Summary: My Nikon Coolpix S9100 review shows a camera that is a nice model with a feature you don't see every day: An 18X optical zoom lens inside a relatively small camera body. This type of telephoto power is really rarely found in a camera that measures only 1.4 inches in thickness, as does the S9100.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S9100 ($329) is a compact camera that packs a whopping 18X zoom into a remarkably small package. Other features include a 12.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization, a high res LCD, Full HD video recording, and more bells and whistles than one could...
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX S9100 is a compact super-zoom with an impressive 18x optical zoom range. In that respect it's well out in front of the competition, with the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 / ZS10 and Sony Cyber-shot HX9V offering a 'mere' 16X range and the Canon PowerShot SX230 'only' 14x.
Pros: 18x Nikkor optical zoom., 1080p30 HD video., Good range of fast burst modes., Easy panorama mode.
Cons: No GPS., Lacks manual exposure control., Effects filters are a bit tired., No stabilisation for movies.
Summary: An element of performance worthy of note is the camera’s slow start-up. This will no doubt be frustrating for those wanting to shoot in an instant, but can reasonably be attributed to the camera’s large focal range.
Pros: Large focal range, striking LCD, HD video capture
Cons: Lack of manual controls and RAW, plasticky body, slow start up
Conclusion: On paper, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 has a lot going for it: 12-megapixel BSI CMOS imager, wide-angle 18x zoom and full HD video. Yet these theoretical terms did not translate to the greatest photos and videos in the real world.
Pros: 12-megapixel BSI CMOS imager, 18x wide-angle zoom (25-450mm), Large, hi-res LCD performs well in bright light, Full HD videos (1920 x 1080 at 30 fps), Backlight HDR for expanded dynamic range
Cons: Images not super sharp at full zoom, Few manual adjustments (forget aperture, shutter speed), No optical image stabilization
Summary: The Coolpix S9100 is one of the most interesting of the eight new Nikon point-and-shoot digicams announced early this year, updating last year’s popular Coolpix S8100. Forty odd years ago, when I bought my first camera, 35mm point-and-shoot units were much bulkier and substantially heavier than...
Pros: Compact, Generous 18x zoom, 1080p HD movie
Cons: Expensive, No manual modes, Digital IS only for movies