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Nikon Coolpix S8100 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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  • 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for high-speed operation and low-light performance
  • 10x wide-angle optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens
  • 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display
  • Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo and HDMI Output
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 2.4 inches ; 7.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00427ZLS8
  • Item model number: 6219
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 6, 2010

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

High speed operation, exceptional low light performance, excellent image quality and sophisticated features mark the 12.1-megapixel Coolpix S8100, with advanced CMOS sensor technologies. The optical 10x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens covers 30-300mm, and the camera's speedy start-up, fast autofocus, quick shutter release, superior low light performance and high-speed continuous shooting (capture 5 shots in one second) to ensure capture of memorable moments.

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The versatile Coolpix S8100 offers Optical VR Image Stabilization, high ISO sensitivity up to 3200, a new flash control system, full HD 1080p movie recording with stereo sound and a 3- inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display for bright, sharp image viewing and sharing.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Highlights

Superior Image Quality

  • 12.1 -megapixel CMOS sensor for high speed operation and exceptional low-light performance.
  • 10x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass Lens. Versatile 30-300mm lens ranges wide to capture landscapes, zooms in to get close to the action. In the Nikkor tradition of precision optics, the high-quality ED glass lens delivers superb color and razor-sharp results.
  • 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effects of camera shake.
  • Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
  • High ISO up to 3200 for optimum results when shooting in low light or photographing fast-moving subjects.
  • Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter is pressed, then selects and saves the sharpest image.
  • EXPEED C2 continues to expand the possibilities of photography with improved levels of image quality, fine detail and processing speed. Custom-optimized for each Coolpix model, Nikon's renowned digital image processing engine ensures outstanding images.
Advanced Functions
  • 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display for still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast. The large LCD's wide viewing angle and antiglare coating make it easy to compose, view and share pictures.
  • Advanced low light shooting capability.
  • Shoot still images even while recording HD Movie. Creative Control
  • Mode Dial for quick setting of key functions.
  • ISO can be set as high as 3200.
  • In-camera editing functions include Quick Retouch, and DLighting.
  • Creative Slider allows adjustment of brightness, saturation and color.
HD Movie Recording
  • Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo and HDMI Output, optical Zoom control and stereo sound recording. HDMI output allows easy incamera playback or convenient playback on HD-TV or computer. In-camera movie editing function also available. One-Touch record button for instant Movie recording.
High Speed Performance
  • Ultra-fast start-up, autofocus and shooting.
  • High Speed Shooting capture 5 shots in one second at full resolution.
  • Sport Continuous Shooting to capture fast action (reduced image size)
  • Shoot Slow Motion Movies up to 240 fps by selecting HS Movie mode (reduced image size)
  • Subject Tracking automatically tracks a moving subject to ensure sharp focus.
Convenient Features
  • Smart Portrait System
  • Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles.
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects most instances of red-eye as you shoot. You may never see red-eye again.
  • Face-Priority AF. Nikon's face-finding technology automatically detects up to 12 faces.
  • Skin Softening smoothes skin tones at three different levels for optimal portraits; can be applied while shooting or during playback.
  • Blink Warning alerts you if a subject has blinked.
  • 17 Scene modes including Scene Auto Selector
  • Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene you're shooting and selects the most appropriate scene mode; offers six scene modes plus auto.
  • Macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches.
  • 220 still shots (approx.) with supplied EN-EL12 Li-ion rechargeable battery.
  • Supplied with AN-CP19 Strap; UC-E6 USB Cable; EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable; EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EH-68P Charging AC Adapter; COOLPIX Software Suite CD-ROM

Product Description

Nikon CoolPix S8100 12.1MP 10x-Black 26219. Supplied with AN-CP19 Strap; UC-E6 USB Cable; EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable; EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EH-68P Charging AC Adapter; COOLPIX Software Suite CD-ROM

