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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||220 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||160|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection with Face Priority and Subject Tracking|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 160 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.46 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.315 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||30 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed C2|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL12|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 cm|
|Item Dimensions||4.1 x 1.2 x 2.4 in||2.62 x 4.45 x 1.56 in||3.1 x 3 x 4.3 in||1.38 x 4.33 x 2.52 in|
|Item Weight||7.4 ounces||0.66 lb||0.9 lb||0.51 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 megapixels||20 megapixels||12 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||4k||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/30/25p) 320 x 240 (240p)|
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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Top Customer Reviews
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. The placement of the zoom lever forces you to use your right forefinger instead of your thumb which I'm used to. It felt kind of odd at first, but makes complete logical sense from an ergonomic point of view when you are holding the camera properly. On the opposite side, the macro function floored me. For a point and shoot camera, I never expected a macro this good. It macro shoots better than my Cannon DSLR. I can rest the lens up against the object I'm shooting and the image will still focus good.
The LCD screen on the back is a typical 3" screen, but a very untypically high quality resolution. It has the highest resolution screen of any point and shoot I could find. You can really see the detail of what you are about to shoot with it. It's bright and the colors are accurate.
The 1080p video this camera produces is better than I expected. Far better. You can use the zoom feature while rolling AND take stills simultaneously. It also records in stereo sound. Great stuff.
Some people complained that this camera is still a bit too large for their liking. If it was any smaller that it is now, you would not be able to hold it without accidentally pressing a button or something, and it fits in my pocket just fine. Those people must have toothpick fingers or don't realize that size much smaller than the S8100 really isn't much of an advantage unless you are some kind of top secret spy or something.
The camera has all the basic features you would want, and several that are kind of neat. Manual on the fly brightness, hue, and vividness adjustments can be handy, the skin softening feature turns your subjects into super models, and the ISO sensitivity range is above average. It has a wind noise reduction option while taking video, and all the features you would use the most are easily and quickly accessible.
I know I'm sounding like a Nikon fanboy now but I'm just so happy with this camera. The only thing I can think of I don't care for is the rubber stop that plugs the USB port on the bottom of the camera. I prefer a flip door, but this is just my preference.
It comes with surprisingly good full version photo editing software, and even a panoramic stitching program that I've yet to try. The full manual is on a CD that comes with it though I prefer a book to look at. The start-up speed (power on to photo ready) is just under 2 seconds. Holy cow batman!
One feature that I haven't taken advantage of yet but look really useful in action shooting is the high-speed shooting at five full resolution frames at up to 10 frames'per'second, and a pre'shooting cache that records up to two shots before the shutter'release is fully pressed. This will really make it easy to get the action shot you really want. The other feature that I'm very impressed by is the advanced Night Landscape mode which combines a series of five consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single image with reduced noise when taking hand held shots. Dark backgrounds turn out very visible without over lighting the subject. Very cool technology idea.
In summery, I feel like the $299 I paid for the Nikon S8100 is very justified. DSLRs should be nervous that these point and shooters will start stealing their market considering the lower price, quality and technology improvements. Nikon has a winner!
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. However, both the lens and the monitor are not recessed or protected in any way and scratches will be hard to avoid. I'm using a soft suede pouch when it's in my pocket to protect it.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Nikon s8100 and highly reccomend it for anyone looking for super high quality photos in an easy to use reasonably priced camera.
UPDATE: Took camera out for first extended shoot on Halloween night. Did not perform as well as I'd hoped for. All pix shot in low lite (outdoors, night) in auto mode with flash. Flash way too bright to the point where some pix were washed out with too much lite. Will try previous commenters suggestion of playing with the limited manual controls to attempt to correct this problem. Images NOT as sharp as day time shots without flash.Will update again very soon as I'm taking out the camera again today for day AND night shots.