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Nikon Coolpix S9100 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stocker



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Here are some general test shots taken with the Nikon S9100 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range provided.

The Nikon's naturalistic colour rendition can suit some subjects better than others - as here, when there is naturally plenty of warmth in the subject anyway

This is a nicely exposed image straight from the camera that has seen the S9100, unlike the great majority of our test cameras, maintain most of the highlight detail in the swan feathers

The S9100's maximum telephoto setting and pocket sized dimensions are a boon for the amateur paparazzi, as shown by this image to which we've given a slight boost in contrast to aid definition

As noted in the body text, the Nikon's so-called 'special effects' are a little subdued compared to digital filters found on rivals. But here's an example of what you get on the S9100, with the first example taken on regular auto mode, the second in nostalgic sepia mode, which not only provides that familiar rusty sheen but softens the image to look like a fading photograph too, and the third in high contrast monochrome setting - for us the Anton Corbijn-like option that prove the most effective of the lot

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 7
  • Design & Features 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Value 8


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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