Nikon Coolpix S9900

The least ex­pen­sive, small­est and light­est cam­era in the group nev­er­the­less goes large on zoom range

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Nikon Coolpix S9900

£280, $347

www.nikon.com

he most ‘pock­etable’ of all the cam­eras on test, the S9900 is a new­comer to Nikon’s ‘Style’ range of Coolpix com­pacts and mea­sures just 40mm in depth. It im­proves on last year’s model, the P9700, by adding a var­i­an­gle screen and Near Field Com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the Wi-Fi and GPS fa­cil­i­ties. You can there­fore still link the new cam­era to your smart­phone and geo­tag your im­ages, as well as put them in the con­text of nearby points of in­ter­est us­ing on-screen maps.

The S9900 is nowhere near as slim once you’ve switched it on and the re­tract­ing lens comes out to play – and quite a lens it is too, with a 30x range equiv­a­lent to 25-750mm. As such, it gives im­pres­sive wide-an­gle cov­er­age as well as su­per-tele­photo reach,

Tthe lat­ter ex­tend­ing to 1500mm if you also em­ploy the dig­i­tal zoom op­tion – though at this sort of range mo­tion blur is ob­vi­ously a big is­sue.

The S9900’s bat­tery life is limited to around 300 shots, which will shorten fur­ther if you use the Wi-Fi and GPS fa­cil­i­ties ex­ten­sively. A sec­ond bat­tery is there­fore a good idea for travel pho­tog­ra­phy, but annoyingly the sup­plied mains charger can only charge bat­ter­ies in-cam­era, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to leave a bat­tery charging in your ho­tel room while you’re out shoot­ing; a ex­ter­nal MH-65 bat­tery charger costs about £25 ($25).

Per­for­mance

The con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus is no­tice­ably slower than the more so­phis­ti­cated D-SLR phase- de­tec­tion AF sys­tems, but it isn’t too pon­der­ous un­der de­cent light­ing con­di­tions and it’s very ac­cu­rate. Me­ter­ing and auto white bal­ance are also re­li­able, which is just as well since there’s no fa­cil­ity to shoot in RAW, which lim­its edit­ing op­tions.

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