Relatively satisfied but failed shortly after warranty expired
Have had good experience with this camera and it has been travelling with me across the globe. Always well protected from the elements and in a Lowepro Apex 30 AW bag. The optical part I really liked but I would opt for a more high level P&S camera as a future replacement (something with RAW and more manual options).
Unfortunately, the sensor now produces a white line on all pictures. I didn't drop the camera and it is out of warranty. I'm not sure if having it repaired makes really sense. Although it still might be cheaper than buyin a new one, I still am not convinced that's what I really want. Not thrilled this happened shortly after it went out of warranty thought. Cheap sensors for a relatively expensive P&S camera? A pity. I am used to better quality from Nikon though (D700).
August 20, 2012
5900 Pictures and Videos and Still Going
Purchased this camera the night before a trip to Zion National Park. The camera takes excellent picture quality with 10 x optical zoom, so close ups at a distance are possible and come out great. The camera is very easy to use and an excellent choice for a new photographer. I started taking pictures in 1985 with my Dad's Nikon EM 35 MM. Took a photography class to learn composition. I saw today after using the camera nearly two years that this camera should use a Class 10 SD card. I have been using a Class 4 SD card, so a better SD card should improve camera performance. I have taken several videos including people talking, telling tales, as well as waterfalls and flowing rivers. The audio quality as well as the picture quality are superb. Zooming during video recording is possible, although you cannot zoom in all the way. The auto-flash can be disabled at the touch of a button without needing to go through the entire menu structure-great feature! 2 second or 10 second delay are also at the touch of a (different) button. Macro (super close up) pictures allow you to capture bees on a flower, etc. DO NOT TRY OFF BRAND BATTERIES! I bought a spare battery at the blue store with a yellow sign, because they do not stock Genuine Nikon batteries. The original off brand worked OK, but replacements have been a wa$te of money. I went to a local photo store to get genuine Nikon EN-EL12. The only issue I had had with this camera is the camera is reluctant to power on sometimes, especially with off brand batteries. They may have caused the "power on" issue I have experienced. The handle strap is durable and my genuine Nikon camera case with magnetic flap still works like new. Bottom line: I found this camera easy to use and with advanced features if desired. Pictures, video, and audio are EXCELLENT for a pocket camera. I carry an extra battery and SD card in a tic tac plastic box so it all fits in a side pant pocket. I just upgraded to a Nikon P510 for an upcoming trip to Hawaii. I will be taking the S8000 because it still takes great pictures and is easy to keep with you.
July 24, 2012
Great camera but bad extended warranty
bought this camera 2 years ago and love it. recently, I dropped it from a height of about 2 ft and it landed on the upper corner near the flash. Now the flash will not pop up and when I pull it up manually, it does not flash. I also purchased an 2 year extended warranty and when I looked at the extended warranty, it does not cover accidents such as this. So what good is the extended warranty. I would recommended this camera or an updated model however, do not waste your money on the extended warranty!!
July 22, 2012
was reliable initally but started getting worse
I like this camera. my only issue is the flash-bad design-position and recently it takes a long time to turn on/respond -have lost great moment/shot as a result of this delay!!
June 14, 2012
I bought this camera 2 years ago and have loved it so far. It is easy to use and I am still discovering features on it.
This camera out performs a Canon digital slr, and its compact, no big lenses to carry.
May 6, 2012
Huge design flaw wtih battery
This is a good camera and takes great high quality photos, but there is a huge design flaw in that you can not see the battery level until the battery is almost dead. Seems to me that a person heading out for the day who wants to have a small pocket camera with them to take photos of the day, would like to know what the battery level is actually at before leaving the house. I have other Nikon cameras and have had them for years and have been very happy with Nikon, but this is a big design flaw.
May 5, 2012
HATE THIS CAMERA!
I switched from the canon elph to this camera, and i loathe it. Don't buy it if you're looking for a good point and shoot. There's a delay, and candid photo's are quite impossible. I hate this camera...
April 29, 2012
This camera surely couldn't have been tested before marketing!
