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Nikon COOLPIX S9900 Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi (Black)
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- 30x optical zoom telephoto lens with Vibration Reduction
- 60x with Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom function that effectively doubles your reach
- Swiveling vari-angle display
- 3.0-inch 921,000-dot Vari-Angle LCD
- Wi-Fi and NFC enabled for instant sharing
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||300 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100-6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 1.57 x 4.41 inches|
|Item Weight||0.64 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.315 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.7 - F6.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||750 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||via smartphone|
|Shipping Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL19 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
Meet the ultimate in pocket-size versatility, the Nikon Coolpix S9900 Wi-Fi GPS Digital Camera. Bring home amazing photos and Full HD 1080p videos of your travels with a powerful 30x optical zoom telephoto lens with Vibration Reduction (VR), built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, onboard GPS, a swiveling high-resolution 3.0" LCD and much more. Additional features: PSAM mode dial, Scene Auto Selector, 16.0MP sensor, up to 6400 ISO, Smart Portrait System, Target Finding AF, plus more!
From the Manufacturer
The ultimate in pocket-size versatility and a spectacular travel camera. A powerful 30x optical zoom telephoto lens with Vibration Reduction and a swiveling Vari-angle display make it easy to capture sharp 16MP photos and steady Full HD 1080p videos of faraway subjects. The camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication technology (NFC; NFC feature for Android v 4.0 or later smart devices only) for sharing photos to compatible smartphones, even in remote locations, while onboard GPS tracks your photos on a map. Capture and share amazing views of your adventures!
Meet the ultimate in pocket-size versatility, the COOLPIX S9900. Bring home amazing photos and Full HD 1080p videos of your travels with a powerful 30x optical zoom telephoto lens with Vibration Reduction (VR), built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication technology (NFC)**, onboard GPS, a swiveling high-resolution LCD and much more. For those who want creative control, the COOLPIX S9900 features a PSAM mode dial and advanced capabilities. For those who want point-and-shoot ease, Scene Auto Selector takes all the work out of capturing great photos and videos, even in low light. And when it comes time to share your beautiful images, pull out your compatible smartphone and get the photos you took with the COOLPIX S9900 right there in the palm of your hand, ready to be texted, emailed or posted online.
**NFC feature for Android v 4.0 or later smart devices only
Get even closer to what matters
Zoom in close with Dynamic Fine Zoom
Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have helped make Nikon famous. The COOLPIX S9900's 30x optical zoom lens goes from wide-angle, great for portraits and landscapes, all the way up to telephoto, great for closeups of sports, concerts, nature and more. When you need even more reach, zoom up to 30x with optical zoom and 60x with Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom function that effectively doubles your reach.
Enjoy the view
3.0-inch 921,000-dot Vari-Angle LCD makes every photo and video look great
The COOLPIX S9900's large, Vari-angle LCD display makes it easy to compose your shots or monitor your video recording. Reviewing and sharing your creations is a pleasure, too; every shot looks fantastic on the display.
Share your photos in a snap - Nikon snapbridge
Nikon snapbridge describes the experience of quickly and easily sending photos wirelessly from your Wi-Fi & NFC enabled COOLPIX S9900 to a compatible smartphone* or tablet. Share your great photos on the go, even in remote locations, or use a smartphone or tablet to control your camera.
See where you've been
Built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals
Relive the excitement of your travels in a whole new way. The COOLPIX S9900 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way! Share your journeys on Google Maps, Google+, and other social networking sites, or with Nikon View NX2 software. Built-in mapping and Electronic compass also help you navigate unfamiliar destinations, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks. The COOLPIX S9900 is the ultimate travel companion!
Take control of your shots
Full manual exposure control
The COOLPIX S9900 can go as far as you want to go. For advanced shooters, a PSAM mode dial is available right on top of the camera, much like a DSLR. Control the COOLPIX S9900's aperture and shutter speed to shape your shots exactly as you want them or overcome difficult shooting situations. But you don't have to understand exposure controls to get great results the COOLPIX S9900 can do all that work for you.
- COOLPIX S9900
- EN-EL12 Rechargeable Battery
- Charging AC Adapter EH-71P
- AN-CP19 Strap
- UC-E21 USB Cable
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1. The photos are mostly blurry.
2. Indoor/low-light photos are mostly orange.
3. Manual Flash
4. Poor quality close ups
I think many users that have had such issues with this camera are those who would only ever use it on Full Auto (green camera icon on top control dial). That is not a bad thing. But admittedly, if you fit that description, this may not be the camera for you. Here are my observations:
1. Auto seems to favor higher shutter speeds over higher ISO. In Full Auto, the only menu settings I see for photo are Image Quality and Image size. Switching to Programmed Auto (P on top control dial) will give you many more options. On Auto ISO, for most moderately lit indoor scenes, I rarely see this camera choose an ISO greater than 800. My guess is Nikon chose to do this because if it favored sensitivities greater than 800, users would complain of poor photo quality due to the noise reduction applied. I often find that this camera chooses a shutter speed around 1.0s indoors, when zoomed, which is a long exposure time if you are trying to capture a hand held sharp image. This can be easily remedied by switching to Shutter Priority (S on the top control dial) and selecting a shutter speed you are better able to handle. However, I do absolutely understand that this does not address the expectations of some users that Full Auto should handle anything and everything properly.
