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Nikon S9100

Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Expert Reviews Best Buy
A Multi Award Winning 12.1 Megapixel 18 Times Zoom Factor Digital Camera
Compact Camera 12.1MP 18x Yes Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Nikon S9100 Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Nikon S9100 number 575 across all digital cameras.
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154 Reviews + 8 Awards
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6 Years Old
Overall Score
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Average

Why Has it Scored 61?

It has good expert reviews and not bad user reviews with an average overall rating of 85%. This digital camera has received eight awards including a "Recommended" award from Camera Labs and one other site and an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag and one other site.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Nikon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
The S9100 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Supports video recording
Has an HDMI port
Quite large minimum aperture number

Nikon S9100 Video Reviews


Nikon S9100 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This low megapixel camera was given a "Recommended" award by both review websites Camera Labs and Alphr.com, both of which thought that this Nikon camera was very good.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both websites PC Mag and Macworld.co.uk, both of which said that this low megapixel camera was superb.

The authors at two additional expert review sites both said that this digital camera was very good. PC Advisor.co.uk and Expert Reviews both gave this camera a "Best Buy" award.

This camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by website PhotographyBlog.com who decided that this low megapixel camera was great.

Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave this camera a "Top 10" award.

Average Expert Reviews

52 experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this Nikon camera on average 79 out of 100.

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User Reviews Are Average

This low megapixel camera has an average user rating of 73 out of 100 based on 102 user reviews.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Two people said in their reviews that the Nikon S9100 was noisy.

Good Brand

We checked 28,808 expert and owner reviews (including 955 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically within its low megapixel cameras range. 98% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Good Size

11 people who reviewed the product considered that it was compact.

Good Flash

Three owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good flash.

Good Product Quality

22 customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good quality.

  • Great performance, great image quality…
    Alphr.com January 2012
  • If offers simple to use scene modes and effects to let you take good quality photos for a compact camera…
    Pcworld.in April 2011
  • Unbeatable image quality all round and especially low light rendition, unbelievable telephoto with tremendous stabilisation, great very wide angle for huge flexibility…
  • Picture quality is good and video quality is very impressive…
    Pjr (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2011
  • Great zoom, fun effects to play around with and overall good quality product providing good quality photos…
  • Shared problem - incredibly poor picture quality…
  • It does what it says on the tin and the picture quality seems pretty good for a point & click…
  • Convenient" in one camera which is also "super good quality for those on the road…
  • The picture quality is great and there are loads of different settings…
  • The main problem with this camera is the poor quality of photos it produces when taking photos indoors…

Superior Battery Life

Five owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good battery life.

Easy to Use

21 people who reviewed the Nikon S9100 reckoned that it was easy to use and three customers who purchased it said that it was easy to use the menus.

Fairly Priced

Four people considered that the product was good value for money.

Excellent Technical Features

Six owners who reviewed the Nikon S9100 thought it had good features.

Good Video Capture

Six people thought it was good for video recording.

Robust

Five customers agreed that the Nikon S9100 was well made and three customers wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

Excellent Design

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking, two people who bought the product said that it was smooth and two people who reviewed the product said that it was well designed.

  • The quality of both sound and picture are very good indeed and the zoom is smooth and easy to handle…
    Pjr (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2011
  • Trouble is the camera breaks - both my prior ones simply stopped working (with a pretty fatal looking error message about telephoto stopped working or something) They last about a year…
  • Menu is not well organized, would also love some shortcuts! Hope this helps! UPDATE…
    None (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2011
  • It does what it says on the tin and the picture quality seems pretty good for a point & click…
  • The first camera took beautiful pictures, with sharp focus at all zooms…
  • One negative, which does not make it perfect is the design fault in the base of the camera…
  • So what on earth could be wrong with this beautiful, well designed, well priced camera? Nothing too major, just blurry photographs…
  • The camera itself is beautiful with one of brightest…
  • A nice stylish, uncomplicated digital camera…
    WAD1 (Amazon.co.uk) - December 2011
  • A good smooth zoom function, neat compact shape…

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Seven customers considered that it had a good screen.

