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Nikon COOLPIX S9300 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 18x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Silver)

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Overall score: 69%
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  • Explore new horizons
  • 16.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 18x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • 3-inch Ultra-high-resolution (921,000 Dot) LCD
  • Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 26314
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 18 x
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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview TestedJuly 2012
The S9300 retains the same 18X, 25 - 450 mm lens as its predecessor (the S9100), and it's a pretty nice piece of glass, considering the low price of the camera. The lens-shift vibration reduction system on the S9300 improves on the S9100, allowing you to use IS while recording movies.
Jeff KellerJeff Keller
69%

Conclusion

While the Nikon Coolpix S9300 represents an excellent value and offers a nice point-and-shoot feature set, its photo quality is poor relative to the competition, with mediocre low light shooting and below-par battery life.

Reasons to buy

  • Generous 18x, 25 - 450 mm optical zoom lens in a compact, generally well-built body
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Sharp 3-inch LCD display with 921k pixels
  • Fast autofocus in good light

Things to consider

  • Noisy and soft photos have noticeable detail loss, even at base ISO of 125
  • No manual controls, save for white balance
  • Low light focusing not great
  • Below average battery life

Suggested for

Travelers who want a low-priced, GPS-equipped camera with a nice zoom range, and photo quality best suited for small prints or web viewing.

Not suggested for

Photographers seeking top-notch photo quality, manual controls, and good low light performance. The S9300 provides none of these things.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 2.4 inches ; 7.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0073HSHOE
  • Item model number: 26314
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (688 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,952 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 31, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

Power and portability blend perfectly into the Nikon COOLPIX S9300. Photograph everything from the nightlife in Cancun to the vibrant details of a flower market with the S9300's 18x wide-angle zoom. Create stunning low-light photos without a flash, thanks to its 16.0 megapixel CMOS sensor. Shoot with high-speed framing rates, and record Full HD (1080p) movies at the touch of a button. Plus, built-in GPS provides an accurate and detailed diary of where you've been!

A high-performance GPS chip records location data for each shot, and can also log your movements, even when not taking pictures. An onboard database of approximately 1.7 million POI lets you confirm and record the name of the location when shooting. There is also an Electronic compass function that displays the camera's orientation when shooting and records the location for later viewing on your personal computer. Optical VR Image Stabilization technology Full HD (1080p) movies with 18x zoom, continuous autofocus and stereo sound GPS with logging, POI and Electronic compass EXPEED C2 image processing engine High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps 360 /180 Easy panorama mode Eye-Fi card support Special effects available when shooting pictures or movies Filter effects available for stored images USB charging via Charging AC adapter (supplied) or PC Auto composite night shooting Macro shooting from as close as 4 cm (1.6 in.) 3D photographySpecifications Image Sensor - 1/2.3 in. CMOS Sensor Effective Pixels - 16.0 million Lens - 18x Optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens Lens Focal Length - 4.5-81.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-450mm lens in 35mm format) Vibration Reduction - Lens-shift VR Monitor - 3.0-inch diagonal TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating (approx. 921K dots & 97% coverage) File System - DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF compliant File Formats - Still - JPEG, Audio - WAV, Movie. This camera is made in China.

From the Manufacturer


The Nikon COOLPIX S9300

Power and portability blend perfectly into the COOLPIX S9300. Photograph everything from the nightlife in Cancun to the vibrant details of a flower market with the S9300's 18x wide-angle zoom. Create stunning low-light photos without a flash, thanks to its 16.0 megapixel CMOS sensor. Shoot with high-speed framing rates, and record Full HD (1080p) movies at the touch of a button. Plus, built-in GPS provides an accurate and detailed diary of where you've been!


18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens

Incredible reach and versatility

18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens

Explore new horizons with a far-reaching 18x zoom. Zoom in to create a colorful still life display of trinkets and charms inside a covered market, then zoom out and frame a stunning wide-angle sunset. The S9300 boasts an 18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (25–450mm) with optical VR Image Stabilization, which minimizes the chance of blur when shooting photos and movies.

High-resolution 16.0 MP CMOS sensor

Superb low-light shooting

High-resolution 16.0 MP CMOS sensor

The S9300's 16.0 megapixel CMOS sensor expertly manages high-resolution imagery, delivering the exceptional image quality you expect from Nikon. Even when shooting in low light, the photos and movies you create will be so vibrant, they'll transport you back to the instant they were created. Nikon's backside-illuminated CMOS sensor technology increases the flow of light to the sensor's surface, thereby yielding improved image quality and reduced noise.

Built-in GPS, mapping and e-Compass

Where have you been?

GPS and electronic compass pinpoint photo and movie locations

Bring bragging rights to your next social network post, and prove to your friends where you’ve been. Track your travels through your photos and movies. With GPS turned on, all your files are instantly geotagged, providing a visual travelogue that pinpoints latitude and longitude. Integrate your geotagged photo and movie files with Nikon's my Picturetown® photo sharing site, Google Earth™ and Nikon ViewNX 2™.



Full HD (1080p) movies with 18x zoom, continuous autofocus and stereo sound

Memories in motion

Full HD (1080p) movies with 18x zoom, continuous autofocus and stereo sound

Recall the sights and sounds of the nightlife in Cancun or the unique mood of a rain forest. With a single touch of a button, record Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound. Continuous autofocus keeps your moving subject in focus, and the S9300's full 18x optical zoom range with two-speed control is available during movie recording. Vary the mood by adding in-camera Special Effects, or capture slow- or fast-motion movies. Then watch your movies on an HDTV via the built-in HDMI port.

