A 12.1 mega-pixel treasure from Nikon, this Coolpix S8100 digital camera comes furnished with a 10x wide-angle Nikkor ED Lens and a huge 3″ Ultra-High Resolution Clear Color display screen. You can not only take spectacular photographs, but you can also take full HD movies with stereo sound and HDMI output, and record them on to SD/SDHC memory cards.
A few of the outstanding highlights of this S8100 camera that you’ll grow to value are the quick start up, the high quality Nikkor 30-300mm equivalent zoom lens that delivers crystal clear pictures in vivid color, the superior low light performance and the quick autofocus. It even offers a 4 way Optical VR Image Stabilization system, a newly designed flash control system, and ISO settings up to 3200.
This smart addition to the Coolpix family includes automatic Motion Detection, that sets the shutter speed and ISO for you, to generate the best possible image. Again, helping you to capture the moment perfectly, Nikon’s well known Best Shot Selector takes a selection of shots as you press the shutter, after which it chooses the image with the sharpest focus.
Yet another excellent function is that you can take still photos even while you are recording a video. Edit your pictures in-camera working with Quick retouch and Dlighting. You can also conveniently modify the color, brightness and saturation of your image making use of the Creative Slider.
If speed is your thing, this S8100 is quick to start up, quick to focus, and can even record 5 shots in a single second. On the other hand, if you wish to shoot slow motion movies, it can be done as well using the HS Movie mode.
Some other in-built modes include the Smart Portrait system, the Smile Timer to automatically go ahead and take the photo as soon as your subject smiles, automatic red-eye compensation, Skin Softening to smooth skin tones, a blink warning, and 17 other Scene Modes allowing for either automatic settings, or those with a bit more creative control.
Apart from the superb image quality even at the long end of the zoom, one person was especially impressed with the quality of the macro photos. Other users raved about the standard of the pictures under a wide array of conditions, and many said that it’s the best compact “point and shoot” that they have ever bought.
Many people were surprised at the indoor no-flash photos, and declared that they were significantly better than other digital cameras.
The position of the pop up flash was a frequent complaint, since it is placed in a position where you would naturally hold your finger.
Another problem that quite a few people had was that even though it is categorized as a compact camera, this Nikon is fairly bulky in comparison with equivalent cameras.
You can still use the zoom features even when taking video footage, however it was reported that the sound of the lens moving carries onto the recording, and is very conspicuous in playback.
It’s also beneficial to note that this camera doesn’t include a dedicated battery charger, only a USB to AV cable.
An excellent value for money compact digital camera with all of the features and quality that you would count on from Nikon.
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