as its pluses definitely outweigh the minuses. Just don’t expect perfection. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“The S9100’s low light images are marginally, not magically, better than those of its predecessor. The differences are subtle – so there is no definitive justification for S8100 owners to upgrade unless they can’t live without the S9100’s 18x zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“For those users who don’t require a whole host of features but who nevertheless see the value in a broader than average focal range, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 can hold its head, or rather lens, up amongst the industry leading Panasonic TZ models of this world. The price is fair, and for what’s being asked the performance is fair too.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PocketLint reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“One of the newest and best travel zooms on the market today, the S9100 marries a near best-in-class focal range and sophisticated exterior with user friendly operation and fun features such as digital effects and Easy panorama mode for those who do occasionally want something other than a standard snapshot.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“# Pros: Excellent image quality. Impressive light performance. Fast. Huge, 18x optical zoom lens. Large, high-res LCD. # Cons: Antiquated UI. Proprietary USB port. # Bottom Line: The speedy-shooting Nikon S9100 delivers a big 18x optical zoom lens and a high-res LCD in a small, pocket-size package at a great price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“Although the S9100 pushes the boat out in terms of the available focal length happily it doesn’t over-reach itself. We managed to get very usable results shooting at its extremities. Especially impressive, given that this is a point and shoot model aimed at the general user rather than amateur enthusiast. Too many times with rival travel zooms two or three shots are required to get a sharply focused image in daylight when shooting handheld at maximum 450mm equivalent telephoto – but that wasn’t the case here.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is our top pick as a fully automated pocket megazoom camera for casual users who couldn’t care less about manual controls but still want to take good-looking and creative photos. The S9100 also has the image quality, lens versatility, and creative modes (the post-shot retouch and effects modes, in particular) to keep experienced photographers more engaged than they might expect out of a camera with no manual controls. The Coolpix S9100 knows what it takes to get the best shot in nearly any situation, and then just does it. This camera offers great performance and value for the price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“While several manufacturers have bulked up their compact megazoom offerings with GPS receivers, touch screens, 3D photo capture, and semimanual and manual shooting modes, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is all about the lens. Yes, it has plenty of other things going on–including a beautiful high-res LCD–but if all you really want is a long lens in a pocketable body with reliable automatic shooting options, the S9100 might be the best option for the money.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“Though Nikon didn’t make many changes with the Coolpix S9100, it did change the one thing that a lot of people care about: optical zoom. Bumping up the zoom ratio from 10x to 18x is a big move—and one that Nikon managed without significantly increasing the size of the camera. Everything else is just gravy. Most of the great features we saw on last year’s model were carried over, including the excellent 3.0-inch 921k LCD. For an MSRP of $329.95, we can only hope that its performance lives up to its specs.”
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Infosyncworld reviews the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and writes;
“In bright light, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 also impressed us with a vivid color palette and stellar macro shots. Of course, we encountered entry-level image aberrations, like out of focus smearing, purple fringing, and blue noise at ISO 3200. However, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 proved itself as a camera that could be deployed and used to capture impressive still images on the fly. “
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User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix S9100 User Reviews

Super camera for carrying around and getting great photos
“I am already a Nikon user. I’ve enjoyed my P80 but it is too large to fit easily into my carry-on airline bag and also heavy for carting along on hikes. The S9100 has the same 18X optical zoom for excellent photos that the P80 has. I have taken wildlife photos with fully extended lens and was able to crop it into a clear photo. Other photos, including close-up flower photos are exceptionally clear. The fact that I can stick the P9100 in my pocket and go is probably the major difference, and a large one difference, between going for the newer version of the P80 or selecting the S9100. ” – By sydneyaz
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent Camera
“….This I actually like. I never cared for auto pop up flashes. Some people have complained about placement of the shutter button. That of course is an individual preference and shouldn’t effect a rating. I like where it is on this camera, no problems at all. The other buttons and dials all seem to be good places and easy to activate or use. The camera itself is pretty easy to use. The interface is simple and clean. Settings are easy to get to and not buried under five or six sub menus. All in all, this is a great little camera.” – By Michael
Rating: ★★★★★

LOVE This Camera
“Well, I think that about covers it. This is a great little camera, but don’t be fooled by it’s small size. It has TONS of features, settings, editing options right on the camera itself (my favorite is Miniature Mode), and an 18X zoom! I’m a little sad to be ending my lifelong relationship with Kodak cameras but, judging by how great this Nikon has been in the few short weeks I’ve had it, I think I’ll get over it. ” – By Mercedes L. Johnmeyer
Rating: ★★★★★

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“In any case, I don’t see a major problem with video quality on the S9100 – where I have a problem is holding the camera steady when shooting movies at maximum zoom. Still photos are not much of a problem in good light, because the shutter speed will be high enough and the image stabilizer will help out. So I would recommend using a tripod, or bracing the camera against a solid object when shooting videos, especially at maximum zoom. If you use a tripod, or place the camera on a solid object so that there is no camera movement at all, you have to remember to turn the image stabilizer off or the video will not be sharp and clear.” – By Dale Thorn
Rating: ★★★★☆

tiny marvel
“Perhaps, as one reviewer remarked, there is a bad batch out there, but I am pleased to say that my copy of the 9100 has no trouble focusing. In fact it does everything I wanted it to, and I’m very pleased with it. You don’t have the control you have with a full blown DSLR but this marvel of technology fits amazing abilities into a very small package. In fact it has some abilities that my D300 doesn’t have, specifically the easy panorama facility, and the option to take videos (of up to half an hour in length). The one feature that sold me on this particular point and shoot is its incredible zoom range. I would recommend the S9100 to anybody who wants to combine maximum portability with extreme ability.” – By Peter Alfeld
Rating: ★★★★★