The camera wasn't really "inexpensive" for a point and shoot camera. That being said, the camera flash is not in a USER FRIENDLY PLACE------the flash needs to pop up if necessary and that area is where one would HOLD the camera. My camera has now gone in for the 2nd time for the flash correction of not being able to pop up------it was NOT covered by warranty this time. Service was fast however, NIKON needs to recall all these cameras and replace them with a better designed camera.
We have put a felt pad marked with a red X so that we won't hold the camera there------here's hoping that the good pictures will come from this camera in spite of the poor design.
March 2, 2012
This camera was not worth the money I spent when it first came out which was around 260.00 bucks, and that was a sale. Reg price was about 285 or so.. It would be better if the cost of the camera was around 140 bucks! Anyway, the camera has a thin frame so if you bump the camera around the flash area, the flash won't pop up. Nikon woluld not warrant this and blamed me for the bumping /flash problem! I had to fix my own flash problems by taking the side casing off and bending the casing back out, using a little plier and little rag so it would not scratch up. No more problems with the popping up of the flash. If the camera was built more sturdy, I would not have had this problem, to begin with ! Sure...an average person may bump or drop a camera and then expecet it to survive a minor impact, for the most part. I never had a lens problem, like I read from other's reviews. It records great movies with GREAT stereo sound and with just a push of a quick record button...that I like. No fussing with the menu to find the movie mode.
I rate this camera a four out of five. Not the best...not the worst. Picture quality is good at times and not so good at times. It depends on the operator, I suppose or not. Need to learn what settings are the best for the situation at hand. If you can find a refurb..then it's worth that cost not full price! Nikon charges way to much for thier point and shoots. I own several Nikon cameras from point and shoots to the D7000 and my fave one is .... the D7000, the cat's meow! I love Nikon's line of DSLR's. I own a D40, D90 and the D7000! All are excellent! Wish I could brag about the point and shoots like I can the DLSR's.
November 30, 2011
Great zoom, but.....
Has a great zoom for its cost. flash goes out in an unconfortable place. Im having truble with on-off procedure, it stocks and dont open the lenses.
October 11, 2011
i should have not bought this model
digital camera is designed to just point and shoot. I always have bad pictures on this camera compared to my 4-5 yr old canon powershot. The shooting modes are not functioning well. 2 pictures of the same subject seconds apart gave me 2 different bad shots most of the time. I "reset" and still is bad. I am in touch with the co. and no satisfactory resolution
August 18, 2011
Would not buy this camera, flash always breaks
Would not buy this camera, flash has broken 3 time on me in a year span and now out of warranty and Nikon won’t do anything about it, would not recommend Nikon in general
July 29, 2011
Great close-up shots
Beside the regular shots, two of the specialty shots being Macro and Panorama I am really impressed with. Close-up shots capture the fine detail of flowers that are amazing. The panorama shots with the software stitching and feature to border and text for the picture make me happy.
July 13, 2011
Love this camera
It can do alot for a little camera . Picture clarity is excellent zoom lens is great . But as the problem with mall digitals i have owned ,It malfunctioned in less than a year . sent it back to NIKON for warranty work ,was fairly quick about it. But returned camera minus cover for one of cord plugs and camera seems to have another issue now unrelated.So back to the shop ......I was expecting more quality and durability out of a NIKON thats why I spent the extra money ....
May 15, 2011
this product has great features
I've bought this camera and very happy and satisfied,I take best photo with this camera with high speed and best Moments,coolpixs8000 camera is really extraordinary.
May 13, 2011
Great pictures. Faulty design.
I got this camera in September 2010. It has been sent in to be repaired 2 times already and its only May 2011. I went with a Nikon brand because I thought it was a really good brand. After using this camera and having so many issues with it I will not be purchasing another Nikon.
May 12, 2011
I have to tell you since i bought this Nikon S8000 I turn fan of this brand, in the past i had, canons, sony, and never is like this... Excelent zoom, excelent quality of pictures, Love how to focus,
The size is small for the quality, records excelent VIDEO, so if you want to
April 25, 2011
I liked it but....
