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Nikon S9100 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 18x Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Eight industry awards
No manual controls
Unacceptable noise level
172 Reviews + 8 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Expert Reviews Best Buy

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No Manual Controls

Eighteen owners who bought it thought it did not have good technical guidance. Camera Labs mentioned “Lacks manual exposure control” . Mac World mentioned in his review of this digital camera “No manual controls”. Trusted Reviews said “Very litte manual control”.


Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of a comparable spec and age, this camera is one of the most awarded.

Websites Camera Labs and Alphr.com both recommend this Nikon digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This low megapixel digital camera received a "Best Buy" award from both review sites PC Advisor.co.uk and Expert Reviews, both of which decided that this camera was a sensible purchase.

The authors at two additional expert review sites both said that this camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. This digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both PC Mag and Macworld.co.uk.

The author at one additional expert review site wrote that this digital camera was very good. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on fifty expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 80%.

User Reviews Are Average

This camera has an average user rating of 73% based on 102 user reviews.

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 25,534 expert and owner reviews (including 548 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two customers said in their reviews that the Nikon S9100 was noisy. Compusmart said on Amazon.co.uk “Signs of digital noise are highly visible” in their review of this digital camera. E. Schilling mentioned “Images are coming out very sharp, very low noise, well illuminated” in their review of this digital camera.

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon S9100 features voice recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S9100 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Features

In-Camera Editing Features Improve Low-Light Shots

Nineteen customers wrote that this digital camera had good features. Six years ago Mac World said in his Nikon S9100 review “In-camera editing features improve low-light shots” but in spite of that he only scored it 1 stars. Also six years ago Electricpig.co.uk said “Brilliant features, great for night portraits, awesome zoom” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Digicambuyer.co.uk gave it a rating of 6 stars and wrote on expert review site Digicam Buyer.co.uk also six years ago “Packed full of features for the beginner”.


Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this digital camera was released.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon S9100 supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon S9100 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also support Full HD video.

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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 the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon S9100 supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S9100 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S9100 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon S9100 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6".

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 640 pixels and the highest is 1,100,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon S9100 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

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

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S9100 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). The still image resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

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

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Power

Good Battery Life

Eight customers agreed that this digital camera had a good battery life. Six years ago Pjr mentioned “It has good battery life too”. Pjr also mentioned “The other downside (when compared to my Lumix) is the battery” in their review. William - Notts scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their Nikon S9100 review on Amazon.co.uk “Fortunately, both the memory card and battery are independently held securely in place otherwise disaster would have ensued”.

One person considered that the product was quick to charge. Six years ago Tom Smith mentioned in his review of this digital camera “It takes nearly 4 hours to charge”.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two people concluded that the Nikon S9100 had gps. Halton 99 mentioned “The latest upgraded version of the S9100 has GPS.” in their review of the Nikon S9100.


Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 18 times zoom factor, the Nikon S9100 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The optical zooms of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Nikon S9100 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 450 millimeters, the Nikon S9100 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.28mm to 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 230mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras that have been around for more than two years the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Nikon S9100 has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Battery

Only 150 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Nikon S9100 which takes 150 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon S9100 features connection to PC. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature connection to PC.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon S9100 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

The Nikon S9100 has a fairly big internal memory (74 megabytes) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average internal memory of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 300MB.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon S9100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "160", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 214 grams, the Nikon S9100 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Compact Welldesigned

Fourty-three people who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Pcworld.in wrote in their review of the Nikon S9100 “Good low light for a compact camera” but they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Techreviewsource.com wrote in their Nikon S9100 review “Compact welldesigned” however they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Expert review site Stuff.tv wrote in their review of the Nikon S9100 “As a classy compact super-zoom it’s hard to beat”.

Five people considered that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned six years ago “I make no apologies for reviewing this humble compact digicam – the Nikon Coolpix S9100 – in amongst the heavy hitting DSLRs”. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert website CNET.co.uk also six years ago “Even so, many superzooms tend to be rather on the bulky side and the Nikon Coolpix S9100 is one of a gr”. Dartsgoldie said in their review of this digital camera “A must have to capture those memories from occasions/situations when a larger camera is just too bulky to carry”.

Four customers who bought the product wrote that it was thin. Mac World wrote “Light and slim for such a long-zoom camera”. Expert review site Stuff.tv said “Switch it on and an 18x optical lens protrudes Pinocchio schnoz-style out of its pocketably slim body”. Expert review site Channelnews.com.au wrote “Nikon has packed a whopping zoom into a slender package with its Coolpix S9100.”.

