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Nikon Coolpix S9
Nikon Coolpix S9

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Nikon Coolpix S9

We've given the S9 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix S9 is a nice ultracompact that doesn't complicate itself with extra features or gadgets. The 6 megapixel sensor is more than enough to satisfy most users, while the attractive body and slim design make it as appealing as far more expensive cameras from other manufacturers.


  • 6.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • Movie mode with sound
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • JPEG file format
  • Secure Digital card storage (24MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 25556
  • UPC: 018208255542
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2006

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Nikon Coolpix S9 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S9 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Thanks for Pictures Lost I'll Never Get Back (Andrea — 08/13/2008)

I wanted a small digital camera to take pictures of my children. Little did I know this is the worst camera I have ever used! I started taking my old digital camera as back to make sure I didn't miss big moments at family functions and school events due to the horrible quality of photos this Coolpix produced. I gave it to my 5 year old to take pictures with since that is the only use I can get out of it, besides the trash.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy this camera (Shannon — 02/17/2008)

I have owned this for over a year now and have been very disappointed. It is my first digital camera I've ever had, and I was very excited when I received this as a gift. My camera has the exact same problem as everyone else reports: pictures are either way too bright and washed out, or else blurry with distorted coloring. It makes me extremely frustrated, as I hardly ever bother taking it out with me now. It's more trouble than it's worth. Buy any other camera than this worthless piece of junk.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Save your money, buy something else (Heath — 01/28/2008)

My wife wanted a smaller more compact camera. I already own two Nikon digital cameras. But niether could be considered a 'poclet camera". We got a decent deal on this one at BestBuy. But it did not take long to realize that we bought a piece of junk. Only the most uneducated photographer would be happy with this camera. Itwill not take good pictures...unless outdoors in BRIGHT light. Anything less than full on sunlight, and it will underexpose and blur. Any digital camera that only offers ISO settings and not manual shitter settings, will not work for me. The flash is weak, and not usefull. I hate using aflash indoors, and prefer using slower shutter speeds....this camera won't do that. If you turn the flash of, it exposesway too slowly. The autofocus sensor is weak, and quite often, this camera takes out of focus pictures. I would NEVER recommend this any price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sorry that I received this as a gift (K — 12/13/2007)

I wanted a compact digital. Although this is compact, I have chosen to use my 35mm several times as I have lost the opportunity to catch major memories because this camera is not all that is cracked up to be. If you like taking posed pictures under perfect conditions, then this camera may hold up. Otherwise, get a disposable and get better performance.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I HATE This Camera (Alexandra Higgins — 07/09/2007)

I bought this camera for the sole purpose of average use. I find myself so frustrated with the camera that it sits at home all time. The only good thing about it is the size and the pink color I purchased.

  • 1.0 out of 5
terrible (kevin — 06/16/2007)

worst camera ever

  • 1.0 out of 5
I HATE this camera soooo much! (Marley — 06/11/2007)

People save your money. This camera has been a major let-down for me personally. I have had it for exactly 2 weeks now and am bringing it back to the store tomorrow. I have been unable to get 1 decent shot so far. (And I am a professional photographer, so I obviously know how to work a camera.) The pictures come out very blurry and unfocused, & for some reason always have this glaring light in the background.... Even in natural, outdoor lighting. It's not like I've taken any photos in florescent lighting or anything like that. Sometimes they appear foggy too, as if someone had breathed hot air onto the lens before taking the picture. (Obviously, this is not the case.) Additionally, the delayed reaction is a major issue bc you miss the best shots. By the time the camera snaps the picture, the kodak moment has already passed. There have been times that I held the button for literally like 15 seconds before the camera took the picture. Do not bother with this camera. It is a waste of money.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Should have bought something else (JT — 04/26/2007)

As a long-time Nikon fan and owner of three of the high-end Nikon SLRs, I ASSUMED that I would be very happy with this camera; WRONG!!! It takes beautiful outdoor photos and should be billed as an outdoor camera only! However, I have NEVER been able to capture an indoor image that looks worth a crap! Red-eye on every picture (no matter what is selected in the menu), horrible washout, and out-of-focus shots are all that I've gotten from this worthless piece of crap! Tossed it to the curb, and lug around my big Nikon's because they are truly fail-safe for high-end quality pictures! Buy an Olympus or anything but this sorry excuse for a portable camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy - blurry pictures with spots (anonymous — 03/09/2007)

I have unfortunately gone through two of the S9's and both have had the same problems. Within one week of my first purchase, my pictures were blurry with spots. Because I really liked the size and style of the camera, I figured I just got a defective one and exchanged it for the same model. Within two months, the same exact problems are happening except now I am outside of the store's exchange policy and I have to deal directly with mailing my camera into Nikon only to get it repaired. It's been very frustrating and I will never buy this model again, re-considering Nikon reliability overall.

  • 1.0 out of 5
blur image (liz — 02/10/2007)

Images look 'ok' thru LCD screen but terribly blur on pc monitor. No matter how stable your hands are, quality of pictures is still a compromise. I took the camera back and exchanged with sony W30 and never regretted..

  • 3.0 out of 5
not sure (ryan — 02/05/2007)

I just bought the s9 and i like the features and user interface. Also the sleek and small design. However i also can not take a really true clear picture no matter what setting i use so i am thinking that maybe it is just a defective unit. My dad was a professional photographer and only used nikon from what i have read they are the best cameras in the world. If i cant take a clear enough image i am taking it back and getting another one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
one of the best (arijit — 02/01/2007)

well i have been using for the last 5 days and i have taken over 600 snaps.....i found this camera amazing with features apt for almost every situation.It has variety of modes and its user friendly nature deserves mention.After all its NIKON!!!!!!!!!!!!the very best is ought to happen with it!!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent - mystery other reviews (Bill — 01/29/2007)

Although I have only owned the s9 for 2 mos., I have tested it thoroughly. Everything works great including indoor flash photography. It is as if some of the other reviewers who don't like the flash were using another camera. In fact after reading a few of these this evening I tested it all over the house and found excellence. The rich features, great size, very high quality pictures I am very pleased.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not all it's cracked up to be! (Linsey — 01/23/2007)

I recently got the s9 coolpix camera and found that no matter what setting I put it on, it took pictures that were either extremely bright and washed out, or blurry and off-color. I thought I just had to learn the settings, but after going through almost all of them and reading reviews, I returned the camera and bought a Canon elph and love it. The Canon is just as small, and records the pictures much faster than any Nikon I've had. Don't be fooled by the Nikon's stylish design! It's not worth it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
1st time digital camera owner (Sam — 01/16/2007)

As a first time owner of a digital camera i would have to say that I'm very impressed with what i've seen so far. I do nt know to much about cameras but this little camera has worked very well for my need and over all hasdone its job very well. So i would have to say if you are a new person to the camera industry like myself i would have to say give it a try.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not Living up to Nikon name (L Hunt — 01/09/2007)

I bought S9 right before christmas. Not only is it slow but many of the pictures come out blurry or too bright when you view them. I am very disappointed. This is my 4th Nikon and the only one I have not liked. I am returning it to the camera store and trading for another Nikon. I still trust Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hated it! (Jane — 01/04/2007)

I got the camera for Christmas from Cirucuit City. I could not take one decent picture. They were always blurry or too bright, even with auto flash on. I returned it after one week.

  • 5.0 out of 5
In response to emily (Sarah — 12/22/2006)

Actually, there are very few, if any, digital cameras that come with internal memory. Consumers always need to buy a memory card with their camera now days. You are right, this camera does have several manual settings. Maybe if you had gone somewhere other than Circuit City, the associates may have steered you in the direction of a camera that better suites your needs. Otherwise, I think this camera is excellent. It has a small and sleek design. Overall I believe that Nikon cameras have the best lenses. Their pictures are always crisp and clear, and I have owned several digicams.

  • 3.0 out of 5
go for s6 then s9 (kalpesh — 12/05/2006)

I am not impresssed with s9 pl. go for s6

  • 3.0 out of 5
did i buy the right camera? (emily — 11/23/2006)

am still not sure. I am a photosnapper who does not need a lot of frills. I do think that the screen resolution is too grainy and it is a pretty slow camera. I like the sleek design but without an SD card it has basically NO memory. Also, it claims that you must use the PictureProject software with your computer, but I cant get it to work quite right. Wish the menus were a little more involved and I hope picture quality is better than what I am seeing on the screen. Will return to Circuit City if it doesnt work out - also, buy this online it will be cheaper.