Bill i have the exact same problem, and now it got worst, i bought it in may 2010 and like 2 months ago, it started to turn off by it self, but now it even have some problems with the screen, it has some stripes and i dont have idea why and i never smashed it or anything and what makes me more angry is that i had the warranty but not the money to send it from México where i live to Usa and get it fixed, and here they only have a place to fix it in the capital city and that's also way far from me. I'm Glad that i saw this review cuz' i was about to buy a new one because i liked tris camera so much at the beggining that when i saw the outlet sale i got excited, but i think if the company nikon have had the same kind of complains about this product they should correct the problem and work in the quality and also give moré support to the costumers i thought this was a credible brand and also with quality, now i just don't think so
May 26, 2011
I had a Nikon Coolpix before, it was good, but this one is even better. It's fast and easy to use. It takes great photos.
April 10, 2011
Had the camera a couple of months and it started to turn itself off when I would turn it on. I would turn it on and it would turn itself off…over and over again making the camera unusable. Sent back, and it was fixed under the warranty. Not the only one to have this problem…hope it doesn't do it after the warranty expires.
May 23, 2011
New battery not good, no help from Nikon Service C
I bought Coolpix S 8000 in LA, California. Did not start using it until a month ago. I shot a few shots. The battery ran out and I have tried every way to charge the battery and I cant charge it. I bought this camera on my brothers card, who is in California. I have no use for camera and I dont know what to do. I and my brother are not talking, so I cant ask him to do anything about it.
April 5, 2011
compact camera with professional quality prints
Has many cool features like smile detection and blink warning. takes impressive photos on zoomed in objects. Very quick in taking pictures so you don't miss the moment - especially when you have kids!
April 4, 2011
Only a Nikon with it's superb Nikkor AF-S DX lens could have achieved this level of quality!
Thanks Nikon and GOD/BUDDHA bless the Japanese people in this hour of tribulation....
April 2, 2011
Poor quality and construction
Had camera for 3 months before i had a lens problem (wouldn't retract). Followed customer service info on returns. Sent in and waiting back on the factory. Only used the camera like 15 times and always kept in a padded case when not in use. Very disappointed with the quality of the camera and cannot recommend this product or any Nikon camera.
March 21, 2011
The camera is extraordinary! You have the slim form, easy to use buttons and operations and auto flash! The 14.2 mp is outstanding and it create beautiful photos! It fit well into your pocket. It is a perfect combination of style, form, function and technology! BRAVO!!
March 18, 2011
Great except for Nikon needs to improve on the anti-shake because it doesn't fully work all the time especially at night even with the flash on.
March 16, 2011
Started out being a reliable camera
Started out being a great little camera....Then after owning it a few months, the left side of the LCD Screen became cloudy with vertical lines in it making it impossible to view the menu or function properly. It was still well before the warranty ended, so I sent it back to the factory. I waited three weeks and heard nothing so I phoned the Nikon repair department and was informed that I must have dropped it, therefore it wasn't covered. This was totally WRONG. I was taking a picture when this happened & I always carry it in a cushioned case. So to make a long story short...they charged me $107.46 on a LCD repair that was defective or had poor quality from the beginning!!! I also own a Nikon D300 and never had a problem with it. I've always owned Nikons exclusively. In the future I will recall this bad experience before buying Nikon again!!! VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!
March 10, 2011
Excellent Pocket Camera
This is just an outstanding point and shoot camera in every respect. The lens performs very well across the entire zoom range without distortion. Color and white balance are very good. This camera has been in my pocket for nearly 8 months ... except for when I wash my pants (That would probably void the warranty???)
The only down side is that I am a professional and I really need to capture in RAW (NEF/NRW). JPEG can not meet my needs. So I bought a P7000 to replace the S8000 as my everyday and backup camera.
February 12, 2011
This camera has been one of the best investments so far. I love it! It travels great but I've have dropped it a couple of times and the only damage it's done is the flash sometimes won't pop out... great for having fun but also for close-ups. I would recommend it to everybody.
February 6, 2011
Better to buy a brand new camera
I bought a refurbished camera from Nikon, trusting as manufacturer they will double check the quality of the product.
First at all, i couldn't never turn it on, the AV connector is not working, so i had to get another battery charger and only use SD card storage for my pics (because i cannot use the internal memory).
Now, after two months of usage, it has becoming very low and freezes..my old canon camera works much better than this one. It was disappointing!!
February 14, 2011