Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Nikon Coolpix S8100

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 105x62x35 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Size
Really small
Compact 104x60x30 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

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Advantages of the Nikon S8100

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Size
Smaller
104x60x30 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens, Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.99 vs $259.03
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The best price we've seen is $59 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 30 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 10x
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More than 3x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S8100:10 fps
              S9100:9.5 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S8100:4s
              S9100:1s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              S8100:209 g
              S9100:214 g
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $270

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $100 - $217

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $206

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $240

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger

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              sandi (11:36 AM, October 30, 2013)
              I love my s8100 but it appears to be worn out, it won't stay focused. Is there a nikon coolpix out there that will get the great pictures that my 8100 did?
               
              vicky_agrl (5:47 PM, September 04, 2011)
              Hello Snapshot , i m confused between S8100 and S9100. there's not much difference between the price its only around $50. please suggest which one is better. Also i saw new model launched S8200 similar to S8100.let me know whether this is better than other two.
               
              Cromo78133 (3:02 PM, June 24, 2011)
              Both the s8100 and s9100 are very much alike. Important differrences I found are the s8100 has better image stabilization but the s9100 has a better zoom. It depends on what is more important to you. The s9100 is a later model. I'm still trying to decide also seeing as my wife lost my Sony, which I was prety happy with. Wal-mart has the s8100 for $349 where Amazon has it for $229 with free shipping and no tax.
               
              Seeking Advice (6:08 PM, June 07, 2011)
              Hello,

              I'm primarily focused on a camera that takes good low-light pictures.  Does anyone have any feedback as to which of these cameras does a better job?  From other reviews that I've read, both use the same technology (combining pics taken at different exposures), so if their performance is similar, I might just go with the cheaper 8100. 
               
              Dharmik (7:12 PM, May 29, 2011)
              Hey thanks for the reply....  ya i m going with Nikon S8100 as there is not mush difference in picture quality.....
               
              nikon friend (6:39 PM, May 29, 2011)
              Buy s8100 and save some money. After few years sell it and buy latest. This toys needs to be upgraded our time. I guess every three years.
               
              Dharmik (7:33 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 meHello 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