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Nikon S9300 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 18x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Three industry awards
Good video capture
Poor battery life
102 Reviews + 3 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com Platinum 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

Two expert review sites liked this Nikon camera. The author at website PhotographyBlog.com gave this medium megapixel camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Platinum" award from review website Buy-n-shoot.com who concluded it was fantastic.

The author at one other expert review site thought that this Nikon camera was good. This camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on thirty expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and CNET.com the average expert rating of this digital camera is 72%.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 82 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 77%.

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 25,534 owner and expert reviews (including 1,510 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Good Video Capture

Twelve people who purchased it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Lewis Manners scored it 8 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Really good camera, looks and feels quality, high quality pics and video”. Four years ago Ashley Walters said on Amazon “The video quality is very good” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Amira Haque wrote three years ago “The picture AND video quality is astonishing” in her review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

Good Quality Pictures

Thirty-nine customers said in their reviews that the Nikon S9300 was able to produce good images. Four years ago Lorraine Golds mentioned “Feel that the quality of photographs was better on the cheaper version” in her review of this digital camera. K. Nicol gave it a rating of 8 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Cracking zoom and very clear images”. Five years ago Ladysteeele mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Outstanding quality photographs”.

Three people who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it had a good picture resolution.

Two owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Nikon S9300 “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is Nikon's top of the range pocket travel zoom and features a 16 megapixel sensor”. Expert review site Digit.in mentioned “The back-illuminated sensor does a fairly decent job of keeping the noise levels low.” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner wrote in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range.

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Good Geotagging

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it had good geotagging.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners concluded that it had a good screen. Dcresource.com mentioned “A high resolution 3-inch LCD display, Full HD video recording”. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “It does have a very sharp rear display and a” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Expert review site Photographyblog.com gave the product a score of 6 stars and said in their review of the Nikon S9300 “The Coolpix S9300 has a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen and 1080p Full HD movies”.

Good Flash

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Big Al scored it 8 stars and mentioned on Amazon “I must say I've been pleasantly surprised at its performance - fast shutter speed when required (eg moving objects), good flash and excellent HD video bursts” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

Twenty-seven customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com “The compact Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a good choice for anyone after a pure point-and-shoot experience and a long zoom lens”. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 ($349.95 direct) manages to pack a sharp 18x zoom lens into its compact body.”. Pcmag.com also said “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a compact shooter with a sharp 18x zoom lens and a GPS.” in their review.

Four customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good autofocus. Five years ago S. S. Yuen mentioned “I find myself not trusting this camera's focusing ability enough to take it with me on holidays” in their review of this digital camera. Asthmadaze wrote “Landscape Panoramas shot on video are all out of focus” in their review of this digital camera. J. Harrison mentioned “The auto-focus leaves something (a lot) to be desired! It has trouble focusing both in camera & video mode” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good lens.

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Design

Easy to Use

Thirteen owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to use. Cnet.co.uk mentioned on CNET.co.uk “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is an excellent choice if you want a camera that's easy to use, with a sufficiently powerful zoom”. Expert website Cnet.com said in their review of the Nikon S9300 “The latter comes in handy for travel or if you just li”. Expert website Techreviewsource.com gave it a score of 8 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “It's very easy to use”.

Three people concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Mr M Miller rated it 7 stars and he mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Great camera have takeing some fab photoes with it got lots of settings too, good zoom” in his review of the Nikon S9300. John Siewruk mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The S9300 is exactly what I wanted - a good zoom range on a wide-angle lens, close-up capabilities and a decent range of ISO settings” . Four years ago Countryrose wrote “It is easy to handle and easy to negotiate the menu and I would reccomend it to to anyone looking for a point” and gave it a rating of 6 stars.

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Robust

Six owners who reviewed the product thought it was well made. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “An 18x optical zoom lens, 3 inch screen and built in GPS”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon S9300 “A 18x optical zoom with built in Vibration Reduction image stabilisation technology; a 16MP backside-illuminated sensor; a sensitivity range of ISO range of ISO 125-320” . Five years ago expert website Buy-N-Shoot.com scored the product 6 stars and said “Instead offers itself up as a solid and simplified overall performer” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. One customer who reviewed it said that it was strong and durable.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 offers a very compelling zoom range and many great features, including Full HD video, GPS and speedy autofocus, plus reliable metering and white balance” .

One owner said in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress.

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Nice Design

Five people wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com scored it 5 stars and said “The latest additions at the top of Nikon's S - or ‘Style' - range are aimed firmly at the travel compact market”. Five years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com said in their Nikon S9300 review “It's available in a number of colours, with the red looking particularly stylish” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Photographyblog.com gave the product a score of 7 stars and said on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a stylish new travel-zoom compact camera”.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat. J. Harrison wrote on Amazon “It is a shame as the camera has some neat photo functions & effects”.

