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Nikon Coolpix S8000 review

The world's thinnest 10x zoom camera is just 3cm thick

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The S8000 handles nicely. The bulge around the lens means there's plenty to hold on to, and zooming in and out doesn't change the camera's centre of gravity too much.

The all-metal construction feels fairly tough and accident-resistant, if not quite as bulletproof as the Canon G11.

The 3-inch screen on the back works beautifully - it's easy to read, even in direct sunlight, and is crisp and bright. The high resolution means that zooming in and checking an image's focus is straightforward.

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With no manual mode there are only a few controls, and while we'd prefer that the buttons were a little larger and more pronounced from the body for ease of access, as you don't change too many settings between shots life isn't made too complicated.

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That isn't much use if something happens in front of you and you want your camera ready to go quickly.

The standard continuous mode performed at 0.8fps in our tests, while the sports continuous mode shot at a more impressive 3.6fps – over half a frame per second quicker than Nikon's claim.

That's great for creating action sequences for the web or smaller prints, but otherwise you might find that the 3-megapixel limit in this mode, creating 2,048 x 1,536 pixel prints, is a bit restrictive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)183 g
Flash Memory Capacity32 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
Height57 mm
Width103 mm
Depth27.3 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5.40 mm to 54 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS8000
Product NameCoolpix S8000 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA511E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

World's slimmest 10x zoom camera with wide-angle capability. NIKKOR's extra-low dispersion (ED) glass lens ensures crisp results whether you shoot still images or high-definition movie clips and the 10x zoom offers superior compositional freedom, allowing for everything from impressive wide-angle and distant telephoto shots, to stunningly detailed close-ups in Macro Mode. The advanced flash control system delivers more natural-looking results when you shoot in low-light and the incredibly clear 7.6 cm (3-inch) high resolution LCD monitor enhances both shooting and playback. With its slim body offering exceptional portability, the Coolpix S8000 is a wonderfully stylish way to get creative with how you capture the world.

Battery Life210 Shot
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S8000 Compact Camera
  • Battery EN-EL12
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • AC Adapter EH-68P
  • Strap AN-CP19
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP14
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year