Nikon Coolpix S8200 review

Quick, compact and bursting with beginner-friendly features

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Nikon coolpix s8200

We're glad to see that Nikon is making the most of its back-illuminated CMOS technology, which places the circuitry for the sensor behind - rather than in front - of it, increasing its sensitivity to light, which should theoretically result in a better performance under dim conditions and higher ISO sensitivities.

Performance in low light is a bit of a point of contention with this camera's predecessor, and the Nikon Coolpix S8200 fares a little better in spite of the sensor's resolution hike, but still doesn't blow the competition out of the water. Images stay pretty clean up to ISO400, then quality drops off fairly sharply. We'd use ISO1600 at a push, but 3200 is best left alone.

As a beginner-friendly, go-anywhere compact, the Nikon Coolpix S8200 excels in just about every aspect. Taking into account the blisteringly quick performance, versatile focal range, decent overall image quality, Full HD movie mode and all-encompassing set of exposure modes, you couldn't ask for much more at this price-point. GPS would have been a bonus for travellers but this would have bumped up the price and reduced the battery life.

We liked

The snappy performance, versatile zoom and decent image quality all leave a lasting impression, as does the build quality and user-friendly design.

We disliked

The only thing it's lacking is GPS, and there are no manual modes to advance to once you've outgrown the point-and-shoot exposure modes.

Final verdict

There's plenty to like about this camera - the only thing that's really missing is any advanced manual functionality, which would increase its appeal as a long-term investment for an aspiring photographer who's keen to develop their skills. If however all you want is a robust, stylish, highly flexible camera that's simple to operate and produces beautiful images, then the Nikon Coolpix S8200 could be the one for you.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom14x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Weight (Approximate)213 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.3 mm
Width103.7 mm
Depth32.7 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 63 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS8200
Product NameCoolpix S8200 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA850E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Fast, powerful and precise, the Coolpix S8200 is a compact super-zoom that's sharp enough to capture the moment without missing a beat.

The 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor delivers superb results, even in low light. The Nikkor 14x zoom lens with wide-angle coverage is great for distant or panoramic shots, as well as candid portraits.

Its speedy start-up, quick autofocus and continuous shooting mode ensure you'll always capture the shot you want.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S8200 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year