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Nikon 16MP Digital Camera w/18x Opt Zoom

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conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 3542 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

Lots of solid reviews (4.0 out of 5.0) over at amazon

lichme


quality posts: 2950 Private Messages lichme

conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 3542 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

Read (and watch) the "Very good" review over at cnet.com

conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 3542 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

Let's all read this "fair" review over at pcmag.com

jamesbottomtooth


quality posts: 41 Private Messages jamesbottomtooth

i kind of want this. new on amazon is $220, but lack of manual control kinda sucks for me..

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-coolpix-s9300/8

Pros:

Good value for the money
18X, 25 - 450 mm optical zoom lens in a compact, generally well-built body
Optical image stabilization
Sharp 3-inch LCD display with 921k pixels
Fast autofocus in good light
GPS receiver with compass and large landmark database
Scene Auto Selector picks a shooting mode for you
Plenty of scene modes and special effects
Wide selection of burst modes, some of which are pretty good
Redeye not a problem
Full HD movie mode with stereo sound, use of optical zoom and image stabilizer, and full-time autofocus


Cons:

Noisy and soft photos have noticeable detail loss, even at base ISO of 125
Strong highlight clipping at times
No manual controls, save for white balance
Low light focusing not great
Below average battery life
Flash is slow to recharge
Not great for night shots, due to 1 sec shutter speed limit and lack of manual controls
Photos taken in portrait orientation are not rotated automatically
Flimsy door over battery/memory card compartment
Internal battery charging is slow, won't let you charge a spare
Full manual on CD-ROM

CharlesP2009


quality posts: 27 Private Messages CharlesP2009

I bought one of these from a previous Woot and I've gotta be honest: I'm disappointed with it. The photos all come out as kind of soft and detail is pretty terrible when viewing as "Actual Size" on my computer.

I feel that my much older Kodak Z710 produced infinity superior photos on the automatic setting. The only reason I sold that camera was because it only recorded VGA video (and at 10.5fps whatsmore!).

I'm likely going to sell this Nikon and try to find something better. I wanted to have a good pocket shooter like my Minolta Dimage from high school but this Nikon ain't it.

curtisuxor


quality posts: 56 Private Messages curtisuxor

"Factory Reconditioned" aka "Paperweight in 3 months".

whatsamattaU


quality posts: 1070 Private Messages whatsamattaU

This is the previous woot: ($99.99 again tonight like last time)
http://tech.woot.com/forums/viewpost.aspx?postid=5444361

This is my previous post: (I realize dpreview is referred to above as well, but I'm not going to bother editing the last post as I recopy)

whatsamattaU wrote:again $99.99 tonight, same price as before

dpreview
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-coolpix-s9300

photographyblog
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/nikon_coolpix_s9300_review/

product page
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product-Archive/Compact-Digital-Cameras/26315/COOLPIX-S9300.html

manual
http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/coolpix/S9300_9200_EN.pdf

videos


shorter


ThatNikonGuy does this in 3 videos





hopefully, radi0j0hn shows up again (it is his forte, he's written a book on this stuff)



SuperCujo


quality posts: 1 Private Messages SuperCujo

I've had my reconditioned Panasonic camera for 7 years now and it still works perfectly. Although the camera is getting beat in megapixels by most smart phone cameras these days it still takes better shots and I use it when I'm going to events and visiting places. Can't speak for Nikon's quality by my refurb camera has held up.

curtisuxor wrote:"Factory Reconditioned" aka "Paperweight in 3 months".



ojohn


quality posts: 42 Private Messages ojohn

I have no experience or comment on this camera. But there are lots of real world pictures taken with this model on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=s9300

stupeds


quality posts: 1 Private Messages stupeds

I bought one of these from woot plus a couple of days ago, the lens malfunctioned out of the box. Returned for a refund. I'm not going to try again with this deal.

nss


quality posts: 7 Private Messages nss

I was pretty disappointed with this camera. Pictures are all really soft, really no control over exposure. It's just really sad for a camera. I'm sorry I don't have anything better to say about it.