2. Auto White Balance on this camera does not handle Incandescent lighting reliably. It does not always get it wrong. But it gets it wrong more often that I am comfortable with. If you only use Full Auto, there is no option to alter this. Using P, S, A, or M you can easily change this setting. My experience has been that with low light photos, typically auto white balance on this camera will produce an orange hue. Switching the White Balance setting to Incandescent remedies this.
3. I do not at all envy camera designers on this decision. It seems impossible to please the consumer with this. If the flash was built into the body, it would likely be too close to the lens and underpowered. Red eye would be more common. A shadow cast on photos when the lens is extended for its substantial zoom would be more common. Accidentally blocking part of the flash with your finger and causing a shadow would be more common. Having a flash that raises outside of the main body helps to remedy this. Many higher than entry level point & shoot cameras now have this feature. It is not new for the class. However, the first iteration was automatic. With that, many cameras received lousy reviews simply because the flash was located and popped up where a user was accustomed to holding his left hand. Users complained that when the flash automatically popped up, it frightened them, leading them to dropping the camera. Users complained that their hand prevented the flash from popping up and harmed the pop up mechanism. Users complained when the flash popped up they had no place to hold the camera. I am of the opinion that there is more than one way to hold a camera and adjusting what I may have been accustomed to is not much of an issue. YMMV. A manual flash allows the user to adjust his grip and not be frightened by the popup, as he will decide when exactly to popup the flash. Another common complaint of the automatic popup was that on Auto, the flash popped up even when people had set it to off during their last usage. With a manual flash, off (not raised) means off. You cannot even access the flash options without first raising the flash. If you try to do so, a message pops up telling you to raise the flash. Although there are cameras with perhaps a sturdier popup mechanism, I do not find the implementation here to be “flimsy.”
4. Auto on this camera does not automatically determine when to use macro. The little flower icon on the back control dial indicates macro. If you want to take a macro photo, you will need to change the macro setting to ON. Not doing this may explain why some users complain of poor closeup focus.
1. Photo quality is not determined by resolution (image size, MP) alone. A higher resolution does not necessarily mean a better photographic instrument. This camera uses a small sensor typical for this class. With such a small sensor, higher resolution generally leads to lower quality photos. If you are not regularly printing posters, or printing anything at all, the resolution here should be more than adequate.
2. I do not use Android and have not tested NFC. However, a basic description of how to use NFC is indeed included in the pdf manual found on the Nikon website (English, p. 51).
3. Outside of a bundle perhaps, this camera does not include a memory card. This should not be an issue as cameras rarely do.
4. The camera has built-in memory, but certainly not enough to permanently forgo a memory card while going on a 2-week, once in a lifetime vacation.
5. I have not experienced issues with focus any more or worse than other cameras of this class. I find the photos to be focused according to what the display showed it was focused on prior to fully depressing the shutter. A touchscreen would provide faster, more precise, user controlled focussing. If you require that feature, this is not that camera. Nor does it claim to be.
6. After updating the A-GPS according to the manual, I find the GPS lock to be rather fast. Outdoors, my experience has been most often within 15s. YMMV.
7. I find the “vari-angle” display to be useful. Very useful for atypical POVs (such as above or below your line of sight). It is also very useful to fold the screen against the camera, with the screen turned in, to avoid scratches when carrying or packing. I think that is nicer than some options that are fixed or only have 90 or 180 degrees mobility.
8. This camera does indeed have a continuous shot (“quick shutter”) setting. You will not find it in Full Auto.
9. One of the benefits of having this type of “flimsy” flash on the RX100 is that you can pull the flash back for somewhat of a bounce flash. If you try to do that with this camera, it reverts the flash setting to OFF even though the flash is still physically extended.
I would not rate this 5 stars as it is not a perfect camera. There are indeed some issues with Full Auto not being “perfect.” However, I doubt that Nikon would claim Full Auto to be so. But I do not at all believe this camera warrants some of the low ratings here. It is very difficult to find a happy medium when rating these cameras. Users who have a plethora of options in their photographic arsenal will likely understand exactly what void they want to fill and rate more highly. If they are looking at this camera, they are probably looking for an option that is more compact and convenient than their full kit, while still providing a flexible zoom range and manual control. But they will also not settle on any single option for all scenarios. But for other users, this purchase may be the one and only camera they plan on owning for the next 2-10 years. They absolutely need an awesome, well-rounded jack-of-all-trades. It needs so small that it fits in their pocket like their cell phone and they may even forget it’s there. It needs to be so sturdy that if they do forget it’s there and sit on it, it should not even flinch. It has to have the speed, zoom and stabilization that allows them to get a clear, sharp photo of that car’s license plate as it travels across the Golden Gate Bridge at 70 MPH while they are standing with their camera at the base of the Statue of Liberty at 11 PM. It must geotag their photos while they are perusing the catacombs of Paris. After taking a photo, it has to have the technology to show up on their social media account, with little to no effort, in not much more time than it took to write the photo to memory. All straight out the box, on Full Auto. This is not that camera.
I have been generally satisified with the S9900. I just have to remember that it isn't a DSLR, so I need to set my expectation accordingly.