S9100 vs. HX9V

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S9100 vs. HX9V
Jul 13, 2011

Anyone narrowed it down to the HX9V and S9100? The reviews seems to keep contradicting each other as to which is the better camera.

Photography Blog gives it there Essential rating which on a couple of camera have eer reach such a level:

http://www.photographyblog.com/.../sony_cybershot_dsc_hx9v_review/conclusion/

They rated the S9100 nearly as well, but not quite to the same level:

http://www.photographyblog.com/...iews/nikon_coolpix_s9100_review/conclusion/

DC Resources gave the HX9V there middle rating; nothing over the top, but nothing below average either:

http://www.dcresource.com/...ons/2011-compact-gps-ultra-zoom-cameras?page=0,6

Steves Digicams rated the S9100 very well, as did pocket-lint and infosyncworld:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/...on/coolpix-s9100/steves-conclusion-139.html

http://www.pocket-lint.com/.../review/5367/nikon-coolpix-s9100-camera-review

http://www.infosyncworld.com/...igital-cameras/nikon-coolpix-s9100/11908.html

PCWorld gave the S9100 the best IQ rating of their P&S cameras as well as put it in 2nd place for their Top 10 Pocket Megazooms, the HX9V came in 3rd:

http://www.pcworld.com/...ection/7526/point_and_shoot_best_image_quality.html

http://www.pcworld.com/.../reviews/collection/1705/top_pocket_megazooms.html

I am looking solely for the best still shots when it comes to IQ and they noted the HX9V is over-saturated in Auto mode.

HX9V:
Pros

16X zoom lens with 24mm wide angle
Superb 1080p, 60-fps video quality
In-camera GPS and compass
Great modes for 3D, panorama, and low-light shots

Cons

Oversaturated colors in Auto mode
Limited GPS features
Pop-up flash is too powerful

Bottom Line

The 16X-optical-zoom Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is loaded with fun extras, including 3D shooting, excellent video quality, in-camera GPS, and groundbreaking scene modes.

S9100:
Pros

Very good macro capabilities
18X-optical-zoom lens
Large array of useful and creative scene modes
In-camera editing features improve low-light shots
Superior image quality
Extremely easy to use
Excellent performance for the price
Light and slim for such a long-zoom camera

Cons

No RAW shooting mode
No manual controls

Bottom Line

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is the rare beast that will please both novices and experienced shooters, even with its lack of manual controls. Thanks to its great image quality and creative controls, practically anyone will find this camera a pleasure to use.

Just wish the S9100 had a grip like the one on the HX9V which seems to be easier to hold and has a more solid feeling to it; just don't think I need all those bells and whistles features such as GPS and video, etc.

Anyone else trying to decide between these two?

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