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Nikon Coolpix S8000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 754 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and performance. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the manual image adjustments and features, and views about the exposure and battery are different.

portability, usability, image quality, performance, screen

flash, shutter, viewfinder, features, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S8000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Great camera, not a microscope


I carry it everywhere. Don't buy a review, go to photo sites and search s8000 pictures to see for yourself - whichever model strikes you. I shoot Nikon pro gear and have gear from their major rival in the industry as well. I shoot Nikon for texture, mood, and feel, I shoot the other for more vivid, commercial, presentation pictures. Tip! "The Dillon Hold:" Hold the s8000 by making an "L" with our left hand (thumb up. Set the camera bottom on your index finger and wrap it around the right side of the camera near the strap hook. Now place your right thumb under the camera bottom just under the right side of the monitor, Your right index finger should be able to rest comfortably on the shutter release, and to operate the zoom control. This allows a stable grip, and avoids conflict with the pop-up flash-- a common criticism with compact super zooms. I use my s8000 to shoot people, places and things, not so much for objects. I've taken over 600 pictures since I got the camera last month. Better to have a camera and grab the moment than to see the moment and have left the camera somewhere else. The s8000: Problem Solved. Beautifully.

Great Zoom, Great shadow detail, Best monitor, WYSIWYG, Good image stabilization, Nice Body Color

Expert review by:

Nikon Coolpix S8000


There's a lot to be said for simplicity, and the almost fully automated Nikon Coolpix S8000 ($300 as of June 1, 2010) is the ideal high-zoom option for anyone who doesn't want to fuss with in-camera settings. More-advanced photographers and...

Excellent macro mode ; Slim and lightweight ; Good backlight and underexposure correction ; Very sharp LCD screen ; Extremely easy to use

No manual shutter or aperture settings ; No hand grip ; Flimsy doors and compartment covers ; Video mode allows only digital zoom

With automated controls and simple operation, the Nikon Coolpix S8000 is an ideal high-zoom camera for beginners. It's hard to take a bad photo with this model, but you get no manual controls.

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Nikon Coolpix S8000 (Black)


A year ago, the Nikon Coolpix S8000 would've been impressive: a slim, compact 14-megapixel camera with a wide-angle zoom lens, a high-resolution LCD, and a 720p HD movie mode with a built-in stereo mic and HDMI output for less than $300. And frankly,...

Great LCD; stereo mic; 10x zoom in an attractive compact body.

Poor low-light photo quality; no optical zoom while recording movies; mixed shooting performance; no semimanual, manual modes.

A nice design and a couple extra features keep the Nikon Coolpix S8000 from being an also-ran compact megazoom.



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Nikon Coolpix S8000


There were no real surprises with Nikon's new Coolpix digicam line-up

10x zoom (30-300mm) ; Takes very nice stills ; Quality 3-inch LCD ; Superior optical image stabilization

Pokey less than 1 fps shooting ; Prefer wider-angle (26mm not 30mm) ; No manual adjustments other than white balance, ISO ; Poor video quality

Nikon’s S8000 digital camera snaps superb 14-megapixel still shots from a compact, attractive body, but at less than one shot per second, you had better not be in a hurry.

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Nikon Coolpix S8000 Camera Review


A year ago, the Nikon Coolpix S8000 would've been impressive: a slim, compact 14-megapixel camera with a wide-angle zoom lens, a high-resolution LCD, and a 720p HD movie mode with ...

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Nikon S8000


The Nikon Coolpix S8000 is a pocket long zoom digital camera with a 14.2-megapixel sensor and a 10x optical zoom lens. Zoom ranges from a not-so-wide 30mm to an impressive 300mm equivalent. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.5 to f/5.6 across the zoom...

10x 30-300mm equivalent optical zoom ; Optical image stabilization ; 3-inch high resolution (921K dots) LCD ; Attractive, pocketable design ; 720p HD movies ; Stereo audio recording in movie mode ; Dedicated movie record button ; Smart Auto Scene mode...

Slightly soft lens at both wide-angle and telephoto ; Left side of our sample was soft at middle focal lengths ; 14-megapixel sensor does not deliver the same detail as a 12-megapixel design ; Heavy anti-noise processing softens detail even at low ISOs...

The Coolpix S8000 made a good first impression on me -- but with a high resolution 3.0-inch LCD that wasn't hard to do. As I shot with it, it kept impressing me -- and that was no easy feat.

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Nikon COOLPIX S8000


Announced as the world's slimmest 10x super-zoom when released in February 2010, the Nikon COOLPIX S8000 is Nikon's attempt to corner the increasingly popular 'travel zoom' market. With a 10x optical zoom, 14 Megapixel sensor and 3 inch,...

Slim and stylish with large detailed screen ; Dedicated video shooting button ; HDMI output ; Stereo audio mics ; Can recharge from computer over USB

Poor image quality compared to rivals ; Poor battery life ; No video optical zoom ; Lacks manual exposure control

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Review: Nikon Coolpix S8000 megazoom camera


With automated controls and simple operation, the Nikon Coolpix S8000 is an ideal high-zoom camera for beginners. It's hard to take a bad photo with this model, but you get no manual controls.

The 10X-optical-zoom Coolpix S8000 offers a wide-angle-to-telephoto reach of 30mm to 300mm, 720p high-definition video capture at 30 frames per second, and one of the sharpest 3-inch-diagonal LCDs we've seen on a point-and-shoot camera. This camera...

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Nikon Coolpix S8000 Camera Review


The Coolpix S8000 is towards the top of Nikon's digital compact range, and it was built to go head to head with established cameras like the Canon SX120 IS, or the Panasonic Lumix ZS7. It has a range of popular features, including 720p HD video, and...

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Nikon Coolpix S8000 Review


The little Nikon Coolpix S8000 is all about the lens.

Easy to use ; Slim and compact ; Great optics, feature set

No optical viewfinder ; Slightly overpriced ; No handgrip

Some users may feel that its lack of manual exposure options compromise the camera's creative usability. User input into the exposure process is pretty much limited to lighter/darker tweaking via the exposure compensation mode. As it is, the Nikon...

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Nikon Coolpix S8000 [Review]


Compact digicams don't normally set my bells a-ringing but this one intrigued me, big time.

Then there's the high megapixel count: 14.2 million of the things, packed into a tiny 11mm CCD. This means its maximum image is 4320×3240 pixels — or, as a print, 37×27cm in size.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL12
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL12


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No