Amazing "walk around" camera
I'm 66, and have been "Nikon" for just over 50 years. My prime camera is a D5100 (shortly to be a D5300 - would buy the D800 but it's too heavy and I don't need 40 x 60 blowups or make pro movies!
The S9500 is an amazing camera. If you take the time (highly recommended) to really read through the complete manual (on the DVD not the "short" user guide) and practice going through the menus, you have a semi-pro camera that will produce very high quality pictures that you can blow up to 11x14 or even 16x20 (if you got lighting, focus, and exposure spot on). My only issue is a ton of noise on video in low light conditions. You can adjust for exposure and color balance in post, but it can't touch video that has been taken with a larger sensor.
Check out and compare the specs to this and most other Coolpix cameras (at any price). You will see that this is virtually the top of the line.
October 22, 2013
I had few of those Nikon cameras in the past (previous models) and comparing to other cameras on the market - this one takes the best pictures ever! I had to exchange this camera, though, it was freezing every 10-20 pictures and the only way to make it work again was to take the battery out and put it back in. Unfortunately. Hopefully this one will work just fine. I love it! Best compact size camera! And great video quality - just like professional video camera: 1080p, full HD movie. Build GPS, WiFi ans 22 x optical zoom makes it more than just a camera :-D
September 26, 2013
Awesome compact camera
The camera is easy to use and also has lost of photo modes. The optical zoom is also very nice, 22x.
September 20, 2013
Camera seems easy to use, good zoom capability, megapixels and speed of turning on and shooting photos. Only inconvenience is the pop up flash. Generally I hold the camera with two hands and the left hand fingers rest on top of the flash pop up. Need to be aware of this in taking indoor photos.
August 16, 2013
Remember to register the camera to enable GPS-Geomapping
Wonderful camera...I didn't take the time to register my Coolpix S9500 before I snapped 700 photos in 7 countries in Europe. Wasn't I just shocked when I returned home to learn that the geomapping information won't be printed on my photos! Ergo, a memory challenge. The camera is a smaller version of last year's model. It's lighter weight and unnecessary lens cap make it ever so convenient. Great quality photos, too! The "smart portrait" feature is fun. When the subject is smiling with open eyes, the camera can automatically shoot the photo. I tricked a friend and she was in hysterics wondering what was happening when she hadn't touched the shutter-release button. Cheese!
June 18, 2013
SO happy I bought a second 9500!
My wife saw how awesome the photos I took of the band Rush in concert with the 550 zoom. The images are simply amazing from such a small camera at such a long way from the stage. The video look excellent as well. WiFi problems....eeehh so what, wireless is a small matter compared to the quality of the images. Would rather have good wireless on my D800E.
April 29, 2013
Great camera would highly recommend.
This is a great camera. Compact and shoots pictures and video very clear. Would recommend it to every one. Just check out my video for your self.
May 9, 2013
Excelente custo beneficio.
O preço é muito bom com uma qualidade excepcional.
April 20, 2014
Ótima qualidade e com a vantagem de ser Compacta
Ótima qualidade para paisagens
Ideal para passeio com a família e amigos
Supera todas as expectativas
April 11, 2014
Simplesmente perfeita, essa câmera é tudo o que eu preciso, ela tem todos os recursos que eu quero e além de ser compacta.
October 2, 2013
What a great little camera!
Lot of features. If you can't afford to take along your full size SLR due to space or weight this camera will get the job done. Many features found only on bigger cameras. Great telephoto zoom lens. The zoom range is 22X optically which is much better than other cameras that pretend to have a zoom but it is nothing more than digital cropping.
With a camera this small you don't have to take bad pictures with your cell phone. No reason to leave this one home.
The bad on this is that the flash is pretty weak and pops up where you would naturally hold the camera...but it is still a better flash than what you have with a cell phone camera.
January 1, 2014
Don't like the location of the flash. Pictures are clear so far.
December 17, 2013
Great but dead!
Purchased new S9500 before a 3-week overseas trip. Great camera, more megapixels, long zoom, etc. Have used Coolpix before & like the way they work. The new camera worked great for 2 weeks & took wonderful pictures which we downloaded on our laptop as we traveled. Suddenly at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece I took several pictures, then it froze. Lens was zoomed out, view screen on, but nothing would work. Would not turn off, zoom in or out, take any pics. Waited for it to time out & turn itself off but it never did. Finally after an hour or so the view screen went dark but the lens stayed out, for the rest of the trip. Very frustrating! Fortunately we were within 90 days of purchase & able to return for another. Since we like the camera & functions, we bit the bullet & got another, same model. Also learned a lesson - when you travel, take your old camera with you as a backup!
