- Editor's Rating
- Compact 18x zoom
- Nice 1080 HD video
- Large, hi-res LCD
- No manual exposure modes
- Stability issues at telephoto
Quick TakeThe Nikon S9300 boasts an impressive 18x optical zoom lens. Image quality overall was very good, though stability becomes difficult under any circumstances at the telephoto end of the zoom range.
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is the poster child of the modern point and shoot camera. Its small size allows it to easily drop in your pocket, yet it is tough enough to go just about anywhere, and it provides first-rate images with minimal effort.
The S9300 18x (25-450mm equivalent) zoom provides an amazing focal length range for such a small P&S digicam. Compact digital zooms traditionally feature focal lengths in the 3x to 10x range, so a shirt pocket digital camera with an 18x zoom radically increases both reach and stand-off distance for shooters.
One of the only drawbacks of the S3900 is the lack of manual exposure capabilities and soft telephoto images. Considering that the S3900\’s audience prefers auto exposure cameras, the lack of manual controls is not that detrimental. However, more of the S9300\’s soft handheld images at the telephoto end of the impressive 18x zoom may be more problematic. Users will have to give up some quality for the impressive zoom, as no compact camera with an 18x zoom is going to produce images that are as good as the images from a similar digicam with 3x or 5x zoom.
The good news is that, although there will be some quality lost thanks to long range zoom, most focal faults will not be noticeable in the 4×6 prints or VGA resolution (like in Facebook pictures) that most of the S9300\’s purchasers will use the camera for. The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is an ideal choice to replace your first digital camera and makes an excellent family camera.