When brand new this camera was awesome. Now that I have had it for 10 months, the lens cover has begun to scratch the lens! Sent back to Nikon. We'll see....
November 21, 2011
Not to happy with this camera.
I bought this camera seven months ago and it starting acting up after five months. It started with a ticking sound (almost as if the timer was set) and now its shutters will not open and close all the way.
November 16, 2011
Love the camera even though charger was defective when purchased. Fits in shirt pocket, zoom is great, easy to use & has nice features.
November 14, 2011
Has some good points but not worth the money
This camera had such potential but it fails to meet them. It is expensive for a P&S and the one we have failed after just a few months. Nikon service has been less than satisfactory in getting this resolved. The problem is with the stabilization it appears. The manual says to reset the camera as did the tech support. It has not made any difference.
The good points are it does have D-lighting, the movie capability is nice when it works and the auto functions work pretty good. I have been a Nikon customer for over 35 years and expected good quality photographs.
It has some problems as listed by others and they are correct. A newer model came out quickly so I would go with that if they fixed the concerns or look into the competition for a simple P&S as this one is just not up to par for the money. I do not like the in camera battery charging so I purchased a second battery and charger so she could have backups.
I have another P&S that has been very good and cost half. The Nikon S560. Just so you do not think I am a complainer about Nikon. I have many thousands of dollars of Nikon professional equipment including D300, D700, 70-200 VRII, a 400mm Nikkor Prime. The D300 and this are the only cameras and lenses that I have had any problem with since 1975. I even mention on my websites that I am a proud Nikon professional. This camera is just not up to the Nikon name or the standards I have been accustomed from Nikon.,
November 10, 2011
Needs a view finder
It's difficult to see images on the view screen in bright sunlight, but pic quality very good.
November 8, 2011
TAKES BEAUTIFUL PICTURES...BUT !!!!
AFTER VERY LITTLE USE THE MEMORY CARD HOLDER BROKE.. We have had it for 11 months but did not use it extensivly until our wedding two weeks ago..pictures were very nice and easy to use. If you buy one do not remove card to download pictures to computer... I heard the repair is around $140..we will see how good the warranty is.. Bill
November 7, 2011
Great features, hardware doesn't hold up
This unit is great on paper but doing all that it is supposed to do is such a strain on the intricate electronics that sooner or later, something is almost bound to go wrong.
As with most point-and-shoots, the problem of course is with pixel density. The camera compensates with electronics but only to a point. Beyond that, the chips are performing at the fringe of their capability. Nikon seems to know this because when mine started to flash through its images on play back whatever button is pressed, Nikon wouldn't (or couldn't?) repair it.
Curiously, I have noticed that the focusing isn't great either in that all photos seem to have to be enhanced in Photoshop (or iPhoto) to get maximum sharpness. And I get the impression that the F stop isn't fast enough to let the camera focus properly so if you see a (for example) child and have to get a photo immediately for fear that he will have moved out of the frame or blinked, don't necessarily expect him to be in focus. And don't be surprised if bits of the picture which aren't necessarily important are in pin-sharp focus! This seems to happen a lot and the problem can be alleviated a bit by always shooting in burst mode if lighting allows.
In the old days when Nikon was geared towards the professional, they would happily repair anything, sometimes even while you waited in their Rockefeller Centre retail location. Now they send the camera back unrepaired having make you wait months for the privilege (and, - tellingly, promised me that they would repair it!). They cite cosmetic problems as a reason for doing this, saying that they aren't responsible for cosmetics; but wont repair what is actually wrong unless you pay about the new cost of the camera to repair the cosmetics. [And don't ask why a piece of plastic on the side of the camera developed a minuscule crack on it: If it can crack so easily, why are they using this plastic on the camera in the first place?]
Let's be fair about this: They sell millions of these pointandshoots and cant really give personalised service to all customers who buy them, ,can they? Secondly, where it counts, for professional photographers, they do still give remarkably good service and stand by their warranties.
