Nikon S9300 summary
Nikon S9300 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially revealed on July of 2012. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The S9300 stands at #125 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #667 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom criteria.
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Nikon S9300 history
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Nikon S9300 Gallery
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Nikon S9300 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of positives and negatives of the Nikon S9300 based on aspects which are usually regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Nikon S9300 Sensor features
The size of the sensor on the Nikon S9300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and gives a standard ISO range of 125 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath displays the S9300's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The S9300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S9300 dimensions
Nikon S9300 weighs 0.47 lb (215 gr / 7.58 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 109mm x 62mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Nikon S9300 is less heavy as compared with its competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Down below is a image of the Nikon S9300 beside a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will show you the button layout on the S9300.
Nikon S9300 Lens features
The S9300 features an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 25-450mm giving it a 18.0 x zoom which is significant and can make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 which is really sluggish and not ideal in low light events and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to increase your ISO resulting in noisy shots. At the long end, 450mm is brilliant zoom and comes at f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S9300 Connectivity
The S9300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy files and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.
Nikon S9300 Video features
The highest possible video quality on the Nikon S9300 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance for video quality and file size but 1080p will not leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and headphone port so you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to consider another model in case you want decent audio in your videos.
Nikon S9300 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Nikon S9300 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Nikon S9300 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S9300 comes with a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon S9300 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be particularly useful.
Nikon S9300 Shutter features
Nikon S9300 can shoot continuously at 6.9 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.
Nikon S9300 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S9300 has got just integrated flash with missing external flash support.
Nikon S9300 Autofocusing features
Nikon S9300 has got only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it useful for taking portraits of people.
It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Nikon S9300 has not got manual focus. Manual focus option can be good for low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focusing.
Nikon S9300 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL12) on the Nikon S9300 is designed to last for 200 shots according to the CIPA measurements making it lesser when compared with its competitors. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:
Nikon S9300 for varying kinds of photography
The following diagram displays a rundown of the Nikon S9300 for varying kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon S9300 Portrait photography info
The Nikon S9300 has a points tally of 35 which is lousy, and means the camera is not really acceptable for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos along with the ability to use off-camera flash.
Nikon S9300 Street photography highlights
Getting a above average points total of 61, the Nikon S9300 is a very decent option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Nikon S9300
A decent sports photography rating of 47 means the Nikon S9300 is relatively suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon S9300 Travel photography factors
Size is super crucial when buying a travel camera. All round, the Nikon S9300 gets a nice 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick for your trips.
Nikon S9300 Landscape photography info
If you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Nikon S9300 at it's lousy score of 41 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current marketplace.
Nikon S9300 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Nikon S9300 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a lousy score of 34.
Nikon S9300 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the S9300, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the S9300 vs it's highest scored competitors listed earlier.
These are some more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.