Nikon Coolpix S9900 Review

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If you’re on the market for a video-centric camera, one with 1080p video quality and work in a vlogging environment, one of the best vlogging cameras under 300 is the Nikon Coolpix S9900. Featuring 1080p FHD video means you’ll have the best standard of quality. And your shot will always be in frame with its vari-angle display.

Why We Like It – Nikon Coolpix S9900 Review

With a vari-angle display, one that swivels in most directions, and 1080p FHD video quality, you’ll have some of the best quality while keeping your vlog in frame.

Pros
  • Far reaching optical zoom lens
  • 1080p Full HD video quality
  • Vari-angle display that swivels in many directions
Cons
  • Average image quality

Performance

If you’re vlogging, having 1080p is one of the best decisions you can make. It’s the standard now, when it used to be 720p. And video quality is surprisingly good for its low price. Its high speed shutter speed can handle a 7fps burst mode. Its 16 megapixel CMOS sensor size does take good photos, but they’re average at best, though focal length is good at 750mm—much higher than Canon Powershot SX610 HS’ 450mm equivalent. Shooting modes were fun to use. Scene modes and movie modes such as Short Movie create a series of short videos that last a few seconds long, which is great for platforms such as Instagram.

The Nikon Coolpix S9900 digital zoom range is particularly far-reaching, with an emphasis on wide angles; get up real close at 30x optical zoom, with 60x digital zoom—while keeping the image steady. The S9900 also has access to both Wi FI and NFC, which is good in a pinch if your smart device doesn’t have Wi Fi. And just in case you are looking to wander into the woods and capture HD videos, the Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars are a must-have gadget.

Design

For vlogging, having the camera pointed at you is going to be your default position. The problem is: you can’t see yourself. To fix this issue, the Nikon Coolpix S9900 features a swiveling vari-angle LCD display, one that can be angled so you see yourself why you record video. The Panasonic Lumix ZS50 has a fixed LCD, one that doesn’t move. Always knowing how you’ve framed your shot is crucial for a vlogger. And if you’re going mobile, the dimension of the Nikon S9900 is 4.41 x 1.57 x 2.60 inches, making it incredibly small.

Value

The Nikon Coolpix S9900 may not be packing a large number of megapixels, but that’s not where its strengths lie. Having 16 megapixels is still plenty when you strike a pose for a picture. What matters most is its video quality. As a vlogger, having a camera that’s, at the very least, 1080p is ideal. More importantly, having an LCD screen that you can see, even when the camera is pointed at you, is important for keeping your shots straight. For that, we can say the Nikon Coolpix S9900 has great value. For 4K video action shots, however, the GoPro Hero5 Session is probably more your speed.

Nikon Coolpix S9900 Review Wrap Up

Having an average megapixel count was easy for us to look past, consider we wanted video quality and options more than anything from the Nikon Coolpix S9900. With 1080p, you get the standard level of quality for vlogging, including a vari-angle display to keep your shot in frame at all times. And we can’t argue with its price, either.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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