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



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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

Score in detail

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


Camera type Digital Compact
Megapixels (Megapixel) 12.75 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 18x
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Optical focal length 25-450mm in 35mm film terms
Shutter speed Not Given
Auto focus Single AF and Full time AF
Manual focus No
Max output resolution 4000x3000
Other resolutions 1920x1080
Focus range 50cm to infinity (wideangle), 1.5m to infinity (tele), 4cm to infinity (macro)
Exposure control Program AE
Exposure metering Not Given
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV steps, +/- 2EV
Image Stabilisation Sensor Shift
ISO settings ISO160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 921k dot
Viewfinder No
Flash range Not GIven
Flash modes Auto, Forced/red eye reduction, Off, on, Night portrait
White balance modes Auto, preset manual, daylight, incandescent, flourescent, cloudy, flash
Drive modes Single, continuous
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments High contrast monochrome, Soft focus, Nostalgic Sepia, Selective Colour
Video (max res/format) 1280x720 pixels at 30fps
Movie length Not Given
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD, SDHC, SDXC
Supplied memory 74MB internal memory
Batteries supplied Yes, lithium ion pack
Charger supplied Battery charged internally via mains adapter plug and USB lead
A/V output Yes
Charging/Computer Connection miniUSB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide and manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 104.8mm
Depth (Millimeter) 62mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 214kg