Excerpt: I bought this camera almost 3 years ago for the pockatable 18X optical zoom. My previous camera only had a 10X zoom. It is fast, the image stabiliser works well and image quality is acceptable when in focus. The LCD screen is excellent. The big and I mean very big problem is the focus. IQ is irrelevant if the photo is out off focus! There are two situations where this camera has problems focusing. First outside at long distances with the zoom above 10X.
Summary: This camera does a credible job with a few exceptions. Autofocus for one is sub par and would definitely make for a better camera if it would only focus on what is said it is focussed on. Second, the menu structure is just abysmal. For a pocket camera there should be a much better integration of features; instead I find the options all over the map. The Auto mode works for less than half of all normal situations I encounter.
Summary: Bought this camera as a Christmas Present. Today, 4/13/2012(Spooky, huh?), it froze up and would not work. Had to remove the battery to get the camera to shut off. The lens would not retract until battery was reinserted. Camera will turn on but nothing else. All buttons are frozen. While researching this camera I did not see any issues about this. Today, after searching for a reset feature, I found that this is a common problem.
Excerpt: - Fun camera that I take everywhere I go. - Night landscape and night portrait modes work well. - Nicely implemented flash release. - No problem getting decent images at longest focal length using VR. - Camera metering is good. - Good responsiveness of menus. Problems: - Noticeable degree of barrel distortion at widest focal length. - In camera HDR is not good, images come out grey.
Excerpt: For a couple days I've been testing my new camera. PROS Picture quality is fine, the shutter fires quickly, LCD display is great 921,000 pixels gives a sharp image. Problems: I can only complain about metering. Auto focus indoor works very poor - sometimes need to half-press shutter button a few times before image is sharp. In a poor light auto-focus does not work at all even though illumination light is on.
Excerpt: PROS - Well built with a good feeling in the hand. - Well placed buttons and easy to use. - Fairly good photos even dim light. - Fast first shot and fast focusing. CONS - Can only recharge when the battery is INSIDE the camera. So you cannot use the camera while you are recharging one battery even if you have 10 spare batteries. COMPLETELY IDIOTIC! - The connector for recharging/USB is on the bottom of the camera.
Excerpt: After owning 2 compact cameras and having 1 fat-body one I decided to get back into the lightweight compact world. Overall, Nikon S9100 is great performer apart 2 issues (described in problems). Zoom and noise reduction are impressive. HDR works pretty nice (not like post-processing on the PC, but works!) Image stabilization is very good in hybrid mode (a bit noisy though, but not a problem). In-camera picture editing features are sufficient. Problems: 1.
Conclusion: Although still pictures look good, ergonomic is fine and response is fast, that camera can not be used as a "travel zoom" camera if you consider also taking video as well as stills.
Pros: Although still pictures look good, ergonomic is fine and response is fast, that camera can not be used as a "travel zoom" camera if you consider also taking video as well as stills.
Cons: Poorly implemented electronic image stabilization in video. In addition, for an unknown reason, CMOS rolling shutter effects (jello) become worst at the end of the zoom when shooting video. On paper it should work well, as the sensor (Sony made) provides adequate frame-rate for effective electronic stabilization. Will be more than happy to see a firmware fix for the electronic stabilization.
Summary: I love my new camera ( Nikon coolpix d9100 ) But, the door covering (at the bottom of the camera) doesn't stay closed. Just pulling the camera out of the bag or from my pocket the door flops open. Not a good system. I had to use a piece of tape to hold it shut on a $300 camera, thats not good.