Nikon Coolpix S9100 review

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

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Nikon coolpix s9100

Priced at around £220, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a camera that offers good image quality and a flexible zoom range in a compact body at a very reasonable price.

The ease of use will suit point-and-shoot photographers incredibly well, as will the compact dimensions. Having an 18x zoom lens included will add to the flexibility on offer, too.

We liked

A flexible zoom range and good image quality at high sensitivities are packaged in a compact, easy to use body.

We disliked

The fiddly dial on the rear and unreliable autofocus at the long end of the zoom may spoil the experience for some.

Final verdict

Unfortunately there are a few niggles, such as the difficulties with focusing, especially at the telephoto end of the zoom range and with lens distortion.

Despite these shortcomings, with care the Nikon Coolpix S9100 can produce excellent quality images in a wide range of conditions, making it an ideal point and shoot camera for those who travel frequently and will make good use of the extended zoom range.

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