Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9700 vs Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S9300

67

Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact 110x60x31 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x62x31 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Zoom
More zoom
22x vs 18x
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Around 50% more zoom
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S9500's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
205 g vs 215 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$220.88 vs $265.52
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S9300

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Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S9500:22x
              S9300:18x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9500:205 g
              S9300:215 g
              Size Large Help
              S9500:110x60x31 mm
              S9300:109x62x31 mm
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              S9500:f/3.4
              S9300:f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S9500:230 shots
              S9300:200 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $248

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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