The viewing screen and auto focus drain the batteries much too quickly and you could end up not getting a single picture if you do not check your batteries before you plan to take a picture. Customer support for this item claims that it is a problem with the memory card, which it does have issues using only certain cards but this is not related to the wrong type of battery being used for a camera that requires more power. Close up images require you be at least 4-6 feet away from the object and zoom in on them, otherwise all your images will be blurry once you view them on your computer. A camera with a view finder is always much better than a screen if you plan to take any pictures outdoors or in high lit areas, otherwise it is a guessing game. This camera only has the screen to see what you are taking a picture of. I am returning this item asap!
I got this camera as an upgrade from my little pocket kodak point and shoot. I was considering a DSLR, but was NOT too enthused about hauling around something so big. My main focus for a new camera was to keep up with my toddler. As we all know taking pix of kids can be trying and hardly ever come out in focus. In other words, I was looking for something that could handle a lot of action without breaking my bank. This camera is PERFECT! I've played with it for 2 days now and thus far it has been very easy to use and not once has chasing my toddler around with a camera resulted in a blurry picture. the settings seem easy enough to figure out AND the shutter is pretty impressive. I can get 3 really fast speed shutters, but I can also get up to 10 lower speed shutter pics which is great and gives me a good break in movement when kicking a soccer ball. The zoom is fantastic as far as quality pics. It is a tad slow and I think I would have preferred a manual focus like the DSLRs that you twist the lens to zoom, but this works fine. All in all this was a great buy and for $300 I thought it well worth the price. Regular price it runs at $500, for that price you could get a compact DSLR, but you would have the extra expense of buying additional lenses. I did a lot of research for weeks and my results kept coming back to the Nikon p520 and the Sony - DSC-HX300. The sony was about $150 more. I'm told that Sony is the king of action photography, but my photographer friends vouch for Nikon. I was willing to sacrifice A+ quality for maybe a A- to save me $150. All in all I vote YES for this camera and all it can accomplish.
I have always loved taking pictures and I have never had a really 'good' camera. Just simple aim and shoot digital cameras. My friend is a professional photographer and she said she only uses Nikon. I looked around at the Nikon cameras and read many reviews and settled on the Cooplix S9500. It had everything I wanted in a camera. It was a birthday present from my husband (I was told to pick what I wanted) and I couldn't have picked a better camera. The day after I got it, we went to a wedding and I took 200 pictures and they look like a professional took them. The clarity of detail is amazing and the zoom lens is awesome. You don't have to push people out of the way to get the perfect shot. Just zoom in and it's like you are a foot away from the subject.\nThere is so much to learn about the camera and the disc that comes with it is easy to read and understand. I hope to enjoy many years with my Nikon Cooplix S9500 camera.
I've only had this camera for a week, but so far I am very happy with how great this is! I would rate it as excellent, but I haven't had the chance to play with all the features. The zoom is amazing and I like that you can change the color without having to use photoshop! It is a little tricky to get used to not having your left finger where the flash comes up, but the grip is helpful. I chose the red camera and it is stunning, my husband will even use it without being embarrassed to hold a \"girlie\" camera. :) So far the battery life has been awesome, it's still hasn't needed to be charged since the first time! Hope this helps some of you.