IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE - NIKON COOLPIX S9900
The COOLPIX S9900 obviously struck us by how much easier it was to frame and compose images from any angle thanks to the vari-angle LCD, but we were also impressed by how active the autofocus system was when set to tracking mode. The in-body stabilization system also seemed to work as advertised, as we were able to get steady shots at the 750mm (equivalent) range handheld. Overall, the white balance on the camera is pretty accurate, without too much of a color bias in any of the pictures, important because you can only shoot in JPEG format. Our one major bugbear with the camera though, is that the exposure system seemed to lean very heavily towards highlight preservation, leaving the images captured looking about half to one stop underexposed compared to the others.
The COOLPIX S9900 seems to turn in darker images than the others.
There’s a little bit of color noise at ISO 1600.