Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S9500 is a pocket-size camera that manages to squeeze an 18-megapixel image sensor, a GPS radio, Wi-Fi, and a long 22x lens into a slim form factor. It's a stylish design that can snap sharp photos in automatic mode, but it doesn't offer the level of manual control that some others in this class do.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S9500 is available in black, red, silver (tested here) and a brown colour. Its price tag is about right looking at competitors, but for that price you'd be forgiven for expecting few more manual shooting options
Excerpt: Nikon's newly announced (early 2013) Coolpix S9500 is a compact pocket-sized digital camera with a 22x optical zoom lens. In 35mm terms, we're talking 25mm-550mm. The 18.1-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor is capable of shooting high quality images, even in lower lighting conditions, as well as capturing Full HD 1080p video; which will look great on the camera's bright 3.0-inch OLED display.
Review: Nikon COOLPIX S9500 – High Zoom Compact Camera
24 December 2013
Excerpt: One thing photographers love above all else is zoom, and lots of it. This is also the reason why I picked up the Nikon S9500 to review. It has one of the longest optical zooms in compact point and shoot category, a whole 22x of it. Is the zoom as bad as BenQ GH800 or does it fare better, let’s find out.
Pros: Good image quality in broad daylight; High 22x zoom; Fast continuous shooting mode; Can manually adjust the Auto-focus area; Android and iOS compatibility.
Cons: Average shots in low light; Focusing issues in low light; Wi-Fi is a hit and miss; Constant blinking of the Self-timer is a distraction.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S9500 fits into that smartphone-won't-cut-it bracket: its 22x optical zoom lens not only means wide-angle shots can be captured, but those far away subjects are also well within reach. It's a straightforward point-and-shoot model that doesn't overcomplicate things.
Pros: Wide-raging zoom, battery lasted out well, exposure compensation available, in-camera effects available
Cons: Stabilisation system not great at longer zooms, image quality issues, no manual modes, opts for excessively low shutter speeds, inconsistent white balance, shutter lag
Excerpt: With a large bulky zoom lens on the front and a pop-up flash, the Coolpix S9500 is reminiscent of old 35mm compact cameras. However, if this was a 35mm compact camera, the 22x zoom lens would stretch from a wide 25mm to an eyewatering 550mm. That size zoom lens was unheard of back in the day when 35mm compacts ruled the roost.