Nikon Coolpix S8000 review

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

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  • Long lens
  • Well-made
  • Good screen


  • Imperfect image quality
  • Slow to start
  • Long lens makes it a bit niche

The Nikon Coolpix S8000 is a compact camera that manages to do something others don't - pack a 10x zoom into a compact chassis.

At just 3cm thick, the S8000 is the thinnest 10x zoom compact camera on the planet.

The problem with long zooms in compact cameras is obvious - squeezing all that glass into a slim, pocketable body is extremely difficult, which is why most non-DSLRs with a 10x zoom or longer tend to be DSLR-style "bridge" cameras.

Bridge cameras, while ideal for those looking to improve their photography without splashing out on a DSLR, are bulky, heavy and generally more expensive than their compact brethren.

nikon s8000

Not the S8000. It comes packing a massive lens into a body less than 30mm thick. It's a true telephoto lens, as well. Converted to 35mm, it measures from wide-angle, at 30mm, to a length many sports photographers would be happy with, at 300mm.

There's plenty else that appeals too.

In its fastest mode, the S8000 has a claimed top speed of 3fps; significantly quicker than most compact cameras and a reasonable speed for basic wildlife or sports photography.

nikon s8000

Alternatively, it's a powerful 720p video camera, recording 24fps footage for up to half an hour.

Consider the 3-inch, 920,000-pixel screen, all-metal construction and very high resolution (14.2 megapixels) and the S8000, on paper, could be one of the very best compact cameras money can buy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)183 g
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57 mm
Width103 mm
Depth27.3 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5.40 mm to 54 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS8000
Product NameCoolpix S8000 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA511E1
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

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
Limited Warranty1 Year