Average Camera Review Rating [13 reviews]
On January 31 2012, Nikon announced four new digital cameras in the COOLPIX S-series lineup
- Coolpix S9300, S6300, S4300 and S3300, ranging from $350 to $150 in price. The S9300 is a thin (1.5-inch body) camera with a 18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (25mm-450mm) with Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization. It features a 16 Megapixels Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) movies, and built-in GPS. The S6300 comes with a 10x optical zoom with a compact body and VR technology. It features a 16 Megapixels BSI CMOS sensor, full HD (1080p) movies, 180º and 360º Easy Panorama mode and Creative color options with effects like Low key, High key, Nostalgia Sepia, and Selective Color.
The 16.0 Megapixels S4300 features a wide-angle 6x (26mm-156mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, plus VR image stabilization. It comes with a 3-inch touch screen LCD, multiple Scene Modes, Nikon's Smart Portrait System with intelligent Smile Shutter function, and Face-Priority AF that can find and focus up to 12 faces. The S3300 features a 16.0 Megapixels sensor with a 6x (26mm-156mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. The camera has 19 Scene Modes, including the Scene Auto Selector which analyzes a scene and automatically selects from one of six scene modes. It only supports HD with 720p movie recording. The S9300 is available for $349.95 in black, red and silver. Here's the summary of review by PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:
"The S series of Nikon's Coolpix digital compact cameras are the Stylish options for the fashion conscious. They're still easy to use but have all sorts of extra modes and features to justify the upgrade from a cheaper model, which explains why GPS and Full HD video are included on the S9300. The part(s) of the Nikon Coolpix S9300 that we've been most impressed with throughout the entire test is the focusing system. That includes the lens, even though it produces horrible purple fringing in places. What we also didn't get from the lens is any barrel distortion or pincushion. Not bad for a 25mm wide lens. The pictures were lovely and sharp though and the low-level light performance is also pretty good thanks to the lens and a good noise result from the back-illuminated sensor. There's little we would have liked to see added to the S9300; maybe a slightly better build quality on the appendages such as the battery door and HDMI cover. Relocating the tripod to the middle and making it metal would be marvellous but we'd dismiss the latter to get the former because of the amount of shake we got using a tripod. It makes the camera unbalanced and if you use an inferior tripod you'll have to compensate for the leaning that will ensue.
We like therange of digital effects although we're surprised not to see a higher emphasis on the vintage filters that are saturating camera menus at the moment. It's refreshing on our part but it's what consumers want otherwise sharing sites such as Instagram wouldn't be so popular. Out of all this, we have to keep an eye on the price. At the start of the review the Nikon Coolpix S9300 was around £300 but since we finished, it's fallen to nearer £250. That's exactly the level we expected it to be at and we think for that price the Coolpix S9300 is a great camera."
Nikon Coolpix S9300 Camera Reviews Roundup
|TechHive: "The Coolpix S9100 earned among the best overall marks of any point-and-shoot camera we tested last year in PCWorld Labs' subjective tests for image quality. In contrast, the Coolpix S9300 falls squarely in the middle of the pack. Our judges rated its exposure quality as Good and its lack of distortion as Very Good, but the Coolpix S9300 picked up scores of only Fair for color accuracy and sharpness, which dragged it..." - Sep 29 2012 More »|
|TechRadar: "As a travel zoom camera, the Nikon Coolpix S9300 offers a very compelling zoom range and many great features, including Full HD video, GPS and speedy autofocus, plus reliable metering and white balance. However, the camera is afflicted with poor battery life, particularly with GPS on (and why pay for a camera with GPS if you don't use it) and suspect reliability considering the four times it completely froze during..." - Aug 22 2012 More »|
|Steve's Digicam: "Of course, the big gun here is the zoom lens. With both a wide angle (25 mm) and a maximum of 18x magnification (450 mm), the flexibility is tremendous. Using the zoom ring around the shutter button, the lens glides easily in and out to capture subjects near and far. It is quite thrilling to be able to zoom in so close on a distant subject in about two seconds. In my case, I got close shots of wildlife across a smal..." - Aug 17 2012 More »||N/A|
|Trusted Reviews: "Sadly, we have to report that we were actually slightly disappointed with overall image quality, with our main gripe being a lack of consistency with regards to general image sharpness and rendering of detail. All too often images displayed a displeasing softness, along with the trademark smearing of fine detail that's admittedly common to many small-sensor cameras with densely populated sensors. Even Nikon's genera..." - Aug 01 2012 More »|
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