The wife is an accomplished amateur photographer. She rarely misses an opportunity to snap pics of anything from exciting plating setups when we’re served something particularly attractive at restaurants, to wild life, funny people on the street, and adorable moments of our daughter doing something she’s not supposed (aka not adorable at the time). While she has a camera on nearly all her mobile devices, she prefers a dedicated shooter–a soul stealer where the only function is taking picture and not juggling apps.

For her and many others, Nikon announces the CoolPix S9500, a new shooter with more than a few tricks in its photographic chapeau. The CoolPix S9500 features a high power zoom at 22x, Wifi functionality for wireless transfer of data and pics between the S9500 and your smartphones, tablets and laptops. GPS functionality is also on tap with movement tracking and shoot location recording. Nikon has even carved out a POI feature or points of interest tracker. Also know what direction you’re shooting with a working compass to record camera pointing position data. Full 1080p HD movie recording, a 3-inch OLED screen, vibration reduction, and photo editing tools are on the scene to empower would-be photographers.

The Nikon CoolPix S9500 comes in black, red, silver and brown and is available February 2013 for $349.95

Shawn Sanders

Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.