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Customer Reviews

We enjoy the pictures and the ease of use. The photos are superb for the subjects, wildlife, birds and fish. Read more ›
It was highly rated and true to the reviews. Great quality and the pictures are clear and it has a fast shutter speed to catch my 18mo old son. Only draw back is its not… Read more ›
Lens quality is amazing and a nice wide angle minimum focal length.. Pictures come out so clean and clear even in the dark lighting (zero light) at night. Read more ›
We both liked it so much that I bought another one for myself. Small, easy-to-use, takes great photos and is relatively easy to transfer to a PC. We love this camera. Read more ›
I delt with it because the shots were good and I spent 250.00... 3rd, the lens opening would get stuck on occation... I tapped it and shut it on and off tapping the lens… Read more ›
Ended up taking more photos w/ this due to portability. The image stabalization is SUPERB. One handed still shots no problem. Read more ›
I needed to reduce the exposure 3 steps in order to reduce white out condition. The colors in both the still pictures and video were not good at all. The blue hue always… Read more ›
I loved the 12x zoom and image stabilization for taking the corners of…The short videos were excellent quality and meant I didn't need to lug my video camera along. In… Read more ›
Not sure if I will miss all the manual…The HD video is really good and is easy to edit and polish up with the new Windows Live Movie Maker that comes with Windows 7. An… Read more ›
HD video works great with 720p. But 1080p looks choppy and floaty (as it can't keep up with the pace of data stream at that limit of hardware strength). Read more ›
It wouldn't be fair of me to leave a "full" product review yet since I'm still learning about some of the features on the…I can tell you that the 1080p video is amazing. Read more ›
The video is wicked cool for such a small device. I don't use it much but it works well. Read more ›
-It's great outdoors -The zoom is amazing Read more ›
When it figures out the range the parentheses turns green. The zoom is great, and the auto focus works better than any point and shoot that I've seen. I love the great,… Read more ›
Great in low light. 10x zoom is great for shooting the types of photo's I need to shoot. Easy interface and quick response. Read more ›
The photo quality is great. The zoom is great. I like the easy of using the various features. Read more ›
With the S8200 now being sold, we purchased the S8100 for $204 shipped...what…This camera has all the features you look for in a compact camera, and the 10X zoom is great. Read more ›
HD makes it a step above many others along with facial recognition and low light/nighttime controls. 10X zoom is wonderful. Read more ›
This camera takes excellent pictures. The close up mode is great. I highly recommend it and would definitely purchase another if lost or broken. Read more ›
The continuous shooting mode is as fast as they describe, but the flaw is that it doesn't work like other cameras. With other cameras you hold down the button and it starts… Read more ›
I experimented a bit with the different megapixel settings and different built in…To be honest, I never see a huge difference, but changing the settings is easy to master. Read more ›
It records great videos with stereo sound. The menu is very intuitive and user friendly. Read more ›
The lens has a great range to it, the wide angle is indispensable. Controls are easy and intuitive. I love the one button on and off for the video. Read more ›
The S8100 is not up to the mark, the shutter cover stopped closing just…Just a lesson that if the previous model was good, does not mean the future model would be better. Read more ›
Great camera! Makes great pictures and it is easy to use. I have it from 3 years and I still love it! Read more ›
I paid less than $200 for my S8100, and I'm not sure what it is selling for now, but I…It is very easy to use, and it takes superb pictures for a Point and Shoot camera. Read more ›
This little camera is simple, easy to use and take great pictures. No unnecessary gadgets just point and shoot. Read more ›
Works nice and takes video also. Easy to use. easy to upload and print photos. I added a memory card and can switch from internal to external memory depending on my memory… Read more ›
Great camera. Much easier to use than my old film-version Nikon of technology from the ancient past. The video that can be taken with this camera is amazingly good, as well… Read more ›
It is so light and handy to use with the case that your belt slides through. It takes wonderful pictures and it's easy to use. I went with my wife and her brother and his… Read more ›
The flash has to pop up to work, and half the time your finger will be on top of the flash to take pictures. The flash is too bright, and the pictures are too blurry. The… Read more ›
Regardless of which, it still takes pictures with really good quality even in low light. The pop-up flash is very cool and fancy. The video recording is great with great… Read more ›
Another thing is, after about 2 months I got the camera, it started to have message telling me the flash light is not fully on or something, even if I push down the flash… Read more ›
Pictures come out great too but that isn't really important to me. Flash is nice and you can even change the hue, brightness, and vividness while taking a photo. Read more ›
I've also notice the flash is too bright and will wash out your subject as previously mentioned in some situations so you need to either play with the exposure or change… Read more ›
