Good Overall Camera
I bought this camera looking for a nice compact camera that was a little better than a point and shoot. While it has no manual mode like i would have hoped for it did have a lot of cool features. The camera is lightweight and comfortable to hold. I enjoyed that the "click wheel" could also be spun around, making it easy to go through large amounts of photos and change features easily.
-Nice screen resolution and easy to navigate
-High detail in macro mode
-"Artsy" effects such as color selector(choose one color and have the rest of the picture appear in black & white) and soft during shooting : effects like miniature and fisheye after shooting
-Great camera for the price
-No manual mode
-Flash is in an awkward location and can't be put down without being turned off and on again
May 31, 2012
Great Pocket Camera
Great, user friendly camera. Have to really try hard to get bad results. Best low light and back light performance ever experienced.
Only complaint: LCD screen scratches easily....plan on using a screen protector if you carry camera in your pocket or glove box
May 22, 2012
Great little camera
I bought this camera mainly for it's low-light ability and it's big zoom lens. I was not disappointed. Compact cameras I have had in the past drove me crazy with redeye issues. With this camera, most of the time you don't even need to use the flash. And when you do, there is a redeye reduction mode that gets rid of the redeye electronically instead of flashing an annoying red light to close the subject's pupils. And even in full flash mode I have not taken a single redeye picture yet. I am amazed by those who complain about where the flash is located and someone even suggested they put the flash on the front of the body. You have to realize that the farther the flash is from the lens, the less likely you are to get redeye pictures. And in this camera, the flash is located about as far from the lens as possible.
May 15, 2012
Superb image quality and impressive video in high HD
Bought this point and shoot camera as a back-up camera on days when I don't carry my DSLR camera and also on vacation. Great images from the start but when my wife got hold of it, she wouldn't let me have it anymore. She's using it to record high definition video of our trips. Great images on the screen. The only drawback is the lack of an external charger to charge the battery when carrying two or more batteries. Charger needed asap Nikon!!! Hear this?
April 17, 2012
Great all around camera....EVEN INDOOR SPORTS
I searched high and low before purchasing a new camera. I did not want to spend the money for a huge slr camera, but I wanted to take indoor volleyball pictures of my teenage daughters. I can put this camera on ISO 3200 and get great action shots. This works better than the sports setting on the camera. All the regular photos are just a bonus to this camera. I love it, and do not regreat my purchase one bit. And others are slightly jelous of my pictures, and the fact my camera fits in my pocket!
April 8, 2012
Great product/compact size
Purchased my camera on holiday in the Caribbean and am delighted with the ease of use and results of the images.
April 7, 2012
since i started photography, i've been using canon.and a friend just came and told me that he had a better camera than mine, at first i was skeptical. he was so persistent that i gave in, i tried it for a week and i cant help notice the big difference. i realized that i've been paying a lot for a canon dslr when i can take the same kind of pictures with nikon s8200. what matters to me, is the clarity of every pictures i take..it felt like taking pictures with my own eyes..
i would definitely recommend this camera
March 21, 2012
ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY 8200!!!!
My co-worker wasn't too impressed with this camera after she bought it. It's quite sad. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! The 14x digital zoom has DEFINITELY helped me improve my pictures! My old camera, which was a low-end brand, and only 8 mp and 8x digital zoom didn't do the trick for the photos I wanted. So I KNEW I wanted to use Nikon and go from there. Oh am I glad I did!
I went out to the Platte River yesterday to photograph the Sandhill Cranes. The 14x zoom helped TREMENDOUSLY, as I was able to get some REALLY AWESOME pictures of the cranes. They looked like they were so close to me in the photos!
I have been messing with my features and I LOVE the pet portrait mode! It is MUCH clearer and better than my old camera. Plus, my cats don't get blinded now! I have done the portrait setting which is ABSOLUTELY awesome also!
You will NOT be disappointed like my co-worker if you buy this camera! it's a GREAT one to have and this DEFINITELY will give the DSLR models a run for their $$$. Light, compact and easy to carry around cameras are what I recommend. I also just LOVE how GREAT my photos look!
