• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 550.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S9500 advantages over Nikon S9700

  • Slower slow-motion
    3015 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Less expensive
    $110 vs $239
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Nikon S9700 advantages over Nikon S9500

  • More lens zoom
    30.0x vs 22.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer battery life
    More info 300 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Sony H90

Nikon S9500
Sony H90
  • $181
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon S9700
Sony H90
  • $283
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic ZS30

Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS30
  • $181
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $284
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer battery life
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS30
  • $283
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $284
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS25
  • $181
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $234
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS25
  • $283
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $234
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Nikon S9900

Nikon S9500
Nikon S9900
  • $181
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9900
  • $283
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer

Compared to Sony WX500

Nikon S9500
Sony WX500
  • $181
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon S9700
Sony WX500
  • $283
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
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