More importantly, the camera suits my needs perfectly, takes great pictures. The flash works beautifully, the red eye feature is good, the pictures are very sharp and clear. I… Read more ›
The lcd display is big, bright, and clear. I wish the cameras still came with a range finder viewer. Read more ›
so far I like the camera. The LCD screen is good. Well worth the slightly larger overall camera size for the much increased zoom. Read more ›
It's a bit bulky, but I like how it feels in my hands. The LCD screen is amazing. The zoom is great. Read more ›
issue I should have known about: - The screen is amazing but I was so enamored with it that I didn't realize there was no viewfinder. Consequently, it's very tough to take… Read more ›
By cranking up the ISO, I've taken some very nice shots under very low light, without flash. The screen is bright and accurately displays colors. The camera starts up… Read more ›
The camera starts up fast and is quick from shot to shot. The screen is bright and clear and the movie feature is easy to use and takes awesome video. Read more ›
It's a really good camera, and the price is awesome. But the one I bought has some worn buttones, so I don't know if it's refurbiched. Read more ›
And has more than enough settings to capture the image in many differnt lights and you can edit on the camera. Great Value Read more ›
camera serves the purpose well. was discribed well,and had a good price Would be a little better with longer battery life Read more ›
A Great Camera! Great Price! I thought I was always going to be a Cannon guy, but found out differently. Read more ›
Bought this camera as a refurbished item at a really good price. Am totally happy with it. Read more ›
Strongly recommend this…I am really glad I decided to give it a try -- my rush effort to decide produced a GREAT VALUE and even more importantly -- GREAT PHOTOS AND VIDEO! Read more ›
Camera takes very nice photos. The gold color is perfect. Charge lasts a long time. Read more ›
The colors are rich and vibrant. Read more ›
The zoom on this is really good, even from the 20 yd line I was able to snap close up pics of the colts on the opposite end of the field. Color is great. Also I noticed no… Read more ›
Out door, the zoom is crisp without sacrificing…The color is rich, clarity is flawless without grain/noise (I do not use digital zoom, only optical zoom for best quality). Read more ›
The photo quality was top notch. It takes really clear pictures with nice color balance and tones. The flash quality is good too. Read more ›
Anyway, I liked this camera, is a beautiful color (I have in red) and I am not professional but I can take good pictures with it. Read more ›
SOME OF MANY POSITIVES: - Face recognition and focus are great - Flash is very bright for a compact camera once you get used to not putting your finger where it pops up. Read more ›
This is a great compact point and shoot camera. The image quality is amazing, and more importantly the focus time is much quicker than most cameras in this category. I did… Read more ›
Very little shutter lag, comparable or better than other good digitals I've owned (Canon A710, 1100is). Focus is fast and accurate. This is a next gen camera so it should… Read more ›
i got it…It has a wonderful zoom i got pictures of horses that were miles away and yet on the camera it looks less than a mile away=] it has a great focus and it is FAST!!! Read more ›
These aren't deal breakers for me, I learned to keep my finger in on the side and you can't hear the…The quickness of the autofocus once the zoom stops is outstanding. T… Read more ›
I also like the high speed video mode that shoots slow motion video for a…The HD video quality is great, although autofocus doesn't work well all the time for video mode. Read more ›
My less expensive Nikon L22 Point & Shoot produces much bolder reds and yellows. My primary camera is a Nikon D7000 DSLR with good to pro lenses that gets everything right. P… Read more ›
Great camera right out of the box. Great zoom lens. Great pictures. Read more ›
Very thin and light. Great telescoping lense, big viewing screen, compensates beautifully for movement and has easy to understand settings. I love how easily I can switch… Read more ›
NOW she has a much…Granted, this camera is no match for my Nikon D700 and my professional lenses... but it takes VERY decent images that print well at up to 8 x 10 inches. Read more ›
I probably bought the first Sony digital camera that recorded on floppy discs for $500 in 1997. It weighed 2 pounds but had a beautiful lens. NOT even 1080 x 800 resolution... Read more ›
That says how demanding I am on…I have been watching this Nikon S8100 for quite a few months because of its sensor technology, nice lens for compact and macro capability. Read more ›
I have had this camera for a year. The size is nice. Beyond that, I can't say anything particularly good about it. Read more ›
I love this camera. It takes great pictures, is a good size, and works quickly. The battery has great endurance. Read more ›
This camera is pretty incredible for the size. The zoom is about the same as my DSLR camera and it fits in my pocket. Read more ›
coolpix 8100 is unbelievable for size,10x zoom ,large viewer,ease of use and finished photo. I couldn't ask for more and it all fits in my pocket. Read more ›
My wife loves the camera. The camera is a great size and fits in her purse/pocket. She never reads the instruction manuals for any of our electronics, but picked it up and… Read more ›
Overall, a wonderful camera with excellent quality photos, great zoom, good size, CMOS chip allows for awesome night shots (for better visibility only. Beware! Read more ›

