Nikon Coolpix S9100 review

18x superzoom lens, HD video recording and 12.1MP sensor

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Nikon coolpix s9100

The Nikon Coolpix S9100's stylish metal body has a two-tone finish, available in three colour combinations. The silver camera we reviewed has a high-quality gun metal finish to the front part, with a black back plate.

A finger grip placed on the front of the compact superzoom camera provides a firm hold over the body, enabling it to be used easily with one hand.

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 feels very well built, although at 214g, it isn't overly heavy, and shouldn't weigh photographers down if being carried on a wrist strap all day.

Controls such as the zoom, shutter and mode dial are all within easy reach of index finger and thumb, and a thumb rest is provided on the rear. The thumb rest space is quite narrow, so care needs to be taken not to accidentally press the video recording button next to it.

Nikon coolpix s9100

A rotating dial on the camera's rear speeds navigation though menus and provides quick access to exposure compensation, macro, self timer and flash modes. The dial is quite small, so those with larger fingers may find it a little fiddly to use in a hurry. Care needs to be taken when pressing the OK button in the centre of the dial, because it's incredibly easy to nudge the dial and select something else by mistake.

A built-in flash is hidden in the top of the compact camera body, and can be released via a catch on the edge of the Nikon Coolpix S9100.

The flash doesn't pop up automatically, so it can be easily forgotten. Automatic modes display a message on-screen to remind you to raise the flash ready for the next shot.

Nikon coolpix s9100

A very good anti-reflective coating on the camera's 3-inch screen aids display visibility in bright light. The screen is very sharp and shows contrast in photos well, with all information displayed very clearly thanks to the high 921,000 dot resolution.

Starting the Nikon Coolpix S9100 doesn't take long, with the camera ready to take pictures around two seconds after pressing the power button.

Autofocus is generally very quick too, although it can struggle to focus accurately, especially at the long end of the zoom. This means pictures of fast-moving or erratic subjects can often be missed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom18x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesManual White Balance, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)215.5 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height63.5 mm
Width106.7 mm
Depth35.6 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 81 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS9100
Product NameCoolpix S9100 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed Auto

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA772E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The new Nikon COOLPIX S9100 is loaded with innovative Nikon technology, like a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that assures superb image quality in low-light conditions. Optimized with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED C2 processing engine, you'll capture natural looking pictures with exceptional detail. You'll also love composing images on the large three-inch Clear Color Display. This dazzling 921,000-dot, ultra-high resolution display that makes viewing photos and HD movies instantly gratifying.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S9100 Compact Camera
  • Strap AN-CP19
  • Audio Video EG-CP16
  • AC Adapter EH-69P
  • Battery EN-EL12
  • CD-ROM
  • USB Cable UC-E6
Limited Warranty1 Year