Nikon Coolpix S8100 review

The 12.1Mp S8100 is a good looking compact camera with a back-lit CMOS sensor that should keep image noise down

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Nikon coolpix s8100

As part of our tests of the Nikon Coolpix S8100, we shot our resolution chart across the camera's sensitivty range

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 160 the S8100 is capable of resolving up to 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files. Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

full chart

ISO 160

ISO 160: 20 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 200

ISO 200: 20 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 400

ISO 400: 20 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 800

ISO 800: 18 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 1600

ISO 1600: 18 (Click here for full-res image)

ISO 3200

ISO 3200: 16 (Click here for full-res image)


Head of Testing, Cameras

Angela (Twitter, Google+, website) is head of testing for Future's photography portfolio, writing and overseeing reviews of photographic equipment for Digital Camera, Photography Week, PhotoPlus, NPhoto and Practical Photoshop as well as TechRadar's cameras channel. Angela has a degree in photography and multimedia and prior to joining Future in October 2010 was Amateur Photographer magazine's technical editor.