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Nikon Coolpix S9100 review

£250.4 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Nikon

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a solidly built, automatic camera with a huge 18x zoom lens, and it can produce very good images. Updated, 8 Jun 2011

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a solidly built, automatic camera with a huge 18x zoom lens, and it can produce very good images. Updated, 8 Jun 2011

The sleek S9100 packs in a superb 18x optical zoom equivalent to 25mm to 450mm in 35mm terms. Like the Casio Exilim EX-H30 it’s supported by sensor-shift anti-shake to avoid blur shooting towards maximum zoom and in lower light, and it largely works. Furthermore there’s a rubberised surface to its faceplate to prevent slippage. As with the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Nikon’s imaging sensor is a backlit CMOS chip, here offering 12.1 effective megapixels. The lens is retractable.

An instant record button is provided for shooting video. Matching the Canon, the S9100 offers Full HD clips with stereo sound, though at a marginally smoother 30fps. As with the Olympus SZ-20 and Samsung WB650 models, the battery is charged in camera. 

A particular feature that marks out the Nikon’s video capabilities the option to create slow motion video clips (in standard resolution) using the fast capture speed of 240fps. HDMI connectivity skulks beneath a side flap, whilst photos and video are composed via the aid of the 3in screen, which betters all comers via its huge 920k resolution. If we’ve a gripe it’s that video can wander out of focus when zooming in, the camera taking a second or two to catch up.

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As on the Casio, shooting modes are located around one of the tiniest dials we’ve seen, part recessed into the right-hand corner of the top plate and ridged for thumb operation. Alongside dedicated scene and subject mode buttons we get a digital ‘special effects’ option - a Nikon first. 

Nikon has eschewed wackiness and the options are distinctly sensible: a ‘soft’ effect, nostalgic sepia, distinctive high contrast monochrome, high key, low key and selective colour. Post-capture, fisheye and miniature effect filters can further be applied. Among the scene options an ‘Easy Panorama’ automatically stitches together a single elongated image as the user pans either through 180 or the full 360 degrees. Operation is completely silent.

Next page: Our original review of the Nikon Coolpix S9100, by PC World Australia's Elias Plastiras, from 6 April 2011 >>

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Expert Verdict »
Nikon Coolpix S9100 Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 121 reviews
Digital camera compact
105x35x62mm
214g
12.1 Megapixel CMOS
Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3in
ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 160, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto (160-800), ISO auto (160-400), ISO auto (160-3200)
4x Digital Zoom
AVCHD, JPEG
Pop-up flash
Focal Length: 4.5-81mm
TTL contrast detection
Min Focus Range: 50cm
Macro Focus Range: 4cm
Lens Aperture: F/3.5-5.9
Optical Zoom: 18x
Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, DPOF support, digital image stabilization, cropping an image, digital image stabilization (video mode), D-Lighting technology, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology
Built-in 3in LCD display
Microphone
Hi-Speed USB, composite video/audio output, HDMI output, SD Memory Card
USB cable A/V cable
Nikon EN-EL12 Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Styled like a high-end enthusiasts’ compact, complete with natty pop-up flash and stereo microphones, the S9100 is nevertheless an accessible point and shoot. While we'd direct experienced photographers not requiring a large zoom to the Coolpix P300, results from the S9100 were better that expected. We could shoot at extreme telephoto setting and get pin-sharp results, while subtle corner softening at maximum wide angle is forgivable. Add a best-in-class focal range, and the Nikon’s a winner in our book.

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