November 13, 2013
Great pictures, but.....
I like the camera but not the video function. As the lens moves in and out it makes a terrible buzzing noise. It's not noticeable until you go to watch the video and then... it sounds like a buzz saw. I went to the camera shop & they said it is what it is. I looked online and found LOTS of people have the same issue. Lots of potential solutions, none work. So..great stills but don't get this for the video function.
June 13, 2013
Very difficult to see subject in bright sunlight
So far I really like the camera, however this is my most difficult Coolpix to see your subject in the viewfinder - monitor while in sunshine. My S8200 was my favorite, but the long zoom makes the S9500 better even though it is more difficult to shot pictures outside.
Simply put make the S9500 monitor easier to see in the sun or my like of this camera will fade very rapidly. This was a rather expensive camera to have this big of a flaw!
May 13, 2013
Câmera perfeita, fácil manuseio, imagem perfeita, tudo que precisa em uma câmera ela possou, só faltou mesmo a imagem panorâmica.
January 13, 2014
Time between Pics
I have just purchased a Coolpix S9500 and I find the time between taking a photo and the time that the camera is ready to take another, seems to be a long one. Can anyone advise on this please. I am currently using Auto mode.
March 24, 2014
This is my second coolpix camera. I never had a problem with the last one. This one has frozen on me 3 times during the first month of ownership. I have had to remove the battery each time
March 4, 2014
Ordered new camera and came apparently used
The camera was already set up with someone else's pictures and settings loaded. May have been used already. Waited two months to receive as it was backordered that long. The description should be more explicit that you have to buy an additional card to wifi load pictures to a standard computer. The installed Wi-Fi only works for ipads and smart phones. Had to purchase a eye-fi card to load pictures to my computer. Other than that it takes a really good picture. I wouldn't recommend it due to the inability to receive when you want it.
February 17, 2014
Very poor battery performance
This camera does not come with a dock. If left unplugged, the battery drains in a couple of days. The manual says not to leave fully charged battery plugged in. I do not handle my camera everyday. It is very annoying to pick it up and it be inoperable because of discharged battery.
Features are nice.
January 10, 2014
This keeps breaking
I received this camera for Mother's Day 2013. I took it back the same day. The lens doesn't close all the way. It looks like a little plastic shutter that closes over the lens. I exchanged it for another camera, and this one looked good, and takes good pics. The same thing happened to this camera, and in the same place. I do not understand why.
May 28, 2013
Could be great for traveling
I bought this little camera as an addition item to my Nikon's gadget bag because of is wi-fi capability with my Android tablets. I also teach to retirees on travel photography.
The software need's fine tuning fast, as it is not very reliable compared with others I have tried. (Canon, Samsung) The camera itself feels good in your hands and is small enough. Please buy a hardshell case and do not use forced air to clean it as you may get dust inside and on your CCD.
I teach using (4) P7000 and now I want to upgrade to smaller Wi-Fi cameras and tablets for my traveling students. Please Nikon developers, upgrade the software fast if you want to stay in the Wi-Fi small quality camera rating. The zoom is perfect, the body very good but lack dust protection, the battery is the worst part. I use it for bird watching with control from my tablets but battery life is very (very) short in Wi-Fi mode.
I will need 4 more soon and I'm waiting to see what software upgrade is coming, otherwise I will buy some other brand.
March 24, 2013
muy bonitas fotos con poca luz
acabo de comprarla muy bonitas fotos,funciones,el zoom muy bien..hasta que entre prueba y prueba
al apagarla la mitad de la proteccion del lente ¡no cierra!..¡ni un dia de uso!
May 8, 2014
Shutter got stuck
I've had this camera for a little over 90 days and was purchased at Costco. It takes very nice pictures with a clean slick look but after a few uses the shutter in the lens got stuck. And now when I turn the camera on the shutter does not completely open leaving the photos only taking half the shot the other half is black by the shutter. I'm currently under warranty but sending your camera back for repairs is a lot more troublesome then I expected. Haven't completed the process so I will update review as soon as I receive my hopefully fully repaired camera back.