March 3, 2012
Love the Camera -- Better than Comparable Sony Model
I was looking for a camera that would be small in size so that I could tuck it in my purse and go. I have another Nikon that I just love but the size is larger and would never fit in my purse.
I first purchased a Sony camera from a local store that had the capability to manually select settings; it was a touch more expensive than the Nikon. Other than that the features were almost identical to the Nikon S8200. My first inclination was to go with the Nikon because of past experience with Nikon cameras but I thought I'd give the Sony a try because of the added features.
I played around with the Sony camera trying out the different settings. I was not totally pleased and I had some blurred photos that should not have been blurred. I have been a photography buff for over 30 years so I know what type of photos I should be getting. Since I had 90 days to return the camera without penalty, I was glad that I took my time. About a month and a half into the 90 days, I purchased the Nikon S8200 from the same store so that I could do multiple side-by-side comparisons.
I tried all of the settings on both cameras. I wasn't totally comfortable with not being able to push down the flash on the Nikon as I could on the Sony and have it stay down. My way to work around that is to just push down the flash and hold it with my finger if I don't want to use the flash despite what the camera is telling me. Problem solved. What finally sold me on the Nikon and made me return the Sony camera to the store was when I took photos of some roses in a vase in my kitchen. I took many photos with both cameras and tried every setting on each camera. In every photo I took with the Sony I never was able to capture the true color of the roses. They were either washed out or the color was more vivid than they were in real life. The roses were a pinkish orange. With the Sony they appeared as a vivid orange. When I took the same photos with the Nikon under the same lighting conditions and using all of the settings on the camera just to experiment, the color of the roses in the photos were right on. That sold me on the camera.
I knew in my heart that I should have gone with the Nikon from Day One but I thought I'd try the other one out. Over this past weekend I used the camera extensively for a birthday party and for photos before a school dance with 12 couples as the subjects. The photos came out very nice for both affairs. I know that I will be very pleased with this camera for the long run and I have no intention of returning it to the store where I purchased it. I just purchased another Nikon model camera for my daughter's birthday present as well. I anticipate being a life-long Nikon user.
February 20, 2012
A terrific adjunct to my DSLR
I'm a fairly serious photography hobbyist and my primary camera is a Nikon D60. Sometimes, however, it is inconvenient to carry my whole photo kit around, change lenses, etc. That's why I was looking for a compact camera that I could carry around with me all the time.
There are trade-offs in making any camera purchase, but the Coolpix S8200 was perfect for me. My primary interests were in finding a camera that had a great zoom and megapixels at least equivalent to my SLR. At 14x zoom and 16.1 megapixels, the S8200 actually exceeds the specs on my D60. In fact, I was blown away by the zoom which is the equivalent of a 350mm telephoto lens. It isn't quite as small as some other compact cameras, but outperforms most of them and still easily fits into a shirt pocket.
In evaluating this camera against others I was somewhat concerned about the lack of manual options like shutter or aperture priority. The many shooting modes available, however, provide more than enough flexibility for my needs. In fact, the scene menu is just a simplified version of various shutter/aperture options. If I had to make a change, I probably would recommend putting another more commonly used option like Sports mode or Landscape on the selector wheel at the top of the camera instead of Pet Portrait Mode. It's a relatively simply matter to reach them through the menu system (which feels remarkably familiar to my D60), but still Pet Portrait seems relatively obscure for such prominent placement.
I was also somewhat concerned by the many negative comments I'd read about the placement of the pop-up flash, but found them to be unfounded. It's true that once the flash pops up it cannot be retracted again without turning off the unit. The flash is remarkably thin, however, taking up no more than 1/3 the width of the camera. I find that my finger fits behind it just fine when it is engaged and allows for a steady grip. By employing a more "pro-style" grip supporting the camera from the bottom with the index finger and side with the thumb also negates this as an issue, but I understand that many folks aren't comfortable with this. I also assume that by positioning the engaged flash slightly further from the lens offers protection against red-eye, Also, there is a red-eye reduction mode which is very effective in this regard.
