Nikon recently launched a new sleek megazoom model, the S9300, as a successor to its immensely popular S9100. Now we all loved the S9100 for its gamut of features and amazing performance. But does this new model take things forward and get better than the S9100? Let’s find out.
Tech specs: The S9300 does have a higher resolution of 16MP, so in this regard, it sure is a step up from the previous model. The camera features an 18X optical zoom in a point-and-shoot sized package, which we adore. The lens is a 24mm wide angle lens, which lets you take in more in each image that you capture. Nikon’s even added an in-camera GPS feature in this new model, so that users can geotag the pictures they take.
Performance: Even though the S9300 is a new model, we have to say in terms of overall performance, we were a little disappointed. While the S9100 reproduced images quite well, the S9300’s sensor lags in reproducing color and sharpness adequately. The images clicked with S9300 were not as vibrant as the ones the S9100 clicked, giving them a faded look, quite unlike a Nikon camera. In terms of video capture, however, the S9300 performed rather well, recording at 1080p for HD videos.
Other features: Like most of the Nikon entry models, this camera lets you play around with limited manual settings, and you can’t adjust the shutter speeds or the lens aperture. But the automatic settings and scene modes are convenient enough for the novice photographer. The only downside was when clicking in the macro mode – it lacked the right amount of focus required when capturing subjects in a close up.
A 3-inch LCD screen at the back lets you view images quite clearly, and this camera is available in multiple color options – all black with a matte finish, glossy silver, glossy blue and even glossy red. The flash pops up from within the camera when you require it and the camera even has a mini-HDMI port for direct connection to HD TVs for previewing images and videos. Its small package for the megazoom makes it an ideal choice for the frequent traveler who likes to pack a light bag.