Summary: The camera is difficult to use. I have read many different articles on how to take good pictures. They still come out blurry. My older model worked much better and easier. I wouldn't recommend this camera to anyone.
Summary: 1- Camera has always taken terrible pictures. a- They are slightly blurry and fuzzy. b- Even to get it to that point, you have to hold your breath and hold *perfectly* still for three seconds. c- Lighting has to be absolutely perfect (rare). d- On auto mode the pics are crap. e- Even if you mess with all the settings for each individual shot (who wants to waste time with that??), they are still bad. f- Back lighting or low light are huge problems.
Summary: The reviews I read didn't prepare me at all. I used this cam for about 400 pics over a couple weeks - I thought it was going well, the preview on the back seemed to show decent images. Then I tried to print a bunch - they were AWFUL. Grainy and blotchy, even at base ISO poor resolution with noise in the shadows. By ISO 400 hair looks plastic, colors become blotchy and washed out.
Pros: 1. It was cheaper than most pocket zooms (but for a reason), 2. Quite a brick in the hand - felt solid, 3. Fast "on"., 4. Menu system better than average., 5. Pretty screen - but it didn't help see image flaws.
Cons: 1. Excessive, destructive noise reduction., 2. Poor auto-exposure; chooses 1/10s but IS can't handle it., 3. Features like panorama don't work well., 4. Heavy, large, corners too sharp - not a "pocket zoom", 5. IS can't handle 18X; blurry.
Summary: Beware of this Nikon Coolpix S9100 camera. I purchased one not even 7 months ago, and it has been broken (unusable) for most of that time. It freezes... w/ no response, at all. I paid to have it shipped back to Nikon for evaluation; they then told me I would have to pay $87 for repair -- not covered by warranty. Total for shipping and repair: $127, for a $200 camera. Then, not 1.5 months later, the same exact problem reoccurred.
Summary: After purchasing this and seeing an astonishing lack of firmware updates for it from Nikon (given the huge amount of similar freezing problems among the user base), I will not be purchasing any Nikon point-and-shoot devices again.
Pros: Good shots when carrying a DSLR and a bag of lenses is inconvenient
Cons: Freezes up requiring the battery to be removed in order to reset, eventually just dies altogether.
Summary: I've purchased this camera 3 months ago and after using only twice, I got an error message and the lens would not open. I contacted Nikon and was instructed to ship the camera to their repair center in N.Y. Every time I check the status online it shows on hold waiting for parts. I've contacted them a number of times and they keep giving me the run around.
Returning it - defective - Nikon quality control out of control.
27 February 2012
Summary: This camera has great features and takes excellent photos in daylight and very good ones in low light. The panorama feature works perfectly. However, there are two issues with this unit that caused me to return it. Amazon did not offer an exchange for some reason (out of stock maybe??). Defects: 1. There is a small bubble near the center of every photo in every zoom range.
freezes up in zoom and takes blurry shots (UPDATED with info on how to send back to Nikon)
J. Rich, Amazon
27 September 2011
Summary: Purchased camera in the BLACK style in April (before most of the bad reviews) and THREE weeks later this camera started freezing when I zoom in for a shot. Not every time, but enough to not "trust" this camera. Yes, removing the battery puts it back in operation, like a "ctrl-alt-delete" type of restart.
Summary: I really wish I could say something positive about this camera, I really do. I am not a professional photographer, but not a novice either. The camera is just not able to really produce consistent quality images. There is either something wrong with the software or the lens itself (i believe it is the lens). The 18x feature and the speed is excellent - if they were to actually produce good shots. But they do not.
Summary: Nikon really goofed this time. The S8100, which I own, is a great camera, point and shoot and you have a great picture. The S9100 however is Junk, it is no longer a point and shoot camera that is fully automatic. You have to decide when the flash is needed and turn it off and on as needed. This is a real hassle for a casual photo taker and not a professional.