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494 of 513 people found the following review helpful By Mike C. Carlson on October 22, 2010
Color Name: Black
OK, I was really wanting the RED Nikon S8100 but apparently only black is available unless you buy it directly from Nikon. I decided to go black because I live in Oregon where there is no sales tax, and Nikon was going to tax me and add $10 to the shipping. Black isn't all that bad looking anyway and it matches my Cooler Master HAF-X PC case.

I'm upgrading from a Sony DSC-V1. The size of the Nikon is a hair wider, a hair shorter and about half as thick. The DSC-V1 had a po-pup flash in the same area as the S8100 so I was used to holding the camera the correct way already. For those of you that can't think outside the box, the proper way to hold this camera is to make a gun with your left hand, thumb pointing up, then bend your wrist so the gun is pointing to your right, then place the camera in the gun. RTFM. This tip is printed (and pictured) in the quick start booklet that came with the camera. Once you get used to it, you won't mind pop-up flashes at all. The only issue you will have is when your dense friends take pictures of you with it and hold the flash down, not knowing any better.

The downgrade from the S8000's 14 megapixel CCD to the S8100's 12 megapixel CMOS sensor is no downgrade whatsoever. Megapixels are nearly irrelevant to point and shoot cameras above 12 anyway, and the image quality increase, and low light shooting improvements you get with the CMOS sensor EASILY trump a 2 megapixel increase. I am continuing to be surprised how good my pictures keep turning out, in all light levels.

The 10x optical zoom is great, but what is amazing is how clean the digital zoom is beyond that. I am used to fuzzy or blurry shots when using the digital zoom, but this camera somehow gets around that.
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful By steven a. silver on October 24, 2010
Color Name: Black
I've been waiting since late summer for the Canon 4500 and the Nikon s8100 to be released. The Canon came out first, about three weeks ago, and I immediately bought one.I played with it for a week and decided it just didn't live up to my expectations (in auto mode: flash too bright and uncontrolable, images NOT razor sharp, 36mm lens too narrow). I returned the Canon 4500 and ordered the Nikon s8100 last week.
What a difference! If picture quality is your main concern (which is, of course, every photographers main concern) this little baby really shines. In auto mode, images are razor sharp and super bright with or without flash and throughout the full range of the zoom. I don't know if it's the Nikor lense or the auto focus system but these pictures are superior to any point and shoot I've ever played with. The Cannons image quality was similar to a lesser priced digital point and shoot. The Nikon is a full step above this.
There are a few small negatives: the worst being the rediculous placement of the pop-up flash. Each time I've attempted to take my first flash picture of the day my finger has been over the flash which prevents it from fully opening. At least a note comes on the monitor which tells you that the flash is not fully up. Once the flash is up it stays up until you manually push it down, so it's not like this problem occurs every time you take a flash photo. I'm sure I'll find a different way to hold the camera to avoid this annoying problem...but it's certainly not a deal breaker.
This camera does not have as many manual controls as the Canon 4500 but if I want to get super creative I'll use my SLR.
It's also a tad thicker than I'd like (about the size of a cigarette pack) but can still fit in your pocket.
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325 of 349 people found the following review helpful By Saibal on October 21, 2010
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UPDATE: I have returned the camera today after observing two issues that are dealbreaker for me. We finally had a bright sunny day today and I took some videos to compare against my 3 year old Canon Powershot TX1 that shoots 720p. I also received my mini-HDMI cable so I could watch the video on my 42" LCD TV directly without post-processing thru Apple TV box.

ISSUE #1: The video keeps going out of focus while I zoom or pan - whether I set center, weighted focus and/or single AF or continuous AF. The recorded video looks really bad. On the other hand my TX1 stays rock steady with the focus.

ISSUE #2: There is a loud zoom motor noise that gets recorded in the clip. I initially thought that continuous AF or Image Stabilization is causing the noise. I put the camera on a tripod and disabled continuous AF and the noise remained and it was clearly there when I operated the zoom.

The still photography feature of the camera is stunning, but video is important for me as well as I want to carry only one camera on my travels.

I love the 3" LCD on this camera, but the two issues pushed me over the edge.

Original review below:

This is my 1st Nikon. I have always purchased Canon ever since I used a Canon A1 35mm film SLR nearly 30 yrs back. I own a Canon Digital SLR, Canon DV Cam, Canon Powershot TX1. Most of my photography during travel/vacation has been with the TX1 shooting both stills as well as 720p Video which I edit on my Mac and then stream thru my Apple TV.
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