The Nikon Coolpix S9 Camera is a basic point-and-click digital camera. Coming in a variety of colors it has a stylish look and sleek finish. With this camera the zoom lens doesn't protrude from the front of the camera when focusing, combined with this is the fact that it only weighs 140g and has dimensions of 90.5 x 58 x 20.4mm. These specifications mean that this camera can be transported easily and fits comfortably in your pocket.
The Nikon Coolpix S9 has a unique minimalist look to it with the raised front of the camera adding a touch of style. The simple look is due to the lens not being in the traditional place of centre front of the camera, but in the top right corner.
The back of the Nikkon S9 has a 2.5 inch display screen, function wheel and other feature buttons controlling deleting an image, reviewing your shots and a menu access button.
The function wheel allows navigation of the menu screen while additionally functioning as the flash, timer and macro button.
I feel that the back of the camera has been designed as simply as it can be. A certain level of functionality has to be included so a number of buttons are needed but this camera has been designed in such a way that there isn't an overcomplication to the layout. In this way the designers of the Nikon S9 have continued the minimalist look expressed by the look of the front of the camera and continued the fresh lines and sleek look.
Batteries and Memory
This Nikon camera uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL8). A full battery life will enable the Coolpix S9 to capture around 190 photographs before the batteries would need to be recharged.
The camera has an inbuilt memory of 24mb that allows around twenty shots to be taken, but is compatible with standard SD cards to increase the storage capacity.
The Nikon S9 comes complete with a battery and charger as standard but a SD card would have to be purchased separately.
Ease of Use
As a basic point-and-click camera you would imaging that the Nikkon S9 would be relatively easy to use, and this is certainly the case. As discussed earlier this camera is not overburdened with functionality or control buttons so it is indeed user-friendly. Even if no manual or instructions were read then a simple trial-and-error method would enable a novice to soon master the majority of functionality on this camera in little time.
One drawback is that because of the lens position in the top right face on the front of the camera, you can block some images with your fingers as you hold the camera with your left hand. This might just be me though!
The real test of any camera must be the quality of pictures that are created. As a point-and-click camera this was never going to take the same quality shots as a digital SLR would. But how do the shots match up to other cameras of the same specifications?
Well the results are that the Nikon S9 produces fairly standard photos. Images are sharp and the colors were strong and vibrant but were not as sharp as they could have been. To imagine the difference think about watching normal T.V to HD- that's the difference here.
In extreme light the shots taken lost some detail due to the contrast of light and shadow but in darker shots the camera manages to capture the detailing of the subject very well.
The camera can be bought for $200 brand new or you can get a reconditioned one for $90-$140
The Nikon Coolpix S9 is a basic camera for the non enthusiast. If you want a relatively cheap, straightforward camera to take a few photos then you would be reasonably pleased with this one.
If, on the other hand, you want to take a lot of action shots in bright sunlight and are looking for a superior quality of picture,then this is probably not the product for you. You will probably have to increase the budget above the $200 dollars needed to buy this camera and go for a digital LSR instead.
I would recommend if you intend to buy this camera to purchase a memory card at the same time because when I take pictures I usually need more than the 20 that the internal memory allows.