Nikon Coolpix S9100: Compact Megazoom Rules the Market
June 22, 2011 Leave a comment
As a brand Nikon is well-recognized for its image quality and shooting performance, and the Coolpix series combine form and function making it one of the better compact models out there. The Coolpix S9100 is the latest from Nikon, and with this model the camera maker offers consumers a great point-and-shoot model that promises more bang for the buck.
The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is relatively light and slim for a megazoom model, with a 10 x 30-300 mm-equivalent lens. The S9100 shares some design elements and possibly a lot of features too with the S8100, primarily because they run on the same back-illuminated CMOS sensors. Yet this 12-megapixel model does offer some killer features and image outputs without the hassle of constant setting changes.
The Nikon Coolpix S9100 brings incredible zooming capabilities with an 18X zoom lens that quite easily beats its competing compact megazoom models from Panasonic and Sony. In terms of light sensitivity, the Coolpix supports ISO ranges from 160 to 3200, and for better image stabilization and noise reduction a setting below ISO 400 is recommended. Still, the Auto ISO allows shot composition at a maximum of ISO 800, and this may be the ideal range to shoot in, and any background noise in this range is relatively negligible. Although manual controls are limited, the in-camera photo-editing and sharpening software is a very practical enhancement, and allows the user to enhance low-light shots to make them more effective and vivid.
Given that Coolpix S9100 brings top-of-the-line features, the controls are easily manageable with simple buttons for setting changes, uncomplicated menu layouts and a range of automated modes for quick shooting. Additional creative scene modes make shooting a pleasure with the added impact provided by intuitive shoot modes. The image quality is amazing for the price, and at nearly a third less than Canon Powershot models, the Nikon Coolpix S9100 delivers unsurpassed quality minus a hefty price tag.