Four customers said that it was lightweight. Pacem Et Amorem said “Sleek, lightweight and nicely sculpted the Nikon 9100 is a delight to look at”. W. A. Bruce scored this digital camera 7 stars and mentioned “How do you define "small, lightweight, strong, versatile” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago G. Wylie gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote on Amazon.co.uk “I started out wanting a quality lightweight point and shoot digital compact camera from a good maker in order to satisfy my varied hobby interests” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed the product thought it was a good body shape. Asia.cnet.com said “Wide and long lens in a pocketable body”. One customer who purchased it considered that it was a good size. None mentioned “The camera dimensions are good, as it is relatively small” in their review of this digital camera.

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Design

Nice Design

Seventeen owners wrote that this digital camera was good looking. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned six years ago “Packing a sizeable 18x zoom into its petite chassis, though it may be crass to describe an inanimate piece of technology as sexy, that's p” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Letsgodigital.org mentioned in their review of the Nikon S9100 “The stylish Nikon Coolpix S9100 digital camera was introduced at the start of this year in Japan, during the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show”. Six years ago Digicambuyer.co.uk said on expert website Digicam Buyer.co.uk “It takes great images, is easy to use and looks stylish too Overall Our provides the latest photography news, reviews, previews, features”.

Four owners who bought it thought it was smooth. Itreviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “The Nikon COOLPIX S9100 is a sturdily built compact digital camera with a smooth action and relatively blur-free 18x digital zoom, highly detailed LCD, good quality imagery” in their review of this digital camera. Pjr said “The quality of both sound and picture are very good indeed and the zoom is smooth and easy to handle” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars. Tk42138 said “The 120 fps is quite good and the slow-motion nice and smooth” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

Two owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was well designed. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S9100 gives a slick performance, in terms of both attractive design and handling”. Surferro wrote on Amazon.co.uk “One negative, which does not make it perfect is the design fault in the base of the camera” in their review of the Nikon S9100.

One owner considered that it was neat. William - Notts rated the product 5 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “The camera, spare battery and spare SDHC Card all fitted neatly into a Lowepro Apex 20AW bag” in their Nikon S9100 review.

One person said in their reviews that it was ergonomic. E. Schilling mentioned “The Canon is better looking, more ergonomic, has manual functions”.

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Very Easy to Use

Thirty-two owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Mac World mentioned six years ago “Extremely easy to use”. Pcworld.in rated it 7 stars and said in the same month “If offers simple to use scene modes and effects to let you take good quality photos for a compact camera” in their review of the Nikon S9100. Expert review site Techreviewsource.com said “This gives the S9100 excellent low-light shooting quality, making it very easy to use and deliverin”.

Five customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Steven Goodwin said “The picture quality is great and there are loads of different settings and useful functions” and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Pacem Et Amorem wrote “The menus are easy to navigate resulting in a perfect camera for everyone” in their review of the Nikon S9100. Six years ago D. Pass mentioned “Easy on screen menu if you want to tweek the settings a bit” and rated it 7 stars.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good interface. Pacem Et Amorem wrote “The interface is very user friendly” in their Nikon S9100 review.

One customer considered that the product was easy to setup.

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Robust

Nineteen people who reviewed it thought it was well made. Expert review site Cnet.com said six years ago “Nikon produces another solid point-and-shoot compact megazoom with the Coolpix S9100 by offering fast performance, good photos” and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Ephotozine.com gave this digital camera a rating of 7 stars and mentioned in their Nikon S9100 review also six years ago “The camera features built in vibration reduction”. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote also six years ago “On paper the Nikon Coolpix S9100 seems to be a solid contender, with”.

Five owners concluded that this digital camera was strong and durable. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned on expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au “It doesn't have extensive manual settings, which means it can be tough to capture a great shot in difficult lighting condition” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars. W. A. Bruce wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Strong? I dropped this unit into the volcanic remains of Iceland last summer” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 7 stars. Amjam mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Great sturdy camera and is a good buy for somebody if they are serious about photography” .

One owner who reviewed it thought it was reliable.

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Good Build Quality

Fourty-nine people agreed that the product was good quality. Six years ago Mac World said “Superior image quality” in his review of this digital camera although he rated it 18.8 out of 100. In the same month Macworld.co.uk wrote “Good build quality” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Nikon S9100 also six years ago “25 450mm zoom lens, clear and vibrant image quality, easy to operate” .


