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