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Superior Image Quality
12.1 -megapixel CMOS sensor for high speed operation and exceptional low-light performance.
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.
Advanced Functions
  • 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 anti-glare 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 D-Lighting.
  • Creative Slider allows adjustment of brightness, saturation and color.
High Speed Performance
  • Ultra-fast start-up, autofocus and shooting.
  • High Speed Shooting capture 5 shots in approximately 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.
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.
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.
Convenient Features
  • 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.
HD Movie Recording
  • Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo and HDMI Output, optical Zoom control and stereo sound recording. HDMI output allows easy in-camera playback or convenient playback on HD-TV or computer. In-camera movie editing function also available. One-Touch record button for instant Movie recording.
COOLPIX S8100 3.7 5 527 527
Excellent Quality The most impressive feature on this camera to me is the optical zoom. To be able to zoom that far without loss of image quality is outstanding. The quality of the images themselves are crisp with great color. The focus is excellent and I never have blurry pictures. Even pictures taken in completely darkness come out looking focused, sharp, and well-lit. My only complaints would be the pop-up flash being in an inconvenient spot, and the USB port rubber cover being held on by a flimsy rubber connection. I could see this breaking off easily if you aren't super careful with it. November 4, 2010
Would Definitely Buy Another One! I received my Coolpix S8100 on October 14 and was so excited! I loved it! 16 days later, on October 29 while taking Halloween pictures, my granddaughter dropped the camera, lense down, on our tile floor. It totally broke the lens, lens cover, and the zoom control. I also have a Nikon DSLR that my 5 year old grandchildren often use and are getting very good at using. I have dropped the DSLR a couple of times, once on a sidewalk, and it was fine both times. I love the S8100 but I was shocked at the amount of damage done to the S8100. DON'T DROP IT AND DON'T LET YOUR SMALL CHILDREN/GRANDCHILDREN USE IT! Nevertheless, I am getting ready to buy my 2nd one in 18 days as soon as I finish this review! The zoom on the S8100 compared to the 200mm zoom on my Nikon DSLR is unbelievable! (I can't afford the 300mm zoom lens for my DSLR) Let me also add in all fairness to Nikon, the S8100 was so broken I did not even go to Nikon to request any kind of help or any repair from them - I just want a new one - but that was my choice. November 1, 2010
Great camera Just purchased the S8100 and read through the manual. I really like some of the features and the ease of use. Bought this camera to take on our trip to the Grand Canyon. I am sure I will not be disappointed. October 31, 2010
This is an excellent camera Over all i can just say that every thing you need in a camera is here in this product. Perfect shots, clarity and the movies are awesome 1080p HD love it. October 31, 2010
Never needs a Flash Everything about this camera is excellent. The pictures, the speed by which it is ready to go, and the 10x zoom. I was amazed at the ability to shoot pictures in the dark without a flash and have them come out with clarity. I turned the flash off all together. My only grip is that you can record movies at full HD 1080P but only play them back to a full HD 1080P TV at 1080I. But the movies are outstanding and the zooming capability is very smooth. October 27, 2010
It's worth the price... The features in this camera are really superb...from a 12.1 megapixel up to capability of HD movie recording at 1080p plus it can take 5 pictures per second and take good pictures even in low-light situations... I will really recommend this product... October 24, 2010
