Nikon Coolpix S8000 review

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

nikon coolpix s8000
The Nikon S8000 is the slimmest compact camera with a 10x zoom

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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.


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.

Dave is a professional photographer whose work has appeared everywhere from National Geographic to the Guardian. Along the way he’s been commissioned to shoot zoo animals, luxury tech, the occasional car, countless headshots and the Northern Lights. As a videographer he’s filmed gorillas, talking heads, corporate events and the occasional penguin. He loves a good gadget but his favourite bit of kit (at the moment) is a Canon EOS T80 35mm film camera he picked up on eBay for £18.