Nikon Coolpix S9300 Slim Compact Camera with 18x VR Zoom, GPS and Full HD Video

| April 10, 2012

Nikon Coolpix S9300 compact camera in black

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is one of Nikon’s latest premium compact long range zoom cameras.

Incorporating a 16MP back-lit CMOS image sensor for enhanced low light sensitivity, a powerful 18x optical zoom lens (25mm to 450mm in 35mm terms) with built-in image stabilizer technology to assist handheld shooting under lower light conditions or using the upper range of the telephoto zoom, and offering the ability to shoot full HD 1080p HD movies with sound, the Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a slim and sleek looking camera that is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or purse.

Additional headline features of the Nikon Coolpix S9300 include; fast start-up and response (up to 6 fps shooting), a 3-inch 921k high resolution LCD monitor for composing and viewing images, user-friendly features including 19 Scene modes, a one touch movie recording button, and GPS tagging and location features.

The Nikon Coolpix S9300 will be available in Canada in either black or red for an estimated retail price of $349.99 (Colour availability varies by country).

Nikon Coolpix S9300 digital compact camera in black back view

Nikon Coolpix S9300 Compact Camera Major Features:

Slimline super zoom: packing a 18x NIKKOR wide-angle optical zoom lens (25–450 mm) with ED glass, this slim camera offers sharp, precise shots however far away you are.

Back-illuminated 16-MP CMOS sensor: with each pixel receiving more light, this highly sensitive image sensor works with the EXPEED C2 processor to deliver clear shots in any light.

Lens-shift VR (vibration reduction): capture steady photos and movies thanks to Nikon’s automatic vibration reduction technology, which counters the effects of camera shake in real time.

Full HD (1080p) movie recording: easily record life in motion and in stereo sound. A dedicated video-record button makes it easy to begin filming.

3-inch 921k-dot LCD screen: whether you shoot in bright sunlight or in low light, this large screen with Nikon’s Clear Color Display technology offers sharp contrast and clear viewing.

Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS): record the exact location (latitude and longitude) where a picture was taken as a “geotag” in the image data (Exif), or use the GPS to track your route when you’re not taking pictures.

 Advanced movie functions: you can pause and then continue filming, and the camera will create one movie file for smooth playback. The optical zoom with autofocus can be used when filming and you can record in iFrame format. A built-in HDMI connector lets you connect the camera directly to an HDTV.

Auto HDR mode: capture images with impressive tonal detail in any situation when you shoot in HDR mode. The camera combines two shots taken at different exposures during a single shutter release to create an image with wide dynamic range and rich color gradation.

Easy Panorama 360°/180°: pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.

3D shooting mode: create a 3D image that can be played back on 3D-capable TVs and computers.

Retouch menu: enhance your photos in-camera with a range of filter effects. Includes options such as Selective Color, which converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of color to an area of your choice, and Cross Screen, which lends a starry effect to bright objects.

High-speed continuous shooting: capture sharp shots of the action with ease. The camera can shoot up to seven consecutive shots at a fast six frames-per-second.

Mode dial: access the most important shooting modes quickly and easily via the conveniently placed mode dial.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 compact camera top view

19 scene modes: scene modes automatically optimize the camera settings for popular photographic styles, effects and locations. Achieve great shots just by selecting the mode that matches your situation.

Fast and accurate AF: when you want to capture subjects that are not in the center of the frame, you can set the camera to shoot with a 99-point autofocus system for extra-sharp results.

Subject Tracking AF: capture sharp shots of subjects that can’t or won’t stay still. Subject Tracking AF keeps the camera focused on a selected subject even if it is moving around.

Wireless transfer: compatible with Eye-Fi X2 (or later) cards. Transmit your digital photos (in JPEG format) directly to your phone or personal computer, and then connect to the Internet to take advantage of Nikon’s photo sharing service, my Picturetown.

Super-slim body: measuring just 30.4 mm at its widest and 23 mm at its thinnest, the COOLPIX S9300 proves it’s possible to be super and slim all at once.

EXPEED C2: Nikon’s fast and powerful image processing system provides high-speed operation, enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 in red

Nikon Coolpix S9300 Press Release:

Nikon Corp. Press Release: Nikon is proud to announce the  new Coolpix S9300 high zoom compact camera that is perfect for travel, sports events, music concerts and more. The slimline COOLPIX S9300 captures detail, thanks to a Nikkor 18x optical zoom lens, a back-illuminated 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, lens-shift vibration reduction, Full HD movie recording, 7.5 cm (3.0-in.) LCD monitor and built-in GPS. The colourful COOLPIX S6300 packs in a NIKKOR 10x optical zoom lens, a back-illuminated 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, lens-shift vibration reduction and Full HD movie recording.

“The COOLPIX S9300 and S6300 are high performance, stylish cameras that are idea for capturing your adventures when you’re on the move,” comments James Loader, Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon. “Whether shooting stills or Full HD video, these new super-zoom COOLPIX cameras will capture the scene in vivid detail and the added features such as Auto HDR mode and 3D capability are bound to impress creative photographers.”

