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Nikon Coolpix S9300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 317 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and portability. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the viewfinder and exposure. Reviews are divided on the flash.

responsiveness, performance, usability, portability, image quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S9300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review

 

This pocketable point-and-shoot packs a lot of power, sophistication and ease of use in a small package. Its 18X zoom and ultra-fast burst modes will get you shots you would not get otherwise, and make for a lot of fun in the process. However, image...

16-megapixel CMOS sensor ; Powerful 18X zoom with wide angle ; High resolution 3-inch LCD ; Vibration reduction image stabilization ; 7fps burst mode at full resolution ; Full HD (1080p) video recording ; Built-in GPS ; 60fps and 120fps burst modes at...

Auto focus is not always fast ; Image quality could be better ; Battery must be charged in camera ; Battery life is low ; Low battery indicator appears too late

This pocketable point-and-shoot packs a lot of power, sophistication and ease of use in a small package. Its 18X zoom and ultra-fast burst modes will get you shots you would not get otherwise, and make for a lot of fun in the process. However, image...

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Nikon Coolpix S9300

 

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 ($349) is a compact, GPS-equipped travel zoom camera. It features an 18X optical zoom lens, 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a high resolution 3-inch LCD display, Full HD video recording and, of course, a GPS receiver.

Good value for the money ; 18X, 25 - 450 mm optical zoom lens in a compact, generally well-built body ; Optical image stabilization ; Sharp 3-inch LCD display with 921k pixels ; Fast autofocus in good light ; GPS receiver with compass and large...

Noisy and soft photos have noticeable detail loss, even at base ISO of 125 ; Strong highlight clipping at times ; No manual controls, save for white balance ; Low light focusing not great ; Below average battery life ; Flash is slow to recharge ; Not...

While the Nikon Coolpix S9300 represents an excellent value and offers a nice point-and-shoot feature set, its photo quality is poor relative to the competition, with mediocre low light shooting and below-par battery life.

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Nikon Coolpix S9300

 

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a compact shooter with a sharp 18x zoom lens and a GPS, but slow start up time and muddy image quality at higher ISOs make it a tough camera to recommend.

Sharp lens. 6fps burst shooting. GPS. Good control layout

Muddy images at medium ISO settings. Slow to start

The S9300 is one of the slower cameras to start and shoot that we've tested as of late—it took a full 3 seconds from hitting the power button to capturing a shot. It does a little bit better in terms of shutter lag, managing a 0.3-second delay between...

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Nikon Coolpix S9300Digital Camera Review

 

Current Coolpix 9100 users may be tempted to yawn at Nikon's new S9300, a direct replacement in the company's travel zoom lineup that adds more megapixels, GPS, and not much else. We're inclined to agree, but of course reserve judgement until the test...

The Coolpix S9300 fails to sufficiently distinguish itself from competing models in the crowded travel zoom space. None of our test results were high water marks for the category, though none were among the worst either. Despite design and looks to the...

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Nikon Coolpix S9300 (Silver)

 

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a modest update to 2011's S9100 . It's basically the same camera, but with increased resolution -- 16 megapixels up from 12 -- and built-in GPS for geotagging your photos. The latter comes in handy for travel or if you just...

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 has fast shooting performance, a wide, long lens in a pocketable body, and several fun and useful shooting modes that help you get the best shot without much effort.

Competing models from Canon and Panasonic have longer lenses and more shooting options for the same suggested retail price and the S9300's photos aren't the sharpest when viewed at larger sizes.

The compact Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a good choice for anyone after a pure point-and-shoot experience and a long zoom lens. But, depending on needs, you might want to wait for a price drop.

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Coolpix S9300

 

($349) is a compact, GPS-equipped travel zoom camera. It features an 18X optical zoom lens, 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a high resolution 3-inch LCD display, Full HD video recording and, of course, a GPS receiver

So there you have the differences between the S9100 and S9300. Aside from the higher resolution sensor and GPS, there isn't a huge difference. If you noticed, the battery life on the S9300 has dropped considerably (and I believe that number is...

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Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review: Ready to Roll

 

Today's point-and-shoot digital cameras are (usually) small enough to drop in a shirt pocket, tough enough to go just about anywhere, and they reliably produce first-rate images with only minimal effort from the shooter. The new Nikon Coolpix S9300...

Compact 18x zoom ; Nice 1080 HD video ; Large, hi-res LCD

Expensive ; No manual exposure modes ; Stability issues at telephoto

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Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review: Sleek and Slow

 

Monitoring the Coolpix lineup closely over the last half decade, I've come to the conclusion that Nikon likes to stick to its guns. The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is nearly identical to its predecessors, which includes last year's S9100, in fact both look...

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Nikon COOLPIX S9300

 

Sharp and versatile 18x optical zoom ; Very good results at high ISOs ; Easy operation and good, accurate Auto mode

Soft images with mottled details even at base ISO ; Unimpressive autofocus that often gives false or failed locks ; Frustratingly slow flash recharge ; No manual modes

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Nikon S9300

 

Nikon's new flagship travel zoom doesn't completely surpass the competition.

Fast burst mode shooting; Strong GPS features

Mediocre image quality; Poor battery life

The Coolpix S9300 fails to sufficiently distinguish itself from competing models in the crowded travel zoom space. None of our test results were high water marks for the category, though none were among the worst either. Despite design and looks to the...

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

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

General Features

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

Lens

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

Memory

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

Recording

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