Lastly please note that the very nature of digital photography mandates that all manufacturers have to use their electronics at the very fringe of usability and I DO NOT think that Nikon is any worse than any other manufacturer at this. They ALL use the same pixel density and all have to enhance it with fancy electronics which only more-or-less works. And don't look for any better pixel density from other manufacturer's point-and-shoots: No one is developing the Sigma chip to improve pixel density and the size of the sensor seems to be governed by the distance between the lens and that sensor.
TO SUM UP: If you want to buy the best pointandshoot, you are probably going to have to buy a Nikon.
November 7, 2011
Nice camera but problems
I have had the camera for 2 months and have a problem that can't be fixed without sending it back. The camera is under warranty but should have held up better in my opinion. It is a pain to be without a good camera at Halloween with my grandchildren
November 7, 2011
bought the camera for my new baby. action mode is terrible. you have to specific cable and batteries to charge and dont like that. everything else is fine.
November 7, 2011
takes great pictures when working
This camera was awesome the first 2 months I owned it. Took great pictures both still and moving. The zoom is phenomenal. After 2 1/2 months the lens would not retract. I had not dropped it or gotten anything in it. It took a picture and then just stopped working.
November 7, 2011
Horrible camera. Never worked correctly. Flash is in a bad place cause when you go to take a picture your finger is on the flash. The lens would keep getting stuck and error messages would come on the screen. Worst camera I've ever bought!!!
November 7, 2011
This camera takes great pictures.
I love this camera. It takes great pictures, it's small and light-weight. I bought it at Costco for a good price.
My problem with it is that I can't find the manual, and for whatever reason, the pdf won't download from the Nikon site. I've tried the unregistered and the registered 18meg versions, and neither shows anything other than a blank screen upon downloading. When I registered my S8100, the FAQ summary says that there is no manual. That makes it very hard to use it to it's best abilities. I wish I had the manual.
November 5, 2011
I really want to love this camera because of the features and great price but I have had problems from the get go. I had to return the first one immediately because the lens cover got stuck half way between opening and closing. I bought a second one and now I am shipping it back to Nikon b/c when I try to take a photo, it freezes. Very disappointed.
November 4, 2011
So easy to use!
I loved this camera, until it fell out of the stroller, and the van ran over it! It was so simple to use and took amazing pictures. The zoom on the camera allowed me to take pictures of my son during his program as if I were standing right in front of him. I actually got great shots of him playing sports! It is fast enough to get pictures of my smiling baby, and those faces change so quickly! Just the thought of getting a new camera makes me cry!
November 3, 2011
Great photos but delicate mechanism
Camera's lense mechanism needs to be more rhobust, it has failed me twice requiring service repairs.
Photos are of excellent quality and camera system is good, with good video except in low light.
November 1, 2011
The camera is awesome.
Nikon just print and include the manual. Sure it can be down
Laced and printed but that is a real task (over 200 Pages).
October 31, 2011
An amazing upgrade from our L-3 model.
Definitely looking forward to learning all about it - I had been waiting for awhile for new models and clearance prices - so I was able to get this at a bargain price. One of the most amazing abilities of it is the low level lighting capabilities. I have never liked using flash systems for family pics inside. I also am looking forward to its macro capabilities. Oh yeah, the ViewNX2 software looks great also. And the videos in HD while look like a little tricky to get smooth, will be just what I need for more interesting family stuff!! Great job Nikon!! Thank you.
October 30, 2011
Great camera for family outings and vacations!
If you could have only one camera - this one is worth a look.
October 27, 2011
Easy to use, good pictures and video
After using this camera for a short time I found it easy and intuitive to use. Picture quality has been great and videos too. Haven't had a lot of time on it but so far I'm quite satisfied. It would be nice if it had a viewfinder in addition to the screen since holding the camera to your face helps steady it. With the addition of a tripod videos especially would look really pro.
October 26, 2011
I am returning this camera to Nikon for repair. After using it for six months, the lens froze and "lens error" appears on the screen. When it worked, it took great pictures but I believe this lens error is somewhat common for this camera. If you are planning a purchase, do some research on this specific problem.
