The 18x optical zoom and effective vibration reduction system enable you to take engaging close up shots from far away.
The HDR mode does a good job of increasing dynamic range in backlit scenes, but can overexpose shadows and sometimes doesn't darken highlights enough.
In Auto mode, the Nikon Coolpix S9300's metering system produces consistently well exposed images both inside and out.
The camera produces nicely saturated but realistic colours and makes it easy to alter saturation in Auto mode.
Despite accurate metering, highlights are quick to blow, and noise and smearing of detail can be seen even in ISO 125 images when viewed at full size.
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 benefits from quick and accurate autofocus and takes decent macro shots, thanks to the 5cm minimum focusing distance.
This mode provides inconsistent results and failed to pick out just the yellow writing in this image as desired.
The D-Lighting function brightens underexposed images but has increased noise and reduced the saturation in this image.
The High Contrast Monochrome setting creates attractive photos from otherwise drab lighting.
The option of 180 and even 360 degree panoramas is great, but final image quality is disappointing, though images are well stitched together.
The 25mm wide angle provides a noticeably wider angle of view than traditional 28mm or 35mm lenses.
The 450mm lens enables you to take photos of very distant subjects, although ultimate image quality is compromised.