Summary: My wife and I liked this camera for 6 months until it stopped working. Even though it has a 1 year warranty NIKON wanted $129 to repair saying we had mistreated it somehow. We had not! My suggestion is buy a Canon.
Summary: I do not typically write reviews but I had to on this camera after my horrific experience with Nikon. I had the S8100 for just over 3 months and experienced a lens error. I sent it back because this issue is usually covered under warranty, but because it had a little dent on the bottom they said the error was contributed to physical damage and was no longer under warranty. This was utter crap and a way for Nikon to get around paying for the costs to fix the camera.
Built-In Obsolescence: I've been punked by Ashton Kutcher
Robert Jennings, Amazon
20 December 2011
Summary: Thirteen months after purchase, one month after warranty expiration, the still photo feature and telephoto zoom stopped. No warning, no error messages. Curiously, the video feature seems unaffected, as does the LCD display. After having two Canon point & shoots that took beautiful photos suddenly stroke out on me (one also way too soon), I decided to go with the Nikon Coolpix S8100. When it worked, it was a five-star performer that also took beautiful photos.
Summary: I've owned an S8100 for a year, and I've been very satisfied with the pictures. However I will never buy a Nikon product again. My camera broke, and I followed all the procedures on their website to return it to the service center. The reply that I got from then indicated that no one had paid any attention to the paperwork that I'd included in the package. When I called to follow up, it took over 2 weeks for them to track down the materials I had sent in.
Summary: BEWARE!!! Nikon "warrenty" is very limited- shortly after purchase the cover over my lens became wiggly and sometimes did not open/ close all of the way. Nikon insists that I damaged the camera and they will not cover the repairs. I have owned Canons for the last 10 years and have never had problems with the cameras. 8 months with this Nikon and my camera is ready to be thrown away.
Summary: Like many others who bought this camera, I am extremely disappointed with the product and with Nikon's customer service. I bought this camera at a camera store, and based my decision solely on the recommendation of the seemingly knowledgeable salesman. I was never impressed with the quality of the photos - it seemed quite difficult to get clear shots, which was never a problem on our old digital camera.
Summary: This is my second nikon s8100. They have both had the same issue, the lens is stuck out. The first one I thought it was just a fluke, though it happened less then 2 months after purchase. My second one it happened less then a month after purchase. Just before the lens got stuck and stopped working both cameras had focusing issues, blurry pictures and the lens would zoom in and out, then stop working.