For $300, It's Almost Perfect I just received the Coolpix S8100 after waiting months for the red model for my wife. (She said she loves it, so I'm now a fan.) The black model is easier to find than red or gold right now, but (knowing Nikon) I am sure that this limitation will improve soon. I'm a 40+ year Nikon-only advanced amateur user, but the S8100 doesn't disappoint even a photographer as critical as I am. First off, the S8100 is smaller than an iPhone, although twice as thick. Its playback monitor is large, bright (backlit CMOS), and very sharp. The camera starts quickly and quietly, which helps you get those spur-of-the-moment shots of the sleeping baby or of your fave Hollywood celeb. The pre-programmed scene modes work exactly as described. But, just in case, there are manual overrides plus "Favorite Scene" to save a custom mode. The pre-programmed S8100 modes make it handy for tougher shots like fireworks, museums, food (really!), dusk/dawn, and objects in motion. I tried fooling it, but it's quite smarter than I am. Face detection is amazing. No more fuzzy or overexposed smiles, but you also have a portrait mode that's foolproof. The best programmed feature is the Night Portrait mode. Perfect exposure of your friends in the foreground without over/underexposing the Eiffel Tower in the background. Picture quality overall is very true-to-life. Backlighting is handled well. The Continuous Shot, Blink Detection and Best Shot options work very well. Almost eerie. Not only does this Coolpix almost guarantee a great shot, these features will also help save on memory card storage plus deleting unwanted photos before downloading them to your computer. Just be sure to buy at least a 4gb card and at least Class 6 if you want to take HD video. Once I figured out that the 8100's video factory presets were incorrect (switch to 1080p and deselect HS), I found the 1080p HD video playback quality to be as good as my Sony HD Camcorder. Although the Coolpix does not have the number of video controls, its playback quality is amazing. The continuous zoom works nicely, although if overused the autofocus lags. (If you overuse the zoom on any video recorder, you'll make your audience seasick anyway.) The S8100 starts out with optical zoom and as you push the lens past the basic telephoto (T) setting, it goes into interpolative digital mode. It was so good that I was able to zoom in on a power pole transformer 1/4 mile away with ease. I have not tried the S8100 yet in outdoor fast action in either photo or video mode, but it did a great job with usually tricky indoor cheerleading practice last night. The only improvements I would make (so far) is the location of the pop-up flash being in the top left corner where your forefinger normally rests while holding the camera. It would be better in the center or left front, but I am sure that over time you can get used to it. And although it has left and right mics, it would be nice to have a jack for an external mic. Likewise, being able to use a Nikon strobe would simply put the icing on this near-perfect cake. Overall, for the money, the Coolpix S8100 is by far the most advanced, yet simple enough for a beginner, high quality photo and video compact camera on the market today for less than $300. Like the original Nikon Ashton Kutcher-cam, run out to buy this camera before everyone catches on and they're all gone. October 23, 2010
Incredible, worth the buy I just got this camera and it is incredible and by far the best point and shoot I've ever own. This is my first Nikon, my mom and I have always been a canon fan but recently canon has made bad quality cameras on the other side my dad is always been a Nikon fan, and let me tell you my dad proved us wrong. I'm very, very satisfied with the quality of the picture, amazing pictures! Amazing little camera! Totally in love with it. October 22, 2010
This camera is great ! Have had this camera less than a day. It is doing great & I am glad I bought it ! October 20, 2010
The quality is incredible. This is no doubt one of the best point n shoot cameras out there. I have yet to try the videos. I highly recommend this. October 20, 2010
Robust, quick to start Having purchased two of these for my children, I've spend the last week "borrowing" the camera and setting up various shots (and comparing to my DSLR). The camera is quick to start, quick to focus and takes clear, vivid photos. Have yet to try all the features as the basic features have yet to yield anything but a perfect photo. October 18, 2010
what more could you ask for 10x with 3.5 f stop and 3.0 inch lcd 3200 ISO STABLE GOOD FEEL WISH I COULD ADD A FLASH BUT I LIKE HE PRICE . ESP . W 1080i October 16, 2010
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memory card full

