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Nikon Coolpix S9100

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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
Really small
Size
Compact 105x62x35 mm
Thin
Thickness
1.4"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Size
Really small
Compact 104x60x30 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Sensor shift
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
209 g
 

differences

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 $264.50
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The best price we've seen is $65 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
Significantly 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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $161

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              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
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 body only

              $3,849 with 24-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Size Much larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $217

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Size Much smaller
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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              Showing 7 comments

              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