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Nikon Coolpix S9100 - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stocker


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Review Price £238.80

A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Nikon S9100 in a variety of shooting conditions.

This extreme wide angle composition, shot at 25mm equivalent, shows the coverage possible with the S9100. While front to back detail is generally good and we are impressed with the colour tones straight out of the camera, to pick holes there is softening of detail towards the corners. This is most noticeable in the top left and right hand sides of the frame where purple fringing is also visible upon close inspection

A second image taken handheld from the same vantage point but now at the telephoto end of the zoom (450mm equivalent) to display the breadth of the focal range. Although it might benefit from a bit more in the way of contrast, the shot is surprisingly sharp

Our standardised rusty gate shot taken toward the telephoto end of the zoom. There's sufficient detail here to display the flaky paint and rusting metal and once again the colours and exposure are spot on

Whilst not the most visually stimulating of subject matter, here's another example of the level of crispness achievable with the S9100's lens and sensor combo, and at maximum wideangle this time.

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April 27, 2011, 3:14 pm

Thanks for the review, I have been trying to decide between the Nikon S9100, Sony DSC-HX9V & Fuji FinePix F550 EXR. I look forward to your reviews of the other higher-end compacts before I make a choice!

Nic Jones

May 5, 2011, 11:40 pm

Backside illumination? Whatever will they think of next?


September 11, 2011, 3:11 am

Nice comment Nic...lol.
As for the camera- looks great,high iso noise levels look very acceptable indeed. Such a shame there's no aperture/shutter priority modes.... :o(
That alone makes it a non starter for me.... shame.. :o(


September 16, 2011, 12:19 am

I bought this camera...... twice. And had to return it both times - so now I've ended up with the Sony DSC-HX9V.

The camera itself was great for me - but the first one I bought, the lens kept sticking and eventually wouldn't return to it's casing at all. The second one I bought also had a problem with the lens - the automatic cover kept sticking either coming out or going in making the camera completely useless.

Very disappointing - so I didn't want to risk getting a third one.

Hubert Richard

February 18, 2012, 2:11 am

So is the Sony DSC HX9 V or Nikon S9100 the winner?


June 30, 2012, 1:27 am

If you are after a point and shoot camera with an excellent 18 x zoom this is without doubt the best camera on the market at £131 it's a no brainer.Yes the Sony may well have more features but remeber it is well over £100 in price. Takes very good pictures and very easy to use my only gripe is when the camera is zoomed right out the you do have to hold the camera very still or the pics can be a little blurry. Best little camera I have bought and would recommend To anyone.


September 23, 2014, 5:09 am

How many bd price ? Nikon Coolpix s9100

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