Another great camera from Nikon
I have had a Nikon Coolpix S600 for 5-6 years now and it has been my go to camera to have around because of it's handy size and it has never let me down, except that recently the zoom function is intermittently working. So, I decided to replace it with the S9500 and just got it this past week and really wanted to put it through the paces a bit to see how functional it would be around town and in the field.
22x optical zoom, GPS capability
In summary, this is a great camera for those already familiar with the Coolpix range of compacts and looking for something that brings those 2013 spices to the table with a solid CMOS sensor.
The Nikon S9500 is not the camera for professional photographers looking for a pocketable carry-around camera, though, and the lack of manual controls and raw file format capture are enough to drive you to other products. But it does come in red.
Lots of zoom in a pocketable body
If you're looking for a travel camera, but prefer one which you can carry in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is worthy of consideration. It has a versatile 22x optical zoom lens, ideal for landscapes and zooming in for close-ups. The GPS lets you geotag your images and then you can then share them to a mobile device using the Wi-Fi for editing and uploading to Facebook etc. Image quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough and the camera is available for a very fair price.
Only the first day
Excellent photo quality,usability, lightness of the camera and ease of interchanging lenses. I am by no means a professional photographer but decided to step up the quality of photos from my old point and shoot digital camera. After taking a variety of photos and video with this camera over the course of an hour or so the quality of both are incredible and I found the camera very simple to use. It does have a steep price tag but for me it is an excellent camera!
Small size, attractive appearance
I enjoyed using the Nikon 1 J3. I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance. The camera's buttons and controls, while small, work well and I appreciated the dedicated movie button. I was not fond of the camera's fragile pop-up flash, which could be a problem if used frequently. Performance is a strong point, as the J3 is reliably quick in all respects. It has very good image quality, even in low light, and excellent movie ability.
Very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera
While the Nikon 1 J3 is a good fit for beginners, it's not so well-suited to serious amateurs. The J3 is a very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera but its interface is quite clearly not geared toward users who like to take full control of the picture-taking process. Most of the features these photographers want are there, but too many of them are buried within the menu, which is bound to be a source of frustration to any power user.
Hybrid autofocus system is fast, small system size
It may be slightly smaller, lighter and faster than its J2 predecessor, but the J3's exterior design and menu rejig feels equally slight and is unlikely to appeal to more-experienced snappers. The J3's highlight is its speed and while image quality is decent, it's a step behind much of the competition. The price push to £575 doesn't help the J3's cause either. Not bad but just not the best out there.
Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light
In short, the Nikon 1 J3 leads in terms of speed while placing itself right between most compact and most mirrorless cameras for output quality. This makes it one of a few mirrorless ones that can actually handle action photography, at least down to moderate light levels.
Light, compact stylish design
The ILC segment represents an interesting design challenge for camera manufacturers. They are a step-up from point-and-shoots, but a step-down of DSLR cameras - designing a camera to appeal to both types of users is a difficult task. With the Nikon 1 series, Nikon seems to have made a concerted effort to appeal more to the auto point-and-shoot user.
Good camera, could use some updates
Overall this camera takes awesome photos. The in camera features are great as well. My only problem is that in order to review your photos you have to turn on the camera you just can't press the review button. When you do take a photo it takes forever for the preview to disappear. You can either have it on or off. With canon it gave you the option of 1,2 or 3 second preview.
Good zoom range, Compact, easy to grip body
When shopping around you can find the S9200 for £245, but retailers such as Curry's are charging £270. This makes it more expensive than the S9300 which you can get from Warehouse Express for £260, which has GPS. Thankfully, the S9200 takes pictures with good detail and colour reproduction and can shoot full resolution images at a fast rate, although noise is a problem from ISO 400 upwards.
Images are pretty good
For £170, the features on the Nikon Coolpix S6400 are pretty good. You get a decent lens, a nicely designed compact with a glossy exterior and a touch-screen on the back. The deal breaker will be whether you think the image quality is good enough to pay out the money for.
Easy touchscreen, Range of filters
The Nikon Coolpix S6400 is one of the more expensive compact cameras of its class on the market, but its speed, image quality and range of options help justify its position.
