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Nikon Coolpix S9300

16-megapixel digital camera with 18X optical zoom (Silver)

4 Reviews

Item # 054S9300S

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Pack light on your next trip, and bring back amazing photographs with the Nikon Coolpix S9300. The camera captures the rich colors of the tropics, and all the details and romance of Paris at night. But it will also snap your nephew smearing his face with cake at his first birthday party. The '9300 has an advanced CMOS sensor that keeps your photos detailed and sharp, even in dim settings, and its advanced image processing lets you capture blur-free, full-resolution photographs in high-speed shooting mode. With its slim body and 18X optical zoom, this camera manages to stay travel-friendly without sacrificing performance.

For all your travels, near and far

Pack light on your next trip, and bring back amazing photographs with the Nikon Coolpix S9300. The camera captures the rich colors of the tropics, and all the details and romance of Paris at night. But it will also snap your nephew smearing his face with cake at his first birthday party. The '9300 has an advanced CMOS sensor that keeps your photos detailed and sharp, even in dim settings, and its advanced image processing lets you capture blur-free, full-resolution photographs in high-speed shooting mode. With its slim body and 18X optical zoom, this camera manages to stay travel-friendly without sacrificing performance.


Nikon CoolPix S9300

The high-resolution 3" LCD screen makes it easy to frame and review your photos. You'll see exactly what you're going to get, and can make the necessary adjustments before you take your shot. Panorama mode stitches several shots together so you can get one shot of the whole city skyline. And the built-in GPS makes it easy to track your travels on a map when you upload them to select sites.

HD movie recording and easy playback on your HDTV

The S9300 also lets you record full high-definition video clips when you prefer to capture a moment with movies instead of photos. And when you're ready to share your pictures and videos, a mini HDMI output lets you show them on your compatible HDTV (mini HDMI cable sold separately).

Product Highlights:

  • 16-megapixel effective recording
  • 18X optical zoom (4X digital/72X total zoom)
  • high-resolution 3" LCD screen (921,000 dots)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-450mm
Special Features:
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • advanced CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
  • high-speed shooting mode (6.9 frames/second)
  • night mode and night portrait mode
  • GPS helps track your travels on a map when you upload them to select sites
  • smile mode automatically snaps the shutter when the camera detects a smiling subject
  • 3D still image photography for viewing on your 3D capable TV
  • panorama mode stitches photos together for a 360° or 180° view
  • optical image stabilization
  • 26MB internal memory
Connections and Dimensions:
  • mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 4-5/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-5/16"D
  • weight (without battery and media): 7.6 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • battery charger
  • audio/video and USB cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V/1050 mAh/3.9 Wh) with attached plastic terminal cover
  • EH-69P AC adapter (5V / 0.55A)
  • Wrist strap
  • 4' EG-CP16 Audio video cable (with proprietary plug on one end and composite video/stereo audio RCA plugs on the other end)
  • 5' UC-E6 USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary plug on the other end)
  • Nikon ViewNX2 Software on CD-ROM
  • Reference Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Programs sheet
  • For Your Safety sheet
  • Caution for Viewing 3D Pictures sheet
  • My Picturetown sheet

Excellent Camera. Easy To Use. High Quality photos with excellent Color. Fast. Can't complain about anything

Nikon Fan, Spokane, WA


Nikon Coolpix S9300 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Has some major flaws!

ZmannLoveland from Loveland, CO on 7/14/2012

I was wanting a camera that has a big zoom but can still fit in my pocket. This dose both. That's it. Pics were fuzzy. Camera is really slow between pictures. Zoom was loud focus was slow. I had high hopes for this camera but was disappointed.

Pros: Nice zoom

Cons: A lot!

Perfect Camera for the Ride!

LisaM from Los Angeles, CA on 6/12/2012

Although we have several DSLR cameras, none was convenient for one specific purpose: motorcycle riding. We have found this perfect camera in the Nikon Coolpix S9300. It fits in a jacket pocket and is ready for action in a split second. The camera is small, but not "dainty," and (once the gloves are off...) my husband has no difficulty in composing and capturing the shots he wants -- with amazing results. We are enormously pleased with this purchase, and highly recommend the S9300. Crutchfield's swift delivery and excellent customer service standards are also greatly appreciated.