"It is not the SPOON you wish to bend... it is the WILL of the spoon." - Derek "Stormy" Waters

lorenzodemedici


quality posts: 37 Private Messages lorenzodemedici

The bottom line on any camera is the photos that it produces. You have two people in just these few comments who say the camera takes remarkably bad pictures. Digital Photography Review, pretty much the authority on cameras these days, said the same thing.

"While the Nikon Coolpix S9300 represents an excellent value and offers a nice point-and-shoot feature set, its photo quality is poor relative to the competition, with mediocre low light shooting and below-par battery life."

So you want a previously broken, repaired, questionably reliable camera that takes bad pictures? This Nikon is perfect for you!

Just to be clear, I am a Nikon guy. I own three of their better cameras, the ones with removable lenses and stuff. But for a point and shoot camera to put in your pocket, you want Panasonic or Canon. Not Nikon.

33tango


quality posts: 1 Private Messages 33tango

Got mine last woot for it about a month ago. Really like it, it's factory refurb and a great value. The only thing I have occasional problems with is autofocus finding something to focus on, but I can usually manage. No problems in waiting for it to start when you turn it on, nice and quick. Picture quality is fine, I haven't noticed any problems. Some people are way too picky, like audiophiles they hear things wrong that other people can't hear.

asieg35


quality posts: 0 Private Messages asieg35

Very disappointing. Bought one last time and it is now in for repair. Battery won't charge and getting a new battery didn't solve the problem.

Pictures are not very sharp. The dial moves too easily, so accidentally moves to another setting. The flash is located where you would normally hold the camera. It is very awkward to hold it without blocking the flash. There are better choices out there.

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn
jamesbottomtooth wrote:i kind of want this. new on amazon is $220, but lack of manual control kinda sucks for me..



Sucks for you, but, sadly, not many.

Most users under 50 have never used manual controls and never will. Unless they are an "enthusiast" they neither know nor care about the relationship of f-stop/shutter speed/ISO.

The rub is that they complain about the camera when they try to use it for shots it cannot take due to it's limited specifications.

Kinda like saying "Why can't this Chevrolet FLY like a 747????"

acpress.com Not cute, but useful.

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn

It is a FACT that even major Japanese companies fill in their camera lines at certain price-points with cameras not really made by them, but some camera that they have slapped their name on.
This could be one of them, but I cannot say for sure.

acpress.com Not cute, but useful.

chadpgmail


quality posts: 1 Private Messages chadpgmail

Ok I guess I've never owned a real camera (wait my Nikon d200 seems real) but when I let the camera focus I get some of the best pictures I have EVER gotten from a point and shoot I bought 2 and used them in Nicaragua last week .. Left them with students there so I am IN for 3 more .. Maybe I was just lucky.

readydave


quality posts: 1 Private Messages readydave

I bought one on the last woot-off and took a bunch of pictures with it. Two things I was not impressed with was the low light capabilities and the lack of being able to have the shutter opened to take shots of the night sky. I sold it on eBay and the guy had it for a couple of weeks and then it wouldn't even power on. I sent him all of the info for the manufacturer warranty and I haven't heard back.

bordermonkey


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bordermonkey

Bought this last time it was on there. Couple of irritations. The scene selector knob is very easy to accidentally change. Not a huge deal, but pay attention. More annoying, indoor and dark shots require such a slow shutter speed that it's very difficult to get a shot that isn't blurry. The purpose of a point and shoot is the simplicity of not lugging around a tripod, etc. So, if you are in a well lit area, go for it. The zoom is fantastic, and the images and movies are crisp.

lzoboston1


quality posts: 1 Private Messages lzoboston1

Check out the review at the site below before you buy this product: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-coolpix-s9300

lzoboston1


quality posts: 1 Private Messages lzoboston1
lzoboston1 wrote:Check out the review at the site below before you buy this product: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-coolpix-s9300



The battery life on the S9300 has dropped considerably, which isn't what we like to see on new models.