Behind the slimline (30.6mm at its widest part) body of the COOLPIX S9300 lays a wealth of cutting-edge technology that sets this 16-megapixel camera apart. Perfect for use in any situation, its NIKKOR 18x lens (25 – 450 mm coverage) captures distant action or candid close-ups with ease. Meanwhile, lens-shift vibration reduction enables sharp results and a steady image on the 3” high resolution (921k dot) LCD screen with clear colour technology, making it easy to frame shots.

An innovative recording function lets budding movie makers shoot film clips, pause and then continue filming, and the camera will create one movie file for smooth playback. Easy Panorama function lets you pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas. Built-in GPS capability lets you tag your photos at any time, or track your route on the move.

In Canada the Nikon Coolpix S9300 comes in either black or red and sells for an MSRP of $349.99.

We recommend checking Amazon for the latest US deals on the Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300 front black

Nikon Coolpix S9300 Specifications

Effective pixels16.0 million
Image sensor1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.79 million total pixels
Lens18x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length4.5-81.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-450mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Construction11 elements in 10 groups (2 ED lens elements)
Digital zoomUp to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of an approx. 1800 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reductionLens shift
Autofocus (AF)Contrast-detect AF
Focus range (from lens)[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx.
1.5 m (5 ft) to infinity Macro mode: Approx. 4 cm (1.6 in.)
(at a wide-angle zoom position) to infinity
Focus-area selectionFace priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual with 99 focus areas, subject tracking
Monitor3-inch, approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT
LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverage (shooting mode)Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
MediaInternal memory (approx. 26 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File systemDCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, MPF compliant
File formatsStill pictures: JPEG 3D pictures: MPO Sound files (voice memo): WAV Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)16 M (High) [4608 x 3456(fine)] 16 M [4608 x 3456] 8 M [3264 x 2448] 4 M [2272 x 1704] 2 M [1600 x 1200] VGA [640 x 480] 16:9 12M [4608 x 2592]
Shooting ModesAuto, Scene (Portrait, Close-up, Landscape, Food, Sports, Museum, Night portrait, Fireworks show, Party/indoor, Black and white copy, Beach, Easy panorama, Snow, Pet portrait, Sunset, 3D photography, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Backlighting), Smart portrait, Continuous shooting, Special effects
Continuous ShootingContinuous H (default setting) (Images are captured continuously at about 6.9 fps), Continuous L (About 6 images at about 2 fps), Pre-shooting cache (Up to 5 frames at up to 10.6 fps), Continuous H: 120 fps (50 frames at about 1/120 s or faster), Continuous H: 60 fps (25 frames at about 1/60 s or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16
MovieHD 1080p(fine) (default setting): 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 1080p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 720p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540: 960 x 540/approx. 30 fps, VGA: 640 x 480/approx. 30 fps, HS 120 fps: 640 x 480/approx. 120 fps, HS 60 fps: 1280 x 720/approx. 60 fps, HS 15 fps: 1920 x 1080/approx. 15 fps
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 Auto (auto gain from ISO 125 to 1600) Fixed range auto (ISO 125 to 400, 125 to 800)
Metering256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot (when digital zoom is 2x or higher)
Exposure controlProgrammed auto, motion detection, exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
ShutterMechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed1/2000 – 1 s 1/4000 – 1/120 s (Continuous H: 120 fps) 1/4000 – 1/60 s (Continuous H: 60 fps) 4 s (Fireworks show scene mode)
ApertureElectronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection mode
Self-timerCan be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Built-in Flash Range[W]: 0.5 to 5.1 m (1 ft 8 in. to 16 ft)
[T]: 1.5 to 3m (5 ft to 9 ft 10 in.)
Flash controlTTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
InterfaceHi-Speed USB
Data Transfer ProtocolMTP, PTP
Video outputCan be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI outputCan be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminalAudio/video (AV) output; digital I/O (USB); HDMI Mini Connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
Electronic compass16 cardinal points (position correction using 3-axis acceleration sensor, automatic correction for the deviated angle, and automatic offset adjustment
GPSReceiver frequency 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), geodetic system WGS 84
Supported languagesArabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sourcesOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (included) AC
Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Charging timeApprox. 3 hours 50 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter
EH-69P and when no charge remains)
Battery life (EN-EL12)Still pictures: Approx. 200 shots Movies: Approx. 50
min. (HD 1080p(fine) (1920 x 1080))
Tripod socket1/4 (ISO 1222)
(W x H x D)
Approx. 108.7 x 62.3 x 30.6 mm (4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.) (excluding projections)
WeightApprox. 215 g (7.6 oz.) (including battery and SD memory card)
Temperature0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
HumidityLess than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesCamera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with terminal cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD
Optional accessoriesBattery Charger MH-65, AC Adapter EH-62F

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