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Nikon Coolpix S9100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 729 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and usability. The image quality and responsiveness also get good reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the contrast. Many are critical about the storage and manual image adjustments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S9100


The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a camera that seemingly achieves the impossible on several fronts. First on that list of surprises is its 18X zoom lens, which surpasses the optical reach of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 at the top end of the pocket-megazoom...

Very good macro capabilities ; 18X-optical-zoom lens ; Large array of useful and creative scene modes ; In-camera editing features improve low-light shots ; Superior image quality ; Extremely easy to use ; Excellent performance for the price ; Light...

No RAW shooting mode ; No manual controls

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is the rare beast that will please both novices and experienced shooters, even with its lack of manual controls. Thanks to its great image quality and creative controls, practically anyone will find this camera a pleasure to use.

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Nikon Coolpix S9100 Review


Nikon's Coolpix S9100 is a very capable and versatile compact digicam. Very good image quality and excellent performance combine with a slew of creative features to give you an excellent travel or everyday camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Very compact for a camera sporting an 18x optical zoom lens ; 25-450mm equivalent range is incredibly versatile ; Produces sharp images with good colors ; Smooth, Full 1080p HD video capture ; Stereo Sound ; Dedicated video recording button ; Numerous...

Outside exposures are on the bright side ; Small, weak flash unit ; ISO 1600 and up unacceptable amounts of noise, color and detail loss ; Super sensitive stereo microphones

Nikon's Coolpix S9100 is a very capable and versatile compact digicam. Very good image quality and excellent performance combine with a slew of creative features to give you an excellent travel or everyday camera. Read more in our


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Nikon Coolpix S9100


Travel time is here. Everyone's looking for a good compact camera with a potent zoom, solid image quality and the ability to record full HD videos to capture all those great memories. On paper the Nikon Coolpix S9100 seems to be a solid contender, with...

12-megapixel BSI CMOS imager ; 18x wide-angle zoom (25-450mm) ; Large, hi-res LCD performs well in bright light ; Full HD videos (1920 x 1080 at 30 fps) ; Backlight HDR for expanded dynamic range

Images not super sharp at full zoom ; Few manual adjustments (forget aperture, shutter speed) ; No optical image stabilization

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.


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Nikon Coolpix S9100 (Silver)


The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a step up from the S8100 . That camera features a 10x 30-300mm-equivalent lens, whereas the S9100 has an 18x 25-450mm-equivalent lens. Otherwise, the cameras look the same (though the S9100 is slightly larger) and the...

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 has fast shooting performance, a wide, long lens in a pocketable body, and several useful and fun shooting modes.

The Coolpix S9100's photo and video quality is soft, particularly at high ISOs and in low-light conditions. It also lacks auto picture rotation.

Nikon produces another solid point-and-shoot compact megazoom with the Coolpix S9100 by offering fast performance, good photos, and an excellent feature-to-price ratio.

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Nikon Coolpix S9100 First Impressions Review


Nikon took CP+ by storm this year, announcing eight new Coolpix cameras, including the compact S9100. Some things remain unchanged from last year's S8100; the aperture still maxes out at F3.5 and it has the same 12.1MP sensor and beautiful 3.0-inch,...

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...

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Nikon S9100


b>Pros: Backside-illuminated sensor for good low-light performance; Very long zoom; Good printed performance; Very fast autofocus.

Backside illuminated sensor performs well ; Reasonably light ; Nice ridge and rubber for grip on the front ; Manually released pop-up flash ; 18x lens ranges from 25-450mm ; Sensor-shift image stabilization (for stills) ; Full HD movie mode ; Stereo...

Soft corners at wide and tele ; Noticeable chromatic aberration and flare in some shots ; No manual exposure mode ; Connector/charging port on the bottom requires that you lay camera flat on a table ; Movie button difficult to press ; Chromatic...

The Coolpix S9100 is one of the most attractive compact digicams we've seen, featuring high-grade controls and a soft front panel with a raised finger hold that serves as a excellent grip. With an 18x optical zoom range that starts at a very wide...

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Coolpix S9100


($329) is a compact camera that packs a whopping 18X zoom into a remarkably small package. Other features include a 12.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization, a high res LCD, Full HD video recording, and more bells and...

The Coolpix S9100's battery is charged internally, over a USB cable. You can use an included AC-to-USB adapter to charge, or just plug the camera right into your computer. Don't plan on charging when you're in a hurry, as it takes almost four hours to...

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Nikon COOLPIX S9100


The Nikon COOLPIX S9100 is a 12.1 Megapixel compact super-zoom with an 18x optical zoom lens and a 3in 4:3 aspect ratio LCD screen. Released in February 2011, its back-illuminated CMOS sensor provides it with high-speed continuous shooting...

18x Nikkor optical zoom ; 1080p30 HD video ; Good range of fast burst modes ; Easy panorama mode

No GPS ; Lacks manual exposure control ; Effects filters are a bit tired ; No stabilisation for movies

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Nikon Coolpix S9100


We all love compact cameras for their great portability, but most of them don't really zoom too far out. Could the Nikon Coolpix S9100 with its 18x optical zoom lens be the one we're waiting for?

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Nikon Coolpix S9100 Review


Nikon continues to innovate its stylish Coolpix S series with the S9100.

Compact ; Generous 18x zoom ; 1080p movie mode ; Large 3.0-inch LCD screen

Expensive ; No manual exposure options ; No optical stabilization in movie mode

Better low-light images seems to be the new mantra of most of the major camera manufacturers. Nikon claims the new S9100 makes "...handheld night-time shooting as easy as taking daytime pictures" (from the Nikon USA website). Does the S9100 make...

Product Specifications

The Nikon COOLPIX S9100, which establishes a new branch in the S-series lineup, is a high-performance model equipped with a slim new 18x zoom lens and a backside illumination CMOS sensor that effectively suppresses noise in photos taken at high sensitivities. Together, these two features enable the capture of beautiful photos of dark scenes, including night landscapes and indoor scenes. What's more, the camera also offers support for recording of full-HD movies.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL12
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL12


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No