Nikon completes the S-class upwards with the duo Coolpix S9400 and S9500. The 60 euros cheaper S9400 must having without a few features. We check the digital camera in the test.
The Nikon Coolpix S9400 is no lightweight at 200 grams, it is really good in the hand. Through a vertical plastic bead on the front of the camera and a small slip brake at the rear thumb position, it is good to keep. The main dial on the top of the camera is sunk and flush with the surface of the camera. On the back of the camera is the wheel freely and can be twisted also already even accidentally.
The four buttons on the back of the Nikon Coolpix S9400 are rectangular and about 7 x 8 mm in size, according to a2zcamerablog. The contact way and the pressure points are clear. The round four way switch has the usual four key positions and a rotation function. This can very quickly menu items “through”be driven.
The new Nikon menu is installed also in the Nikon Coolpix S9400. It is easy to set up and there is not the risk to get lost in the depths of the menus. But that does not mean that is only a stripped-down menu available. Nikon has succeeded with new arrangement and redesigned to bring user-friendliness and diversity under a hat. The last selected menu item appears again after again calling.
Facilities without ups and downs
The display of the Nikon Coolpix S9400 measures three inches and has 205,000 RGB pixels. Colors are reproduced naturally and the picture is sharp. The display brightness can be regulated only to a limited extent – enough to customize the display to different light conditions. Font and icons are clearly visible.
The Nikon Coolpix S9400 18 x zoom lens offers a focal range of 25 mm to 450 mm (KB). Thus, it is well equipped. The light intensity of the zoom ranges from 3.4 to 6.3 – not earth shattering, but for cameras in this class is quite common. The small Flash on the left top of the camera comes out, if the four way switch also “Flash” is enabled. But even only then, when the existing light for a recording is not enough. There is no button to manually shut off the Flash, just the way of the Flash functions.
For lovers of the moving image, the Nikon Coolpix S9400 offers the possibility to interrupt the Video recordings , then continued to film and to create a single movie file to the non-stop playback at the end. The zoom range during the recording available, the auto focus also works as usual. The camera can be connected directly to a TV or projector via HDMI connection.
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The processing of Nikon Coolpix S9400 is overall good, apart from the baggy lids of the connectors and the position of the threaded bushing for the tripod socket. This Jack is just 10 mm away from the left of the camera. Small, lightweight tripods overturn with the relatively weighty camera. The camera hangs at an angle on a sturdy tripod, because the surface is too small.
The image quality of the Nikon Coolpix S9400 with its 18-megapixel sensor can be seen in the test as a whole. Thanks to sensible coordination between the noise and loss of detail Visual evaluation in is better than the evaluation according to readings, where especially the strong drop falls on the corners.
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At ISO 100 is the resolution in the Middle at 1.559 LP/bra and then slowly declines, but even at ISO 3,200 still above the 1.100er mark remains. After the corners, the loss at all sensitivities is around 500 LP/bra. With quick auto focus speeds over the entire focal length range, the Nikon Coolpix S9400 makes ground well then again (0, 27 s, 0, 31 s).
The Nikon Coolpix S9400 is reflected in the test as a decent compact camera and converts, which is not really cheap. Who do without geographical features and Wi-Fi, should access here than with the S9500. Because the 100 mm more focal length in the telephoto range do not justify the extra charge of 60 Euro.