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Nikon Coolpix S8000,
This review is from: Nikon Coolpix S8000 14 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Silver) (Electronics)
Having owned a Nikon Coolpix (5200) before, I thought certainly upgrading would be a cinch. Not quite. Although the picture quality is excellent, the body & kit have flaws. The included charger only charges a battery while in the camera, making it impossible to continue shooting while charging an assumed second battery at the same time. At some point you'll have to stop taking pictures to charge. I ordered a charger (MH65) I found & am awaiting for less than $25, that will charge the battery by itself. Another foible is (at least on my camera) the mini-USB port has a soft plastic cover that does not 'hang' on the camera body; so keep careful track of where you put it while charging or transfering, or it's gone. This port only indicates "A/V out." I found it confusing to understand that it's also the charging port. Also, you must keep your left index finger off the top of the camera body or the flash cannot pop up, and you may miss that critical shot. The SD memory slot arrives empty; with 32 MB internal memory, I opted for a 4GB SD Ultra card. Except for these annoying shortfalls, overall quality is very good; best points are the great 10X optical zoom lens, typically excellent metering in "auto scene" mode, very good motion/vibration elimination, and an excellent quality 3" viewer/viewfinder. I'd give careful consideration to these points before buying.