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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely PHENOMENAL, December 6, 2010
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This review is from: Nikon Coolpix S8100 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3.0-Inch LCD (Red) (Electronics)
I'm not a professional photographer, but I do know my way around a camera. I've never owned a compact camera anywhere near as fantastic as this camera. Every single thing it does is a mini miracle.
The zoom is seamless and it focuses faster and clearer throughout the entire range than many SLR lenses I've used. The new sensor is unbelievable. A sign of a good camera is its capability to take pictures in the dark. That's something I always look for when buying a new camera. This camera has new technology for its "night portrait" mode. It actually takes a picture without flash (so as to capture the light behind you) and then takes a flash picture. It then combines the two shots giving a true to life image of the the person and background. You can't tell that it takes two pictures because it all only takes the time of a normal flash picture. Same goes for "night landscape" mode. I tested it by taking a flash-free picture of my kitchen at night with all of the lights in the house off. In the photo, you can actually see the oven and refrigerator and even read the clock on the oven and microwave. And it's not even noisy (grainy).
It has many advanced features for a compact, such as the ability to view a histogram and to look at the information of pictures you've already taken, like the ISO sensitivity used. Very handy if you like how a picture turned out and want to try to repeat the results.
And then there's the video. While I mainly bought this camera for its photo capabilities, there is no denying that this little guy makes fantastic videos. Extremely clear and realistic. The sound could be a bit better, but it's certainly not bad enough to complain. If you're recording something silent, you can hear the zoom a little, but isn't that true with all video cameras? This camera also has a great feature for slow motion videos. I've never been so amused as I have been while trying to find things to record in slow-mo.
So, in summary. The photos are crystal clear and true to color. The new night shooting capabilities are the absolute best I've seen in a compact camera. It has 10x optical zoom plus around 4x digital. And it records full 1080p HD video. AND it's all in a cute little compact package. How can you beat that?
Oh, and the color of the red camera is the most gorgeous shade of red I've ever seen. The photo here definitely doesn't do it justice.

If you decide to buy one of these cameras, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2010 5:06:59 PM PST
How about the size of this camera? Does it fit easily in a pocket if taken during a night out? Or for travel?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2010 7:43:36 PM PST
D. Reynolds says:
It's a little bit thicker than the pocket camera I owned before it. It will fit into a pocket easily, but it's a little bulky in one. As far as travel's concerned, it would be absolutely no trouble at all to keep with you in a bag.

I'm really impressed with the size for what you get. If you've ever seen a 300 mm lens for an SLR camera, you'll understand why it's so phenomenal that the camera is so thin.

Hope this helps!
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