Nikon Coolpix S9 Review

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Nikon Coolpix S9

Review posted 3/9/2007

Introduction & Physical Views

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The COOLPIX S9 is an affordable, easy-to-use digital camera that's housed in a slim and stylish body and features 6.1 megapixel image resolution, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens and a large 2.5 inch color LCD screen. It's loaded with Nikon's advanced imaging technology that allows anyone in your family to easily take great pictures.

The COOLPIX S9 is equipped with a One-Touch Portrait Button, which activates Nikon's In- Camera Image Innovations to fix common photo problems. This system includes Face-priority AF, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject's face, In- Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting, an innovation that automatically corrects images with insufficient light. The S9 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred and Best Shot Selector, a feature that automatically identifies and saves the sharpest image from a series.

Available for the first time in a COOLPIX camera, the S9 offers a Stop-Motion feature for creating fun, stop-motion animated video shorts. To use the feature, the consumer simply needs to pose an object they want to animate, take a picture, re-position the object and photograph again. Opaque versions of previous shots are shown on the camera's LCD to assist users when positioning and repositioning their object. Once shooting is completed, the S9 automatically creates a Quicktime™ video of the object's movement in-camera.

Similar to other COOLPIX cameras, the S9 has 15 scene modes, 4 with scene assist that automatically program cameras settings such as flash and focus for great pictures in a variety of locations and situations.

The COOLPIX S9 successfully packs all of these features into an ultra-slim, compact metal body. The camera's wave surface body is pleasing to the hand as well as to the eyes as it is comfortable to hold and ultra-portable.

For transferring pictures to computers and other peripherals, the S9 is USB compatible. The camera utilizes a rechargeable EN-EL8 Li-on battery and can take up to 190 shots on a single charge. For storage, the S9 has 24MB of internal memory and is SD/SDHC memory card- compatible. The S9 comes with Nikon's PictureProject Software for the importing, editing and organization of images.

Coolpix S9 Features:

  • 6-megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, durable and lightweight metal body
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inches
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • 256-segment Matrix metering
  • Large 2.5-inch 170° wide-view LCD color monitor
  • Automatic exposure and 15 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode w/sound, length limited only by memory card capacity
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • 24MB internal memory and SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charging cradle included

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix S9

Nikon Coolpix S9

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Nikon Coolpix S9

Nikon Coolpix S9

Nikon Coolpix S9

The Coolpix S9 compared to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix S10

The Coolpix S9 and the swiveling Coolpix S10

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COOLPIX S9 Specifications
Effective pixels 6.1 million
CCD 1/2.5-inch type (approx. 6.36 million total pixels)
Image modes High (2816*), Normal (2816), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; 6.4-19.2mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 38-114mm); f/3.5-4.3; 13 elements in 10 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus range (approx.) 25cm (0.8 ft.) to infinity (∞), 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode
LCD monitor 2.5-inch type, 153,600-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage media SD/SDHC memory card and internal memory (approx. 24MB)
Shooting modes Auto, 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama assist), Voice Recording, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Exposure BSS, Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.)
Movie With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Smaller size (160) at 30fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Stop-motion movie at specified speed available
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 1.7fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx. 2.1fps, only available at image size 6M), 4) Interval timer shooting
Number of frames (w/ internal memory) 6M: High (2816*) approx. 9, Normal (2816) approx. 18, 3M: Normal (2048) approx. 32
Built-in flash
Range: approx. 0.25-3.2m/ 10 in. - 10.5 ft. (W), approx. 0.45-2.6m/ 1.47 ft. - 8.5 ft. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.
Interface USB, Audio Video output
Supported languages Total of 20 languages:
German/ English/ Spanish/ French/ Italian/ Dutch/ Russian/ Swedish/ Japanese/ Simplified Chinese/ Traditional Chinese/ Korean/ Thai/ Portuguese/ Polish/ Indonesian/ Finnish/ Danish/ Norwegian/ Czech selectable in menu display
Power requirements Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied)
Battery life (approx.) 190 shots with EN-EL8 (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx.90.5 x 58.0 x 20.4mm (3.5 x 2.2 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections
Weight (approx.) 115g (4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Supplied accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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