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 S9100

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 45 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S8100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9100.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S8100

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  2. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
104×60×30 mm vs 105×62×35 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 9.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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
Much 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$261.51 vs $359.99
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The best price we've seen is $98 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S810010 fps
              S91009.5 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S81004s
              S91001s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              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
              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

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $434

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Ultra compact

              $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $263

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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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