Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Review - The S9500 comes veiled in clever kit, including a 22x NIKKOR zoom lens. We take a closer look and see how the camera gets on in the What Digital Camera Nikon COOLPIX S9500 review

Product Overview

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Nikon COOLPIX S9500

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:90%


  • Good build quality; 22x optical zoom; Focus system; Battery life; Charge by computer


  • No viewfinder; Pop up flash position can be problematic; Microphones easy to cover with fingers


Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Review


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Nikon Coolpix S9500 Review – Verdict

Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Review - front view

The Nikon Coolpix S9500 is available in black, red, silver (tested here) and a brown colour. Its price tag is about right looking at competitors, but for that price you’d be forgiven for expecting few more manual shooting options

However, the S9500 still provides a good balance between automated snapping, post-shoot image processing (all in camera) and the wireless sharing that make it an important step up from its sibling, the Nikon S9300.

The new lens and sensor complement each other well, providing you don’t use sensitivities over ISO 800, where detail is scrubbed away by image noise processing. The focus system, the metering and the handling are okay with the usual caveats around such small camera bodies with such long focal lengths at their disposal, where camera shake can become an issue.

But looking across the otherwise superb image quality, versatility and overall performance, the S9500 makes for a cracking camera at its current price tag.

  1. 1. Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Review - Features and Design
  2. 2. Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Review - Handling
  3. 3. Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Review - Performance and Image Quality
  4. 4. Nikon Coolpix S9500 Review - Verdict
  5. 5. Nikon S9500 Review - Sample Image Gallery
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