If you're looking for a fun, carry-everywhere camera, whether that's for a beach holiday or a children's birthday party, the Nikon Coolpix S6400 won't let you down. Just make sure you have a spare battery.
Fast high-speed shooting, Decent image quality
The Nikon Coolpix S6400 packs a fast rate of high-speed shooting and decent image quality into a compact camera. It also has a decent optical zoom range, with a responsive touch screen and is available in a good range of colours. We think it's a little highly priced, particularly as a spare battery is almost certain to be a must with a life expectancy of just 160 shots per charge.
Decent photo quality, Curvy body is different
The Nikon Coolpix S6400's curvy body is one of its few distinctions. It does a decent job of taking photos, but its interface and other quirks don't make it a particularly endearing camera to have and to hold.
Nice menu system
At a $350 asking price, the Nikon S800c is essentially an amusing if slightly expensive curiosity. Next to the as-yet-unannounced but presumably much higher price tag for the Samsung Galaxy Camera, though, it's a pittance to get in on the ground floor of the cameraphone-no, wait.. phonecamera-revolution.
Android ecosystem adds thousands of ways to edit and share your photos
The Nikon Coolpix S800c was the first Android-powered camera (barely) and perhaps gives us a peek at what cameras will look like in the future. Sharing and editing photos is easier than on almost any camera, save for Samsung's 4G-equipped Galaxy Camera (which also sports a more modern version of Android and a larger display). That said, Nikon has quite a bit of work to do before I can recommend this Coolpix.
First ever camera to use the Android smartphone operating system
The first of any new product line is never going to offer value for money alongside the thrill of the new. And the Nikon Coolpix S800c is an exciting product, even if the short battery life is an issue as is the fact that accessing the ability to take photos isn't as immediate as we feel it should be. Not a problem if you're using a smartphone and are therefore going to be doing more besides, but rather more of an issue on an actual camera.
Automatic scene selection when in Easy Auto mode
The Nikon Coolpix S800c was the first Android-powered camera (barely squaking to market before Samsung's Galaxy Camera) and perhaps gives us a peek at what cameras will look like in the future. Sharing and editing photos is easier than on almost any camera, save for Samsung's 4G/3G-equipped Galaxy Camera (which also sports a more modern version of Android and a larger display). That said, Nikon has quite a bit of work to do before I can recommend this Coolpix.
Android OS, 10x optical zoom, Touchscreen
What we have here is a reasonable compact camera, with the added benefits of Android. Sure, that's great for some, but we're not sure the image quality is strong enough to justify the £379.99/AU$448/US$349.95 full asking price for this camera.
If Nikon chose to combine one if its high-end compact cameras - with full manual control, raw shooting and other premium elements - with the Android operating system, then it would have made a much more enticing prospect.
Decent image quality with good colour reproduction
A camera running Android sounds like a great idea and the S800c gives a good account of how useful it can be. It's going to appeal to many that a camera with decent image quality will also allow you to share directly to your favourite social networking sites quickly and easily. You can also use a number of apps to edit your pictures other than the options available in camera.
This is a first attempt by Nikon and there are a few niggles which we feel will need ironing out.
Responsive touchscreen, capable 10x optical zoom
Android meets 10x optical zoom point-and-shoot camera in a smooth, easy-to-use package. But the lack of battery life, limited controls and significant price slam the brakes on this first venture. It's good, but these are big issues not to be taken lightly.
More than just a camera, Great film recording
Extremely easy to use and responsive, the Android-based Nikon Coolpix S800c feels like a camera running a mobile operating system, rather than a smart phone with a better-than-average lens and sensor. While it performed well, some rough edges in my tests and the high price dampen its score.
Don't be fooled by the features
This camera is full of great features but most times that are not ready for "point and shoot".
Zooming while recording video goes throught a blurry path and pictures are not that good. My 7.1MP Canon PowerShot SD1000 takes pictures far better than this Nikon.
This camera doesn't deal very well with light. Scenes with partial light and partial shade are mostly unrecognizable.
Menu options are not clearly and there are no manual settings in the menu, only presets.