Pros: Easy to learn (and therefore actually use!), terrific zoom capability without loss of clarity, not too small for large hands, solidly constructed.

Cons: We're looking for a screen protector for the "exposed" monitor, as we're worried about scratches to that surface. Other than that -- it's awesome!

Very good small camera with lots of capability

Ken from HSV on 5/22/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Since Canon G7 had problem with lens, I bought this camera for my wife for early Mother's day. It works very well with photos and movies. It is compact so it is easy to carry and put is in pocket and/or purse. On the other hand, it is not so easy to shoot photos and movies. Anyway we are happy with this camera so far.

Pros: Compact, good IQ and movie with GPS and other advanced capabilities.

Cons: No raw, no manual setting, too small to handle.

Coolpix S9300

Nikon Fan from Spokane, WA on 5/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent Camera. Easy To Use. High Quality photos with excellent Color. Fast. Can't complain about anything


Cons: No cons---


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Yes
Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-450mm
Optical Zoom 18x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory 26 MB
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
Megapixels 16
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080p, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 4-7/16
Height (inches) 2-1/2
Depth (inches) 1-1/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 7.6
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Play, Edit and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

3" LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix S9300 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 98% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

Image Sensor: The Coolpix S9300 features a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 16.79-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.0-million.

Optics: The Coolpix S9300 digital camera uses a NIKKOR ED glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Nikkor ED lens is designed for the specific camera and image sensor combination. The Coolpix S9300 uses a 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that is equivalent to a 25-450mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 72x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of an approximately 1800mm lens (35mm format).

Vibration Reduction: The Nikon Coolpix S9300 offers an optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System. Vibration Reduction reduces blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. Slight hand movements causes blurred photos, especially when shooting at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in. The camera utilizes lens shift technology to reduce the effect of camera shake.

File Formats: The Coolpix S9300 records still images in JPEG format. 3D photos are stored in MPO format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo). You have a choice of seven still image size options and five movie options:

  • Still Images:
    • 16M: 4608 x 3456 (high quality 1:4 compression ratio)
    • 16M: 4608 x 3456 (standard quality 1:8 compression ratio)
    • 8M: 3264 x 2448
    • 4M: 2272 x 1704
    • 2M: 1600 x 1200
    • VGA: 640 x 480
    • 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
  • Movies (Frame Rate 30 fps):
    • HD 1080p: 1920 x 1080 (Bit rate: 14.7 Mbps)
    • HD 1080p: 1920 x 1080 (Bit rate: 12.3 Mbps)
    • HD 720p: 1280 x 720 (Bit rate: 6.1 Mbps)
    • iFrame 540: 960 x 540 (Bit rate: 20.8 Mbps)
    • VGA: 640 x 480 (Bit rate: 2.9 Mbps)

Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes, or 4 GB file size.

Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 26 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound. Using the internal memory, you can record two still images at the highest resolution or 14 seconds of HD video at the highest resolution and bit rate.

Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards of 64 GB and 128 GB.

3D Photos: The Coolpix S9300 can take 3D photos that are viewable on a 3D-compatible TV or monitor. Images are recorded at a size of 1920 x 1080. Recording a 3D image is a two-step process. After taking the initial picture (left eye image), a second picture (right eye image) is taken automatically by moving the camera horizontally to the right until the subject is aligned with the guide on the monitor. To play back 3D images, you will need to connect the camera to the TV via a 3D-compatible HDMI cable. Only the initial (left eye) image can be viewed in the camera's monitor.

Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:

