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
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