So close to ….THE ONE
“the Night Landscape is the multi-shot low light implementation of the Handheld Twilight of Sony. Works great and is impressive for non-moving subjects. HDR is multi-shot. The Burst modes are very flexible, either 5 full-res 4000×3000 shots max at 10fps, or up to 24 full-res shots at about 2 shots per second (nearly perfect for longer sports sequences). Manual flash switch – I like this – no flash until needed – bravo! Big instant video button – yea! Beautiful screen – woohoo – stunning, slide shows awesome (although no music like the Sony’s). Boots like in one second – wow….” – By Yogi Moore
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Nikon Coolpix S9100 Brochure & User Guide

Nikon Coolpix S9100 User Manual (PDF – 21.7MB)

Features & Specifications

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Features

Advanced, Powerful, yet can go anywhere
The new Nikon COOLPIX S9100 is loaded with innovative Nikon technology, like a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that assures superb image quality in low-light conditions. Optimized with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED C2 processing engine, you’ll capture natural looking pictures with exceptional detail. You’ll also love composing images on the large three-inch Clear Color Display. This dazzling 921,000-dot, ultra-high resolution display, makes viewing photos and HD movies instantly gratifying.

Whether you’re people watching in Paris or waiting for just the right light to hit the Grand Canal in Venice, the COOLPIX S9100’s High-Speed Shooting feature captures five photos in approximately one second at full resolution. And Subject Tracking keeps the camera automatically focused on your moving subject.

At 1.4 inches thin and 7.6 ounces in weight, the portable COOLPIX S9100 is the perfect travel companion, no matter where in the world you take it.

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Wide-angle, high power, compact Zoom-NIKKOR® lens
Producing precision camera optics is at the heart of Nikon’s proud photographic heritage. The COOLPIX S9100 is no exception. Its high quality 18x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens offers impressive telephoto coverage (25-450mm) with outstanding color capture and razor-sharp results. This is the only lens you’ll ever need for exacting portrait studies, scenic panoramas, and challenging compositions. Plus, we realize that shooting from the roof of an SUV, a gondola overlooking the Swiss Alps, or a whale-watching boat in Iceland can get bumpy . That’s why we’ve included a five-way, Hybrid Electronic VR Image Stabilization system with the COOLPIX S9100. It uses sensor shift in combination with electronic stabilization features to minimize the effects of camera shake, so you can say goodbye to unwanted streaky or blurred images.

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Create a scene and get the most out of every shot.
The world is brimming with creative shooting opportunities, and the COOLPIX S9100 has the advanced features to match. Choose one of 19 Scene Modes to assure optimized camera settings for specific scenes. Or, with Scene Auto Selector, the camera automatically selects the most appropriate mode from among seven choices for you. Plus, Nikon’s amazing Easy Panorama mode allows you to pan the camera in any direction as it automatically detects, combines and assembles your shots into one seamless panoramic image.

With Night Landscape mode, the COOLPIX S9100 captures high quality images at night. It shoots a series of consecutive shots and composes them into a single, brilliant image. Night Portrait mode takes outdoor portraits against bright backgrounds and combines multiple shots to capture the essence of night scenes. And, the COOLPIX S9100’s Backlighting HDR Mode automatically provides optimum exposures when you’re shooting backlit subjects.

Bring back Full HD (1080p) movies of your treks around the world.
Sharing your travel adventures—or posting them on the Internet for friends and relatives—is even more exciting with Full HD (1080p) movies. While the COOLPIX S9100 can capture hundreds of memorable still images for you to easily print and save, its moviemaking features bring a safari, ski trip, cruise, or balloon ride to life. The One-Touch movie recording button shoots 1090p HD Movies—complete with stereo sound. Plus, optical zoom and auto focus functions will bring you close to the action. You can even shoot still images while recording movies, or experiment with special effects like fast or slow motion. When the time comes to share your movies, simply use the in-camera playback feature or the convenient HDMI-CEC output for quick hookup to an HDTV or computer.

In-camera special effects that don’t require post-shot processing.
You don’t want to be hassled with post-shot processing, which is why Nikon equipped the COOLPIX S9100 with in-camera special effects. These advanced features help you take shots you’ve never considered before! You can re-capture yesteryear with the Nostalgic Sepia effect, or try some intricate black and white shooting with the High-Contrast Monochrome feature. This versatile camera also lets you highlight bright areas of a photo with the High Key effect, or highlight dark areas with the Low Key mode. A Selective Color feature boosts the vibrancy of specific aspects of a photo or movie, while Soft Effect subdues harsh elements for a gentler, silkier look. The COOLPIX S9100 even has a Creative Slider to adjust the brightness, intensity and hue of an image.

Convenient features
When traveling on an exotic adventure, you can’t afford missed photo opportunities. You’ll find Nikon’s Motion Detection feature to be important because it identifies moving objects and automatically adjusts shutter speed and ISO to assure crisp, blur free images. When conditions conspire against you, Nikon’s Best Shot Selector automatically takes up to 10 shots and saves the sharpest image. ISO speeds up to 3200 will help you capture great shots in low-light. Blinking eyes and red-eye can ruin portraits . That’s why the COOLPIX S9100 includes Blink Warning. It also offers in-camera Red-Eye Fix™ that automatically corrects red-eye as you shoot and Skin Softening that smoothes skin tones. The COOLPIX S9100 also has Macro Shooting for shooting as close as 1.6 inches. And, when you’re in remote regions, you’ll appreciate the camera’s 270-shot rechargeable Li-ion battery.

What’s in the box
* COOLPIX S9100 Digital Camera
* AN-CP19 Strap
* UC-E6 USB Cable
* EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable
* EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
* EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger
* Nikon View NX 2 CD-ROM

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