Good Quality Lens

21 people who reviewed the Nikon S9100 concluded that it had a good zoom, nine people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus and two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens.

Good Quality Pictures

34 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images and four people who bought the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution.

  • Great performance, great image quality…
    Alphr.com January 2012
  • If offers simple to use scene modes and effects to let you take good quality photos for a compact camera…
    Pcworld.in April 2011
  • It can produce very good images…
  • However, in the few weeks that she has used the camera the verdict is still out - sharpness of some of the pictures is not always good…
  • The quality of both sound and picture are very good indeed…
    Pjr (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2011
  • Unbeatable image quality all round…
  • Picture quality is good…
    Pjr (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2011
  • Great zoom, fun effects to play around with and overall good quality product providing good quality photos and video…
  • Shared problem - incredibly poor picture quality…
  • Picture quality and colors are good, except for the photos mentioned above! The camera performs fairly well in low light condition, considering the sensor dimension…
    None (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2011

Features

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon S9100 supports video recording, as do most of the other new low megapixel cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon S9100 has an HDMI port. Most of the other low megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have an HDMI port.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Nikon S9100 has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The minimum aperture numbers of cameras of this age and spec range from 1.3 to 11.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon S9100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by latest digital cameras. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon digital camera also support video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels and 960 x 540 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Supports 160, 200 and 6 More ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon S9100 is more than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by new low megapixel cameras. The ISO sensitivities "160", "800", "1600", "3200" and "200" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 74 megabytes, the Nikon S9100 has one of the bigger internal memory amongst low megapixel cameras of this age. Low megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have internal memory of between 1MB and 8GB, and the average internal memory is 420MB.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon S9100 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst low megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the latest low megapixel cameras the display resolutions (numeric) range from 110 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 440,000 pixels.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S9100 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most low megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Nikon camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720, 1024 x 768, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944 and 3264 x 2448 and 3968 x 2232. The still image resolution of all low megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 4288 x 2848 (best).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S9100 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S9100 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other new low megapixel cameras also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon S9100 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other recently released comparable spec digital cameras.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon S9100 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Nikon S9100 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (450 millimeters) amongst low megapixel cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 29mm, the longest is 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 220mm.

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Features Voice Recording

The Nikon S9100 features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon S9100 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other latest digital cameras.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Cameras that are a similar age to this camera have display diagonals of between 1" and 6". At 3 inches, the Nikon S9100 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Nikon S9100 has a battery charger included. Most of the other latest low megapixel cameras also have a battery charger included.

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Supports Full HD Video

The Nikon S9100 supports Full HD video. Most of the other recently released cameras also support Full HD video.

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Supports Video Capability

The Nikon S9100 supports video capability. Most of the other low megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also support video capability.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon S9100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other low megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The Nikon S9100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other latest low megapixel cameras.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 18 times zoom factor, the Nikon S9100 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst low megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the recently released low megapixel cameras the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

The Nikon S9100 has a pretty average weight (214 grams) compared to most of the other low megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon S9100 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other new digital cameras.

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon S9100 features smile detection, as do most of the other recently released digital cameras.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon S9100 has a hand strap. Most of the other low megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon S9100 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other low megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Age

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was August 2011 when this camera was released.


Nikon S9100 Review Sources

To prepare this Nikon S9100 review we compared this digital camera to 100 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 303,606 product attributes, 189,751 digital camera reviews and 3,266,800 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon s9100silver, nikon s9100black
Barcodes 00018208262472, 00018208262489, 00018208856374, 00018208920976, 00018208921010, 00018208921027, 00018208921058, 00182089209762, 00182089210102, 00182089210584, 03610170005117, 03610170020912, 03610170539568

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