Nikon Coolpix S9500 Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel, 22x Optical Zoom, 1080p HD Video, WiFi Sharing, Black

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About Nikon S9500

Meet your new favorite travel companion, the Nikon ultra-slim, fully connected COOLPIX S9500. With the versatility of a 22x zoom super-telephoto lens, the superb image quality of an 18.1-megapixel low-light CMOS sensor and the extreme convenience of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, capturing and sharing the sights and sounds of your trip has never been easier. Shoot a stunning panorama landscape, then instantly share it along with the exact location it was shot to your compatible smartphone or tablet. When you get home, explore your photos and videos on an interactive map and relive the adventure step by step, shot after shot.

Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have made Nikon famous. The COOLPIX S9500 features a 22x zoom NIKKOR lens that takes you from wide-angle group shots to telephoto close-ups in an instant. And don't worry about a little camera shake; lens-shift Vibration Reduction helps keep the shot steady even when your hands are not.

The COOLPIX S9500 makes it easier than ever to share beautiful views of your world. Take a great shot and instantly send it to your compatible smartphone, tablet, or any compatible Wi-Fi device. Then use your smart device to email it, text it, or upload it to your favorite social networking or photo album sites share it the same way you normally share online. Your friends and family will be amazed by the shots you share!

Relive the excitement of your travels in a wh ole new way. The COOLPIX S9500 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way! Share your photo journeys on Google Earth, Google+ and other social media sites, or with the included Nikon View NX2 software. Built-in mapping and Electronic Compass also helps you navigate unfamiliar destinations, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks. The COOLPIX S9500 is the ultimate travel companion!

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Zoom range/performance (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Nikon S9500 Features

  • Superior low-light performance: High-performance CMOS image sensor lets you shoot without a flash.
  • Turn some heads: Form and function can play nicely together, and the COOLPIX S9500 is proof. Ultra-thin and lightweight, it fits comfortably in your pocket or purse.
  • Enjoy the view: Compose, review and share your photos and Full HD videos on a vibrant, high-resolution 3.0-inch 614,000-dot OLED display.
  • Dazzle with every shot: Create truly exceptional photos and Full HD videos in nearly any light. An 18.1-megapixel CMOS low-light image sensor delivers superior image quality, versatility and low-light performance.
  • Incredible panoramas made easy: Faced with an amazing panoramic view? Simply turn on Easy Panorama mode and start panning the camera. The COOLPIX S9500 will automatically record a series of shots and then stitch them together into one incredible, seamless panoramic photo.
  • Flatter your friends and family: Create beautiful photos of the people you care about. Smart Portrait System activates several features ideal for portraits, like Face Priority AF, Skin Softening, Blink Warning and more.

Nikon S9500 Specifications

Compact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels
18.1 million
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Total Pixels
18.91 million (approx.)
22x optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Focal Length
4.5-99.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-550mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number
Lens Construction
12 elements in 10 groups
Lens Zoom
Digital Zoom
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2,200mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration Reduction
Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures)
Lens-shift VR (movies)
Motion Blur Reduction
Motion Detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-area Selection
Face priority
Manual with 99 focus areas
Subject tracking
Target Finding AF
Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 5 ft. (1.5 m.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity
Focus Lock
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
99 area manual selection
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Type
OLED with 5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution
Monitor Frame Coverage (shooting mode)
98% horizontal (Approx.)
98% vertical (Approx.)
Monitor Frame Coverage (playback mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
Storage Media
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Internal Memory
Approx. 23MB
Storage File System
EXIF 2.3
DPOF and MPF compliant
Storage File Formats
Still pictures: JPEG
Audio files: WAV
Movies: MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)
3D pictures: MPO
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HS 1920x1080 / 15fps
HS 1280x720 / 60fps

40x480 / 120fps
HS 320x240 / 240fps
iFrame 540: 960x540 / 30fps
Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264
VGA: 640x480
QVGA (320×240)
Voice Memo Function
Image Size (pixels)
4896 x 3672
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 125-1600
Fixed range auto (ISO 125-400, 125-800)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity
Highest ISO Sensitivity
Exposure Metering
Spot (digital zoom 2X or more)
Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure
Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto
Scene Modes
Back Light
Close Up
Easy Panorama
Fireworks Show
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Pet Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
3D Photography
In-Camera Image Editing
Glamour Retouch
Movie Footage Trim
Quick Effects
Quick retouch
Small Picture
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 EV in steps of 1/3
White Balance
Preset Manual
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/1500-1 sec.
4 sec. (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
1/4000- 1/120 s (Continuous H: 120 fps)
1/4000- 1/60 s (Continuous H: 60 fps)
Continuous Shooting at Full Res
Up to 5 shots at approx. 7.5 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options
Best Shot Selector
Continuous H
Continuous H 60
Continuous H 120
Continuous L
Multi-shot 16
Pre-shooting cache
Electronically controlled ND filter (-2.0 AV) insertion
Can be selected from 10 or 2 seconds duration
Built-in flash Range
[W]: 0.5 to 6.0m (1ft. 8in. to 19ft.)
[T]: 1.5 - 3.5 m (5 - 11 ft)
Built-in Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Built-in Flash
Hi-speed USB
Interface Data Transfer Protocol
Video Output
HDMI Output
HDMI Output Can be selected from:
I/O Terminal
Audio/video (A/V) output
Digital I/O (USB)
Wi-Fi Functionality
Yes (Built-in)
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Portugese (European and Brazilian)
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Charging Time
3 hours and 50 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-70P and when no charge remains) (Approx.)
Battery Life (shots per charge)
Operating Environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
Dimensions (HxWxD)
2.4 x 4.4 x 1.3" (60 x 110 x 31mm)
7.3 oz. (205g)
Mfr #

Nikon S9500 Reviews

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(based on 35 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


SO happy I bought a second 9500!