While I've never been much for shooting video, the video function on the camera is easy and fun to use and produces great results. I find myself using it more than I thought I would.
The most important factor for me, though, is the quality of my pictures and I'm really happy with the S8200 in this regard. My photos have great color reproduction and are clean and crisp. In fact, I cannot differentiate between the pictures I take on this compact from those I take on my more expensive SLR. I may lose some flexibility in control and editing but am more than satisfied with its small size and ease of use. A beneficial trade-off, indeed.
February 14, 2012
Great Camera at a affordable price
Owned camera for little over a week now (Jan 2012) and cannot stop playing with the 120fps and unreal video it takes.
My only complaint...the location of the flash. The way I've held camera's in the past, my left index finger rests on the top of the body. On the S8200 the flash is there. It leaves little room for me to have a solid comfortable grip. And once the flash pops up, you cannot push it down. Just something to get used to...no big deal. Maybe next years model can have it installed in the face of the body.
EXTREMELY HAPPY with the image/video quality and ease of use! This is my first Nikon and i plan on being a repeat customer.
January 29, 2012
Love this camera
I have bought Nikons since 1969 (nikkormat.) I bought this camera without knowing much about it other than the Nikon name. The pictures are amazing for it's size. I carry this camera on belt case now and it goes everywhere, it is so light to carry compared to my Nikon D300. Low light photography is great I just turn off the flash and have fun. I love the panorama mode and have used it often even in low light situations. It's a great Grandpa camera>
January 15, 2012
I bought this camera as a gift for my wife. As a serious amateur DSLR user (D80, D7000) I'd come to dismiss compact cameras for the image excellence that is synonymous with DSLR's. The S8200 has totally blown me away. It is easy to use, has excellent zoom and produces amazing quality images. The colour, sharpness, contrast, low light capabilities, back light handling etc are all very impressive. I find myself grabbing the S8200 instead of my DSLR for simple quick photos without hesitation.
The video capability is also very impressive. Its smooth, fluid video with 1080 30fps or 720 60fps is a pleasure to use. When zooming in video mode, the camera automatically slows the zoom to give a more "video" feel rather than quick, jerky zoom.
In short i am very impressed by the image quality, ease of use and value for money that the Nikon S8200 provides. And, yes, my wife loves using this "point and shoot" camera.
December 30, 2011
just what I needed
very nice camera easy to use,
image quality is excellent
December 29, 2011
Great camera for fast paced life!
I, as other contributors, was using a Sony digital. It was too slow for me! I did some research and stumbled upon this Nikon. So far (a week) into my purchase, I'm still pretty pleased with my purchase. Even my husband, who has a 10.1 mega pixel Sony SRL, has stolen my camera a few times to take 'better' pictures. The screen resolution is amazing.
I work at a day care and I oversee the Facebook page. I needed a camera that kept up with moving children and families.
The only 'problems' I've had are the on/off button is very small. I don't think I have fat fingers, but in the beginning, it did take me more than one try to turn it on. The flash location (it's on the far left side on the top when holding) still freaks out my husband. Also, and I think it's my fault, I have to hit the delete button more than once to get it to respond. This may have to do with processing time of the screen, but it annoys me. The screen does get very finger-printy, so a screen protector is a must.
My biggest complaint would be the charging situation. With my Sony, I could pop my battery out and charge it in the wall. This meant I only had to have the charger/adapter piece with me at all times. This battery charges in the camera, hooked up to the charger/adapter piece. I now must have the cable and adapter on me at all times. But again, this doesn't diminish the quality of the camera overall.
Quality, size, easy of use are all top notch. It fits much better in my purse than my Sony. This camera is sleek, fast and the video quality is much improved over my Sony. The playback is crisp. There's no lagging when it comes to this camera!