October 25, 2011
Originally looked at 9100 but scared off by bad reviews. The S8100 is rock solid, takes wonderful pictures in both daylight and with flash. It's just the right size and more than meets my needs. It's easy to use. Only criticism is I can't see what the Best Shot Selector really does.
October 24, 2011
First of all, read the manual. There are lots of hidden features that are not listed in general. The optical quality of this camer is very good for the price. It does not capture really fast action, but will capture movement better than some of the older cameras. If you are familiar with navagation for purposes of setting up the camera it is pretty intuitive and user friendly, if you are not then it might behove you to read the instructions thoroughly.
The anti-shake is pretty good also and will let you use the zoom without a tripod, this has several settings also.
I like Nikon because of the lens quality and have found that lens quality makes a bigger difference than most of the other bells and whistles that are advertised by others.
October 17, 2011
I like the pictures I have been taking but I like to try different things that I have notdone because I don't know how to do it yet. I think you should offer a hard copy of the manual. At least offer it as a purchase which I think is a shame we would have to pay for it but it would be wroth it to me.
October 17, 2011
A little disappointed with this camera. Bought this camera for a trip out West. Started to shot pix's and after about 9-12 shots,camera gave message that the memory card not working. Turned camera off and waited 15-20minutes and it worked for another 9-12 shots and did it again. It is an intermitent problem. The memory card is fine, had all my pix's printed at photo shop. But I missed a lot of good pixs because of this problem. Called Nikon help line and was told to mail camera back to them for diagnostic testing. Wonder how long that will take? Otherwise, it's a nice camera, small and lite.
October 17, 2011
I am in the process of sending the camera back to nikon, It will not charge, and it is brand new,,,
October 17, 2011
Not what I expected
Nikon has proprietary transfer software and cord connection. Plus 6 months after purchase the LCD display is distorted. Buy something else. My previous Sony was much better.
October 16, 2011
S8100 has some great features, but may be unreliab
Coolpix S8100 has some great features -- e.g, 12x optical zoom, and pocket size -- but its shutter lag is much too long to snap anything other than stationary objects. Nikon tech support and customer service were completely unacceptable when flash stopped firing.
October 12, 2011
Good camera, but mine must be faulty.
This camera does take good pictures, but I think mine was defective when my Dad bought it because I have had it fixed 3 TIMES.
Very annoying because I haven't had for a year yet.
Mine's lens had an error and got stuck, got it fixed, then it did it again, got it fixed. Then it started to break apart right down the middle (near the On/Off Button). It's been very unreliable. It also gets hot and the lens seems to freeze sometimes, and I think the lens isn't designed very well.
- (The flash annoys me because usually it gets in my way when it pops up.)
I have gotten great shots though, but some setting don't work to well for me sometimes, such as the Close Up. It takes alot of effort to get it to focus.
The quality is good, but the reliability has been awful for me. I just got it back after the 3RD TIME, and I'm praying it won't break, again,
October 12, 2011
Nikon Brand is Cool but I pix a lemon S8100
Much respect for Nikon -- However I have had problems with this camera from day 1. The only dependable setting that did not produce blurry pictures was "Subject Tracking". The special features such as continuous shooting & smile detector did not work properly or at all. The lens mechanics constantly jammed during opening or closing. Having to constantly reset the camera was a drag. My family has owned several Nikon SLR cameras in the past. We are big fans of Nikon. I honestly believe that I hit the bad luck camera lottery and picked a lemon. In all fairness the telephone support line was very helpful. The camera was sent back for repair. Hopefully when it returns -- my Coolpix S81000 will do all it was advertised to do.
October 11, 2011
I really like this camera and it is easy to use. It's small enough to fit in my pocket. The pictures are very clear and sharp. I did buy a Class 10 SDHC card. The pictures are great!! The only thing I don't like, is that it did not come with a copy of the owner's manual in the box.
October 10, 2011