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So after I take around 10 pictures i get an error saying my memory card is full, any ideas? thanks!
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Check your camera settings and make sure that the images are going to the card and not the camera's memory. I have had this problem with several cameras, including my Nikon Coolpix. Also, try inserting he card into a card reader on your computer and see what the computer can read. If the computer says that there are no images on the card, then your images are going to the memory in the camera.

You might also want to format the card again in the camera.
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well its an 8gb memory card, i tried resetting the factory settings so i will see if this works, thanks for all of your help!
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This camera doens't shoot RAW.
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Like keith said, what size card? Also remember that if you are shooting in RAW format your card will fill up much faster. This isn't a bad thing, it just means you should dump your card pretty often. My suggestion? Go buy yourself a bigger card.
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What size card and what image settings are being used ??
Try formatting the card in camera before using it, this will clear eveything off and leave it empty.
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the camera just stopped turning on - even after full charge

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yeah Sofia,it's a problem...nothing ya can do except buying 2 or 3 batteries as backups..it runs 80 mins. after full charge..
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If you already tried troubleshooting and still not charging, you are welcome to send your camera for evaluation.

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Does it has a panoramic feature?

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Can it take 3 to 5 pictures making it a panorama picture?
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Choose Scene mode on the dial, press the Menu button and select the Panorama Assist mode. As you snap pictures, the camera leaves a transparent view of the last image captured on the screen so you can line up your next shot(s).
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Yes, this model has the Panorama Assist feature.
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Flash too Bright

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The flash turns everything white and washed out. Camera is Nikon Coolpix s8100.
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Problem with Nikon 8100 is that the default flash is too bright.

Is there a way to reduce the flash brightness?

Someone please reply otherwise I am thinking of returning this back.
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Please reset the camera to default settings:
Go to MENU > Setup > Reset All
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Can you take black & white pictures with the nikon s8100?

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Thinking about buying this camera and was just curious.
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Yes. The way to do this is by:
1. Turn the dial located on the top of your camera to the "Scene" setting.
2. Click on the "Menu" button that's located on the back of the camera next to the screen.
3. On the screen choose the [SCENE] tab,
4. Scroll down to "Copy" located next to a picture that looks like a sheet of paper.
5. Press "OK" on the center of the dial
Take B&W pictures.
Enjoy!
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Yes, you can take black and white pictures.
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can I view pictures on my ipad?

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how can this camera interface with a ipad?
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Linda, I hope by now you got your answer. Get an iPad Camera Connection Kit from the Apple Store. The part # is MC531ZM/A and it is about $29.00. Uploading is easy and quick to your iPad (I have an iPad2). Your pictures will look fabulous.
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Please get in contact with the manufacture of your IPad for more information.
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using continuous

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how do you use the continuous feature on the s8100? i cannot get the instruction manual to download and i cannot figure out how to use this feature.
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Turn on your camera. On top you have a dial turn it one notch passed the green auto button, and you are in continuous mode. Press the menu button and select your particular venue you need.
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Rotate the mode dial and align the Icon for Continuous Shooting mode (see page# 42 of the user’s manual). Press the MENU button and confirm or change the settings in the continuous menu.

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The charge lamp slowly blinks green to indicate that the battery is charging. About three hours and 50 minutes are required to charge a fully exhausted battery.
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If its the first charge then it will take some time to become fully charged, leave it plugged in to charge over night and the light should eventually go out when charging cycle has been completed.
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How many pictures do you get per KB of flash memory?

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I know you get about 220 pictures on one battery charge. I am trying to figure out how many KB of flash memory to buy.
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For example if you're using a 4GB memory card and you have the Image Mode set to the highest (14M), an approximate of 650 pictures can be store in the memory card.
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Depends on a lot of things, theres no set rule for how many pics can be taken as it depends on settings image content etc.
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how to avoid red eye ?????

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when photographing my grandchildren , photos are spoiled by red eye....
just purchased a coolpix 8100.. have been using larger nikons .. first small one....
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Try the red eye flash setting. I haven't had a problem with it when using this setting.
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The camera has the feature for Red Eye Reduction. Please see page# 30 and 32 of the user's manual for the COOLPIX s8100. Additionally, if the camera detects red eye while saying an image, the affedted area will be processed to reduce red-eye before the image is saved.
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