April 22, 2014
I really liked the features that the 9500 offered - I replaced my 9100 with this camera to get a longer lens, better resolutioin, and the GPS / Wifi features are excellent.
I had this camera for only 1 month - we took it hiking into Yosemite National Park. The camera took wonderful pictures, until it bumped into a railing and refused to work.
The camera was sent back to Nikon who determined that it was owner damaged, and therefore not elegible for warentee service. It would cost $150 for them to fix it, and $259 for a brand new camera.
This is the 4th Coolpix I've owned, and have been happy with all except this one - it's too fragile for use! If one need to keep the camera cloistered, what's the point??
I'll be going back to the 9100 which seems to have been made more durable.
October 16, 2013
nice pictures not reliable performance
camera kept locking up... only way to resolve was to take battery out and put it back in...returning camera....
August 6, 2013
Firmware update could make this camera great!
In the couple of weeks I've had the camera, I've really enjoyed it. In good light, it takes great pictures with vibrant colors and the flash works very well. The menu system is well designed which provides easy access to all of the camera's functions. I especially like the GPS features and panorama and 3D modes. Of course, the 22x zoom is great.
One big problem however is the cameras operation in even moderately low light situations. There are times when it refuses to focus even in normal indoor lighting especially when the zoom is being used. This prevents even taking a flash photo. It's especially frustrating since it seems to start out with a good focus and then veers away from it when it locks in. I'm hoping this is just a bug that could be fixed in firmware. My son's camera from a competitor works perfectly every time in identical situations.
The omission of an AC adaptor that allows operation of the camera (in addition to charging) is baffling. The cumbersome battery substitute adaptor is a poor alternative to this obvious feature. Not a deal breaker though.
Most importantly, certain basic functions are missing from the firmware. It's as if a marketing guy told the engineers to get rid of every extra item that could confuse a user rather than sensibly tucking them away into a separate area for when the user gains more experience. Here is a list of seemingly simple changes that I hope find their way into a firmware update before I have to decide whether to return the camera:
1. Get rid of the GPS log warning when powering down or at least let the user dismiss it. Waiting 10 seconds before you can put it back in your pocket gets annoying very quickly.
2. Provide basic shutter and aperture priority modes. The camera often makes wrong decisions, especially in dim light, and this would provide a fallback.
3. Provide additional focus modes for infinity (without having to be limited to a landscape scene) and maybe a distance focus control for situations where the automatic modes don't work. This may not be necessary if the engineers can get the low light focusing to work properly.
4. Allow control over how long the preview shows after taking a picture.
5. Allow edited images (zoomed, softened, etc) to be transferred via wifi. The instructions don't say they can't be transferred but they are disabled with an X through them on my iPhone with the Nikon app.
6. Allow full res images to be transferred to a smart phone via wifi.
There are probably more missing basic features but these are the ones I noticed right away. The first three especially are reason enough to return the camera if they are not fixed. It would be a shame for such a great camera to be hobbled by substandard firmware. Since I generally enjoy using the camera, I really hope Nikon is listening and has the technical skills to fix the problems.
May 18, 2013
The camera is great in almost every way. It takes beautiful pictures from very far away in low light, etc... The problem is that the WiFi stops working after a little while. I bought one and had to return it two weeks later because the WiFi stopped working. I exchanged it for another one. Now 3 weeks later the same exact problem happened again. I am hoping the store exchanges it again as it is more than 30 days since the original purchase.
March 30, 2013
Camera keep freazing and overheat
I bought a coolpix nikon s9500 in january and i went to a concert lately and realise that it keep freazing and overheat! Im i the only one who it happened or i was just not lucky and took one that was broken ?
August 17, 2014
VERY unhappy with this camera
For the price that I paid it should take photos with no exposure problems. I get about 10%of my indoor photos washed out with the flash and I had a system crash (not turning off, not turning on, etc.) I sent it in for repair... they said several parts were replaced and I STILL have the same exposure problem (it seems even worse now). The camera did this with auto and fill flash. I also use an 'approved' SD card. I would NOT recommend this at all.
I do semi-pro photography and have been happy with my D300s and D800e, but this is not worth half of the money that I paid for it.
December 4, 2013