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: 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.
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.
Summary: I am not a professional photographer by any means. I bought my wife this camera for her birthday so we could use it on our honeymoon 3 weeks later. Our initial reaction was good. We were happy with the camera and it had a great zoom, while having all those other neat new digital camera features. Several days into our 2 week honeymoon the camera freezes. Just completely freezes.
Summary: This camera stopped working yesterday 45 days after I bought it. Amazon will not give me a full refund and I am none too happy about this. The camera turns on, lens comes out and there is no control over the lens and the screen doesn't show anything. Camera did not take any falls or anything. Checked memory card- OK, recharged battery- OK....just won't work. Now on an endless call with Nikon.
Summary: I bought this camera at my local Best Buy due to the outstanding feature set and optical zoom. On paper, it's a great camera with great features. Unfortunately, after only 80 pictures, I began experiencing the lock-up issues that others are seeing. When I would turn it on, the lens extends most of the way but then you can hear it clicking inside as it apparently isn't getting fully extended but is still trying.