Summary Nikon S9100

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Screen size
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Screen resolution
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Wide angle
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Movie format
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Nikon Coolpix S9100Nikon Coolpix S9100


Nikon has replaced the Coolpix S9100 with the S9300.

Nikon Coolpix S9300
Nikon Coolpix S9300 announced February 2012
Size Significantly smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the S9100

"The images were more colourful as a default straight from the camera, and the tones were truer." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"a toughened shock dampening chassis" | talking about the camera's build-quality
"A half press of the shutter release button and, roughly in the time it took us to blink, focus and exposure had been determined" | talking about the camera's auto-focus


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The Nikon S9100 vs other recent travel zooms

Size Really small Help
Compact (105×62×35 mm)
Weight Very light Help
214 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Nikon S9100 vs other recent compacts

Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.7 MP
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February 2011
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The Nikon S9100 vs other recent travel zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
270 shots
Longest exposure Very short exposures Help
1 seconds
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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101Nana (9:37 PM, December 25, 2014)
I bought one refurbished, thinking the bugs would be worked out also. Nope, mine locked up today. Thankfully, the SD card had all the Christmas images on it!!
Avatar for Khanh Hua Khanh Hua (3:41 PM, August 08, 2012)
I like it! Pix are bright and quick to capture!
Irishmcjo (4:41 AM, April 04, 2012)
I am between Nikon S9100 and the Nikon S8200. I like the idea of greater zoom with the S9100. But what about stabilizing? I take a lot of pictures at the Renaissance Faires I attend. The cameras I have now are very inexpensive and getting a picture that isn't blurred is just about a miracle. Am I going to get blurred pics with the S9100 if it is not on a tripod?
Nikongerl (4:57 PM, December 09, 2011)
Buy your Coolpix S9100 at Adormama..refurbished..$184.00!  Refurbished by Nikon!!   I bought one a week ago, for Christmas, but have not yet really played with it.  Waiting till...Dec 25th.  But..I did record a video and took several shots.  I don't know but the image quality is fairly decent.  Don't spend over 300 buks for a new off!! .  They are said to have a lot of problems with the zoom lens and camera lock up..refurbished ones probably have all the bugs fixed.  I am hoping, anyway! 
Kevin (5:23 PM, November 19, 2011)
I always carry an extra battery ever since I got caught with a low battery in Milan.
Jana Cyrus (3:50 AM, November 18, 2011)
For wildlife, I want a big zoom.  But I also need a camera for low lighting in shade (for birds).  Nikon S9100 has the zoom  but what about low light?  Some reviews don't like it as well in low light as Canon SX230HS.
Rameezmohamed (3:45 AM, October 23, 2011)
I am confused in Nikon s9100 & Sony TX10 & Nikon P500, snap sort pls aDvice me which one is best for my holidays...
Prof Dato' Dr Faisal (4:44 AM, September 24, 2011)
Just got the s9100, fantastic despite seriously considering Canon Ixus H220. Decided to up the budget by some RM250 and invest in quality digicam by Nikon.
Ari Chanda1989 (3:58 AM, September 11, 2011)
which would be best nikon l120 or this nikon s9100 ? 
rfm (7:31 AM, June 28, 2011)
The "Short Exposures" specification is wrong. With firework-mode, you can capture up to 4 seconds.
Moerainville (3:44 PM, June 12, 2011)
Batteries need to be charged outside of the camera not using the camera. I can`t buy this one because I want it to take pictures not charge batteries. I take up to a thousand pictures in a day sometimes and  I don`t want to be so limited on how many I take & where I have to be to recharge batteries.
Dharmik (7:18 PM, May 16, 2011)
 Hello Snapshot , i m confused between S8100 and S9100 as S9100 is expensive in india(i can afford),,, but is it worth paying its premium, Kindly guide me
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:32 PM, May 04, 2011)
Snapsort recommends the P500. You can also compare any two cameras using the compare feature. Good luck.
Drbhavik19 (11:17 AM, May 04, 2011)
and among p100 & p500 ??
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:48 PM, May 03, 2011)
I assume you have compared them both. What types of photos will you be taking with your camera? Snapsort recommends the Nikon P500 because it can shot wider angle photos and has a greater zoom, but the S9100 is smaller, lighter and cheaper.
Drbhavik19 (6:02 AM, May 01, 2011)
hi m confused between s9100 and p500 ..will you pleaser help me ??
Theataembomb (4:48 PM, April 29, 2011)
how much video will a 32gb card hold on a nikon s9100?
Abu Uddin (11:02 AM, April 26, 2011)
in terms of picture quality, this or the Panasonic TZ20 ?
another_consumer (11:34 PM, April 11, 2011)
Try digitalcamerareview. They have a lot, but not all, cameras. Thorough reviews about sample pictures at various zoom and speed. They leave out things like durability or fragility. I'm not affiliated. This is not a plug. I use it as a tool along with snapsort, the manufacturer's product page, and other reviewers comments from various sources like online retailers. Good luck
Violiniste48 (4:17 AM, April 09, 2011)
I find that it is a fast camera. I feel the same way--I use a DSLR for serious work, but for casual shooting this is the way to go! Nikon has the best optics--period. Look at the results on a big screen--my iMac is 27" and that kind of real estate doesn't lie--when shooting at max picture quality. Make sure to use a class 6 SD card--the faster cards have more speed and capture better images. Some of the reviews probably cheaped out on a lower speed memory card.
Violiniste48 (4:10 AM, April 09, 2011)
The camera is amazing! Don't believe those ludicrous reviews--clearly, they didn't know how to use autofocus at maximum focal length. One needs to focus lock on a specific area when one is at 480MM with a small bodied camera, and the users clearly don't know how to do that. I bought it as a "snapshot" camera to compliment my two other Nikons--a Nikon DSLR with a few lenses, and a Nikon P-90. This tiny little camera takes BETTER pictures than the P-90 superzoom, and is pretty darn close to the DSLR with some really good lenses. I have a 27" Mac, and when I put the images taken with this camera side by side with the DSLR, it was extremely hard to tell the difference. It is an amazing camera for a reasonable price, and I recommend it for anyone who wants a zoom with small size. Don't believe everything you read.
Kevlarbentley (8:11 PM, March 22, 2011)
Any information on the shutter lag on this camera? Looking for a fast camera to capture special kid moments - but prefer not to lug around a dSLR
Harlequin073 (8:34 AM, March 20, 2011)
I have read some differing reviews on the still image clarity of the nikon s9100. The camera itself sounds amazing. I am looking forward to purchasing a point and shoot to have with me where I cannot take my trusty Nikon D90, so naturally I am looking for versatility. Still I hesitate to invest in a technology that some have reported blurred imagine from or slow inacurate auto focus. Can you shed any light on these issues? I need more info before I decide. Thanks.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:51 PM, March 17, 2011)
Hi, sorry I don't actually know. Snapsort is a tool for helping compare cameras to see the differences, we don't have data about which point and shoots have better image quality unfortunately.
Avatar for 225ggzxcvbnm 225ggzxcvbnm (5:50 PM, March 17, 2011)
Snapsort, I have a question, I was thinking about getting the Canon SX230HS or the Nikon S9100. They both cost S349.99. Which is better in terms of video quality and picture quality? I don't really need the gps in the sx230hs. I have looked at your score ratings, but I just wanted a second opinion.