Get creative with in-camera effects

Add your personal touch

Get creative with in-camera effects

Add your personal touch to everything you capture. Apply in-camera special effects such as Low Key, High Key, Nostalgic Sepia, even Selective Color, and put a little variety into images and movies. Bring new creative looks to still images by applying a filter effect like Fisheye or Miniature. The best part: you can instantly share your creations with fellow travelers as they gather around the S9300's large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor.


Easy Panorama Mode

Panoramas at the touch of a button

Easy Panorama Mode for stunning panoramic photos

Creating expansive panoramic photos has never been easier. Easy Panorama Mode combines multiple shots into a seamless 180° or 360° panoramic image. Begin by focusing on your starting point, then start panning across the scene. Once the S9300 detects your direction, the shooting starts and the images begin stitching together in-camera.

Customer Reviews

I will certainly never buy a Nikon product again.
Cathy S Crumpton
Easy to use, very good quality pictures, great optical zoom It meets my expectation... i love to take macro pictures...
roberto
Many times I have to take the same picture multiple times because it won't focus all the way.
Jenni

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

502 of 539 people found the following review helpful By Ed911 on May 6, 2012
Style Name: S9300 w/ GPSColor Name: Black
I'm sure I either have a bad copy...or some of the reviewing users here haven't put it through it's paces.

My problems:

1. S9300 will not lock focus when zoomed at or near it's maximum.
2. Selecting one of the Auto ISO ranges...125-800 ISO causes the camera to select very low shutter speeds, so that even with vibration reduction, if you are shooting people, the imgages are soft...appearing OOF...out of focus. (Unacceptable for this price range.)
3. The facial recognition feature, if used on anything but faces...will most often select something other than what you want to focus on...and since this is a menu driven feature, if you're switching between sceens, like at a birthday party, it's a pain to use.
4. Generally speaking, the images leave a lot to be desired across the board. And, this is the general consensus of online reviews...rating the camera a "C" as very average. I have to agree.
5. Portrait mode is way too cool...and there is no way to adjust the color temp in any mode except Auto. Or from the menu when in Auto...again, for the price, this is unacceptable.
6. And this is a biggie...I have lost confidence in the camera's ability to capture the shots that I want.

I tried to like it...I shot over 200 images...and very few were keepers. I had a Canon Elf S600...and it took better images than this model...and the Canon S600 is 4 years old.

I have called Nikon and asked for an RMA and am returning S9300 for a refund. Bottom line, for $349.00, this camera is a poor to average performer...yeilding good to mediocre images.

I don't disagree that if you are outside in bright light that it takes pretty good images...but, still not up to my expectations for the price tag.
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298 of 324 people found the following review helpful By Rcubed on April 10, 2012
Style Name: S9300 w/ GPSColor Name: Black
Bought this camera since i lost my canon powershot sd900. I only buy canon products but since nikon has been advertising the heck out of their products i thought i give it a chance. Overall this camera takes awesome photos. The in camera features are great as well. My only problem is that in order to review your photos you have to turn on the camera you just can't press the review button. When you do take a photo it takes forever for the preview to disappear. You can either have it on or off. With canon it gave you the option of 1,2 or 3 second preview. The last thing is that the flash is in an awkward place but as i was looking at the canon website every company is going to that format. I would recommend this camera to someone though.

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193 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Fodder on April 19, 2012
Style Name: S9300 w/ GPSColor Name: Black
Being a happy user of Nikon dSLR's and also my camera of choice for most stuff, there are still certain benefits in a good compact. My last compact being an olympus, which was a very disappointing experience. All the nikons I have owned in the past have always had a good build quality so that's what swung it for this one. When I purchased this camera it was brand new to the market so there was limited reviews but mostly positive. The Lumix zs20 nearly got my money as it is also a fantastic compact with similar spec but i'm a sucker for the nikon brand so I took the plunge. First impressions were that it is smaller then I expected, which is a good thing to me as that is the point of a compact right. The build quality seems good as do the ergonomics. Have taken a few hundred shots with it and am very impressed. Low light shots are particularly good with very low noise. The 18 x zoom is silent, quick and very smooth with decent optics, my only complaint being that at the maximum reaches and the camera being so small it is hard to hold steady enough for a sharp image but that is probably the issue on any small camera with a long lens. Great glove box or travel camera that can be recharged from anything with a USB. Very pleased with it so far.
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120 of 141 people found the following review helpful By ef37 on April 9, 2012
Style Name: S9300 w/ GPSColor Name: Red Verified Purchase
I bought this camera to use as a point and shoot camera when I didn't want to carry my SLR. Given that I have been so happy with my Nikon DSLR purchase, I thought I would by happy with this purchase. The design of the camera is terrible and the flash is located in a terrible place that is very inconvenient. The biggest problem that I have though is the fact that this camera takes mostly blurry pictures. I would think the idea of a point and shoot is that you can grab it out of your bag and just take a picture. I recently took a trip to colorado and took a bunch of pictures only to find that most of them had awful color balance and were extremely blurry. I really couldn't be more disappointed in my purchase and I am going to try and figure out if I can return it.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Christopher H. Snyder on April 30, 2012
Style Name: S9300 w/ GPSColor Name: Black
I had this camera for 3 months of light use, when the lens mechanism failed and I had to ship it to Nikon for service. It has been on "Parts Hold" for 3 weeks, and any attempt to get more information or request a simple replacement has been impossible. The person you can talk to knows very little and will not forward you to someone with more authority to help. The company seems to care very little about customer satisfaction, and I am worried about the overall quality of this camera based on the early failure of the lens system. Also, why does the Nikon service center have to wait for weeks to get parts from Asia? It seems at least one other reviewer on this site its having the same experience. I doubt that I will ever buy another Nikon product. Oh, by the way, the picture quality is OK. Chris Snyder
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