December 28, 2011
I just got this camera for Christmas from my husband and I've never seen pictures come out this great. I'm a novice but now my pictures look like a pro took them. So awesome! Even pictures of my beautiful cat now come out cool with no glass eyes. I love it and can't wait till I can take more pictures of our grandkids this week when we visit. Thanks Nikon for a wonderful Christmas. I can capture all the special moments without worry. Pat in KC.
December 28, 2011
This camera is the best thing i ever got!! It is so clear and has amazing features. I would defineatly recomend this to a friend!!!!
December 27, 2011
I was using Sony till now, i thought of trying something different this time and it is Nikon. it proved to be a good camera with all good and latest features. so far no complains only the thing i am not habituated to is popping up of flash ;) also you have to press start button 2 times in order to start the camera, i hope/believe that this is Nikon's unique feature ;)
November 16, 2011
Excelent but if you are thimking in something more profesional get p500 !
November 5, 2011
Máquina versátil e com ótima qualidade de imagem (foto e vídeo).
Esta S8200 é, realmente, um diferencial: 16 MP e zoom óptico de 14x!
Além diso, permite fotos em preto e branco que são uma verdadeira arte (poucas máquinas disponibilizam fotos em preto e branco) ... e a filmagem em três diferentes velocidades fazem dela uma máquina que é um referencial no mercado.
March 20, 2013
Acabo de viajar a China y me ofreció un muy buen servicio el equipo. Muy recomendable por poderosa y compacta.
November 5, 2012
Resultado de imagens
Fotos noturnas excelentes.!! Fotografar animais é mito di´´icil, mas consegui dessa vez!!!!!
June 15, 2012
es una buena compañera de viajes
yo tengo una desde hace 1 año y de verdad que me he encariñado con ella toma fotos geniales desde cerca hasta largas distancias es comoda compacta y se ajusta a ti es simplemente la camara perfecta para todo aquel que desee tener algo potente y compacto
May 21, 2012
EXCELENTE CAMARA PEQUEÑA Y VERSATIL
PERFECTA Y COMODA PARA FOTOS DE GRAN CALIDAD , ASI COMO SUS COMPLETAS FUNCIONES QUE HACEN DE UN FOTOGRAFO AMATEUR UN VERDADERO PROFESIONAL.
March 31, 2012
Mi mejor amiga
Es una cámra ideal para las fiestas porque trabaja bien con poca luz. Y en otras condiciones hace bien lo que otras Nikon hacen
March 22, 2012
Perfect size camera to fit in purse or shirt pocket
Love NIKON this is my 3rd camera, takes great pics, easy to use..compact
The flash is in the wrong place, there is really only 1 way to hold the camera and the fingers get in the way, this is just a bad design, otherwise does a great job, next purchase for me will be NikonL810!
October 1, 2012
Great Creative Camera
Just got this and super fun exploring the all the functions this camera has to offer. I pretty new at being creative. I find that this camera is easy to use even with out going to the manual. I would highly recommend this camera for anyone wishing to take more than just snapping photo's of family and friends.
July 30, 2012
This is my 4th Nikon Coolpix but this model works great takes great pic,and is compact but the flash is not in the right place..it pops up and my fingers need to be in that place to hold the camera..
Try to bring the camera back but I was pass my 14 days...It looks like the coolpix 9200 has the flash in the middle...guess I was out of luck on this one!!
August 10, 2012
nice photos, but some issues
This camera was a gift so we could take photos of our newborn son. About a year later, I am ready to report. There is great picture clarity, it is easy to use. I appreciate the powerful flash, but it irreparably washes out people from even a fair distance. Also, i have had to send it back to repair a lense error 2 times in less than 1 year. I have had many digital cameras with a telescoping lens, I have never had issues with this before.
November 12, 2012
Great camera with one FATAL flaw
The S8200 has great features and excellent photo quality, BUT, it has one fatal flaw: it lacks a viewfinder! This makes it almost unusable in bright sunlight, since you cannot see your subject on the screen. With the sun behind you, you are basically shooting "blind", often missing the subject and always out of focus. With the addition of a viewfinder, this camera would be a sure winner; without a viewfinder, it is close to useless for an outdoor photographer.
April 17, 2012