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Nikon Coolpix S9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 304 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The image quality and design also get good opinions. The shutter and focus get mixed opinions. There are some less positive opinions about the features and low light performance.

portability, design, image quality, usability, screen

flash, exposure, viewfinder, low-light, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S9


The COOLPIX S9 is an affordable, easy-to-use digital camera that's housed in a slim and stylish body and features 6.1 megapixel image resolution, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens and a large 2.5 inch color LCD screen. It's loaded with Nikon's advanced...

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Nikon Coolpix S9 compact reviewed


The digicam-happy folks at Digital Camera Review recently got a chance to give Nikon's Coolpix S9 compact digital camera a thorough going over, finding it fairly well-suited to those looking for a simple, inexpensive camera, but obviously not ...

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Nikon Coolpix S9


The two main differences are in the cameras' LCD screens and lenses. The S5's LCD screen has 230,000 pixels, while the S9's has just 153,600 pixels. This difference makes the S9's LCD appear slightly more coarse than the S5's screen; you may notice...

Relatively low price for an ultracompact; attractive design; easy to use.

No manual exposure controls; sensitivity tops out at ISO 400; noisy images at ISO 200 and ISO 400.

Nikon's Coolpix S9 has an attractive price, but its feature set and image quality could be better.


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Nikon Coolpix S9 Digital Camera - Hands-On Preview


Nikon continues to add to its popular S-series of Coolpix cameras with the new 6-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9, a lower priced (and lower-end) model that keeps the attractive slim look of its predecessors while eliminating some noteworthy features....

Attractive super slender design ; One-Touch Portrait button helps capture nice pictures of friends and family ; Good price for stylish, super slim camera ; Great color, good sharpness in images shot in daylight ; Stop motion movie function is fun and...

Camera slow in low-light, Lens placement gets fingers in the shot, Shutdown is delayed, Soft corners, especially at wide angle, Noise suppression blurs fine detail, High chromatic aberration at wide angle, Slight warm cast in both Auto and Incandescent...

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Review: Nikon Coolpix S9


When you take the Nikon Coolpix S9 (street $210) out of its box, the immediate impression is of an antique, elegant cigarette case from one of those 1940's black and white detective films. Small in size with gently sloping, speckled chrome on the body...

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Nikon Coolpix S9 Digital Camera Review


Nikon Coolpix S9 has a slim, stylish, metal design and fits easy in all pockets. By featuring One-Touch Portrait Button (automatically activates In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and Face-Priority), Face-Priority AF, D-Lighting (improves brightness and details...

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Nikon Coolpix S9


Compact and affordable, the Coolpix S9 seems to be Nikon's solution for consumers wanting such a camera. It offers 6 megapixels with an internal lens in a stylish little case. Is this the affordable thin camera you've been waiting for?

3X internal zoom lens ; Stylish design ; Good LCD visibility and resolution ; Tolerable (Average) performance ; Nice movie mode ; Good image quality with low noise ; Affordably priced

Below average battery life ; Limited continuous shooting ; Plastic tripod mount, tiny buttons ; No manual controls ; No exposure info or histograms ; Redeye, corner softness and color fringing ; No movie optical zoom

The Nikon Coolpix S9 is a small, stylish and affordable camera. A 3X zoom lens is self-contained in the camera and the 2.5 inch LCD on the back offers good resolution and viewing. Unfortunately, that LCD previewing won't last long without a viewfinder...

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Nikon Coolpix S9 Digital Camera Review


The Nikon Coolpix S9 features 6 megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, and 2.5 inch LCD in a very stylish, slim body shaped like its predecessors, the S5 and S6.

Good image quality ; Nice size and attractive styling ; Good price for an ultra-compact

Disappointing battery life ; Red tones challenged the camera ; Loud zoom motor

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...

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Nikon Coolpix S9


Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix S9. A high-quality compact digital camera that packs 6.1 Megapixels and a range of easy-to-use functions into a slim, sophisticated wave-surface body, the Nikon Coolpix S9 has the style...

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If you want to buy something as cool as this one in terms of size and sleek, then buy something of canon.

As everyone says, it is small and handy. Looks cool.

1. Slightest shaking of your hands while taking pic in low light will blurr the picture.

Product Specifications

A high-quality compact digital camera that packs 6.1 megapixels and a range of easy-to-use functions into a slim, sophisticated wave-surface body, the COOLPIX S9 has the style and capability to let anyone shoot with greater confidence. Featuring a 1/2.5-inch CCD that offers enhanced precision and 6.1-effective Megapixel image resolution, the COOLPIX S9 captures true-to-life color and delivers sharp, fine detail. And because it features a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a 38-114mm range (35mm equivalent), it gives users broad compositional freedom to shoot anything from expansive scenery to tight portraits. The lens of the COOLPIX S9 also features an ingenious "right-angled" design, which allows it to operate throughout its entire focal range without ever protruding from the surprisingly slim body with its wave-surface design that's as attractive to the eye as it is comfortable in the hand. And as the COOLPIX S9 has the advantage of a generous 153.600-dot, 2.5-inch LCD, it not only allows simple composition, but also enables high-quality playback anywhere and supports smoother menu navigation. With a new Stop-motion movie function, the COOLPIX S9 brings a whole new dimension of fun to compact digital photography. As its name suggests, it's a function that makes it a cinch for users to create their very own stop-motion animated films. Users simply take a shot of the models they wish to animate, move the models, then shoot again - it really is that simple! The COOLPIX S9 also makes it especially easy to get great-looking results in challenging conditions with a handy One-touch portrait button that provides direct access to three unique in-camera Nikon image innovations - Face Priority AF that automatically detects and achieves sharp focus on people's faces wherever they are in the frame, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix that can automatically overcome the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash, and Nikon's D-Lighting that can rescue underexposed images or shots with too much back light. What's more, the COOLPIX S9 offers 15 Scene modes that can produce great-looking shots in a wide range of common conditions, with 4 of the modes also offering Scene assist to promote more pleasing composition. The COOLPIX S9 features a handy Date Counter too, which visually records the countdown of days to a special occasion or number of days since an event, as well as a Time zone function that allows the setting of hometown and new city time zones for easy image sorting after traveling. The COOLPIX S9 also comes complete with Nikon's unique PictureProject software. Not only does PictureProject offer a broad range of powerful features for image editing, organizing and sharing, but it also has an interface that makes it extremely easy for virtually anyone to use. PictureProject is also compatible with a range of plug-ins, allowing users to extend their capabilities as the COOLPIX S9 adds to their photographic confidence and enjoyment.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Close-up / Museum / Party/indoor / Back light / Beach/snow / Night portrait / Fireworks / Night landscape / Dawn/dusk / Panorama assist / Copy / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.3
Max Focal Length:19.2mm
Min Focal Length:6.4mm
Optical Zoom:3
Special Functions:Zoom
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel/6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Vivid/Cool / Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None