Nikon Coolpix S9100 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 27
Size 85
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 105 x 62 x 35 mm
  • Weight: 214 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Nikon S9300.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix S9100 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jul 19, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Nikon has replaced this product with their most recent model S9300.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #80 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #650 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix S9100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix S9100 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix S9100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100 has the following external dimensions 105 x 105 x 35 mm (41.34 x 24.41 x 13.78″) with the weight of 214 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon Coolpix S9100, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix S9100 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 35mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix S9100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

HTML
BB

If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

HTML
BB

Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix S9100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix S9100 — 270 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix S9100 — 35 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix S9100 — 214 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix S9100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix S9100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix S9100 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix S9100 has the following ISO range 160 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix S9100. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix S9100 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix S9100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix S9100 with other standard sensor sizes.

HTML
BB

Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix S9100

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix S9100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix S9100 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix S9100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix S9100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix S9100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix S9100 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix S9100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix S9100 provides a shooting life of 270, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Coolpix S9100 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix S9100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix S9100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix S9100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix S9100 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S9100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S9100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix S9100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S9100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S9100 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (105 x 62 x 35 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Nikon Coolpix S9100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S9100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S9100 can be called a 23 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (270 shots)
  • Small size (105 x 62 x 35 mm)

Nikon Coolpix S9100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S9100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S9100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (214 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix S9100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S9100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S9100 can be called a 24 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix S9100
Announced Jul 19, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 4
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area Yes
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 214 g
Physical Dimensions 105 x 62 x 35 mm
Battery Life 270 shots
Battery Type 270 shots
Battery Model EN-EL12
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

Most popular Small Sensor Superzoom cameras

Fujifilm FinePix S1 16.0 MP CMOS
1/2.3"
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS
1/2.3"
Olympus Stylus 1 12.0 MP BSI-CMOS
1/1.7"
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 18.0 MP CMOS
1/2.3"
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 12.0 MP CMOS
1/2.3"