Summary: This is the second Nikon camera i bought in the past 6 months. The first was the L810, I didn't like that one because my images were getting scrambled when i used the review function so I was pissed but decided to give Nikon a second chance and bought the S8100. owned this camera for roughly 3 months and now its not working I keep getting a lens error and the camera has never been dropped. Sometimes it comes on and won't even show anything on the screen.
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: 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: The camera has good features but you have to work around its limitations. It has problems with the auto focus for example. My bigest disapointment with the camnera is its lense error frequency.If this happens to you and it will the repair even if its under warranty will cost you. Nikon will claim there was impact damage and the repair will be half the cost of the camera new. I would suggest anyone considering buying this camera do some research about this issue.
Summary: I just got this camera so this isn't a review based on much experience but what I have is most disappointing. I simply want people to note a major omission that I didn't detect in the reviews I read. The only way to charge the battery and the extra one I bought (only good for 200 pictures on a charge) is to use a charger block, cord, and connection directly to the camera. It ties up the camera for hours.
Summary: My Nikon S8100 failed on the second day of use after about 20 shots with a fatal lens error. The lens wouldn't retract and the power stayed on with a "Lens Error" message on the screen. Taking the battery out as to try reset it didn't work. I am positive the lens wasn't bumped while it was extended so it is just an unreliable mechanism. This is really too bad because the camera has so many great features and works for 95% of the photos I want to take.
Summary: I have always been a big Nikon fan -- so I was so excited to see this camera and could not wait to buy and use it. I successfully used it for a few weeks and then one day the viewfinder just went black and it completely stopped working. I am very disappointed in this camera.