Summary: Lot of features. If you can't afford to take along your full size SLR due to space or weight this camera will get the job done. Many features found only on bigger cameras. Great telephoto zoom lens. The zoom range is 22X optically which is much better than other cameras that pretend to have a zoom but it is nothing more than digital cropping.
Summary: I am still getting used to this camera, my older Coolpix broke and I loved it! So maybe I just miss my old one, like I said I loved it. This one seems harder to get the fine adjustments I need such as fine print in a picture, but I am getting there, I do not like change so that could be a factor also.
Summary: Purchased new S9500 before a 3-week overseas trip. Great camera, more megapixels, long zoom, etc. Have used Coolpix before & like the way they work. The new camera worked great for 2 weeks & took wonderful pictures which we downloaded on our laptop as we traveled. Suddenly at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece I took several pictures, then it froze. Lens was zoomed out, view screen on, but nothing would work. Would not turn off, zoom in or out, take any pics.
Summary: Love the camera. Price was just average; picture quality is good for most conditions. There are just two negative comments. First, flash pop-up interfers with you holding the camera. And second, the photo screen is almost impossible to see in very sunny weather. Wish they had an additional old fashion eye viewer. Overall, pleased with my purchase.