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Nikon COOLPIX S9900

Nikon COOLPIX S9900 Camera for Seniors

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LCD size :

3 in or more

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Quick Specs

LCD size: 
3 in or more
Digital Camera Type: 
More than 12 megapixels
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Nikon has a lot of cameras in their Coolpix line. It can be daunting to figure out which one to even look at, let alone buy. The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a lot going for it if you’re looking for your next point-and-shoot.

Right off the bat, it has stellar looks. It will remind you of the classic rangefinder cameras, popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike those cameras, this one comes with quick autofocus, a 3-inch, 921,000 pixel articulated screen, a 30x optical zoom lens with Nikon’s VR (also known as Vibration Reduction, or optical image stabilization), built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for instant sharing, a shooting speed of 7 frames per second, and low-light capability of up to ISO 6400. It has a built-in flash that you can pop up manually, it can shoot full HD 1080p videos,

The built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest is a cool feature. Not only will you always know exactly where you were when you photographed something or someone, but modern photo software like Google Images or Apple’s Photos can help you find and organize photos by location.  Nikon’s Snapbridge App on your smartphone lets you wirelessly download and share your images, and does something even cooler. It lets you control your camera. You can not only control when it takes the picture, but you can zoom and control other features from your smartphone! If you’ve ever fumbled around looking for your tiny, black, wireless remote for your camera, you’ll LOVE this.

As with most of the Coolpix line, you get incredible macro capability down to an incredible 1 cm (.39 inches)! If you want to photograph a bee on a flower, you can fill the frame with it. And the 16 megapixel sensor (4608×3456) you could make a 16×20″ print of it! It’s a true Nikkor lens (Nikon’s best) with ED (Extra low Dispersion) glass elements for sharp, crisp images.

The articulated screen allows you to compose images from any angle, from overhead for higher-angle shots to ground-level without having to lie on the ground. Since it can face the same direction as the lens, you can shoot a selfie or a group shot with you able to see that you’ve made the mad dash over to get in the shot!

It’s a solid step up from an ultracompact camera, with more control and a longer zoom. It may actually be as small as an ultracompact, it is truly pocket-sized at 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 inches. It looks great and shoots great pictures, but doesn’t have full manual controls if you’re interested in that. There’s no optical viewfinder, like you’d find in a rangefinder or SLR.



Nikon COOLPIX S9900 articulated screen

It’s also available in a very attractive silver color that makes it look even more like a classic rangefinder camera.

Nikon COOLPIX S9900 Silver camera for seniors


It uses SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. The ubiquity of these cards means you can easily pick up an extra at your local drug store or retailer if you run out of space. We do recommend an extra EN-EL12 battery for these, and keep it charged. Nothing is worse than being excited to record your next big trip and running out of juice.

Both colors are available on for $296.95 each. A lot of features and great connectivity in a small, inexpensive package.

Auto Focus Technology

Contrast Detect (sensor)
Selective single-point
Face Detection
Live View

Battery Average Life 300 Photos
Color Black or Silver/Black
Continuous Shooting Speed 7 fps
Digital Zoom 4x
Display Fixture Type Fully articulated
Display Resolution Maximum 921000

Exposure Control Type

Manual (M)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Programmed Auto (P)
Scene Auto Selector

External Memory Included No
File Format JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Flash Memory Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Flash Type Built-In Flash
Focus Description Contrast Detection
Focus Type Autofocus Only
Form Factor Compact
GPS Built-In
HDMI Type micro-HDMI
ISO Range Auto, 100-6400
Image Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Stabilization Optical

Dimensions 2.6 x 1.57 x 4.41 inches
Weight 0.64 pounds
Lithium Battery Energy Content 3.9 Watt Hours
Lithium Battery Voltage 3.7 Volts
Lithium Battery Weight 0.315 grams
Macro Focus Range 1 cm
Maximum Aperture ƒ/135
Maximum Aperture Range F3.7 – F6.4
Maximum Focal Length 750 mm
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 of a second
Maximum horizontal resolution 4,608
Metering Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Minimum Focal Length 25 mm
Minimum Shutter Speed 8 seconds
Optical Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Optical Zoom 30x
Photo Sensor Technology CMOS
Remote Control Description via smartphone
Self-timer Yes
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
Supported Battery Types EN-EL19 lithium-ion battery & charger
USB 2.0 1
Video Capture Format MPEG-4, H.264
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Viewfinder Type None
Weather Resistance No

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