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

Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S9300

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Really small
Size
Compact (110×60×31 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Many focus points
Focus points
99
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen size
Large screen
3"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 40 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9500.
Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9300.

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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
Help
Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
110×60×31 mm vs 109×62×31 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7.5 fps vs 6.9 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
205 g vs 215 g
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Almost the same
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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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
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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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S950022x
              S930018x
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S9500240 fps
              S9300120 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S9500230 shots
              S9300200 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S95001,600 ISO
              S93003,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              S9500110×60×31 mm
              S9300109×62×31 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $559

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Travel zoom

              $259

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $147

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $190 - $210

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $228

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $231 - $236

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $252

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $282

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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