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Nikon Coolpix S9300 review

Great 16MP travel zoom features but several flaws

Our Verdict

For

  • Great zoom range
  • Fast autofocus
  • Reliable white balance
  • High quality screen
  • GPS capability

Against

  • Froze during testing
  • Pricy
  • Poor battery life
  • Some better rivals
  • No manual controls

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a chunky compact camera with a tough metal chassis, a pop-up flash and 3-inch high resolution screen.

Nikon Coolpix S9300

The camera is larger than the Panasonic TZ30 in all dimensions, and is taller and wider than the Canon SX260 HS, but slimmer and lighter. When fully zoomed in, the lens extends two inches from the body, making the Nikon Coolpix S9300 feel bulky, although it will fit in most pockets.

The top of the camera features a recessed on/off button, a zoom rocker that surrounds the shutter release and a rotary control for different automatic modes.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 review

The back is dominated by the 3-inch screen and a four-way control pad with shortcuts for the flash, self-timer, exposure compensation and macro focusing. There's also a dedicated video button and image playback, menu and image delete buttons.

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 feels well built with no flex in the body and a sturdy lens, although it does feel heavy. The battery/SD card cover and A/V connector port cover also feel durable.

Nikon Coolpix S9300

However, during testing the camera completely froze on four separate occasions, refusing to switch off, with the lens only retracting after the battery had been removed and reinserted. For a premium model from a respected manufacturer, this performance is extremely disappointing.

Another irritation is the pop-up flash that rests under the natural position for your left index finger.

The rotary dial provides easy access to Auto mode, Scene Modes, Scene Auto Selector and several other options. Annoyingly, though, to change settings or choose between Scene Modes you must use the main menu, which feels unnecessarily convoluted. Altering flash, self-timer and exposure compensation settings is simple, however, thanks to dedicated buttons.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 review

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S9300 is enjoyable to use, feeling comfortable and having a very sharp, clear and large screen and responsive performance.

The high resolution screen flatters images, making them look better quality than they really are, however. The screen is generally visible in direct sunlight, but is susceptible to fingerprints.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlue
Optical Zoom18x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)215 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity26 MB
Minimum Focus Distance40 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL12
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height62.3 mm
Width108.7 mm
Depth30.6 mm
Autofocus Points99
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 81 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS9300
Product NameCoolpix S9300 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA923E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Behind the slimline body of the COOLPIX S9300 lies a wealth of cutting-edge technology that sets this 16-megapixel camera apart.

The NIKKOR 18x optical super zoom captures distant action or candid close-ups with ease. Lens-shift vibration reduction enables sharp results and a steady image on the LCD screen, so it's easy to frame your shots.

You can record Full HD movies at the touch of a button, and even film separate scenes as one seamless movie. Built-in GPS capability lets you tag your photos at any time, or track your route on the move.

Battery Life200 Shot/50 Minute Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S9300 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with Terminal Cover)
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software Installer CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker