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Nikon Coolpix S8000 review

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

nikon s8000 review

Frequent visitors to wildlife parks will love the S8000. The long reach of the lens easily counterbalances our concerns about image quality, and a 300mm lens that fits in the pocket is truly convenient.

It's also well made and competitively priced at £250 at its launch.

It won't be for everyone - if you don't think you'll really use the S8000's long reach, you should save yourself around £100 and buy a compact with a more modest, 'normal' zoom lens such as the Canon Ixus 105.

We liked:

The long lens is a real talking point, and it works really well. Image quality is generally fine and although the ordinary continuous mode doesn't exactly blaze a trail, the optional sports mode works well. The S8000 is also very well made and easy to use.

We disliked:

Look too closely and images can be a bit soft - the best way to avoid this is to keep your crops to a minimum. The long start-up time is a bit of a drag as well. Finally, the S8000 is a little expensive if you're not going to make use of the 300mm lens.

Verdict:

For those who want plenty of power and resolution without resigning themselves to needing a dedicated bag for their camera, the S8000 is a great compact.

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