Nikon has updated their pocket superzoom camera line with the new 18-megapixel Coolpix S9500. The Nikon Coolpix S9500 sports a 22x 25-550mm f/3.4-6.3 zoom lens (35mm equivalent), full HD video, GPS and built-in Wi-Fi. If you’re only going to own one camera, my advice would be to make it a pocket superzoom. They’re my favorite point-and-shoots because you can carry so much camera in a pants pocket. The S9500’s 25-550mm zoom lens has more range than you’ll find in most professional photographers’ huge camera bags. Combine the built-in Wi-Fi, your Smart Phone and Nikon’s mobile app and you can wirelessly transfer photos and videos from the camera to your phone and share them on Facebook no matter where you are!
Update: We’re finishing up a complete review of the S9500 but studio sample photos are live for your pixel peeping pleasure:
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Key Features & Specs:
- New 18.1-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 22x 25-550mm f/3.4-6.3(35mm equivalent) Nikkor ED VR zoom lens
- 1920 x 1080 full HD video with 720p at 60 FPS
- Built-in GPS
- Built-in Wi-Fi with mobile app for iOS and Android
- Sensitivity: ISO 125-3200
- 7.5 FPS high-speed burst (5 shot limit)
- 3-inch 614k-dot OLED display
In my experience, Nikon pocket superzoom image quality is about as good as it gets. The only thing the S9500 doesn’t have is manual exposure controls. So if you’re a pure point-and-shoot photographer that wants a powerful pocket-sized camera so you can take great photos and videos and share them immediately, the S9500 is a pretty sure bet. The S9500 will also make a great vacation camera for travelers who want to keep their luggage light and simple. And the built-in GPS will tag all your photos with location data so you can search, browse or share them by city, landmark, country, etc.
The Nikon Coolpix S9500 pocket superzoom camera will be available in February (2013) in red, silver and black for US $349.95.
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