Manually Released Pop-Up Flash

Six customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Six years ago It Reviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Manually released pop-up flash”. Five years ago Penny Doctor mentioned “The first camera took beautiful pictures, with sharp focus at all zooms and good flash function”. Pjr mentioned “The flash is bright” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

Good Exposure Control

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had good exposure controls. Doc666 gave it a rating of 6 stars and wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The camera has easily accessible exposure compensation, which can also adjust hue” in their review of this digital camera. Doc666 also wrote “Hence the "almost 5 stars" comment, is its aperture control method” in their review. Mount Keen scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk five years ago “And the only really useful manual control in this little Nikon is exposure compensation”.

Nice, Sharp LCD Screen

Seventeen owners who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Digital Versus said “Nice, sharp LCD screen” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only gave the product a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Cnet.co.uk said “Large 3inch, highres display” however they only gave the product a score of 18.2 out of 100. Techreviewsource.com said “Excellent 3inch LCD display”.

1080p Video

Thirty people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Six years ago Digitaltrends.com wrote “Full HD videos 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Macworld.co.uk said “Full HD video with stereo sound and HDMI” yet they gave it a score of 20 out of 100. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “1080 HD video mode with separate record button” nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

Super Zoom 18x

Seventy-three people who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom. Channelnews.com.au mentioned “Super zoom 18x” but they only scored it 1 stars. Digitaltrends.com wrote “18x wide-angle zoom 25 450mm” in their Nikon S9100 review. Channelnews.com.au also mentioned “Ordentliche Bildqualitt, starker Zoom, einfache Bedienung, gute Videoqualitt, toller Kontrollbildschirm, gute Verarbeitung” in their review.

Sixteen owners who bought it wrote that it had a good autofocus. Six years ago Digital Versus wrote “Responsive (startup, autofocus, burst mode” however despite that they gave the product a score of 18.8 out of 100. Channelnews.com.au wrote “Appareil ractif (mise sous tension, autofocus, rafale” in their Nikon S9100 review. Stephb wrote five years ago “A further problem is the focus on this camera”.

Ten customers considered that it had a good lens. Digital Versus mentioned “Versatile 18x wideangle superzoom lens (good macro mode”. Pcworld.in said “Long and versatile lens” in their review of this digital camera yet they only scored it 1 stars. Cnet.com.au gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “That camera features a 10x 30-300mm-equivalent lens, whereas the S9100 has an 18x 25-450mm-equivalent lens” in their review of the Nikon S9100.

Three owners who bought the product wrote that it had a good image stabiliser. It Reviews.com said on IT Reviews.com “Sensor-shift image stabilization (for stills” but in spite of that they only scored it 18.8 out of 100. R. S. S. Byrne wrote “Unbeatable image quality all round and especially low light rendition, unbelievable telephoto with tremendous stabilisation, great very wide angle for huge flexibility”. Peter said on Amazon.co.uk “Which is not the point of this camera! I do like the 1080 video and the image stabiliser is very good” in his review of the Nikon S9100.

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Superior Image Quality

Eighty-one people considered that it was able to produce good images. Cnet.co.uk wrote on CNET.co.uk “12.1megapixel still photos” however they rated it 18.2 out of 100. Expert website Digitaltrends.com wrote “Everyone’s looking for a good compact camera with a potent zoom, solid image quality and the ability to record full HD videos to capture all those great memories”. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The S9100 also has the image qua”.

Eleven owners considered that it had a good picture resolution. Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of the Nikon S9100 “High resolution monitor” but even so they gave it a score of 1 stars. Asia.cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Useful and fun shooting modes”. Asia.cnet.com also wrote “Fast shooting performance” in their review.

Eleven people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was good in low light. Expert review site Pcworld.in wrote “The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is a compact camera that offers a powerful 18x optical zoom lens and low-light friendly backlit CMOS sensor”. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “Throws in a high speed backlit CMOS sensor for great low light performance” and rated it 7 stars. Digitalcamerareview.com said “It doesn't solve the low-light problems that plague just about every compact point-and-shoot on the market” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people agreed that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Mount Keen said on Amazon.co.uk “I like to dictate the ISO and aperture settings etc”. One customer who purchased the product thought it had a good image sensor. It Reviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Backside illuminated sensor performs well” yet they gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Tk42138 wrote in their Nikon S9100 review “My only gripe is a lack of manual focus which would be useful when photographing water or areas with strong reflections, shadows etc”.

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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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