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brilliant and easy to use,
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I had been using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 for a long time and wanted something like that again, i.e. big optical zoom, small and easy use. I.e. just a camera I can carry with me all the time and use as a visual note keeper. I was surprised that the Nikon was cheaper than the corresponding new Lumix model and decided to give it a try. Just bought it before a big trip to the US, and it proved itself wonderfully.
Made about 2500 photos in two weeks and even dropped it in the sands of Death Valley without any problem (I guess it did help that the camera was switched off at the time, I reckon the objective is a bit vulnerable when fully extended).
When there is enough light the autofocus and the jitter correction work perfectly. I even took snapshots from the driving car with one hand which turned out crisp and perfect in focus.
Light can be a problem though. If it is dark the autofocus can go on strike (or rather in endless search mode) and basically allow not even a slightly out of focus picture but only totally blurred pics.
The zoom is amazing managed to shoot nice pics of tiny chipmunks and birds from 30 yards away.
Only thing that managed to annoy me is the battery display. I guess it's ok when one knows what to expect. But I expected it to be an indication of how much battery is left, i.e. when it shows full to be basically still full and when it shows half full to still have half the time available. Instead it seemed to show full for a long time and then half full only shortly before it then shutdown with the message that the battery was exhausted. Which, five minutes before a brilliant sunset is slightly infuriating.
The flash is funny because it jumps up from a place where it feels quite natural to have a finger when holding the camera. I am rarely using the flash anyway though, I suppose people who do, will get used to holding it differently.
Overall, very happy with having chosen the Coolpix S9500!
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2013, 15:56:07 BST
I found that the camera struggled to focus in low light,pressing the shutter button halfway seemed to wake it up,had no problems since.Great camera!
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