Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review

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Review posted 08/17/2012

Quick Take
Pros
  • 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 low resolution
Cons
  • 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
Bottom Line
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 quality can be a little disappointing if you have a large PC screen or make big prints, and the auto focus could be quicker. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
large_S9300_SL_front34r_lo_1.jpgDuring the first half of 2012, Nikon added four new models to their popular S-series of slim, yet sophisticated cameras; with the flagship model being the Coolpix S9300. It's a super-zoom camera (18x) that's still only 1.5-inches thick. It also has built-in GPS for Geo-tagging and minor navigation needs thanks an an electronic compass, as well as a top of the line BSI CMOS image sensor and host of automatic and convenience features.

If you have the extra cash to get one of the better appointed point-and-shoots available, the S9300 might be for you.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 Features:
  • 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 18x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (25-450mm)
  • VR image stabilization
  • 3.0-inch high resolution (921,000-dot) LCD screen 
  • Fast AF
  • Full HD (1080p) movie recording
  • Built-in GPS
  • Scene Auto Selector for fully automatic operation
  • Various advanced exposure settings, like Aperture and Shutter speed priority or full manual
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (Eye-Fi compliant)
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for 200 shots)
Nikon's Coolpix S9300 comes in Red, Black, or Silver, and launched with a MSRP of $349.95 USD. Check our buy box below, or our buy it now button at the top right of the page to see the most current online pricing.


What's in the box?:
  • Coolpix S9300 camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • AC adapter/charger
  • USB cable
  • A/V cable
  • ViewNX 2 installer CD-ROM
  • Reference manual CD-ROM
  • Hand strap
  • Quick start guide



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