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5.0 out of 5 stars The best camera I've ever own, November 27, 2010
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 usually don't write review. But I'm writing this now because of the unfair reviews due to user errors, not the camera. I was born in a photography family that has been in the business since the 60s. I do know how to work a camera, I know what a correct setting is for different light situations. This is the BEST camera in its category I have ever own, and I've own a lot: Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Nikon all in the same category and price range (at the time of its release). Although it's classified as "point & shoot", there are pre-set settings that you have to know when to use them and when NOT to use them. So this is an advance point & shoot camera which requires user's knowledge to fully leverage its features. If you are NOT generally savvy with electronics & computers, don't buy this camera because you don't have the knowledge to leverage its features to your advantage, it would just be a piece of junk & a waste of money for you. But if you are, this is the BEST camera in its category.

I took picture of a small printed picture, inside, no flash, low light, it came out looking almost close to the original. I took pictures during family Thanksgiving dinner, again no flash, normal room light, the pictures came out perfect: clean, clear, vibrant, naturally light as you see with naked eyes. I generally don't like using flash as it doesn't project the real natural light (this include super professional cameras). So I'm extremely excited that this camera can capture indoor low light without flash, looking like what you see with naked eyes. With ALL of my previous cameras, this wasn't possible, the pictures would just come out lacking of color, a lot darker than what you see with naked eyes and grainy.

Out door, the zoom is crisp without sacrificing the quality. The color is rich, clarity is flawless without grain/noise (I do not use digital zoom, only optical zoom for best quality). Object from very far away coming out looking like you are standing right in front of it and take a picture.

I haven't used the video feature because I don't use a picture camera as a video recorder. I have a video recorder and I use it to record video. I expect a camera just to be a perfect camera. It's dumb to expect a camera to perform an exceptional job in video recording.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2010 4:06:03 PM PST
My daughter bought this camera and she can't stop talking about how good it is. She has owned quite a few other cameras and the S8100 has far surpassed her expectations. I would have to agree with you except to say she is equally surprised and impressed with the quality of the video as well. She has a friend who after seeing hers also bought one. He says he now usually uses it in place of his very expensive SLR because he claims the photo quality is as good or better and is so much easier to carry around than the SLR. The only explanation for some of the more negative reviews is, as you said, these people need a less sophisticated camera with little or no user options. This is not meant to imply this camera is complex to use. I've downloaded the manual and read it and it isn't. I'm getting ready to buy one myself so if anyone out there who wrote a bad review and doesn't like this camera, please contact me. If I can save enough money I'll buy it from you. You can email me at garyworkman@yahoo.com

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 4:10:04 PM PST
My daughter bought this camera and she can't stop talking about how good it is. She has owned quite a few other cameras and the S8100 has far surpassed her expectations. I would have to agree with you except to say she is equally surprised and impressed with the quality of the video as well. She has a friend who after seeing hers also bought one. He says he now usually uses it in place of his very expensive SLR because he claims the photo quality is as good or better and is so much easier to carry around than the SLR. The only explanation for some of the more negative reviews is, as you said, these people need a less sophisticated camera with little or no user options. This is not meant to imply this camera is complex to use. I've downloaded the manual and read it and it isn't. I'm getting ready to buy one myself so if anyone out there who wrote a bad review and doesn't like this camera, please contact me. If I can save enough money I'll buy it from you. You can email me at garyworkman@yahoo.com

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 1:42:16 PM PST
R-Moore says:
Just purchased this camera -- haven't gotten it yet. My biggest challenge was not wanting to use a flash -- natural light pictures coming out extremely dark, unfocused, etc. I bought it for better quality pictures in low light, fast movement and such. I have very little knowledge of photography, hence the point and shoot, but I understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO -- kind of. I hope I didn't spend a lot of money for something I have to take a class to make work. Hope the manual is clear and helpful. Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2010 12:25:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2010 6:57:11 PM PST
Presko says:
Download the manual to your hard drive.
Use the various scene modes rather than the auto mode.
Learn one thing at a time and don't worry about features you may never use. (There will come a day when curiosity will get the better of you, and you will study those features and add to your fun.)

This camera is versatile. I would buy a second battery and a charger. It is a fine consumer camera, and for many, it will be all they will ever need--"ever" in tech terms being three years. The zoom is terrific; the screen excellent in even the brightest light.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2011 9:33:02 PM PST
With a camera this sophisticated, you must FULLY understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO if you intend to control all of them for each shot. Otherwise, use one of the easier modes until you really absorb the entire manual. This camera is supposed to be one of the very first point-and-shoots to be able to shoot natural light photos indoors. However, you will most likely need to know what you are doing to achieve this consistently. Read the manual!
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