My wife saw how awesome the photos I took of the band Rush in concert with the 550 zoom. The images are simply amazing from such a small camera at such a long way from the stage. The video look excellent as well. WiFi problems....eeehh so what, wireless is a small matter compared to the quality of the images. Would rather have good wireless on my D800E.


Most Liked Negative Review


Could be great for traveling

I bought this little camera as an addition item to my Nikon's gadget bag because of is wi-fi capability with my Android tablets. I also teach to retirees on travel photography. The software need's fine tuning fast, as it is not very reliable compared with others I have tried. (Canon, Samsung) The camera itself feels good in your hands and is small enough. Please buy a hardshell case and do not use forced air to clean it as you may get dust inside and on your CCD. I teach using (4) P7000 and n...

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I bought this little camera as an addition item to my Nikon's gadget bag because of is wi-fi capability with my Android tablets. I also teach to retirees on travel photography. The software need's fine tuning fast, as it is not very reliable compared with others I have tried. (Canon, Samsung) The camera itself feels good in your hands and is small enough. Please buy a hardshell case and do not use forced air to clean it as you may get dust inside and on your CCD. I teach using (4) P7000 and now I want to upgrade to smaller Wi-Fi cameras and tablets for my traveling students. Please Nikon developers, upgrade the software fast if you want to stay in the Wi-Fi small quality camera rating. The zoom is perfect, the body very good but lack dust protection, the battery is the worst part. I use it for bird watching with control from my tablets but battery life is very (very) short in Wi-Fi mode. I will need 4 more soon and I'm waiting to see what software upgrade is coming, otherwise I will buy some other brand.

Reviewed by 35 customers


Good camera, but could be more impressed.


from Colorado/California/Utah

Got this camera before going on a 2 year trip expecting it would be an excellent investment that would last me these next 2 years and thousands of photos. However less than a year in and this camera has terrible power issues. Sent it in twice to get repaired before it finally seemed to have the issue resolved and I discovered others have had similar issues with the type of battery used for this model and other models. The pictures are great quality but not my wildest dreams or anything. The protective case it came with also was a disappointment as I took my camera out and found the screen cracked. I would definitely look elsewhere to see what other options are available if this is in your price range. Something more dependable and higher quality is probably available. Still love Nikon cameras though.


Best Point and Shoot for the money


from Asheville NC

I spent hours researching and obsessing about a quality pocket camera on the internet. The Nikon S9500 had the best features, best reviews, best of everything including price. I have taken so many awesome photos with this handy camera. 22X zoom is awesome.


Nice Small Camera


from Undisclosed

Good little camera, not very user friendly however. Still not able to get the WI-Fi set up. Unsure if just my camera since was a refurbished model. Upgraded from my AW100


like the sizes and easy to use.


from Huntington Beach, CA, USA

My COOLPIX S9500 has been doing a fine job recording my travels around the world. It's small sizes makes it easy to cary anywhere.


Time between Pics


from Undisclosed

I have just purchased a Coolpix S9500 and I find the time between taking a photo and the time that the camera is ready to take another, seems to be a long one. Can anyone advise on this please. I am currently using Auto mode.


So Happy!


from Undisclosed

I bought this camera for a trip to Tanzania and the Serengeti without knowing anything about it. I was thrilled with the pictures I captured, often from a moving vehicle. The videos were also wonderful. I will treasure these pictures for a lifetime. The camera is light, compact, and sooooooo easy to use, even for a novice. The pictures are clear and when enlarged are so clear that eyelashes can be seen on the giraffe and the fur and spots on a cheeta come into view. Did I say I was Happy?




from Undisclosed

This is my second coolpix camera. I never had a problem with the last one. This one has frozen on me 3 times during the first month of ownership. I have had to remove the battery each time


Ordered new camera and came apparently used


from Elkton, MD, USA

The camera was already set up with someone else's pictures and settings loaded. May have been used already. Waited two months to receive as it was backordered that long. The description should be more explicit that you have to buy an additional card to wifi load pictures to a standard computer. The installed Wi-Fi only works for ipads and smart phones. Had to purchase a eye-fi card to load pictures to my computer. Other than that it takes a really good picture. I wouldn't recommend it due to the inability to receive when you want it.


Very poor battery performance


from Tulsa, OK

This camera does not come with a dock. If left unplugged, the battery drains in a couple of days. The manual says not to leave fully charged battery plugged in. I do not handle my camera everyday. It is very annoying to pick it up and it be inoperable because of discharged battery. Features are nice.


great purchase


from Maine  -  Photo Enthusiast

Smooth easy purchase process. Camera takes excellent pictures with great options.


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Questions about this item:

Carol B  by mistake, I shot our entire vacation on the wrong "continuous" setting. I have 5 copies of every picture. Is there a way to upload only 1 of each to my computer?
Dan K  Hi Carol, Sorry I can't be of much help as I'm not familiar with the continuous setting; I almost always use the standard all purpose setting (green icon); you can either delete the extras on the camera or once there on your computer; I recommend once they are on the computer as it will be easier to select multiple images at one time to delete.

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