Nikon Coolpix S8000 Review

Mid Zoom Digital Cameras

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Nikon Coolpix S8000 Ease of Use 9
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality8
Colours 9
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 8
Macro 9
Value for Money 9
14 Megapixels
10x Zoom
3 inch LCD Screen
57 x 103 x 27.3mm
183g

Overview

The Nikon Coolpix S8000 offers plenty of zoom power in a compact body. The Coolpix S8000 offers 14 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom lens. It will fit into a large pocket. Features include High Definition movies, images stabilisation and I like the fact Nikon have found room for a 3 inch LCD screen. There are also a number of features to help improve the quality of your portrait shots. These include the ability to soften skin and eliminate blinking.

When it comes to picture quality the Coolpix S8000 can more than hold its own against the direct competition. I was happy with my test shots and there are no areas where the camera really struggles. If you are looking for a camera that is relatively straightforward and easy to use this camera ticks most boxes there too. Shutter lag times were also very good leaving the Coolpix S8000 as one of my recommendations in this category.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

14
10x
3 inches
57 x 103 x 27.3mm
183g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

1cm
Yes
No
Lithium Ion
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

On the whole the Coolpix S8000 performs very well. Colours are deep and the shots are sharp. I am also impressed by the level of detail showing in my photos. As with any digital camera there are a few flaws, but in this case they are minor. These include a small amount of purple fringing and darkness just starting to creep into the corners of the shot when the lens is zoomed all the way out.

I also found the zoom was difficult to fine tune and capture the image exactly how I wanted to.

Portraits

The outdoor portrait shot is full of colour and brightness. I often say that this is a fairly straightforward shot and more or less any digital camera can produce a decent portrait shot in good light. In this instance I think the Coolpix S8000 goes beyond that and I prefer this portrait shot to those taken by the majority of cameras I review.

My test shot taken using flash is very impressive too in terms of colour and brightness. The photo has a very natural look to it when compared to the results I am used to seeing. The light is evenly spread throughout the shot too.

Without flash the Coolpix S8000 does not fare quite so well. The shot is darker than that taken by any other camera that I tested at the same time. There is also a slight colour caste to the shot.

Macro, Colours and Noise

If you choose to buy a stylish, compact digital camera the quality of the close up shots it takes is unlikely to be one of the main points you have in mind when making your selection. Even so the Coolpix S8000 performs very well in this area.

There is plenty of depth of colour on show both in my outdoor scenic shots and also in the portrait photos. The colours certainly suit my own personal tastes.

I can see very little difference between the leading brands when it comes to noise appearing in shots. With the Coolpix S8000 noise is confined to the shady or darker areas of a photo and in my view is not really an issue.

Summary

On the whole the Coolpix can take very impressive pictures. As ever there are one or two points that niggle, but these are minor issues.

See sample images link arrow

Style

The Coolpix S8000 has a pretty standard design. The biggest attraction is the way Nikon has incorporated such a long lens in a compact body. The camera is available in black, red, champagne and bronze.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.18 seconds
15.28 seconds
0.22 seconds
15.38 seconds
1.98 seconds


Shutter Lag Table link arrow

Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy Considering the features Nikon have included the Coolpix S8000 is very easy to use. I find the menu system on all Nikon digital cameras to be as clear and easy to read as any brand.

Points I Like

Ease of use - 3 inch LCD screen - High Definition movies - colours - shutter lag times

Where it Could Improve

Difficult to fine tune zoom

Product Shots

Front View

Nikon Coolpix S8000 Front View

Back View

Nikon Coolpix S8000 Back View

Top View

Nikon Coolpix S8000 Top View

Sample Menus

menu 1 scene modes

setup menu-2

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Related Pages

Nikon Coolpix S8000 Review Nikon Coolpix S8000 Specification Nikon Coolpix S8000 Sample Images Nikon Coolpix S8000 Features Nikon Digital Cameras

Review Date

April 2010

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