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I read some professional reviews online and they had amazing things to say about it. I've had pocket Nikons before, so this seemed like a clear winner. Overall, it's fantastic for a "travel zoom" camera. It has a few down-sides, but is an overall winner.
The first amazing feature is the zoom. From 18mm (which is really wide-angle, wider than almost anything in its class) to 400mm (which is extraordinary zoom, again farther than most in its class). And that's all optical, not digital. The versatility you get on the shots is awesome.
The second great point is the LCD. It's clear, big, bright, and easy to use. The menus are standard Nikon. So if you know Nikon's way of doing things, it will be familiar. If you don't, it's not so bad.
The third great point is the size. It's small, it's fast to start up/shut down, and it's light. I throw it in my trouser pocket easily. It's like carrying a pair of iphones. Not tiny, but manageable.
For negative points, the first is probably the production quality. There are lots of people who complain that their camera just dies. Just locks up one day and never works again. I only read that after I got mine. I think it's just inconsistent quality at Nikon. The have a high rate of lemons on this one. I got lucky. My advice here is that if you run into trouble, return it right away and get another. Don't chance it. On the other hand, if you shoot for a few weeks with no difficulties, you're probably safe for the rest of the camera's life.
The battery is a bit of a mixed bag. I find it lasts a long time, and I get plenty of shots. But it's a proprietary battery. For $20 I got a spare battery and a charger (on eBay). But if you get caught out, you can't just pop into a local shop and get a couple AAs to keep going. Look out for capacities. Standard one is 1050 mAh. Some people sell cheap replacements that have only 900 mAh. If you try really hard you can find 1200 mAh batteries.
There are definitely times when I struggle to get a picture in focus. They're awesome when they're in focus, but sometimes I recompose 4 or 5 times to get it to focus. I occasionally find pictures that looked good on the LCD, but they are blurry when I download them. I now zoom in on the LCD to be sure.
Probably the most irritating thing in 2012 is to have a camera with no rotation sensor. You have to go back and manually rotate images, either in the camera itself or in your photo software. I find myself doing this while I'm idle on a trip (e.g., on a bus, waiting in line, etc.).
. This product is best in point and shoot catagory and was ranked in top 10 products.
. This product has amazing features and picture quality though lying in no professional catagory but product result is touching to professional class.
. This is excellent piece of class.
I looked around for a Camera that would deliver good photos and I read some reviews and decided to buy the Nikon S9100 Camera, after taking some hand held shots with the "Coolpix S9100" I am convinced that I will stay with this Camera, although the Video Recorder could have more lighting features for low light Recording situations but considering the quality of the photos, I'll let the Video Recorder make it. I take more photos than Videos so I'm pleased with Photo quality. 4 Stars because 1. No Wi-Fi or sharing 2. No GPS 3. 1080p could be better 4. Focusing suffers in different situation. But considering the Price for this Camera you can't beat it. The Photos alone can sell the Nikon Coolpix S9100 Digital Camera. I'm Happy!
Battery door latch is almost non existent, the door will open when taken out of a case, or if you even touch it during shooting. Scotch tape is the only answer I have. Otherwise, great camera.'
Thank you for contacting Nikon. I am sorry to inform you that there is nothing that you can do or buy to keep the battery door from opening. I checked on a couple we sites to see if I found a case that you can leave on and take pictures with but I did not find any. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.
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Keeping in mind this is a pocket camera it delivers on its manufacturer's promises well. This little camera has an array of interesting and fun features that extend the creativity of even novice image makers without the need for a separate digital darkroom software suite. Although limited in function by comparison to even a bridge camera - models between point and shoot and HDSLR - the S9100 is very well suited for a casual point and shoot camera for those on a point and shoot budget. Don't push the camera beyond its intended uses and it will produce fully acceptable images for print or monitor display.
I bought this camera based on a consumer report recommendation and have not been disappointed. It is simple to use, light and because it has a built in lense cover there is one less step to taking a picture. I am going to give it 4 stars because I am getting more blurry pictures than I hoped but that could also be operator error, not the camera itself!
I have taken some excellent pictures with this camera,mine was purchased as a refurbished model and the video quality was vibrant and the zoom was great.I would recommend a Nikon camera over any other brand.
tha only bad thing is that the image stabilization is not good as cannon. Picture can easily get funny if you shake your hands while taking pictures.
I gave the camera to my husband and he hasn't used it very much just yet but we plan on taking it with us on vacation next time.