Nikon Coolpix S9500 Review

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Overview of The Nikon Coolpix S9500 Camera

You can find a lot of nice features with the Nikon Coolpix S9500 in which the GPS and the Wi-Fi connectivity are two extra great features. The 22X optical zoom lens is very impressive. Therefore it is not surprising at all to see the price around the $300 price point.

However, for such a camera at this price point, you may expect that the camera has a lot of manual control features and the image quality is at the advanced level. Although the image quality is pretty good with the Coolpix S9500, it will certainly not as great as you expect with a camera having a larger image sensor like Coolpix.

There is no manual control feature, outside of the capacity to adjust the ISO settings or the white balance on occasion. This is odd with this camera. The only way that can help to justify the price of the Coolpix 9500 is when you really needs the GPS and Wi-Fi features. Without those two features, the camera with the remaining photography features shall cost less.

Summary of Nikon Coolpix S9500 Camera – a brief review

Specifications

  • The resolution is 18.1 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is up to 22X (25-550mm)
  • The 3.0-inch LCD screen has the resolution of 614,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4896 x 3672 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The imensions are 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches
  • The camera weighs 7.3 ounces (with battery and memory card included)
  • The 1/2.3 in image sensor use the CMOS technology.
  • A HD 1080i movie mode is supported

Pros 

  • The large 22X zoom lens in such a thin camerabody is really impressive
  • Included GPS and Wi-Fi are two extra great features
  • The image quality is good, even in low light conditions
  • The overall image quality is good over other small image sensors
  • The performance is fast with the good response times, including very little shutter lag

Cons

  • Almost no manual control options is included
  • Price is a bit high for those who won’t use GPS and Wi-Fi regularly
  • Battery life is not really good. Especially, it will drain quickly when you use the GPS and Wi-Fi features
  • Menu structure is not well organized
  • Mode dial has some strange options
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Nikon Coolpix S9500 Camera Review Buy

Detail Review of Nikon Coolpix S9500 Camera

Image Quality

Despite having a small image sensor which is just measured 1/2.3 inches, the image quality is pretty nice with the Nikon Coolpix S9500, at least in comparison with similar models in terms of the  image sensor. Because the resolution is 18.1 megapixels with this Nikon small image sensor, the image quality is also better compared to that of cameras with similar image sensors.

However, in comparison with the cameras at the similar price point, the image quality with the S9500 is still not as good as. Perhaps partly because there are some nice manual control settings with those cameras, you can tweak to enhance the image quality. With the S9500, you just can use the full automatic functions, which is different from most cameras in this price range.

With the built-in Wi-Fi unit, you may want to share your images online. Therefore, the ability to select the resolution ranging from 18 megapixels to 0.3 megapixels is great. A small resolution will be greater to being uploaded easily via social networks. Unfortunately, you must shoot your photos at a 4:3 aspect ratio most of the time. With the widescreen, you can select the resolution setting at the 16:9 aspect ratio. And do not expect to select any other aspect ratios.

You can shoot movies at five different options of the resolution. This is great. An HDMI port is also included with this camera. This will help you save time to download the videos to a computer.

Performance

The performance with the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is very excellent with the fast response times and the strong feature list.

In terms of the zoom lens, the 22X number is very impressive for such a a point-and-shoot camera which just has the 1.3-inch thickness. You can put this camera into your pocket conveniently and still make the best use of the wonderful telephoto capabilities.

The OLED screen is also other impressive aspect with the Coolpix S9500 camera. It is measured 3.0 inches diagonally. The image quality will be very great with the high resolution. And with the OLED technology, your images will be of greater brightness and contrast over with traditional LCD screen.

The Wi-Fi and built-in GPS capabilities are two other great advantages, which is quite easy to use, which offer you a lot of values as long as these features shall be use based on a regular basis. With this nice feature, you can geotag your images or sharing your images via Facebook immediately after capturing them.

However, keep in mind that your battery will be quickly drained when you use the Wi-Fi and GPS feature. Unfortunately, the battery life of the Coolpix S9500 is not really good from the start, so the problems can be even more through using those features. You may need a spare second battery  because the camera requires you to charge the battery inside. This aspect has been added to the challenging price tag of this model

Design

The basic look of the Nikon S9500 camera is pretty good looking. You can easily hold it in your hands and the camera has the nice control buttons of a good size on the back. You can also use a ring that spins to play the role as the four-way button. This ring makes it far easier to scroll over large numbers of stored images in a fast way. Similar to point and shoot cameras, the number of buttons is minimize, so photographers find it as easy as possible to use the camera. And because of having no manual control options, a large number of buttons is not necessarily required.

There is a mode dial with this Nikon model, which is commonly a wonderful feature. However, due to not including advance shooting modes, you can find several odd options with the mode dial, it almost felt like Nikon’s designers were attempting to add some extra modes for the eight spaces on the dial.

A popup flash unit is another advantage with the S9500. This flash does bring helps when you take photos in low light conditions. In addition, any time you need to use the flash, it will automatically open. This is a very nice design.

The menus are designed in a bit odd way, which make it difficult to looking for the exact features that you want to make use of. However, in comparison with a lack of the advance shooting modes with the Coolpix S9500, it is still better. You also will not see a Program mode with this camera. This is strange because this mode is even included in many basic point-and-shoot cameras

With the current price point and the odd mixing of features, the S9500 really carve out a niche market. Because of this, I hesitated to give this camera a star rating. This is not a camera for everyone. But if the features included with this camera really match your photography needs, you will be satisfied with the good performance, which make it a strong contender and a decent value

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