Bingo969


quality posts: 11 Private Messages Bingo969

I don't have this model and from what little I know there may be some changes that have made it worse.

However, I have an earlier, very similar looking version - the S8100. That camera is absolutely amazing. It compares very well against my Canon SLR, even compares well to my 50mm 1.4 nifty fifty.

I'm guessing maybe Nikon made some serious downgrades in quality even though the bodies look almost identical.

Otherwise, I've no idea at all where the bad reviews are coming from.

Also of note, again unless they've changed it dramatically - the video recording capabilities are unreal for a point-and-shoot. On mine the video is excellent and the audio is nearly on par with my Zoom H4N.

joffi


quality posts: 0 Private Messages joffi

Have owned this model. At first, seemed at great point and shoot for Mom. That's where all the good reviews come from: the initial weeks. Before long, it begins freezing up and needs factory refurbishment. But,it only has some year warranty for that.

lstaff


quality posts: 200 Private Messages lstaff

OK, just weighing in here: I don't have this camera, but, I know for a fact that "soft" images do wonders for certain subject matter. It can take 10 years off!!!

gravityisweak


quality posts: 27 Private Messages gravityisweak

I'm gonna have to disagree with most of the negative stuff. I thought for 100 bucks this camera was a steal. I took it on a cruise and was really happy with the pictures. My other camera is a Nikon D90 that is just too bulky to fit in a pocket.

Here is my post from last time with a couple pictures I took with it.
http://tech.woot.com/forums/viewpost.aspx?postid=5444361&pageindex=1&replycount=19#post5444698

zfactor


quality posts: 11 Private Messages zfactor

as someone else said this is 100$ and for 100$ its a really nice camera. however the panasonic i got refurbished on woot last time (AND PLEASE IF YOU ARE READING BRING THIS ONE BACK!!! i really want to buy 2 or 3 more of those i love that camera) blows this away, the nikon can take god pics but it seems either way hit or miss. and what stinks is the one time when it will miss is just when you really wanted that once in a lifetime shot. i took the nikon with us on a family trip for christmas and missed out on a lot of really good shots when for us my daughter is only 6 once. my panasonic is great first shot every time. or ill carry one of my z990's along and while it even is a bit slow shot to shot its a AWESOME camera.

so my point: for 100$ this blows away many at this same price. BUT if you look around a bit you can find a great deal on a refurb from panasonic and they are vastly better for just a bit more money (around 130$)

zfactor


quality posts: 11 Private Messages zfactor
zfactor wrote:as someone else said this is 100$ and for 100$ its a really nice camera. however the panasonic i got refurbished on woot last time (AND PLEASE IF YOU ARE READING BRING THIS ONE BACK!!! i really want to buy 2 or 3 more of those i love that camera) blows this away, the nikon can take god pics but it seems either way hit or miss. and what stinks is the one time when it will miss is just when you really wanted that once in a lifetime shot. i took the nikon with us on a family trip for christmas and missed out on a lot of really good shots when for us my daughter is only 6 once. my panasonic is great first shot every time. or ill carry one of my z990's along and while it even is a bit slow shot to shot its a AWESOME camera.

so my point: for 100$ this blows away many at this same price. BUT if you look around a bit you can find a great deal on a refurb from panasonic and they are vastly better for just a bit more money (around 130$)




btw was reff to the panasonic DMC-ZS19K model. would not let me edit for some reason and i wanted to add the model number

squally47


quality posts: 1 Private Messages squally47
stupeds wrote:I bought one of these from woot plus a couple of days ago, the lens malfunctioned out of the box. Returned for a refund. I'm not going to try again with this deal.



Mine also is malfunctioning out of the box. Lens Error.

ROGETRAY


quality posts: 158 Private Messages ROGETRAY

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squally47 wrote:Mine also is malfunctioning out of the box. Lens Error.



For those of you experiencing issues with your purchase, I recommend that you contact Nikon Customer Support to see if they can help remedy the situation.

If they're unable to help you, please feel free to email into Woot Member Services at support@woot.com