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Nikon Coolpix S9300 review

Great 16MP travel zoom features but several flaws

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The 18x optical zoom and effective vibration reduction system enable you to take engaging close up shots from far away.

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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.

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In Auto mode, the Nikon Coolpix S9300's metering system produces consistently well exposed images both inside and out.

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The camera produces nicely saturated but realistic colours and makes it easy to alter saturation in Auto mode.

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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.

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The Nikon Coolpix S9300 benefits from quick and accurate autofocus and takes decent macro shots, thanks to the 5cm minimum focusing distance.

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This mode provides inconsistent results and failed to pick out just the yellow writing in this image as desired.

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The D-Lighting function brightens underexposed images but has increased noise and reduced the saturation in this image.

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The High Contrast Monochrome setting creates attractive photos from otherwise drab lighting.

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The option of 180 and even 360 degree panoramas is great, but final image quality is disappointing, though images are well stitched together.

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The 25mm wide angle provides a noticeably wider angle of view than traditional 28mm or 35mm lenses.

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The 450mm lens enables you to take photos of very distant subjects, although ultimate image quality is compromised.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlue
Optical Zoom18x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)215 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity26 MB
Minimum Focus Distance40 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL12
Height62.3 mm
Width108.7 mm
Depth30.6 mm
Autofocus Points99
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 81 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS9300
Product NameCoolpix S9300 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA923E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Behind the slimline body of the COOLPIX S9300 lies a wealth of cutting-edge technology that sets this 16-megapixel camera apart.

The NIKKOR 18x optical super zoom captures distant action or candid close-ups with ease. Lens-shift vibration reduction enables sharp results and a steady image on the LCD screen, so it's easy to frame your shots.

You can record Full HD movies at the touch of a button, and even film separate scenes as one seamless movie. Built-in GPS capability lets you tag your photos at any time, or track your route on the move.

Battery Life200 Shot/50 Minute Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S9300 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with Terminal Cover)
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software Installer CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker