CNET First Look
Nikon's 22x zoom snapshooter for your pocketWith its long lens, compact size, plus extras like built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the Coolpix S9500 is a very good point-and-shoot travel companion.
Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and this is the look at the Nikon CoolPix S9500. It's Nikon's top compact megazoom for 2013. In it you get a 22x zoom lens that goes from 25 millimeters to 550 millimeters which is quite the range for something you can slip in a pocket and weighs about 7 ounces. Its other key specs include an 18-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 3-inch OLED screen which looks great, but I still found it difficult to see in bright conditions despite its good viewing angles. It also has built-in GPS for geotagging and Wi-Fi so you can grab your shots from the camera on the go or even control the camera with an Android or iOS device. Like past versions of this camera, its shooting options are mostly automatic, so if you want things like aperture and shutter speed control, this isn't your camera. Otherwise it has plenty of things to experiment with before and after you shoot. Picture quality is good to very good depending on how much light you have and the focal length you're using. Quality drops off above ISO 400 and since it's a slow lens at both ends, you'll wanna use it mainly outdoors with good lighting especially when zoomed in. Shooting performance is good, though the autofocus can be finicky in low light and again when zoomed in. Regardless, it's a good choice if you're looking for a long zoom camera at a good price for automatic snapshots that you can easily shoot and share. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Nikon CoolPix S9500.