Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review

Review posted 08/17/2012

Quick Take
  • 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
  • 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.
During 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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