Nikon Coolpix S8200 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon Coolpix S8200 Assessment

The Nikon Coolpix S8200 is a fully automatic point-and-shoot travel-zoom with a stabilized 14X ultra-wide optical zoom lens and 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor.

This model is rather compact considering the reach of its lens and particularly well-suited as an inconspicuous travel camera. The zoom range is extremely versatile and its excellent ISO performance for its class lets it shoot in a variety of lighting conditions. The lens shows good optical quality with a slightly increased softness towards edges. Colors are somewhat over-saturated and warm but that can be toned down in standard Auto and Continuous modes. Metering is set to give print-ready results, most likely desired by the S8200's intended audience.

While this camera is mostly responsive, critical autofocus and shot-to-shot speeds are below average. This obviously makes it less suitable for moving subjects. Video has usability issues that include a 2s recording delay and inability to accurately setup framing.

PROS CONS
Great control over image noise Poor color accuracy and no global setting
Very usable ISO range AWB not so reliable
Generally accurate metering system Slow autofocus towards telephoto end
Very low distortion Slow shot-to-shot speed
No visible aberrations Video recording delay
Respectable sharpness across frame Impossible to setup video framing
Good Multi-Frame NR and HDR built-in Flash cannot be locked down after it pops
Effective built-in image stabilization Incorrect coverage in Multi-Frame modes
Excellent LCD visibility Poor tripod mount placement
Simple user-interface
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S8200 produces excellent image quality in a compact body with an extensive zoom range. It is as easy to use as to carry and can reliably capture travel snapshots under typical conditions without much hassle.

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Nikon Coolpix S8200
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Nikon S8200 Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels Travel ZoomISO 100-3200
14X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/1600-4s
Built-in StabilizationCustom white-balance
6 FPS Drive, 5 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 920K PixelsInternal Memory
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