Nikon Coolpix S9300 digital camera review

Before setting up on the FujiFilm FinePix X100 as my camera of choice when it comes to wanting a small pocket camera, I purchased the Nikon Coolpix S9300. I was not satisfied. Below image examples might look good, but in order to obtain these, I had to make heavy image manipulation in the digital darkroom (like smart blur and heavy levels correction). The original images were grainy, soft and pixelated, while the colors were dull in plain sunny midday.

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However, what made me try the camera in the first place, was the multitude of shooting scene modes (16 scene modes), the small build (pocket size compact) and the high zoom (18x optical zoom). But, in the end, when you look at a picture, it’s not the camera you used that matters, so better chose a camera that has a main advantage high image quality.
Colors produced by this camera are good up to ISO 800; above that and colors look desaturated and muddy, while the image is noisy and too soft.
Apart from the poor image quality, this compact camera has a low battery life and no aperture or shutter speed controls.

Shooting Modes: Auto, Portrait, Night Landscape, Backlighting, Smart Portrait, Continuous Shooting, Soft-focus
Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close-Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Backlight, and Panorama Assist
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Slow sync
White Balance: Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and White Bal. Preset
Video: 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps

Technical Data:
3 inch LCD
16.0 effective megapixels
18x optical zoom (35mm equivalent of 25-450mm)
Aperture: f3.5-5.9
Focal Length: 35 to 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Self-timer: 3, 10 sec
Continuous Shooting: 6.9 frames/sec
ISO Range: 125 – 3200
Flash Range: 0.5 – 5.1 m (Wide ; 1.5 – 3.0 m (Tele)
File Format: JPEG
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card + 14MB internal memory
EN-EL12 Li-Ion Battery (200 shots)
Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches



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By Laura

I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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