Small, lightweight pocket camera
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is certainly an improvement over the model it replaces. Just the sensor change to BSI CMOS is enough to make it recommending over CCD-sensor-based competition. It's an easy-to-use camera, too, so if you're just looking for something inexpensive to toss in your bag that's better than your phone, it's a decent choice. However, both the similarly priced Panasonic Lumix SZ7 and slightly more expensive Sony Cyber-shot WX150 are better.
Compact design makes it truly pocketable
The Nikon S6300 is an exercise in just how quickly the industry has embraced the long zoom compact movement, featuring a 10x optical zoom body and 16-megapixel image sensor in a body that, a few years ago, might have only features a 3 or 4x zoom range. The crushing ubiquity of smartphone cameras has made point-and-shoot manufacturers certainly sweat, with reports that the compact camera industry saw nearly quarter of their sales drop off in just 2011.
Response times are pretty good when not using a flash
For a low-cost camera, the Coolpix S6300 seems to perform pretty well overall. Its color accuracy and brightness in images are impressive. The 10x zoom lens is a nice feature, and its response times and various burst modes are pretty good. It does have a few drawbacks, including some soft focus problems and sluggish performance at start-up. Still, if your needs as a photographer match this little point-n-shoot camera's strengths, the S6300 will give you good performance levels for the price.
Produces sharp enough images
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a thoroughly pleasant camera to use. It's geared for the happy snappers who want something easy and cheerful to take pictures with. This is the camera for such a task. It's not going to change the world; there's no new technology built in. The controls are laid out in a logical fashion, the features will appeal to the market it's aimed at and it looks good.
Slim, Good macro mode
Pushing aside a few minor niggles, mainly to do with options such as the panorama mode, the Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a solid performing compact camera that will please consumers. Images are generally well exposed, have natural colours straight from the camera and there's little sign of noise.
Good amount of zoom
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 produced a mixed bag of results, with good colour reproduction and fast high-speed shooting at full resolution. On the downside images start to show significant noise even at ISO 200, the minimum focusing distance of 10cm makes it really hard to take a decent macro shot and on occasion 360Â° panoramas had clear stitching issues. But for your money, you are getting a camera with a good solid metal build and decent zoom range packed into a perfectly pocketable body.
Battery life is very good versus comparably priced models
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 offers a mixed bag of pluses and minuses.
The minuses include a slight softness in some images, a built-in flash unit that's oddly placed, a small LCD that suffers from glare problems, and a lack of manual control options.
Full HD Movies, Stereo sound
The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a good choice if you are looking for a straightforward digital camera with a bit of zoom power at a reasonable price. Picture quality is about standard for this type of digital camera. It should be good enough unless you are really picky about the quality of your photos. This camera is one of the best at this price if you are looking for some advanced movie features.
Fast burst mode shooting
The travel-zoom category has seen increasingly tough competition in the last two years. What was once the province of kind-of-compact 10x zoom cameras is increasingly featuring ridiculous zoom ranges, and the 18x optical zoom S9300 may just be king of them all. With a body that could almost hide behind a deck of cards, the 9300 crams an incredible amount of hardware into what is essentially a pocketable camera.
Good value for the money
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 isn't a whole lot different than its predecessor. Aside from a new sensor and GPS, it's basically the same camera, with a very similar list of pros and cons. The body hasn't changed much, and that's generally a good thing. It's very compact and well put-together, save for the flimsy door over the memory card/battery compartment.
Easy to use
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.
Pricy, Poor battery life
These problems, allied with the hefty price of Â£300/$350, make it hard to recommend the Nikon Coolpix S9300, despite its many strengths.
It's especially hard considering the fact that the Panasonic TZ30 costs just a little more in the UK, and the same in the US. The Panasonic TZ30 is smaller and lighter, has a better battery life, an even wider and longer zoom and more sophisticated video functions.
Stylish, well-built and easy to use
Overall construction is pretty good with the outer shell of the S9300 constructed from a mix of metal and tough plastic. In the hand the camera feels pretty solid, with a reassuring weightiness to it as well. In terms of size, the 18x zoom does mean that its overall dimensions are a little larger than a regular short-zoomed compact, however it still remains small enough overall to easily slip inside a coat pocket, or even a larger trouser pocket.
