• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 550.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S8100 advantages over Nikon S9500

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon S9500 advantages over Nikon S8100

  • Slower slow-motion
    3015 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    550 mm vs 300 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-HX5V

Nikon S8100
Sony DSC-HX5V
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S9500
Sony DSC-HX5V
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony DSC-H55

Nikon S8100
Sony DSC-H55
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S9500
Sony DSC-H55
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Ricoh CX5

Nikon S8100
Ricoh CX5
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Nikon S9500
Ricoh CX5
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony HX10V

Nikon S8100
Sony HX10V
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S9500
Sony HX10V
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Panasonic ZS30

Nikon S8100
Panasonic ZS30
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster shutter
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS30
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer stills battery life
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