  • Auto Mode: A "point-and-shoot" mode with some user adjustments to suit the shooting conditions and type of shot you want to capture.
  • Scene Mode: There are four positions on the mode dial for Scene Modes. You can select Scene Auto Selector, Night Landscape, Backlighting, or Scene. When Scene is selected on the mode dial, you can choose from one of the following scenes in the menu: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Black & White Copy, Easy Panorama, Pet Portrait, and 3D Photography.
  • Special Effects Mode: You can choose from the following six effects: Soft, Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast Monochrome, High Key, Low Key, and Selective Color.
  • Smart Portrait: When the camera detects a smiling face, you can take a picture automatically without pressing the shutter-release button (smile timer). The Skin Softening option can smooth the skin tones in faces.
  • Continuous Shooting: Choose one of the following one of the modes below:
    • Continuous H: Takes up to 7 pictures at about 6.9 frames per second while the shutter button is held down.
    • Continuous L: Takes up to 6 images at a rate of about 2 fps while the shutter release is held down.
    • Pre-shooting Cache: Makes it easy to capture perfect moments by saving images from before the shutter release button was pressed all the way. Captures up to 5 frames at a rate up to 10.6 fps.
    • Continuous H 120: Each time the shutter release button is pressed all the way, 50 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/120 sec or faster. (Image size: 640 x 480)
    • Continuous H 60: Each time the shutter release button is pressed all the way, 25 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 sec or faster. (Image size: 1280 x 960)
    • Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is selected and saved.
    • Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges them in a single image of 2560 x 1920.

Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second for self-portraits and a 2 second timer to prevent camera shake caused by pressing the shutter release button. In addition, the camera can use face detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected (Smile Timer).

AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses.

  • Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically. The camera can recognize up to 9 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode. This is the default setting.
  • Auto: The camera automatically selects the focus area (up to 9) containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Manual: You can manually select one of 99 focus areas in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still.
  • Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame.
  • Subject Tracking: For taking pictures of moving subjects. The camera moves the focus area automatically to track the registered subject within the frame.

Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 1.6". This feature is best for taking close-up pictures of flowers or other small subjects.

Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.

AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 9'-10" at the maximum wide-angle position and 6'-6" at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.

Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:

  • Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 125 when there is sufficient lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting is dim.
  • Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 125-400 or ISO 125 to 800.
  • Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200.

White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset White Balance and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

Built-in Flash: The Coolpix S9300 has a built-in flash with a range of 1'-8" to 16' (Wide angle) and 5' to 9'-10" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:

  • Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
  • Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
  • Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
  • Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
  • Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.

AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:

  • Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during recording.
  • Full-time AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed.

Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length, and are stored as WAV files.

Global Positioning System (GPS): The Coolpix S9300 is equipped with a GPS receiver, which, when enabled, encodes time and positioning data into your photos. All your image and movie files are geotagged, providing a visual travelogue that pinpoints the places you have been. These files can be integrated with Nikon's my Picturetown photo sharing site, Google Earth, and Nikon ViewNX2 software (supplied) to display maps showing where the photo was taken.

Play, Edit and Print Functions

Copy: You can internally copy images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD card.

Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.

Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, 16, or 72) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.

Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.

Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.

Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.

Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix S9300 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:

  • Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
  • Skin Softening: The camera recognizes faces in pictures and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
  • Filter Effects: You can apply the following effects: Soft, Selective color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, and Painting.
  • Small Picture (Resizing): You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
  • Crop: Create a copy containing only the portion visible in the monitor.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 29 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.

Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:

  • Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
  • PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
  • Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Coolpix S9300 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL12). The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-69P AC adapter and UC-E6 USB cable. You can also charge the battery using the optional MH-65 battery charger. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 200 shots or 50 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 3 hours 50 minutes with the EH-69P, or 2 hours 30 minutes with the optional MH-65.

Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The Coolpix S9300 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.

USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.

Supplied Software

Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains the following software:

  • Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
  • ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your images
  • Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies.
  • Panorama Maker 6: for creating panoramic images from the camera's recorded still images
  • QuickTime (Windows Only)

System Requirements: The supplied software will work with the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
  • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
  • Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack 3)
  • MAC OS X Versions: 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.7.2

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Small touches make the difference

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 7/20/2012 10:42:00 AM

Sometimes it's the little details that impress me the most. The S9300 has a navigation wheel with macro, time delay, flash, and brightness positioned around it. As with other cameras, you press the wheel next to one of those four icons to get into the menu settings. But what's different is that the wheel is a scroll wheel. Once you're inside the menu, you can quickly select options by turning the wheel rather then repeatedly pressing it.

Another nice touch is the rubber strip embedded in the back of the camera. It's positioned exactly where your thumb naturally falls to grip the camera. Rather than trying to hold onto a smooth case, my thumb rested on the non-skid rubber. Which meant I didn't have to exert much pressure to hold onto the camera, which in turn meant my hand didn't tire as quickly. A small detail, but a welcome one.

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