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Good Product Quality

Seventeen owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Five years ago expert review site Techreviewsource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “We found that the image quality could have been better”. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “The camera produces reasonably good image quality when”. Mr. M. W. Patten rated it 9 stars and wrote on Amazon last year “It slips in the pocket, takes VERY good photos for its class and I can highly recommend it to anyone wanting a point and shoot of superior quality”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Six people who bought it agreed that it had good features. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk wrote “It has plenty of features if you are looking for that little bit extra in a digital camera”. Five years ago expert review site Tech.uk.msn.com said “Also comes packing a sophisticated array of features”. Andy the Vinyl Addict wrote on Amazon “The Nikon Coolpix is a pretty good piece of kit with loads of features, excellent zoom (optical” in his review of the Nikon S9300 and rated it 7 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twenty people who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Five years ago Techradar.com said “Back in 2006, Panasonic introduced the digital travel zoom compact camera with its Lumix DMC-TZ1”. Expert review site Dcresource.com mentioned “The Nikon Coolpix S9300 ($349) is a compact, GPS-equipped travel zoom camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Expert review site T3.com said “While healthy competition in the travel zoom compact sector means one can be picked up for a street price around £200” in their Nikon S9300 review.

Three people who bought the product thought it was thin. Five years ago Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert review site Steve's Digicams “During the first half of 2012, Nikon added four new models to their popular S-series of slim, yet sophisticated cameras; with the flagship model being the Coolpix S9300” in their review of this digital camera. Steves-Digicams.com also wrote “The Nikkor lens is both wide-angle (25mm) and offers a powerful 18x zoom in a body slim enough to drop in a shirt pocket at 1.5 inches thick” in their review. 01zesty01 wrote “Its still close, I was used to having a very slim small camera so to most this will be a good size not too bulky”.

Two owners who bought it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Five years ago Techradar.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “These problems, allied with the hefty price of £300/$350, make it hard to recommend the Nikon Coolpix S9300, despite its many strengths”. Four years ago Am said “It's neat, looks good, is heavy enough to feel "substantial".” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Mr M Baines said in his review of the Nikon S9300 on Amazon “It is also light and easy to carry when you are out I wish that it also had the M S A options, with them it would be excellent”.

One customer who purchased it considered that it was lightweight. Mr. M. W. Patten said “However, for getting around with a small, lightweight Coolpix such as the 9300” in their review of this digital camera. One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was a good size. 01zesty01 wrote “The rear screen is a good size and provides good viewing”.

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Average Weight

The Nikon S9300 has a relatively typical weight (215 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon S9300 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest display diagonal of medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 2" and the largest is 4.8".

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon S9300 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 230 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon S9300 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Very Narrow Field of View

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera the field of views range from 95% to 100%. The Nikon S9300 has one of the narrower field of views (only 97 percent) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon S9300 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm F660EXR, or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($329.99).

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Has an Electronic Compass

The Nikon S9300 has an electronic compass, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Nikon S9300 features multi-shot function. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also feature multi-shot function.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Nikon S9300 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon S9300 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon S9300 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera which do not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($233.46), or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 ($341.98) which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon S9300 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon camera also support a video resolutions of 960 x 540 pixels and 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon S9300 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon S9300 supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR, or the Sony DSC-WX10 which has better reviews.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S9300 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is also worth considering.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to look at including the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon S9300 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S9300 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

The Nikon S9300 is one of the heavier similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years (0.215 kilograms) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average weight of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 6.8kg, and the weights range from 0.097kg to 180kg.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon S9300 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-FZ72, or the Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99) both from Panasonic or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S9300 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of this age and spec have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). The worst still image resolution of all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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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 cameras of a similar spec and age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon S9300 features connection to PC. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature connection to PC.

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Has an HDMI

The Nikon S9300 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon S9300 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon S9300 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon S9300 has a batteries included. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon S9300 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S9300 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Light Exposure

Supports Six ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon S9300 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Support

Good Support

Three owners reckoned that the product had good technical guidance. Mr. R. A. Whichelow gave this digital camera a score of 6 stars and wrote “However the quick start guide that comes with the camera is poor” in their review of this digital camera. Mrs M Burrows mentioned “Would have liked full instructions with it not just quick start up also on/off button could be larger”. Am said on Amazon “To be fair, I did get the appropriate instruction manual a week later, after contacting Amazon”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Nine owners wrote that it had gps. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “With increased resolution -- 16 megapixels up from 12 -- and built-in GPS for geotagging your photos” in their review of the Nikon S9300. Five years ago expert website Techreviewsource.com wrote in their Nikon S9300 review “A 16-megapixel resolution, built-in GPS and full HD 1080p video recording”. S. S. Yuen said on Amazon “I just bought the Nikon Coolpix 9300 thinking it is some sort of a S8200 with 3D, GPS and a better zoom”.


Power

Poor Battery Life

Five customers who purchased it said that it did not have a good battery life. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ wrote “The camera is afflicted with poor battery l” in their review of the Nikon S9300. Five years ago Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “A shorter zoom than the competition, limited battery life and poorer image quality than its prede”. Asthmadaze said on Amazon “Disappointing focussing and battery life” in their Nikon S9300 review.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Nikon camera was released in April 2017.


Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 18 times zoom factor, the Nikon S9300 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm Finepix SL240 (24x and cheaper) or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 ($341.98) (24x and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($329.99) (30x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Nikon S9300 has a relatively average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (5x), or the Sony DSC-WX10 (28x) which is also higher rated.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208131440, 00018208263165, 00018208926251, 00018208926275, 00018208926305, 00018208926336, 00182089262514, 00182089262750, 00182089263054, 00182089263368, 05711045276545, 05711045280184, 08033737552544, 08033737552551, 08033737552568

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