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. Where those models opt for lens-shift image stabilisation, the COOLPIX S9100 shifts the sensor to combat camera shake.
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. Also, once the camera is up and running it’s generally speedy in use – AF is both fast and accurate while the COOLPIX S9100 travels through the focal range at a reasonable pace.
Pros: Large focal range, striking LCD, HD video capture
Cons: Lack of manual controls and RAW, plasticky body, slow start up
Excerpt: I make no apologies for reviewing this humble compact digicam – the Nikon Coolpix S9100 – in amongst the heavy hitting DSLRs and maxi-zoom models. Why? ‘Cos it has a few features the DSLRs do not have.
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. Heavily-zoomed images just weren’t super sharp, and this is probably due to this camera’s stabilization system. We really liked the 5-way VR in Nikon’s P100 using OIS, and it should be used here.
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
Nikon COOLPIX S9100 review: A compact camera with an 18x zoom and a good CMOS sensor
Good Gear Guide.au
15 August 2011
Summary: Nikon's COOLPIX S9100 is well built and it has a massive 18x zoom lens. It can take clear and vibrant pictures, but because it lacks manual controls it can sometimes struggle in challenging lighting conditions. Overall, though, it's not a bad camera at all for a user who wants something automatic.
Pros: 25-450mm zoom lens, clear and vibrant image quality, easy to operate
Cons: Sometimes struggles in tough lighting conditions, lacks manual controls
Conclusion: The S9100 is something of a sheep in wolf’s clothing; though styled like an enthusiast model, at least in its black incarnation, when you drill down into the feature set you discover a pretty much “auto everything” point and shoot. Still, the £250 asking price reflects this - in comparison with say a Nikon Coolpix P300 or P7000 - and the point of this model is, first and foremost, that humungous focal range.
Pros: Huge optical zoom range from a camera that will still fit in the pocket, Full HD video with stereo sound and HDMI output, good build quality, easy to use, built-in effects filters are fun
Cons: Visible pixel fringing between areas of high contrast and corner softening at maximum wide angle - but neither are uncommon, no mains charger