As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix S9 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Nikon Coolpix S9's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3200) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix S4800)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9 compared to other compact competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (91×58×20 mm) vs compact (100×58×30 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.2") and is slightly lighter (165 g vs 193 g).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (153k dots vs 461k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
4 years newer
$315

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the S9)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the S9)

  • Larger: Compact (100×58×30 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.2" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the S95 and S9

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 0.8"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (super compact (91×58×20 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 3") and is much lighter (165 g vs 505 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (153k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
5 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the S9)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 5.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 153k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the S9)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.8"
  • Much heavier: 505 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the D3200 and S9

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (super compact (91×58×20 mm) vs professional size (122×93×100 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.9") and is slightly lighter (165 g vs 518 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.1), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Fujifilm FinePix S4800

Fujifilm FinePix S4800
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the S4800 (vs the S9)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S4800 (vs the S9)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.9" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 518 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the S4800 and S9

  • Fairly small: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 518 g vs 165 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 0.8"