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Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review – Product Description,Best Price Comparison

The price of Nikon’s Coolpix S9300 has been significantly reduced ever since it was released at the beginning of 2012. The manufacturers initially requested $349.95 for the new Coolpix series, but now the digital camera is available on Amazon for only $199.00. Although we were not impressed by the camera when it was first launched last year, we have decided to give it a second look now that it is has become much more affordable.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 represents an update from the 2011 model of S9100. Unfortunately, the digital camera doesn’t feature too many improvements in comparison with its older predecessor, which is why the initial price was a setback for most customers. The manufacturer has endowed the newer version with a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and an 18x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens. The device can deliver 1080p HD videos, which is a remarkable feature given that there are few low-budget cameras that have these specifications.

Pros
  • Small, compact shape (4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches; 7.6 ounces).
  • 18x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens.
  • Fast frame per second speed.
Cons
  • Weak image and video quality.
  • Images and video tend to get blurred at higher resolution or washed out with a higher ISO range.

In theory, the Coolpix S9300 looks like the perfect camera, but several drawbacks begin to make their presence felt once you begin testing it. After using it for several days, we have realized that the 16-megapixel resolution isn’t a big improvement from the previous model. The images tend to get a little bit grainy when you select the biggest resolution, so you won’t use it very often. The 18x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens, on the other hand, is worth every penny as the images are incredibly sharp and clear even when fully expanded.

The sensitivity settings are very advanced for this type of digital camera. However, you will probably never use the higher levels, that is, ISO 3200, as the images look better when you select the ISO 125-400 or the ISO 125-800 levels. The higher the light sensitivity gets, the washed out the colors will get, so it is safer to keep ISO 3200 only for emergencies.

The quality of the recorded videos reminded us of smartphones and pocket video cameras, so it’s up to customers whether they prefer to purchase a dedicated digital camera or an all-inclusive device. Nikon’s Coolpix S9300 delivers great videos for Web use, but the images tend to become unclear when you shoot fast-moving subjects. Also, the sound quality isn’t quite the best, especially since the mics on top register every single move you make, including the lens focusing.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a great camera for people who want to take fast photos without too much trouble. The discounted price is great for what the camera has to offer, but I wouldn’t recommend paying a bigger sum of money.

Conclusion Rating
Overall rating
5 stars
Design
5 stars
Features
5 stars
Performance
5 stars

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