Good colour reproduction, Fast continuous shooting
The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is one of the cheapest travel zooms with GPS and lots of zoom making it good value for money. It's available in a number of colours, with the red looking particularly stylish. The camera produces reasonably good image quality when using the camera at its lowest ISO settings with better results at the wider end of the zoom. It has a number of useful features including HDR, high speed shooting, scene modes and auto-scene detection.
Big zoom range
The S9300 isn't a bad camera. But then it's not a great one either, simply because the strength of the competition leaves it in the dust. No manual modes, a shorter zoom than the competition, limited battery life and poorer image quality than its predecessor are all points to consider. It just doesn't quite come together. Fine in isolation, but hard to recommend above what else is out there.
Lot of fun shooting options to experiment with
I'm slightly less enthusiastic about the Nikon Coolpix S8200 than I was about its predecessor, the S8100. It's still a nice camera for its price, features, and performance compared with other compact megazooms with BSI CMOS sensors. But because of little things like the pop-up flash and more important things like the slow autofocus with the lens extended, it's not as easy a recommendation.
Painless use and excellent handling
There's a fine line between 'point-and-shoot' and 'high-end ultracompact. Nikon, with the Coolpix S8200, is doing their best to raise the ceiling for point-and-shoot cameras, without actually venturing into true high-end territory. What design and specification changes have been made since the S8100 seem to have been for the best. We were impressed by the camera during our short time with it, thanks mostly to painless use and excellent handling.
6fps continuous shooting at full resolution
In summary the Nikon Coolpix S8200 improves a couple of major features and adds a few new functions to further improve on a camera that we already liked a lot. Unfortunately it still has some key deficiencies, most notably the so-so image quality especially at the higher ISO speeds, the frustrating need to access the main menu for commonly used options like ISO speed, and the lack of any manual controls for more advanced users.
Great build quality
There's plenty to like about this camera - the only thing that's really missing is any advanced manual functionality, which would increase its appeal as a long-term investment for an aspiring photographer who's keen to develop their skills. If however all you want is a robust, stylish, highly flexible camera that's simple to operate and produces beautiful images, then the Nikon Coolpix S8200 could be the one for you.
Excellent colour reproduction
The Coolpix S8200 is a premium Nikon compact camera with a premium price but offers a substantial set of features with excellent handling and image quality to match. Nikon have made the camera small and easy to grip while offering a large 14x optical zoom lens. There are some minor negatives such as occasional purple fringing and the amount of noise at the higher end of the ISO range.
14X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom
The Nikon Coolpix S8200 packs a long 14X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 25-350mm, along with a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor in a compact body. Both the lens and sensor perform exceptionally well for their size. There is good sharpness across the frame with virtually no distortion or fringing and only a slight gradual softness towards edges. The crowning achievement of the S8200 however is its 16 megapixels sensor which delivers a class-leading performance.
A decent, affordable vacation camera
The appeal of the S6200's 10x zoom ratio is, obviously to make faraway objects look like they're close, which seems invaluable to anyone who's ever struggled to grab close-ups of youth soccer players or actors and musicians from the bleachers or seats. There's a great case to be made for that extra reach, and nobody ever wishes they had less zoom in a compact camera.
Colourful, well exposed images
There are a few weak points, such as the slow and unreliable autofocus, that bring the overall impression of this stylish little camera down. But with a little patience and care to ensure the Nikon Coolpix S6200 is focusing properly, you'll be rewarded with colourful, detailed, well-exposed shots, much of the time.
Good colour reproduction
The Coolpix S6200 produces decent images with its 16 megapixel sensor and it packs a 10x optical zoom lens into a very compact body, certainly small and light enough to carry around in your pocket. The minimum focusing distance is large at 10cm, but there's not much else to complain about and it is competitively priced at £179.00.
Noise reduction feature offers good performance
Overall, the COOLPIX S6200 is a good looking camera and splashes in an array of colors to choose from. Nikon claims that the Li-ion battery EN-EL12 enables taking 250 shots at a single charge. The S6200 isn't crafted for camera enthusiasts and is a good option for amateur photographers. Compared to its predecessor, the S6200 comes with some improvements, while you won't find a marginal difference in their prices.
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