Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is an excellent choice if you want a camera that's easy to use, with a sufficiently powerful zoom and a high enough resolution to offer maximum flexibility. If you're looking for a degree of manual control though, it will feel a little limiting.
Cons: Few manual controls; Some wind noise on movies, even with noise reduction.
Conclusion: Nikon has crammed a wide range of valuable features into the relatively slim body of the Nikon Coolpix S9300. Overall it is an enjoyable camera to use and feels sturdy. However, the underwhelming battery life, imperfect general image quality and questionable reliability make rival models a wiser choice.
Excerpt: During the first half of 2012, Nikon added four new models to their popular S-series of slim, yet sophisticated cameras; with the flagship model being the Coolpix S9300. It's a super-zoom camera (18x) that's still only 1.5-inches thick. It also has built-in GPS for Geo-tagging and minor navigation needs thanks an an electronic compass, as well as a top of the line BSI CMOS image sensor and host of automatic and convenience features.
Excerpt: The Nikon S9300 sits at the top of the manufacturer's S – or 'Style' – range, offering a specification aimed at those looking for a compact for their travels. It impresses on paper, but how does...
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S9300 ($349) is a compact, GPS-equipped travel zoom camera. It features an 18X optical zoom lens, 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a high resolution 3-inch LCD display, Full HD video recording and, of course, a GPS receiver.
Summary: While the Nikon Coolpix S9300 represents an excellent value and offers a nice point-and-shoot feature set, its photo quality is poor relative to the competition, with mediocre low light shooting and below-par battery life.
Pros: Good value for the money, 18X, 25 - 450 mm optical zoom lens in a compact, generally well-built body, Optical image stabilization, Sharp 3-inch LCD display with 921k pixels, Fast autofocus in good light, GPS receiver with compass and large landmark database, Scene Auto Selector picks a shooting mode for you, Plenty of scene modes and special effects, Wide selection of burst modes, some of which are pretty good, Redeye not a problem, Full HD movie mode with stereo soun...
Cons: Noisy and soft photos have noticeable detail loss, even at base ISO of 125, Strong highlight clipping at times, No manual controls, save for white balance, Low light focusing not great, Below average battery life, Flash is slow to recharge, Not great for night shots, due to 1 sec shutter speed limit and lack of manual controls, Photos taken in portrait orientation are not rotated automatically, Flimsy door over battery/memory card compartment, Internal battery chargin...
Excerpt: Today's point-and-shoot digital cameras are (usually) small enough to drop in a shirt pocket, tough enough to go just about anywhere, and they reliably produce first-rate images with only minimal effort from the shooter. The new Nikon Coolpix S9300 (which replaces last year's popular S9100) could be the poster child for this class of camera.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is definite performer. Its 18x optical zoom coupled up with the lens based vibration reduction system allow for great hand-held shots (provided there is enough light). The build quality is superb and for those who like bells and whistles, there's even a GPS chip. Although for a camera that costs 19K, the image quality leaves us a tad disappointed.
Pros: Excellent zoom range with effective stabilization, Effective Scene modes, Compact form factor, Macro mode is very effective
Cons: No PASM mode, No option to turn off in-camera noise reduction